Tag Archives: Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Dwayne Butcher

1 May

Sometimes the simplest work can be the most powerful.  I’m really drawn to these graphic, color-blocked paintings by Dwayne Butcher that I’ve posted over on Escape Into Life today.  Go check ’em out!

I Got No Use for Trouble, acrylic on canvas, 18x16

Dwayne Butcher on Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Mertxe Alarcon

24 Apr

I can’t tell you how much it thrills me to have talented artists contact me to be featured on the blog.  I’m planning to feature Barcelona artist Mertxe Alarcon’s work here at Artsy Forager soon, but I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.  So head over to Escape Into Life today for a little sneak peek!

Self Portrait by Mertxe Alarcon

Mertxe Alarcon on Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Robert Townsend

17 Apr

Take a look back with me on Escape Into Life today!  I’m in love with the nostalgic pop culture work by California artist Robert Townsend.

Bill Connor by Robert Townsend, oil on panel, 72 x 48

Robert Townsend on Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Laura Gurton

10 Apr

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the beauty of the natural world lately.  As the weather warms, the hubby and I are getting out and doing more hiking ( we may actually be hiking when you read this! ).  I love the natural, microcosmic beauty of Laura Gurton’s work being featured over on Escape Into Life today.

From the Unknown Species series #56, oil & alkyd on panel, 24x36

If you get out exploring, take a close look at the small worlds happening around you!

Laura Gurton on Escape Into Life

Fragile Ambiguity: Kris Knight

4 Apr

Sometimes, in a world filled with sarcasm and cynicism, we can easily forget the vulnerability of the human spirit.  How one wounding word can hurt and haunt us.  Toronto artist Kris Knight’s portraits remind us that the strength we so often feign is not impenetrable.

Waves ( Augustus ), oil on canvas, 30x40

The pale pastel palette Knight employs translates to us the inherent frailty of our psyches.  Though each subject takes a strong stance, often looking straight into the gaze of the viewer, their faces tell a different story.  Beneath the facade, we see flushed cheeks, downturned mouths and eyes that seem to be bright with unshed tears.

Caught, oil on canvas, 12x16

Some wear netted masks, hiding in plain sight.  While others at once stand defiant under our close attention, yet their eyes are pleading.

Winter Wheat, oil on canvas, 30x40

Mischief, oil on canvas, 14x18

They are the faces of loved ones and strangers.  People we think we acknowledge but who are longing to be known.  To see more of Kris’s work, please visit his website.

Artist found via Escape Into Life.

Featured image is Run Deep, oil on canvas, 16×20.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Anna Magruder

27 Mar

Every time I go back to the work of Portland artist Anna Magruder, I fall more in love with it.  Come and see why over on Escape Into Life today!

Observer ( Mediator ), oil on canvas, 16x16

Anna Magruder on Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Ginger Fox

13 Mar

How about a little surrealism for your Tuesday?  Head on over to Escape Into Life, where I’m featuring Dallas artist, Ginger Fox.

Recycling, acrylic on canvas, 24x36

Ginger Fox on Escape Into Life