Tag Archives: urban landscapes

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Hilary Williams

27 Jul

The world(s) created by Hilary Williams, that is.  But really her work is no more absurd than the world we see around us every day.  A San Francisco printmaker, Hilary takes elements of urban life, the natural environment and their inhabitants and repositions them into surreal landscapes.

Song and Dance for a Laugh

Haunting images of leaning buildings and ghostly figures are juxtaposed with decorative motifs and child-like doodles.  Echoes from the past haunt the present, creating a commentary on how far we’ve come, but perhaps, how little we have truly gained.

Herding Out Saturday Night

The dark, eeriness of the iconic architecture contrasts with the light and cheerful colors and patterns to create an absurd dichotomy.  Not unlike many recent trends that look to the past while still trying to find a place in the future.  Such irony is not lost on this artist and conveys the struggle of humanity to co-exist within the urban and natural landscape.

Adventures in Coasting

Hilary’s work is heavily layered which gives it a visual depth and complexity that draws the viewer in.  There is so much to see and figure out.  My husband George & I first saw Hilary’s work in The Pines Art Gallery in Hood River, OR.  We fell in love with her work and George could not stop looking at it.  A true testament to the power of the work!

The Front Porch by Hilary Williams

Check out more of Hilary’s work on her website, I think you’ll love it as much as George & I do.

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Friday Faves: City Slickers

15 Jul

We are headed to Seattle this weekend, one of my favorite cities in the world, the city where George and I fell in love.  And while I was falling in love with G ( I was probably a little in love with him when we were friends in FL, but that’s a story for another time ), I was also falling in love with Seattle.  I adore visiting cool cities– the urban landscape and architecture fascinates me.  So it carries over that I would adore the art of the cityscape.

For this Friday Fave round-up, I’d like to share some of urbanist artists whose work I’m crushing on lately:

Hill Houses 2 by Brin Levinson

Passing 1 by Jason Webb

Solitary I by John Duckworth

Loew's Hotel, 33rd Floor, Philadelphia by Sara Yeoman

Miyami by Darra Crosby

Great Tortoise Hostel, Seattle by Robin Weiss

Boulevard Windows by Sharon Dowell

Looking forward to bringing you more from these artists soon!  In the meantime,  take a gander at their websites..

1.  Brin Levinson

2.  Jason Webb

3.  John Duckworth

4. Sarah Yeoman

5. Darra Crosby

6. Robin Weiss

7. Sharon Dowell 

Are you taking it to the city streets this weekend?  What’s your favorite city for artsy inspiration?