We here at Connective Collective have been sorely neglecting you, our dear friends in the cyberwebz. For this we somewhat sincerely apologize. As a token of our sort-of-feeling-bad-about-all-of-it, allow us to tickle your eyeballs with some of these lovely images…Isabelle Fexa
The following paintings are from a series entitled Still Frames by Hong Kong-born artist Stephanie Ho.
We first discovered Stephanie’s work over at Saatchi Online where we instantly fell in love with her vivid images of large groups of people doing what they do in their bustling city lives. Of the series, Stephanie says:
My recent works relate to my interest in observing human activities of metropolitan city lives, be it in a train station, airport, shopping mall, park or any other public spaces. The people in the paintings showed no expressions. Viewed from a distance, they look the same yet they are different. Just like the woman you sit next to on the bus every morning or the man standing at the opposite side of the platform – strangely familiar.
The limited contextual details of the backgrounds echo the behaviors of busy city people, who are often so engaged in what they are doing that they ignore their surrounding environment. This ironically provides a perfect setting for viewers to observe the choreographic patterns formed by the citizens.
Based mainly on photographs, each painting seeks to capture that something special in what would otherwise have been a mundane scene; someone, somewhere frozen in time. People in the paintings slip off boundaries of the canvases reflect the ongoing human activities. The limited palette further enhance the surreally and dream-like atmosphere of the picture.
You can find more of Stephanie’s work here
Some awesome stop-motion graffiti goodness. Dig it…
We discovered the work of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania artist, Mike Egan while browsing Flickr. We were struck by his bold lines, colors and subject matter.
Here’s what Mike has to say about his work:
The subject matter in my work tends to deal with life, death and religion. I’ve been working in funeral homes for the last five years and I’ve become quite familiar with all three subjects. Through funerals we tend to celebrate not only someone dying but we also celebrate that persons life. Through religion we hope that our loved ones are in a better place, that they are not suffering anymore.
visit his website here
Take a look at some of his beautiful work…
all paintings ©Mike Egan
recently, a fellow collective member pointed my attention towards the art of Seattle-based artist Amy Huddleston and boy, am I glad she did. Amy’s art is pure magic. Take a peek…
all paintings by Amy Huddleston
please check out Amy’s website here and her flickr page here
our first non-photographic feature here at connective collective comes from a fantastic painter named James Petrucci.
Now, i’m no art expert by any stretch of the imagination but i am amazed at the way James so perfectly captures the essence of his subjects (most of whom i know), using these big, aggressive brushstrokes. I think it must be attention he pays to the eyes that adds an extra warmth and depth to his paintings and gives you a better idea as to who these people are. Of course, these photos don’t do the paintings justice, to see them in person is something else, they are truly stunning, especially his larger paintings. James is easily one of the nicest, least pretentious people i know, which is a completely refreshing change from the sea of pretentious d-bags taking up space in the art world today.
please go check out more of his work here.
Gravity (oil on canvas)
Myopia 5 (from an ongoing series of small portraits, oil on paper)
Myopia 4 (oil on paper)
Myopia 3 (oil on paper)
Tomorrow’s Yesterday (oil on canvas)
all paintings by James Petrucci