Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jacksonville Art Walk Inspiration

Last night I finally got to roam Jacksonville Art Walk as a spectator and not as a vendor. There was so much to take in and admire, I didn't get to look at everything. Regardless, I left feeling incredibly humbled and grateful that there are so many creative professionals in my city.

My first stop was Club 331 to see my buddy Jim's gorgeous paintings on display. I fell in love with this cardboard robot and bright art vignette above the entrance.

Jim's vibrant paintings are a beautiful contrast with the black stage at Club 331. I adore the Ray Charles and Kermit the frog painting entitled "Bein'Green". James sells prints of his artwork at

I couldn't stop admiring this gorgeous abstraction by Dolf James hanging in Southlight Gallery. I love the expressive and organic wires juxtaposed with the solid structural forms. This look at windows has the perfect mix, it makes me nostalgic for scenes in Italy where you'll still see laundry hanging from apartment windows. I like how this shows human presence in architecture and how it feels so controlled and disciplined.

These vibrant shadow box collages called out to me. These pieces please all the senses, there's a lot of texture and character to the objects in the foregrounds.

I especially love this brilliant fish dish piece. What fish fan could resist such a stunning combination? 

There were various Steam Punk pieces. I didn't take a picture of my favorite, a bloody steam punk "medical kit", but this heart burger is fun- makes you consider the cardiovascular implication of your last fast food burger.

And I feel guilty for this one, but I snuck one quick shot in MOCA downtown, which is against the rules. My favorite piece was a brightly-colored Picasso-style bull in bold cubist shapes, but I love this painting as well. Surreal and folksy at the same time.

This lovely display by artist Kei Horiuchi did me in, the picture doesn't do the stand justice. I ended up with four pieces from this artist, I love the simple, pastel, Japanese-style artwork. More photos of my new prizes pieces follow.

Behold one of my beautiful new fine art prints. It reminds me of some interesting traditional Japanese scrolls depicting octopus and women in compromising positions. It's perfect above my fireplace, along with other prize possessions like my Sarasota seashell and my new Puerto Rican mask.

By the way, behold the full glory of my mantle. Isn't everything perfect together? The Audrey II painting is by my friend Jim, the Puerto Rican mask was recently acquired from my mother city of Ponce in Puerto Rico, and the enormous vintage cuttlefish anatomy scroll is from an antique shop in town.

 This lovely fine art print is from the same artist who did my "naughty octopus" piece. Compared to all the other vibrant colors in my home it's a soft whisper of a painting.

 I love the restraint and simplicity in this painting. I like the girl's expression, it perfectly portrays the simple bliss that can come from cooking. The addition of Sanrio character My Melody only sweetens the pot!

 A final fun piece is this lovely skull screen print by Ryan Newhouser, I love this artist's bold, graphic style. He had a lovely painting of a moon sneering over a cityscape that's still tempting me. I knew that 'ol moon was up to no good!

I have a whole month to prepare for the next Art Walk, I have many fun ideas brewing thanks to an inspirational evening surrounded by beautiful art. Above is a preview of the fun video game inspired art I've been working on for next month's Art Walk!

Did anyone reading this attend Jacksonville's Art Walk? What inspired you the most? What kind of art inspires you?


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