You already know Sneakhype loves the abstract. Here’s some fine art we came across that certainly does the abstract justice. Laurie Maitland is said to have many theatrical influences. Regardless, her work is totally sneakhype. I’m sure that’s what she aims to achieve every time she puts paint to canvas… she says to herself, “When this masterpiece is finished, those who lay eyes on it shall proclaim it as ‘so, so very sneakhype’.” Damn right, Laurie. Damn right. Check out her portfolio and buy her work here.
One of Sneakhypes favorite artist, Takashi Murakami, who created the artwork for Kanye’s latest album will be having an show at the brand new art gallery Fabrik Contemporary Art. The gallery is located in Hong-Kong and will feature Takashi’s art from 2001-08. If your in the area you should check it out.
As an amateur graphics artist and photographer, one of my personal favorite art genres is that of abstract photography. This guy, Matthew Tourtellott, creates some really gorgeous stuff within this genre. He plays around with lots of different techniques, but I most admire his “Fractal Flames” (images 1, 2, and 3 above). The prints are fairly reasonably priced at 40 bucks for 24″x20″. I think perhaps a pair or set of his prints would make an excellent and thoughtful gift. Check out his full portfolio for sale here.
Peter Gronquist’s display of embellished weapons shown at LA’s Gallery 1988. The exhibition showcased an variety of weapons including AK’s, rifles, chainsaws, and even an electric chair. All of this designer weaponry was covered with patterns and logos from labels such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, Fendi, and Dolce & Gabbana. Sneakhyptastic!
Another nice little artist dime dropped by mi hermana, the architect. Richard Satava has some really cool designs. I personally like his jellyfish the most, they look super-dope with the lightbase at night. Most all his work is themed with sea life and beachy type stuff. Totally sneakhype.
This guy is one of the most well known African modern artists around today. My parents have a couple of his paintings, and I can tell you that they look MUCH better in person than they do in these images here. He uses a thick impasto style that gives his paintings a lot of texture and depth. I also really like the abstract human forms and settings he uses… you can really let your imagination get lost in his compositions. His “Gatherings” and “Dances” surely insinuate many sexual connotations. You can check out his flikr photostream here, and check out his personal website gallery (where you can purchase works) here.
My sister used to work at a glass art studio, so she’s got the leak on some of the flyest glass art on either side of the Mississippi and the Euphrates. She dropped the dime on Steven E. Main in my inbox, and I’m diggin’ what she’s jivin. My sis actually has the second piece pictured here. The first two works are from his Desert series, and the last two are from his Fire series. Steven’s wife, Karen, also has some dope work.
A friend of Sneakhype’s, Diane’s Artisan Gallery has a very unique and classy selection of fine art. We at Sneakhype are big fans of glass art, and Diane has got some great pieces. Located in Lawrence on 8th and Mass in a loft, definitely a spot for you local sneakhypers to check out if you’re trying to step your game up by way of fine art, decor, and accessories.
Okay first off, this featured artist, JOUVELT, is mad talented. Not only that but he was raised in Kansas, Dodge City to be exact but now he is residing in Lawrence, KS. So needless to say Sneakhype is a huge fan, we love supporting our local talent from Lawrence. Before moving back to Lawrence JOUVELT lived in Phoenix where he worked in the graphic design field. He now is a self-taught, contemporary painter using the unique Lawrence community as inspiration for his work. He does a lot of his work on recycled wood and canvas and he uses a collection of paints including house paint, spray paint, and clear coatings. The use of organic materials and colors are relaxing to look at. JOUVELT is a very well-rounded and versatile artist, he has also used his skills to create artwork for the logo and skateboards of a local Lawrence skate shop, White Chocolate, which we here at Sneakhype frequent quite often. To get more info and work from JOUVELT click here.