| portrait of an artist // harper james |

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The artist I chose to talk about this week is fairly new to the scene. Her talent is raw and child-like. Okay, bad mom joking aside I am overly proud of Harper’s first set of paintings. I have been anxiously awaiting for the day that she got excited about creating an image with her own two hands.

Growing up I always was creating, it’s one of the things I appreciate most that my parents strived for. There was always an encouragement to be who you were, always a proud mother to show something to. I want Harper to grow up with imagination, a desire to seek beauty out of nothing and the confidence to be proud of what she makes.

Harper’s first show of finger paintings happened in the kitchen and I am thrilled she smiled when we talked about each one. I should mention, as a side note, I adore Harper’s caregiver as if she was a family member. She made sure to sign and date each of these masterpieces so to remember each one. We are making time for “art” each day we spend together so be prepared…

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| portrait of an artist // UFO 907 |

   

This piece comes with a little story from the artist, while it might be one I wait to share with our toddler I can’t help but appreciate the sentiment. Painting the picture of a scene so vivid.

 UFO 907, part of the 907 crew, was an important part of the outsider graffiti movement in the early to mid 90’s and led the way for the current street art movement. With work up from New York City to Tokyo my husband could not believe we were lucky enough to get this in our collection for Harper. My husband even has powerHouse Books collection U.F.O and has been a fan for years. Rising above what many people consider a graffiti artist to be, this is someone I greatly encourage you to research or go on a hunt for hidden gems around Brooklyn.

I can not stress enough how excited I am each time my husband picks out something new to share from his collection. I am so incredibly proud of how hard he works on this and am thrilled to have home pick what to share next. 

| portrait of an artist // nemco |

 

Another week, another Portrait of an Artist featuring this amazing piece from Nemco. Looking at this piece I am so humbled by how hard my husband has worked, and just amazed at the caliber of artists my husband has gotten to contribute to Harper’s growing collection. 

This piece just blows me away, it’s nothing short of mesmerizing. My dream is that Harper sees the love her father put into this project and is as grateful for each beautiful item as we are. I can not wait until we are in our permanent home and we can pull out our favorites to sprinkle around each room, and this will definitely be one of those I can’t wait for her teen-years to display. My husband has a special place in his heart for graffiti and street art, so it was no surprise he was so excited to get this from Italy.

Here is a little something about Nemco…

Is an Italian street artist living in Melbourne who is part of the Footloose Youth Crew, FLY. During my initial research I saw him described as the “M.C. Escher with a spray can,” really a hilarious but acurate description. I think this is one that speaks for for himself and I will let the art do the talking.

   
     

For more examples of nemco‘s work follow his tumblr or head over to Juxtapoz for a great collection of throw-ups, murals and gallery work. 

Image Sources: Juxtapoz magazine, Tumblr

 

| portrait of an artist // martha rich |

  
Here is the second installment of our Portait of and Artist series. This lovingly quirky piece is by local Philadelphia artist Martha Rich. To be honest with you, 16 months after this project started I can not tell you how many pieces my husband has collected total, there are so many. I do remember this picture arriving in the mail, and the excitement my husband had in showing me. There is so much I love about this and I think you too will love the playfulness of Rich.

I am honored to share a little bit more about Martha Rich…

A Philadelphia-based commercial and fine artist who currently teaches at University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been featured in a wide realm of publications due to the varying subject matter she creates; Rolling Stone Magazine, Bon Apetit, Natural Health and LA Times to name a few!

   

  

 

Martha’s beginnings with art were a leap of faith taken after starting a family. She graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design, her path was well chosen. 

I feel truly lucky to have this little piece in our collection and hope you take the time to learn more about Martha Rich

Image sources

1. http://www.babble.com

2 & 3. http://www.martharichartprojects.tumblr.com

| portrait of an artist // jason polan |

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When Harper was born my husband decided he wanted to create something special for her, something that would last forever. This ‘something’ is an art time capsule. Through Instagram, word of mouth and just luck, over the past 16 months he has collected numerous pieces from some of our favorite artists.

Art and design is something that Dan and I have always been passionate about, but Dan’s extensive knowledge about art has always amazed me. I love that he works so incredibly hard to create a one-of-a-kind gift for our daughter when she turns 18.

I am hoping that as we continue to grow and build this collection I can share some of the pieces we have collected, the artist that created them and how we came by each one. Please ignore my Dylan Thomas reference…but here is our first Portrait of an Artist!

// Jason Polan //

A New York illustrator with a unique perspective was named one of the 100 reasons to love New York, by New York Magazine. Jason’s approach to art is one that you can truly call quirky. Not only did he start the Taco Bell Drawing Club, but he took on the impossible challenge of drawing Every Person in New York.

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The above image is from a more narrowed exhibition of Polan’s drawings focusing on the area of Broadway and 29th Street. Jason is also the creator of the amazing illustrations found on some of my favorite footwear Soludos. These are by far my favorite…

I hope that you have enjoyed our first portrait, I am so excited to continue to share this wonderful collection!