I’ve worked with a lot of interior designers as a writer, and my I’m lucky because my experiences have been 99 percent excellent.
One of the loveliest interior designers in Boston is Newton-based Vani Sayeed. She has such a nice. kind, way about her while at the same time is always absolutely professional. And I’m not just saying that because she brought me back this gorgeous scarf from India.
I wrote about this summer home she designed on the Vineyard for Boston Globe Magazine last summer, and more recently she contributed to this decor trends forecast for the Matouk Linens blog. Vani is also an artist. I just discovered these intaglio prints on her site so thought I’d share.
Untitled • Intaglio Print & Chin Cole’
Rickshaw Ride • Intaglio Print & Mixed Media
Rickshaw Ride in the Rain 2• Intaglio Print & Chin Cole’
Quilted 3 • Intaglio Print & Mixed Media
Spring 2011 • Intaglio Print & Chin Cole’ with Acrylic
Spring 2012 • Intaglio Print & Chin Cole’
Infinity Gold• Intaglio Print & Chin Cole’ with Gold leaf
Oftentimes the best stuff comes through referrals by friends and friends of friends and the like. Earlier this month Anu Gulati, who works in alternative healing and is acquainted with Heidi Pribell, who is a designer I work with, emailed me about a social enterprise project she’s started to support Indian artists. Little did she know my graduate work was in Indian art. That said, I know almost nothing about contemporary Indian artists, but am eager to learn.
I fell instantly in love with pen and ink flower drawings by Kishore Kumar, and sent a link right over to David Webster at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center for the Webster Art Project I’m helping to curate. He loves them too, and we can’t wait until the pieces arrive in the States. Meanwhile, I want to share Kishore Kumar’s colorful acrylic on canvas paintings of flowers and plants.
Kumar grew up in a small village in India, where he became very interested in plants, nature, and art. Despite economic pressures and the responsibility of being the only son, his parents supported his passions and Kishore joined Khairagarh Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Asia’s first university dedicated to the musical and performing arts, and from which he graduated six years ago. Today, Kishore Kumar lives and works in New Delhi and has exhibited his work in India, China, and the United Staes.
I’ve always loved Ellsworth Kelly’s work. The crisp shapes in primary colors, or black & white, are so simple yet quite alluring. Kelly died last Sunday at age 92.
An article in The New Yorker aptly describes Kelly’s work using these phrases, among others: “emphatic shapes and clarion colors” and “unreasonably rational and ascetically luxuriant.”
Ellsworth Kelly, though born in Newburgh, New York, is a bit of a local Boston guy; he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston after leaving the Army in 1945. Every year there is at least one Ellsworth Kelly artwork at the SMFA Sale. In 1948 he left the States to live in Paris for seven years, and then settled in New York City. His obituary in The New York Times offers a lyrical overview of his life and career.
Here are some examples of of Ellsworth Kelly’s artwork.
I’ve never been to a true masquerade ball. The closest I came is a school fundraising auction I chaired with a Carnivale theme. I have a cute photo of myself and my friend/co-chair, artist Lee Essex Doyle (you can see her Venetian interiors here), but I can’t find it right now. She invited me to a Save Venice masquerade ball, but we skipped it. Oh well, there went my chance.
I started noticing a lot of photography featuring people with elaborate rubber animal masks, which I’ve been putting aside for a later post. As I collected those, all masked figures made their way into my folder. So I’ve pulled out a dozen masquerade-themed artworks, including, a simple linocut of a mask sold on Serena & Lily; a woman masked in sawdust (not quite masquerade-worthy, but you know how I love what I’ve come to call obscured portraits); mod photos that appeared in the New York Times in the 1960s and brought to light by Jonathan Adler; a fashion shot of Kate Moss.; and others.
Enjoy these 12 masquerade themed artworks; perhaps you’ll find inspiration for your own year-end celebration.