ARTmonday: Ode to Obama in Art

Artwork Featuring President Obama

President Barack Obama, 2004
Martin Schoeller, Camera Work, Berlin (Artsy)

This is the last Monday of Obama’s presidency.

Yesterday the Artsy newsletter promoted its recent blog post on how artists have captured President Obama’s legacy. Artists have a long history depicting political figures and their work impact public perception.

The Obama artwork Artsy features is quite well known, including photographer Lisa Jack’s black and white portraits of Obama as a college coed; Mariana Cook’s much seen photo of young Barack and Michelle Obama sitting on a sofa in their Chicago living room; and of course, Shepard Fairey.

Pulling images from sites with high end artwork as well as sites on which any artist can offer artwork, I’ve curated portraits of our beloved President Barack Obama. Here are 17 Obama artworks. President Obama, we will miss you.

Drawing of President Barack Obama

Obama, 2009, From the series Portraits
Audrey Anastasi, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn (Artsy)

Santlov Depiction Of Barack Obama As A Rapper

Obama Swag, 2013
Santlov, Avant Gallery, Miami (Artsy)

Photo Of The Obamas Dancing At The Inauguration

President Obama and the First Lady
Celebrity Photography (Art.com)

Mid-Century Modernist Art Print By Joel Shapiro

Go (for Obama), 2012, Joel Shapiro (1st Dibs)

Dot Portrait Of President Barack Obama

Obama Polka Dots, Societystar (Society6)

Pop Art Portrait Of President Barack Obama

Crying Obama, Pure Evil  (Saatchi Art)

Portrait Of President Barack Obama By Amit Shimoni

Obama, Amit Shimoni for East Urban Home (Wayfair)

Abstract Artwork Depicting Barack Obama

Certificate of Authenticity for Freecached: Obama Conspiracies (ELF)
Brad Troemel, Tomorrow, NY (Artsy)

Photo Of Barack Obama As a Rapper

Fabulous Obama, Andy Detskas (Society6)

Bronze Sculpture Of Obama With Big Ears

Obama: An Easter Island Figure, 10/10, 2009
Pat Oliphant, Gerald Peters Gallery Santa Fe (Artsy)

Collage Portrait of Obama With Flag

Barack Obama, Oliver Muth (Artflakes)

Collage Of Obama And A Crowd In The City

November 4th 2008 – Obama, 2015
Stéphane Pencréac’h, Mazel Galerie, Brussels (1st Dibs)

Watercolor Portrait of Barack Obama

Black Lives Matter (Obama), 2016
Kathy Pieper, Fountain House Gallery,  New York (Artsy)

Obama Change Painting In The Style Of Shepard Fairy

Barack Obama, Peter Jenkins (Saatchi Art)

Silkscreen Collage Of President Barack Obama With Newsprint

Obama 3, B. Hill  (Chairish)

Obama Needlepoint Art By Emily Gallardo

Obama cross stitch, Emily Gallardo

Scribbled Drawing Of Obama From Rise Art

Obama, Lizzie Watson (Rise Art)

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Sunday Bouquet: Succulent Garden (and a Succulent Tree)

Succulent Garden By Winston Flowers Boston

Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

This gorgeous succulent garden is from local Boston florist Winston Flowers. There are a whole bunch of different varieties planted in the ceramic container (you just can’t see the ones on the other side). As for that funny plant that looks like a tree, it’s a succulent gone wild. It was just a normal plant from Trader Joe’s. Year later, I have no idea what’s happening with it. Kind of Dr. Seuss-y.

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Covet: Glossy Wooden Bird Coat Hooks

Wooden Bird Coat Hooks By Kikkerland

Bird coat hooks designed by Jorine Oosterhoff , $7.50 each at Kikkerland.
Available locally at Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum Shop.

I featured these adorable bird coat hooks from Kikkerland in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Something about them just makes me happy. They’re designed by Dutch artist and designer Jorine Oosterhoff, to capture a beautiful moment in nature. She told me that she based the bird coat hooks on real bird species. Clockwise, there’s the toucan, bullfinch, woodpecker, and nuhatch (Fruit Loops and Woody taught me something in the ’70s, but I had to Google the other two.)

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Get the Look: 20 Almost Solid Color Rugs

Almost a year ago we repainted our family room in Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, which I detailed in a Family Room Makeover post. We hung different artwork as planned, but I never got around to choosing a new rug. Now that our older son, who likes to use the floor as a picnic blanket, is in boarding school, I feel a little more comfortable splurging on a new rug.

It should be an almost solid color rug, but not quite. It should have some variegated color, but not actual texture. The rug we have now is chunky and loopy, and I imagine the crumbs embedded in it could feed a family of four for a month. (Yeah, we’re gross.)

The room is a narrow rectangle with a slightly odd extension off one side and a bay window on the other. I’ve often thought about having a rug custom cut, but not sure if I can bear the expense. Here are 20 almost solid color, not quite patterned but not completely plain rugs.

Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs

S H O P P I N G

Shop StyleCarrot partners and other retailers for subtly patterned solid rugs. 

1 Grace Rug at Angela Adams

2 Oceans Rug at My Rug Store

3 Blurred Lines Rug at West Elm

4 Asplund Sahara Rug at Horne 

5 Surya Mugal Rug at YLiving

6 Rica Rug at Lulu & Georgia  

7 Chunky Braided Rug at Restoration Hardware

8 Pasargad Silver Rug at 2Modern

9 Calligaris Giano Rug at Wayfair

10 Opulent Sky Rug at Wayfair

11 Nourison Glistening Nights Rug at Overstock

12 Surya Mystique Rug at YLiving

13 Maya Etched Rug at AllModern

14 Sunburst Rug at Jonathan Adler  

15 Paola Lenti Accordi Rug at Switch Modern

16 Trystan Rug at Crate & Barrel 

17 Solid Shine Rug at West Elm  

18 Jaipur Apache Rug at Wayfair

19 Nanimarquina Noche Rug at 2Modern

20 Joseph Abboud Sand & Slate Nature Rug at Overstock

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ARTmonday: 20 Vintage Paintings Under $500

Watercolor From Chairish And Photo From SMFA Sale From StyleCarrot's Personal Art Collection

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

“After the Shower” from ChairishPhoto by Hannah Bates from SMFA Sale
My two newest pieces of art coincidentally share a color palette. 

If you’re interested in putting together a gallery wall, place a well-executed still life or abstract in a blank space, or are looking for a single quirky but well executed vintage portrait, Chairish (a StyleCarrot affiliate) is a great option. It’s my first online stop for vintage paintings.

I’m always looking for new sources for affordable artwork. I’ve come to love Chairish, a site on which users can buy and sell vintage furniture and decor. It’s a sort of cross between eBay and 1st Dibs. Chairish is manageably sized and dedicated to good design, with a mix of individuals, dealers, designers, and artists.

In terms of art, Chairish is especially great for vintage paintings.  My newest acquisition, purchased from Chairish, just arrived and I love it (and so does my husband). I paid under $100 for it including shipping. It needs a new matte and it’s not framed, but still, a great deal.

Here are 20 vintage painting paintings, all under $500 currently available on Chairish. I’m very tempted by one or two of them. Lower offers are accepted so you may not have to pay the already low list price. And returns can be made within 7 days if your pick isn’t pleasing in person.

Vintage Abstract Cubist Still LIfe Painting

Cubist Style Vintage Abstract, $333

Vibrant Ocean Seascape Painting On Wood

Abstract Seascape on Wood, $125

1940s Vintage Portrait The Guitar Player by Betsy P Levy

1940s Betsy P Levy “The Guitar Player,” $153  

Seated Female Nude Figure Study Painting

Seated Female Nude Figure Study, $275  

Vintage Still LIfe Painting Of Fruit And Pedestal Bowl

Vintage Abstract Still Life of Fruit, $46 

Vintage Abstract Modern Painting

Vintage Modern Abstract, $68  

Vintage Geometric Abstract Oil On Canvas

Vintage Abstract Geometric Oil on Canvas, $490

Vintage Abstract Watercolor Landscape

Vintage Abstract Watercolor Landscape, $70 

Mid-Century Cubist Nude Oil Mid-Century Cubist Nude Oil Painting Of Seated Woman

Mid-Century Cubist Nude Oil Portrait, $160 

VIntage Portrait Of Woman WIth Ribbon In Oil

Vintage Portrait of Woman, $155

1960s Vintage Table Setting Still Life

1960s Vintage Table Setting Still Life, $355  

Vintage Watercolor of Girl with Orange

Vintage Watercolor of Girl with Orange, $495 

Mid-Century Modern Architectural Watercolor Painting

Mid-Century Modern Architectural Watercolor, $495 

Arthur Krakower "So Cold on the Riviera" Monotype

Arthur Krakower “So Cold on the Riviera” Monotype, $445  

Abstract Figurative Painting In Greens by Dana Zivanovits,

Abstract Figurative by Dana Zivanovits$225 

Vintage 1940s Figurative Nude Porttrait

Vintage 1940s Figurative Nude, $225 

Mid-Century Lady in Turquoise Gown Portrait

Mid-Century Lady in Turquoise Gown Portrait, $450 

Portrait by Victor Haagen-Müller

Portrait by Victor Haagen-Müller, $440 

Portrait of a Woman by Kovalchuk O

Portrait of a Woman by Kovalchuk O., $440

Mid-Century Oil Portrait of Woman Changing

Mid-Century Oil of Woman Changing, $225

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