MassArt graduate John Guthrie, who previously studied aerospace engineering, has a fantastic show mounted at Room68 in Provincetown, a contemporary design shop cum gallery on Commercial Street. I stopped in last week and was wowed. I never made it to owner Brent Refsland’s original space in Jamaica Plain, though I feature pieces from the shop in my roundups for the Boston Globe all the time.
Refsland has a great eye and appreciation for contemporary design that doesn’t sacrifice useability. His shop could just as easily be at the ICA or MoMA (without the incessant branding), with furniture, accessories, and jewelry by designers who include Tina Fey, Black+Blum, and De La Espada, as well as local stars Debra Folz and Nervous System. He plans to stay put in Ptown for a while, after having transformed a tired women’s clothing retail store into an airy gallery space with white walls, track lighting, and pale wood floors last year.
An exhibition of Boston-based painter John Guthrie’s geometric abstract paintings is currently hanging. (According to Guthrie’s resume, in 2009 I wrote something in the Globe that included an image of his work—I’m guessing it was a decor story about a home with one of his paintings—but I can’t find it in my archives.) Guthrie’s work is crisp and delicious. The precise geometric forms in clear colors and perfectly shaded partner tones pop off the earthy tree trunk backgrounds, a sublime blend of mathematics and the natural world.
The geometric abstract paintings on tree trunk slices are available for sale at Room68; the canvases are also available online; prints on Etsy.
Photography by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Portrait of Guthrie in the gallery by Brent Refsland for Room68.
True to my fascination (obsession?) with the portrayal of women in art, my recent effort, which can be found on Pinterest and UGallery’s site, is a simple but robust collection of 60 images of women. You may recognize some images as one’s I’ve featured before (sorry, they speak to me, long term), as well as new pieces by artists whose work I’ve featured. There are certainly new ones too.
To go along with my UGallery Guest Curator collection, I’ve pulled together a variety of 12 artworks from UGallery today, including landscapes, abstracts, still lifes, in acrylic, oil, and photography. If you love any, click through and investigate. UGallery prices are quite reasonable and they frame too. I’m about to order one for myself. I’ll show you when it arrives.
I’m not sure where I discovered artist Meg Lipke, probably Pinterest. Wherever it was, her paintings interested me enough to click through and download a bunch, saved for a rainy day. My son informs me that today will be the only nice day of the week in Boston, but I’m hoping the bright colors and vibrant brushstrokes keep me going for the next few days.
Meg Lipke was born in 1969 in Portland, Oregon and was raised in Burlington, Vermont and Cheshire, England. She went to the University of Vermont for undergrad and earned her MFA at Cornell. She currently lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
On her website, she divides her pieces into a few groups, including Paper Tapestries, Small Weavings, Works on Paper, and Batik Paintings. Here is a sampling of the Meg Lipke’s abstract artwork.
Since today’s the BostonMarathon I thought I’d go all Boston with a dozen picks from Etsy local. The mix includes still life paintings of sweets, pet portraits, pretty landscapes, geometric abstracts, and more. Are the artists are based in the Boston area. Enjoy the day! #BostonStrong
I discovered the abstract paintings of Atlanta artist Sally King Benedict last month from a pin on interior designer Angie Hranowskey’s “Abstract” board. I love the bold and cheerful colors, shapes, and compositions. Many of these are already sold; I’m hoping she’s at work on a new series.