The thing I liked the most about curating a collection for Saatchi Online, was to get to know all these fascinating emerging artists that I didn't know anything about. The experience was riveting, since every time I get to explore in depth an art website, I spend hours looking at it in detail. Here are the works I chose, all of which are available for sale here. All of these pieces could happily coexist together in the same house and certainly I could acquire a few of these for myself or for my clients. I truly love all of them and my entire selection can be viewed here.
- This photograph called "Beach of Cadiz" is from the German artist Margarita Kazanovich. She reminds me of Massimo Vitali and love the soft light and the bucolic Spanish beach scene.
- Ah, appropriation art. This photograph called "Goya" is by the Italian Ax Aler. I love how the photo composition is accomplished by incorporating a magnifying glass on top of a detail of Francisco de Goya's "The Parasol" painting.
- This mixed media on canvas called "American Excess" by artist Edgar Garcia draws inspiration from Basquiat reflecting the mindless spending habits of our current hyper-consumerist times.
- Kelly Nicolaisen smart, witty photography called "Smoke Break" is truly a favorite of mine in this selection. I just can't help but think what poor "Snow White" has been going through in her day and probably she's thinking what's next in her life after a long cigarette drag. The colors are pretty spectacular too.
- Laurie Raskin created this mixed media triptych called "Cruising LA" and I love the dialogue between the three panels and the juxtaposition of Angeleno elements, including the cacti, the "Hollywood" sign in the hills, and details from buildings from downtown LA.
- This work on paper by Anthony Anguiano is simply extraordinary. I really like his composition, the use of mixed media, the De Koonings and Basquiat influences plus the combination of primitive and cartoonish all masterfully used in one piece.
- I love this piece by French artist Charles Serruya. Of course, it's a recreation of the famous Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Édouard Manet, but Serruya is original enough to catch my attention. His silhouettes are accomplished by photographing real subjects, yet his work reminds me of Kara Walker's shapes.
- I love hyper-realism and this "Kaleidoscope" of art books painted by ANGEL GUERRERO FERRER certainly does the trick for me.
- Sometimes, all you need is one word. This LED installation by the Dutch Stephan Muis, can say everything or describe a state of mind, with exactly just one word.