Liz Markus

Liz Markus-1-Design Crush


Brooklyn-based artist Liz Markus creates some pretty spectacular work using an incredibly unpredictable painting technique. Markus lays down acrylic washes onto unprimed canvas, which then spreads as it dries. So she more or less has only a rough idea what each piece will look like once she steps away. Talk about trusting in your medium and loving the unpredictable!


Liz Markus-2-Design Crush


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Liz Markus-5-Design Crush

(via Miss Moss)


Leon Berkowitz

Leon Berkowitz-1-Design Crush


It’s not often I write about artists who are no longer creating, but Leon Berkowitz has been gone since 1987. He’s known for filling his canvases with fields of vibrant color, most often inspired by the landscapes of his travels. What attracted me to them is how similar they feel to aura photographs.


Leon Berkowitz-2-Design Crush


Leon Berkowitz-3-Design Crush

(via Boooooom)


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Voutsa-1-Design Crush


I used to abhor wallpaper – could it have something to do with the pastel Native American-inspired pattern that lined my walls through puberty? Maybe/probably/definitely. These days I find myself looking at wallpaper as floor to ceiling art more than anything else. These handprinted patterns from Voutsa can’t be seen as anything but.


Voutsa-2-Design Crush


Voutsa-3-Design Crush


Voutsa-4-Design Crush


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Voutsa-6-Design Crush

(via Pattern Pulp)


Akiko Kobayakawa

Akiko Kobayakawa-1-Design Crush


Are those seemingly innocent animals with knock-kneed human legs posing provocatively that you spy? Yup, right off the brush of Akiko Kobayakawa. The doe eyes and scuffed knees seem to hinting at something maybe a bit more dark I’m betting.


Akiko Kobayakawa-2-Design Crush


Akiko Kobayakawa-3-Design Crush


Akiko Kobayakawa-4-Design Crush

(via The Jealous Curator)


Jeremy Rabus

Jeremy Rabus-1-Design Crush


I first discovered the work of Jeremy Rabus back in January 2013, and he recently reached out to share his latest work. Following the progress and evolution of an artist’s career is always an amazing thing, and it’s apparent that Jeremy’s has grown tremendously in the past 22 months. His style has been refined and so has the palette he works within, making me excited for what’s to come from Mr. Rabus.


Jeremy Rabus-2-Design Crush


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Jeremy Rabus-4-Design Crush


Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone-1-Design Crush


Matthew Stone‘s Unconditional Love series is made up of digitally printed paintings on top of wood panels, mirror, and acrylic. The original lushly colored paintings are created on pieces of glass before being photographed and retouched to remove minor imperfections like dust and hairs. Don’t you just want to reach out and touch them?


Matthew Stone-2-Design Crush


Matthew Stone-3-Design Crush


Matthew Stone-4-Design Crush


Matthew Stone-5-Design Crush


Jeffrey Simmons

Jeffrey Simmons-1-Design Crush


If I gave you three chances to guess what medium Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his show-stopping works of art, well, I’m willing to bet you’d get three strikes. Care to venture a guess anyway? All of the gold stars to you if your answer was watercolor. I know! Simmons uses a tabletop-mounted rotating platform to give much of his work the precise perfection required, particularly on the multi-panel pieces.


Jeffrey Simmons-2-Design Crush


Jeffrey Simmons-3-Design Crush


Jeffrey Simmons-4-Design Crush


Jeffrey Simmons-5-Design Crush

(via The Jealous Curator)


Brenna Giessen

Brenna Giessen-1-Design Crush


I’ve been silently stalking the work of Brenna Giesson for a few months now. What initially caught my eye was her use of long and narrow canvases and how she uses the space. The Atlanta-based artist skips between a few different techniques in her abstract works, but all seem to achieve that same feeling of serenity.


Brenna Giessen-2-Design Crush


Brenna Giessen-3-Design Crush


Brenna Giessen-4-Design Crush


Jennifer Sanchez

Jennifer Sanchez-1-Design Crush


There’s a lot to love about the work of Jennifer Sanchez. Juicy neon colors, bold use of pattern, and creative textures to name a few. You can purchase NY14#19 – the second piece from the top – in The Marketplace if your walls are asking for a punch of awesome art!


Jennifer Sanchez-2-Design Crush


Jennifer Sanchez-3-Design Crush


Jennifer Sanchez-4-Design Crush


Jennifer Sanchez-5-Design Crush