monday morning art: clare grill + daniaelle simonsen

by Grace Bonney

one of the things i feel most passionate about when it comes to artwork is buying original paintings whenever possible. it’s rarely in my budget to do so, but when it is, man is that a great day. i love prints + posters to death (and buy them as often as i can) but there’s something really special about seeing the actual painting in front of you and examining all of the brush strokes and watching where the artist’s hand went. i only own a handful of small paintings, but i cherish them most among my possessions. one painter whose work i’ve been saving up for lately is clare grill. i’ve been following her since i fell in love with her mountain paintings in 2007 and have enjoyed watching her style grow and change over the past few years. so i was excited to hear that she has a new show of paintings called “the forest for the trees” opening here in nyc at sloan fine art. the show opens this wednesday (april 21st, 6-8pm) and will showcase some of clare’s latest work, including the beautiful crowd painting above and below. galleries usually scare me because i don’t feel fancy enough to go inside, but i think i’m definitely going to have to make this opening and profess my love for clare’s work in person. if you’re in town you can check out the show right here or you can see more of clare’s beautiful work on her website, right here.

since i’m on an art kick this morning i wanted to share these beautiful pieces from artist daniaelle simonsen. based in los angeles, daniaelle produces gorgeous works of art made by sewing magazine paper onto fabric. i particularly love her “fighting bears” piece (above), but the details in every piece are really special. you can check out more of daniaelle’s work online right here, and check out her blog right here.

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