Artist Spotlight – Mark Perry

Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.50.14 PMWith the weather improving and most of us turning our attention to what is outside our windows, it is the perfect time to introduce you to the lush, vivid landscapes by artist, Mark Perry. Based in East Hampton, NY, Mark has some of the most beautiful light and subject matter to work with.

After many years of painting landscapes in a very literal fashion, Mark began to experiment with a more interpretive style and that is what you will see here today. Painting with both rags and brushes, and often in very large scales, Mark embues his work with an energy and sensitivity. Mark shares some of what is behind his art and his process.

PPT: What’s your artistic process? Do you prefer to paint during a specific time of day? In a specific place? Anything you need to get you going on a project?

MP: My studio is located in my home so work is always there and I work whenever time allows. When alone that is generally where I will be. Fortunately, I seldom have an issue with resuming work but I do have my rituals before getting to work… sometimes it’s just picking up the brush. Other times it’s cleaning or scraping down the previous session. Just holding a tool can be the right motivation. The studio is subterranean with artificial light, so day or night are the same, which has its benefits. I make abstract and representational paintings. When working abstractly, I try to clear my head of clutter and think about color and feeling, but of course I’m bringing it all to the canvas. Just like any type of work… it’s not always pleasant. But, when I come out on the other side,  doing what feels like doing something for the first time, every time, those are the exhilarating moments because I allowed myself to be vulnerable.

PPT: This may be like asking a parent which child is their favorite, but do you have a favorite color or spectrum of colors that you find yourself revisiting?

MP: The seasons are a great influence on my work and palette, like built-in structure. I try to go with it, noticing my palette is cooler in winter, getting hotter with the approach of spring with full weighted color in summer. I guess it’s natural that if the work is landscape-based the color would reflect what is happening around you. In the past, someone shared that I used a lot of colors, so I worked on having more harmony in a painting. Today I try not to over think things and just enjoy color if that is what I am feeling. It keeps my work as pure as possible. I love pink, green, blue and brown…did I mention vermilion and yellow?

PPT: What will you be painting this summer? 

MP: Leading into Spring/Summer I am preparing for a solo show in July at the Quogue Library in Quogue, NY. Most of the work is done but there is always hope that I will make my best painting ever. I am also recreating some paintings that have sold that I really enjoyed making. They are seldom the same… it’s more about a feeling. They are horizontal format landscapes out of my head and influenced more by color than a scene. With that said, they are grand and some have sweeping vistas, on an intimate scale. It’s not an official group title but I like to think of them as Sofa Paintings.Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.50.54 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.51.28 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.51.44 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.52.17 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.52.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.54.00 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.54.49 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.55.35 PMWhile I adore Mark’s abstract landscapes, he is often sought after for his  bespoke home portraits. Perfect for an anniversary, housewarming, closing or moving…this is the type of gift that will give lasting joy. unnamed-1 unnamed-2You can always visit Mark’s website to see more of his work, but if you are lucky enough to be in the Hamptons this summer, here are two places you can find him.

Pop Up at East Hampton’s Ashawagh Hall, June 22-24

Gallery at the Quogue Library, “The Nature Of” New Work by Mark Perry, July 17- Aug 6 (Opening reception, July 22)

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Kerri Rosenthal – Give Away!

IMG_0029-1I first met award-winning artist, Kerri Rosenthal, in 2011. At that time she was painting and painting and painting! She was on something of a creative roll and I could sense something special happening. You can read my first article on her here. A lot has happened in the ensuing years. Kerri continued to evolve her craft and her art began to reflect new styles, new subjects and to include photography (her new Le Biblioteque series is one I love), as well as interior design.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.50.22 PMHer work had always been admired and used by interior designers, so it was no surprise that her art began appearing in At Home, Domino, Luxe Interiors & Design, CTC&G and Traditional Home. Her “Drippy Heart” is a favorite of many and went stratospheric when it appeared on the walls of Amanda Nisbet’s office in Domino Magazine.thumb_KR.Domino_1024Fast forward a few years.

Kerri evolved from an artist into a full blown brand. Last year, Kerri knew the time was right and opened her namesake Concept Shop in Westport, CT where she extended her original art into a home and lifestyle collection, XOKR. She has already released 40 designs that she incorporated into fabric, wallpaper and an exclusive line of furnishings.

But, that’s not all! In addition to Kerri’s own XOKR designs, she has curated items from her favorite brands, so that you are walking into a shop of her “favorite things”. Lines that you’ll find include: Clare V, Kule Stripes, Figure Love, Current Elliot, Ace + Jig, Jess Brown Design, and her own XOKR Bijoux collection.

Everything is blended into a visual color package. Stacks of stylish books are mixed with art, jewelry, clothing and home accessories which create a serious style vibe that you might find in St Barths or Venice Beach’s Abbott Kinney. It’s everything you never knew you needed, but don’t want to live without. And, if you find that you want/need more….Kerri has a team dedicated to bringing this vibe into your home through her interior design firm, Space + CO.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.57.36 PMxokrIMG_0093IMG_0559HEART BRACELET_02 (GOLD_SILVER)IMG_0507-1024x768 IMG_0524-e1478051367255-768x1024 IMG_0129Even more important….it’s a happy place. A place you want to visit often, as I do! (You can read a post I did in on her shop here.) With each new collection, Kerri hosts a Pop Up event, creating a party atmostphere and one where fun and art collide. You can visit the Concept Shop at 10 Sconset Square in Westport, CT!IMG_0674But, today is a celebration of our shared love of tulips! And, one lucky reader will win 1 Tulip Nouveau pillow (100% linen and cotton blend, down filled with white linen backing), pictured below. The give away is actually happening on Instagram (@prettypink2lips) and will run from today through 10pm Sunday, May 7th. Winner will be announced on the blog and Instagram on Monday, May 8th!IMG_0030TULIPS NOUVEAU PILLOWScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 9.38.58 PM

IMG_0618It has been my great joy and honor to watch Kerri soar with creativity and boundless energy, as she inspires me not only with her art but with her vision of creating a beautiful and meaningful life for herself and others!

Visit her in Westport or on her webite! And, visit often, as Kerri and her shop are constantly evolving!

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Artist Spotlight – Wayne Pate

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You know when you keep seeing something or being drawn to something that it is a sign that it is “speaking to you”. Well…that’s the way I feel about the artwork of Wayne Pate.

Classical and whimsical at the same time, there is a Matisse-like vibe to his artwork that just pulls me in. Originally from Texas (you gotta love those Texans), he has lived in New York since the 1990’s, and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor, and their 3 daughters.

Largely self taught, Pate begins his work in his sketchbook, concentrating on lines and imbuing his work with a sense of movement. A favorite of interior designers and collectors, you may have seen his work in Lonny, various galleries or One Kings Lane, which is where I picked up 2 of his pieces (Tulips and Garden Scene, No 1).Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.07.39 PM wayne_pate_studio_tour_painting Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.01.48 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.05 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.20 PM

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.03.18 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.36 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.03.52 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.56 PMRecently tapped to lend his take to the 2017 Tory Burch Resort collection….I think we may be seeing more of and more colloborations with Wayne Pate! He’s definitely one to watch!

Here’s to an artful week ahead!

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