By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team
We are delighted by the work that was submitted for the Minted + West Elm Art Challenge—and we are delighted by our partnership as well—look for Minted in West Elm stores and www.westelm.com starting in September.
One of my favorite elements about this challenge was the influx of new artists and the variety of new styles from our existing artists. It’s exciting to see work from well-established graphic artists like Rose Lindo delve into new territory for our collection (see her lovely piece, The Rapids). It’s equally exciting to meet new Minted artists, such as Holly Royval and Samantha French, and have the privilege to welcome them, and the other new artists, into our community.
I keep returning again and again to view these pieces and can’t wait for them to be available for sale—I’m holding spots for a few of these prints in my own home.
Unexpected Organic Award
“Sun Drop” by Holly Royval
A mosaic of natural shapes hints at a variety of influences—sunflowers, a spiral of seashells, fossils embedded in the terrain. The syncopation of shapes, both long and short, are presented in a myriad of cascading colors on top of a white background. While the choice of materials suggests a reference to the design interest of the 1970’s in the natural world, the selection of colors in this piece is entirely modern.
Avant Garde Award for the best edgy, boundary pushing print
“Drift and Flow” by Samantha French
Avant garde refers to those who lead in innovation and the exploration of new terrain. This piece captures the spirit of the avant garde by presenting the viewer with an unexpected glimpse of the subject from under the water’s surface. Looking upward, the viewer encounters a swimmer leisurely floating nearby. The colors from the swimmer’s skin, hair and suit are broken up into a series of abstract fields and patterns at the intersection where water and air meet.
Art of Photography Award for the best photographic print
“Desert Diptych” by Annie Clark
The arid and desolate quality of the desert landscape is captured in this spectacular overlapping diptych by longtime Minted artist, Annie Clark. The perspective suggests a journey from the arroyo’s bed as the late afternoon sun fades behind the hills in the background. Applying a cantilevered overlap of the photos creates the illusion of being momentarily dazzled by a ray from the setting sun—altering vision and perspective—and enhancing the beauty of the piece.
Bright and Bold Award for the best bold print
“Weathered Stripes” by Lindsay Megahed
A slightly abstracted chevron pattern, with a modified intersection of the centerlines, is enhanced by heavily laid paintwork. Shades of various hues are over applied on the colored bands and emphasize the piece’s hand-done quality—a painting that has been worked over several times until the balance is just right.
Monochromatic Award for the best monochromatic print
“The Rapids” by Rose Lindo
Rose Lindo’s “The Rapids” is lovely in its simplicity—a series of hand drawn lines sway across the page in a tight pattern. The lines vary in thickness as they move, creating an optical cadence, while gold tones brighten the piece. Well-suited to a variety of interiors, this print is highly versatile and could be selected in a small format for intimacy or in a larger size for high impact.
Illustration Award for the best illustration
“Arrangement of Art” by Jamie Leigh
Classic subject matter—a bouquet of flowers tied with a ribbon—is the focal point of this art print. Set on a gray background with monochromatic use of pen, the frenetic lines swirl about the page rendering traditional imagery in a new format. The juxtaposition of the circular patterns of the petals creates a dynamic contrast to the linear quality of the base and ribbon.
Abstract Award for the best abstract painting or illustration
“Autumn Obscura” by Naomi Ernest
By deliberately manipulating the focus of this image, Ms. Ernest forces the viewer to concentrate on the colors and patterns created by the amorphous shapes. Is this a scene of a park landscape, a grove of trees or something entirely other? It doesn’t much matter, as the colors fading into one another in various forms are more than enough to capture our attention.1 COMMENT