New Watercolor Artists Take Medium in Straaaaaaange Directions
When I look back on the latest watercolor artists that I have discovered I get incredibly excited because many of them are doing things I have never seen before. Their work confirms what I know is happening out in the art world: that watercolor painting is making an impact on how new and emerging artists work.
Here are a few of the artists who have caught my eye.
Justin Gibbens: At first glance, you think you are looking at an Audubon-style nature watercolor illustration, but then you realize the incredible beasts that Gibbens depicts are truly out of this world. Underlying themes of mutation, evolution, and biodiversity give the artist’s work a sense of the cautionary tale combined with a wicked tinge of humor.
Kathleen Conover: A painter unafraid to take risks. With a background in metalwork, jewelry design, textiles and costume design, printmaking, drawing, painting, and modern-dance choreography, Conover has always been steeped in fields that demand creativity and uniqueness of vision. She recently worked on a painting series, Industrial Evolution, inspired by the country’s rapidly changing industrial landscape.
Michael Lyons: Attracted to scenes of high contrast and the ability to capture a series of moments in watercolor, Lyons works quickly and embraces everything about water-based media. That includes the fact that watercolors can fade with time-a relation to the temporality of life that really resonates with the artist.
I’m thrilled that so many watercolor artists who are taking the medium in new directions and proving that there is no known quantity when it comes to creative expression. Knowing that the practice is growing so far so fast is why so many of us practically live to discover what new watercolor instructors and artists are out there, which is where Shirley Trevena’s Watercolors comes in. Take a look at her colors and shapes to fall in love with the medium all over again. And don’t even get me started on her abstracts. Amazing! Enjoy!
And who are some other watercolor artists that I should know about—artists you love or those who are working in really unique ways. Let me know!