A New Zealand painter whose work I’ve recently discovered and really like is Melvin Day. Many of his landscapes remind me of Colin McCahon’s. I love the colour palettes; the layering and textures; the mysterious, transparent geometric shapes; the stencilled(?) words; the thick, dark lines around things; and even the cubism, which I don’t often like (it just looks too busy to me!). They’re the kind of paintings you could stand and look at for a long time, I think.
I don’t tend to be a fan of total abstraction, but I do really enjoy following Anthony Grootelaar. He’s endlessly creative, and he’s very good at naming his works and pairing them with thought-provoking quotes.
I’m not usually a fan of paintings of Jesus, but I love this one. At first, I thought Jesus was surfing (I can actually imagine him doing that!), but then I realised he was standing on the water, with his hand reaching into it. I love the composition, the colour, the light—and that Jesus’ face is obscured, because we don’t actually know what he looked like.
A while back, I went to a local library to get out some art books, and this one caught my eye. When I got home and opened it, I was blown away. Probably not the kind of art I want to create, but I love it. And it was beautifully presented in the hardcover book.
Here’s a short video on José to give you an idea of what he does. I love how he sometimes jumps off his ladder to make a mark. 🙂