How would you describe your taste in art? This question is harder than it seems. There is no formula and there is no right or wrong answer. Art is an extremely personal endeavor, so it’s important to remember that the art you like is for you. Feel confident about your tastes and have fun as you learn about your own or someone else’s preferences. If you need help defining your style, look to others for help.
Just this last week, our team put their knowledgeable noggins together to hand-select the pieces in our new Staff Favorites collection. You can browse all of our top picks here, and read on for a few highlights from each of us:
Aska Sturdevan, Gallery Manager
All of Jack’s artwork is so appetizing with its rich, bold colors: you’d think you could taste the paintings. I can’t help but be drawn to his piece “Sushi” with his attention to detail. Every grain of rice and colorful seafood perfectly laid out. All you need now is some wasabi, soy sauce and chopsticks to make it a painting worth eating!
Alex Farkas, Gallery Director
Every now and then, I encounter a photographer whose work seems to put you right in the middle of the story—it feels like you are standing behind the lens with them. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the work of two such artists, Noelle Visconti and Noel Michele. Noelle’s scenes of the great monuments and small winding back alleys of western Europe carry the excitement of seeing these things in person for the first time. Her shot of Pantheon in Rome instantly brought back the way I felt the first time I stepped through those huge bronze doors when I was 16. Quite a feeling! Meanwhile, Noel captures a different type of magic with her camera. Her photography holds all of the beauty, angst, and wisdom of youth. With each one of her portraits, you feel such distinct emotions. I love the promise in “Echoes,” the humor in “Pathos,” and the feeling of being overwhelmed in “Stay.”
Stephen Tanenbaum, Director of Operations
The vivid red in the painting really catches my attention. Lana’s use of colors never fails to impress. My eyes just get drawn deeper into the painting the more I look at it.
Bailey Richardson, Assistant Gallery Director
Rebecca is a really talented printmaker, and I love how she shows her sense of humor in this piece. Rebecca created the piece in a Japanese calligraphy workshop. She was unfamiliar with Japanese characters and unwittingly made errors in spacing, balance and symmetry. Later, while eating cherry tomatoes off the vine, she noticed how much the tomatoe leaves and stems resembled her calligraphy marks. The red screenprinted chop mark reads, “Toh mah toh”, referencing the plant that inspired the piece. As with all great printmaking, the beauty (and humor) requires a close look - blink and you’ll miss the pun!