Nissa Kauppila

Shenzhen, China

Although Nissa Kauppila was born and raised in the small town of Monkton in rural Vermont, her life and creative work now take wing half a world away in China and Australia. Employing centuries-old traditional Chinese techniques of watercolor and ink on rice paper, Kauppila’s work is nevertheless a style all its own. The intricacy of her paintings illuminate her appreciation for – and curiosity about – the powerful dichotomies found in the natural world: strength and fragility, stillness and flight, composure and chaos.

Kauppila holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. Her paintings have been featured in galleries worldwide, showcased in fashion shoots, and lauded in numerous publications.

 

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  Burlington

Burlington

  Ferry Pier

Ferry Pier

  Lantau

Lantau

  Wings

Wings

Stefan Gevers

Melbourne, Australia

 

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When he was 23, Stefan Gevers left his home in the Netherlands to work in New Zealand for three months –and ended up moving to Australia for good. The modernist design traditions of his homeland can be traced in the minimal style of his watercolor paintings, while his carefully calibrated color schemes take their inspiration from road trips through the Australian landscape. Gevers began his latest series of large-scale work, for instance, after a trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, an area where craggy, striated ridges coexist with lush foliage.

Gevers’ pieces have been exhibited widely in both Australia and Europe. In addition to watercolors, he’s created felt sculptures inspired by industrial forms and collaborated with like-minded designers to print his work on functional furniture and silk scarves. For nearly a decade, he’s also taught workshops in contemporary watercolor at his Melbourne studio.

 

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  Falls & Flips

Falls & Flips

  Green Foliage

Green Foliage

  Pebbles

Pebbles

  Leaves

Leaves

Rachel Dein

London, England

 

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Rachel Dein was introduced to casting processes while taking a glassblowing class at art college in London. Fascinated, she began to experiment, crafting simple yet detailed sculptures by pressing objects into clay, then covering the clay with plaster. Following college, she accepted an apprenticeship as a propmaker with the English National Opera; as her career expanded, so too did her knowledge and experience of casting, mold-making, and related techniques.

After her ethereal floral compositions started to gain appreciation through word of mouth, she established a studio in her family’s North London loft to create tiles and commissioned pieces from home. Throughout 2018, Dein will be working on a project for Hidcote Manor Gardens, casting the estate’s flowers and plants to permanently encapsulate each season as it changes. 

Rachel’s botanical castings reflect her desire to capture the ephemeral. They track the progress of the seasons, marking the plants at the moment when they are most alive. Leeched of all colors and their flesh rendered in white plaster, the flowers are transformed, lending their gracefulness to something entirely new, at once a faithful imprint and an abstraction of themselves. With a tinge of sepia, the castings recall the slightly out-of-this-world look of platinum photographic prints brought into the third dimension.

        Ngoc Minh Ngo, In Bloom

 

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  Daisy

Daisy

  Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

  Late Summer

Late Summer

  Lavender

Lavender

Christian Gastaldi

Paris, France

 

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Born in the south of France along the Mediterranean, Christian Gastaldi has always considered travel and discovery to be essential fuel for his work. When "art became an absolute necessity” for him in 2005, he continued to travel, moving his studio across the globe to locations including Angola, Azerbaijan, Spain, and Canada.

The potpourri of cultural influences he’s encountered along the way can be immediately glimpsed in his dynamic deconstructed collage pieces, created from materials such as paper bags and discarded posters that he explains “can be found in the streets, having suffered the passing of time, those whose mundane functions do not spontaneously elect them as arty material.”

By incorporating his interests in rhythm and composition in his art, Gastaldi seeks to develop his own graphic language equivalent to a writer’s style. He currently lives and works in Paris.

 

Christian Gastaldi website

 
  In Babel

In Babel

  Mar-Poi

Mar-Poi

  Paris

Paris

  Sac en Papier

Sac en Papier