Successful Animator, Illustrator and Textile designer Monika Forsberg has caught the eye of Patternbank this week. Originally from Lulea in northern Sweden, Monika moved to London to study at Camberwell School of Art and went on to gain a BA (hons) in Illustration at the University of Westminster and an MA (RCA) in Animation at the Royal College of Art. Patternbank were particularly attracted to her designs in coloured pen and her pattern rich illustrations, we love the naive quality of her pen work and the way her images take the eye on a journey, through a fantasy land of pattern and form. Monika’s website is currently being overhauled but if you want to see more, her latest project is an Animated Short for Channel 4, as part of their ‘Random Acts’, to be screened in April.
Australian artist Jill Lewis creates these dream-like pictorial moments on her canvas with layers of pattern and colour, transforming us to another world. Lewis’s primitive yet extraordinarily sophisticated notions of everyday life are like playful poetic tapestries featuring mythological animals and fanciful objects. A painterly and spontaneous mark-making technique of rich earthy hues and gelato colour bombs, emphasise the personal metaphors and private moments underlying her stories. You can see more of her fantastical cast of bazaar creatures and characters at libbyedwardsgallieries.com
Anne Siem’s paintings are beautifully haunting with their imagery of naive women with ghostly dresses. The love of early American Folk Art, European masters as well as vintage and modern photography inspire her work which has evolved over the years into some enchanting pieces. Siem’s moved from Berlin, Germany to Seattle in 1991 where her early works were on waxed found paper using pen, ink and acrylic paint. Later she has worked on panels where she can create a more precise quality of painting. Patternbank love all the hidden imagery that can be found within her paintings. Check out more of Siem’s wonderful work at annesiems.com and her current exhibition at wallyworkmangallery.com showing until 24th November 2012.
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