11 March, 2008

Children's ART: Kinder Gallery Pt 1.

Artist Spotlight >

Lorena Siminovich started to draw when she was very young and couldn't seem to stop. She would sit in her room and fill sheet after sheet of paper with her nascent artistic visions. And the intoxicating potential of the blank page has never left her since. Born in Buenos Aires and having worked in San Francisco as a creative director, Lorena has amassed a wealth of experience in graphic design, illustration and art.
For Kindergallery, Lorena has exchanged the blank page for a maple plywood board. This creates a natural, tactile canvas on which she creates unique handmade collages assembled from found, recycled, painted and vintage papers. These are sourced from a variety of different different places and times, and include origami, maps and architectural drawings. The designs are simple and modern, but the patterns, textures and languages revealed in the used papers create a sophisticated and intricate dimension, offering the mystery and excitement of other worlds.

Kelly Boulton is an Australian illustrator who has worked in a variety of creative media. She has served as guest art director of a street press magazine, designed for international fashion labels and created products for toy companies. Her illustration work has featured in Curvy 2005 and 2007 (a collection of works from the world's finest female illustrators and artists) and will appear in Dolce & Gabbana's new book on contemporary culture.Kelly's latest work is a funky range of wall art for children. Featuring magic trees, delicious apples and cheeky characters, her contemporary colours and minimalist designs burst with fun and animation.
Each work is printed on artist quality canvas using archival inks and is coated with UV varnish.

I found this great website KinderGallery http://www.kindergallery.com/about.html which features art works for children by various artists, a couple that I have mentioned above, and a few more to follow... but I think they would be just as wonderful, fun and quirky when found around the home.
The Kindergallery collection offers original paintings, limited edition works, prints, stretched canvases, box art and wall decals. Based in Sydney and with a second home in Berlin - I think that the simple graphic quality they hold finds a fantastical whimsy in each of us.

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