Wednesday, August 8, 2007
If you aren't already a devotee of the fabulous design blog The Peak of Chic, visit it immediately for a crash course in fine design theory and inspiration.
Today's Peak post shares some stunning paintings of interiors by James Steinmeyer and Jeremiah Goodman. Looking at these wonderful paintings I was reminded of the work of a talented artist, Page Laughlin, that I came across some time ago who uses images from shelter magazines as her inspiration for her paintings.
When I first saw her work I was awestruck. They are the most inspirational and thought provoking images of interiors that I have ever seen. She has the ability to capture the emotional resonance of the room.
When I look at these paintings I feel as if I am transported into the room.
Page is clearly an under achiever! She was named an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received her MFA at the esteemed Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently a Professor, and Smith Young Family Research Fellow and Chair of the Department of Art at Wake Forest University. (Hope I got that all right)
This quote from Laughlin's website gives us a glimpse into the motivation behind her paintings.
"In the subject matter of my paintings, things are often not quite what they seem: lovely interiors, on closer consideration, lead to disquieting seduction; wallpaper details, luscious statuary, give way to recognition of issues of power and subjugation. I try to make work that has beauty to attract and complexity to sustain observation." Page Laughlin
I am so impressed by this kind of exceptional talent. I am looking forward to seeing her forthcoming works.
See Page Laughlin's work featured in Traditonal Home Magazine.
Images courtesy of www.pagelaughlin.com