I recently became very busy during my travels. From Guatemala to Costa Rica I was touring around, backpacking, and checking out the sites. In San Jose, Costa Rica, however, I bunch of opportunities to paint came my way and I jumped on it. Here are some shots of the works I did throughout San Jose. I also decided to open a new section on my site, dedicated to murals. More info on these pieces can be found there.. and more works to come!
My latest painting. This one is done with acrylic wall paint, about 7×7 feet and done on a metal door of El Buho Vegetariano restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica.
I´m hoping to find some more walls to paint on my travels in Central America this Winter and Spring. If you are interested in having a mural done for a residence, business or institution, hit me up at kevin(at)kevinledo.com
I’m very happy to announce that my work will now be represented by Yves Laroche Gallery in Montreal, Canada.
I am presently traveling around and working out of different countries in Central America, therefore, for the next few seasons, Yves Laroche Gallery will be my primary dealer and contact in Montreal. Please check them out!
Note that the gallery also has access to more paintings than those appearing on their site.
I haven’t had time this summer for keeping this site updated and fresh, let alone most other things in my life. I have been so busy that all I can do is sleep when I get the chance, however, I’ve been busy with good things. For the past 3 months or so, I’ve been working on some special effects for the film “Noah,” a film by Darren Aronofsky starring Emma Watson, Russell Crowe and Logan Lerman. It’s basically based off of the biblical story Noah’s Ark.
This is the first time I work in special effects and I quite like it. The studio that I’m working for is full of talented and friendly special effects artists, and learning from them has been, and is, a great experience. I’d love to show you pictures of the animals we are creating, but then I’d get fired.
A few things have been on the back burner in the mean time, slow cooking, and eventually getting done. Just this past month I participated in a group art show in Portland, Oregon. The show is still up and running at Hellion Gallery and is called “Live Free.” The show was curated by a talented artist and friend of mine, Mike Maxwell. Mike put together a selection of artists that he has had on his series of podcasts called “Live Free.” The artwork and participating artist list is quite impressive and I’m happy to be part of it!
I recently finished a few little commissioned artworks. From time to time I take these on and it usually brings me out of what I normally do, which is more of a challenge, but always a good experience in the end. I normally don’t post my commissions in my regular portfolio, but here are 3 that I recently finished. (the shots aren’t the best quality)
Next on the agenda is a BIG change. I’ll be moving to Guatemala in November for 6 to 8 months to learn Spanish, travel around some, and set up a studio to continue doing art. It’s just time to get out of the routine and freshen up my outlook, hopefully create some great art. My plan is to continue writing this blog out there, where I imagine I’ll have more time than I do now.
Carmelo Blandino is an incredibly talented and inspirational artist as well as a great person. I had the pleasure of being his student when he was a teacher at Dawson College in Illustration and Design. Since then we have become friends and he has become a sort of guiding light in this stormy sea of making fine arts a career. As a person, Carmelo is very positive and encouraging. His luscious paintings are masterfully executed in technique, colour and form. His subjects are aesthetically pleasing with the added depth of exploring eastern ideologies and philosophy.
Carmelo Blandino is presently having an exhibition at Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal. His bio is below:
Born to Sicilian parents in Tübingen, Germany, and raised in the culturally charged city of Montreal, Quebec, Blandino studied art and design at the city’s local colleges and began a successful career as a freelance illustrator, working with architects, designers, and advertising agencies. In 2002, Blandino shifted his focus to the world of fine art. Today, his paintings are widely known for their immediacy and their sensual, even lascivious expressions of colour, movement, and shape. His work is exhibited in New York, Palm Beach, Naples, Stockholm, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and his beloved Montreal. He has conducted summer workshops at Von Liebig Art Center of Naples, Florida, and taught drawing for many years at Dawson College in Montreal before transplanting himself to Naples, Florida where he lives today.
Last Fall I was fortunate enough to be part of En Masse’s biggest project yet! 30 artists got together to take over one whole room at the Museum of Fine Art of Montreal! It was a huge success and loads of fun. Check out this sweet video that Fred Caron from put together.
I’m having my next exhibition on April 6th, 2012 at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, titled Awakening the Fire.
I’ll be featuring 14 new works that range in size from 12″ x 18″ to 4′ x 5.’ I will be presenting, for the first time, my latest mixed media works on wood. I’m feeling good about the work in this exhibit and I hope you get the chance to check it out.
Tristezza Tristezzová, from Bratislava, Slovakia, is a young photographer who creates erotic and surrealist photography. Tristezzová seamlessly uses photo manipulation in her photographs, as most of her images are self-portraits, often with multiple poses of the same figure.
I love figurative photography, mix that with erotic and surrealist depictions of the female figure, and I’m in love. Check out more of Tristezzová’s work on art limited. And while your at it, there are loads of other fantastic artists on that site to explore.
Nick Lepard is a painter based out of Vancouver where he graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. His work is focused around realistic portraiture and the abstracting of it. Lepard’s paintings are beautifully composed with bold gestures that make up faces that sometimes blur the line between beauty and the grotesque. The colours covey a vibrant contentment while the gaze from and the distortions of the human face carry a dark and hollow sentiment.
What really attracts me to this work is the generous application of paint and the playfulness of mark making, not to mention that this work has the slightest resemblance to analytical cubism, which happens to be my favorite art period.
To feed your brain more of his work, check out Lepard’s site.
I came across one of Waldemar Pawlikowski’s paintings on ffffound and I fell in love with it. I needed to know who had created it and what other work this person had. So I began following the trail from ffffound to this artist’s deviantart page. There I found more of his work. I found out that he is from Poland and with a little more google research found out that he is also a singer/ songwriter. Pawlikowski has also done quite well for himself in music as has won numerous music prizes.
Pawlikowski’s artwork is quite beautiful, and above I have chosen some of my favorite pieces. I’m normally not very drawn to landscape painting, but Pawlikowski has managed to capture a ghostly impression of his lanscapes in a beautiful array of delicate colours which I appreciate. What I enjoy the most is his play with light and shadow and the soft treatment to his work.
If you can read Polish, you can find more info on Pawlikowskior website, or just check it out for more images of his work.
Bao Pham is an illustrator based out of somewhere in Iowa. Pham’s work is primarily digital, but isn’t limited to it as he also paints, analog style. A lot of what Pham does is centred around fantasy imagery, such as elfs, fairies and zombies; not that zombies isn’t on it’s way to become a reality or anything…
I poked around the internet and found this little collection of his work, which are some of my favorite pieces from Pham. I love his use of colour, it’s just amazing. I especially love when he uses beautifully delicate colours when depicting horrific imagery such as this zombie above.
Pham primarily sites are on blogger and deviant art. Check him out!
João Ruas is an artist from and based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He approaches his artwork with a variety of mediums, from pencils, gouache and watercolour to metal leaf and collage. Ruas first introduction to art was comics and later on he studied design in university; elements of which are evident in his approach to his work. But what I find to be completely captivating is his dark and mythological imagery, exploring worlds between archaic folklore and and the shadow of our subconscious.
Maria Kreyn is a Russian born, New York based artist. She has a wonderful body of work with paintings and drawings that come from a classical approach, with attention to technique and composition.
What I enjoy is not only not only her technical approach, but her use of light and colour, and the intensity she is able to capture in the faces that she depicts.
Pakayla Biehn is a multidisciplinary artist based out of San Francisco. Featured here are a selection of oil paintings from her “Double Exposure” series. Biehn used a variety of photographs as references for this body of work; some are from single exposure shots from photographer and friend Jeff Enlow, which Biehn digitally composited in Photoshop. Other photographs are double exposure shots from photographer Tamara Lichtenstein.
Biehn’s paintings have a soft and delicate approach, light colour range, which coupled with the a ghostly double exposure effect, gives the work a dreamy, contemplative feel.
Shawn Barber, based out of L.A., focuses on the portraiture and tattoo culture. His paintings are lively and expressive, and range in technique from tight, beautifully executed renderings to expressive markings all in the one piece. Barber will often superimpose numerous limbs on his figures, suggesting the passage or time, or as I like to think, an ethereal and spiritual plane as you would see in Hindu representations of gods and goddesses.
On his site, Barber has a great write up about his story, and especially on being a professional artist. Check it out!