This week, February 6th through the 14th, artists from around the world are currently participating in POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016. The week-long street art festival features gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts and live art installations. The event also focuses on using art to bring communities together and the feeling of friendship, family and art is very much alive here in Kaka’ako, Honolulu.
William Ratcliffe, Attic Room, 1918, oil on plywood, 51 x 50.8 cm, Tate Liverpool. Source
This is the bedroom of William Ratcliffe’s niece Margaret at the house of the artist’s brother, though as identified by the Tate, the men’s boots depicted in this painting are a likely indicator that Ratcliffe was staying here at the time. A watercolour sketch of the same scene is held in the Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery.
The Secret Life Behind Closed Doors - Paintings Of Privacy In The Big City
Born and bred in Los Angeles, California, Seth Armstrong is an American artist who understands life in an urban city. Behind the hustle and work-centric lives of people, resembling machines more than anything else, the artist has attempted to open a window into the secret lives these people hold.
San Francisco based artist Velia De Iuliis
draws her inspiration from an inherent curiosity for all living things,
and her colorful gouache illustrations are a tribute to the animals
that she admires. Her work interprets their energy into abstract
compositions that juxtapose the organic flow of nature with naturally
occurring geometric forms like diamonds, ellipses and diagonal lines.
“My work reflects what has fascinated me throughout my life. Themes of
symmetry and patterns found in nature as well as nature itself are the
avenues that both inspire and captivate me. Science, philosophy and art
are tightly bound but to better understand humanity I have to first
understand the natural world we live in, she says.