The small-scale gouache paintings by Paola Ciarska offer peeks inside private homes, with pop and fine art gems scattered throughout. The artist often depicts intimate moments, with personality present across the empty rooms. (Also presents are hints at her subjects being webcam performers or other Internet activity.)
Valeriya Volkova’s vibrant mixed-media houses offer surprises hidden throughout their contours. Using a combination of paint, markers, and ink, the structures take on different themes and surreal flourishes. The stranger parts of each piece are built upon the artist’s striking architectural sensibilities.
This June, Kazuki Takamatsu kicks off a double solo show at both locations of Dorothy Circus Gallery, in Rome and London. “For Tomorrow” collects new paintings that bridge analog and digital art, crafting gouache and acrylic layers that recreate figures first imagined using 3-D software. The artist uses this method to also tether both Eastern and Western culture. Takamatsu recently created the cover for the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 Box Set.
Amy Cutler’s gouache narratives explore womanhood and the Western experience through surrealism and icons of domestication. The Poughkeepsie-artist plays with pattern and texture in these scenes, pulled from both contemporary design and historical fashions. Her work has been shown in solo shows from New York to Stockholm.
Aya Kakeda, a Tokyo-born, New York-based artist, moves between illustration and personal work, all carrying a vibrancy and a dynamic layering aesthetic. Much of her work is created in gouache on wood or canvas, with Kakeda using the texture of each to breathe life into her fictional worlds.
Erin McCarty, an Alaska-born, Arizona-based painter, creates large-scale gouache works that mix influences like the natural world, the human body, and the abstract ideas and emotions surrounding our place in the world. After graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland in 2010, the artist worked in the Oregan area before returning to her home state of Alaska, where she recharged and created a new body of work inspired by the region. These days, she lives in Tucson, where she’s inspired by a new terrain and ecosystem.