Art That I Heart

If my soul was cut open and turned inside out (god forbid), I reckon it might look something like this:

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Colourful, layered, pensive, bleeding. A little bit wild. Nonsensical, but making perfect sense. Playful, whimsical. Forlorn at times. Oh so blurred.

This exquisite piece is by Amanda Krantz – a Melbourne-based artist who draws inspiration from all the usual places (nature, travel, memories) and some unusual places too (a friend’s earring, assorted candy).

I came across Krantz whilst scrolling mindlessly on the interwebs.

This picture popped up and immediately struck me with its vibrant colours and intensity:

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It must be incredibly therapeutic to be able to pick up a paintbrush and embody flashes of raw emotion so perfectly and so beautifully.

“I harness mistakes to create beauty,” Krantz said.

Gosh, I wish my mistakes could turn out so exquisitely.

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Another amazing Aussie artist: Abbey McCulloch.

She’s well known – but I first saw her work in a Frankie Magazine left lying around by a former housemate.

McCulloch first turned to art as an introverted, shy little girl, to divert attention away from herself.

Just wow.

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McCulloch’s work mostly features women: Otherworldly, vulnerable, rainbow women, who are a touch awkward at times. And sometimes a little bit haunted.

But they are beautiful.

Her work makes sense to me in every single way.

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And last, but by no means least, is Sydney-based photographer Elize Strydom.

I befriended Elize years ago whilst working together in region NSW, well before learning of her artistic prowess.

She always has a camera slung over her shoulder and takes trips across continents in pursuit of her passion.

Elize sees people and sees through people. It’s obvious in her work…

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Of course, three random pics do not do Elize justice, so check out her blog: Olive and Oak.

Such talent abounds on this here island nation…. and even at the next desk in your office.

Who’s your favourite Australian artist?

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