Modern Art

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 20, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Walls

Often times you’ll look around your room and wonder what’s missing.  The furniture is there, the window treatments are up, the rug is down and it’s feeling cozy but not quite complete.  Chances are you’re missing the one element that brings it all together.  ART!  I’ve been eyeing this one photograph in a small coffee shop on Bleeker Street and I’m just waiting for the perfect client to sell it to.  It’s by photographer Frank Louis and can be found in his Italy collection.

I also have a client who recently purchased a few David Burdeny prints from Lumas gallery in NYC which you can also buy online.  Take a look at his collection to see which colors work best with your decor.

I found a few addtional artists and photographs i also like from Lumas Gallery for those of you who want a modern edge!

I love this last series for a beach house

So, I was on one of my mad Craigslist hunts for a diamond in the rough piece for one of my clients (I love the NYC craigslist! You can find some amazing stuff, but that’s a different post)

….when I came across this image of an apartment of two young artists/designers who were selling off some of their furniture to pay for classes, books, and other college paraphernalia, and I was really, really impressed! I mean, this apartment could  be in a magazine!

…or at least a really cool blog!  😉

So here it is! This is the home of college students Jorge Gomez and his boyfriend Craig Warfield. They are an amazingly talented, young NYC couple whose futures are sure to be bright!




View of dining room. I love the green chairs against the leopard print rug and the contrast of the mod accents with the traditional French armchair in gold gilt on the right.  I also love how they aren’t afraid to mix the gold and silver accents.  I don’t know how many times I have told clients that, “YES! It’s ok to mix gold and silver!”  Here is proof! I’m saving this picture for the next time someone questions me!

Ok, so not only is their apartment way nicer than mine ever was when I was in design school, but  Jorge is also an AMAZING artist!  Check out some of his work below which is completely my style and I am definintely going to buy a piece!

…right after I finish renovating my really old house…might be a while 🙁

These remind me of all the old vintage Parisian fashion posters that I love with the style and color schemes he uses, but of course he puts a modern twist on them! Wow, I wish I was this talented!


l: “cote d’azur”
acrylic and swarovski on canvas
30″ x 40″

This one reminds me of the Material Girl’s Marie Antoinette caricatures! Love it!


l: portrait series [untitled 5]
acrylic, gold leaf, and swarovski on canvas
30″ x 40″
r: portrait series [untitled 4]
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
30″ x 40″


l: portrait series [untitled 5]
acrylic, gold leaf, and swarovski on canvas
30″ x 40″
r: portrait series [untitled 4]
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
30″ x 40″

And here they are!  Like I said…SO YOUNG! But also SO, SO, SO, so, so, so.. T A L E N T E D !

I can’t wait to see what these two will doing in 5 years! Good luck guys! (NOT THAT YOU NEED LUCK!)

studentspicLeft to Right: Craig Warfield, 2nd year student at Hunter College, and Jorge Gomez,  Senior at Parsons.  Both are fine art students.

Focus On An Artist

Posted By Abby - New York | Mar 04, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Art

A few months ago I saw a story on the local news about an artist who does his work in the subway. Ok, so a lot of artists work down there but what was special about this artist was his medium. He uses the MTA Subway maps as his canvas and sharpies and paint pens as his medium. I Googled a few combinations and found several articles and images of his work. I know I’m biased because I’m a New Yorker but his works and story are impressive. Take a look:

I found a short bio on Enrico Miguel Thomas is this talented artist’s name and he earned a BFA at my alma mater, Pratt Institute. It sounds like he had a tough childhood and hopes to one day contribute some of his earnings from art to other children who have suffered abuse.

I love you Enrico! And your art! And your cause! I’m so upset I haven’t run into you on the platform. Especially while waiting for the L at 14th Street. (Lord knows I’ve spent a lot of time there!)

I think what I really dig about his work is it’s energy. His use of the subway map is so perfect for his subject matter and style. Constant people and movement. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the chaos of life in the city. I know I have. “People are just going through their lives and they’re not really paying attention to the beauty around them. It’s my job as an artist to bring that to the table. To show people ‘hey look you are surrounded by beauty even if you are consumed by a 9-to-5 workday.'” Well said. And even if I haven’t run into you on the platform, thanks for making me stop and reflect.

You know what else I love? He’s made friends with lots of MTA workers who gladly give him the free MTA maps. (Uh-oh, I probably just gave the MTA another way to increase revenue!)

Which station does this guy work in?! He looks like the friendliest MTA worker I’ve ever seen! (Oh, I’m kidding! You’re all lovely.) You gotta love NY! It’s really unbelievable the amount of talent that is just wandering around, doing their thing, living their life.

The work above is of a homeless couple Enrico came across. There is brief description of his experience drawing them and an excellent article about Enrico and his life at the Sun Sentinel. Keep up the good work Enrico! I’m keeping you on my radar! And if anyone I know happens to need a present for me (Anyone? Anyone?), this is what I want!

Photos courtesy of,, and the Sun Sentinel.