Katherine Bernhardt has been stranded in Guatemala since March. When she’s not at her studio, a converted auto-repair shop in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, Bernhardt buys and sells rugs, whose patterns she has used in her wild and colorful paintings and prints.
The 45-year-old artist was born in Clayton, Missouri. Bernhardt received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dubbed the female bad-boy of contemporary art, Bernhardt’s works are not just fun, they have also been garnering way higher than estimated prices at Sotheby’s and other auction houses.
Dublin-born artist, Michael Craig-Martin (Sir Michael since 2016) is one of the most beloved artists in Britain. He’s created a poster to thank National Health Service workers in the U.K. for their service.
Craig-Martin is encouraging fellow citizens to co-create the artwork by downloading it, colouring it in, and then collaborating by displaying it in their windows.
His minimal style translates well into steel sculptures that have an ethereal quality. Recent acquisitions, available at VFA, are sculptures of classic chairs, simple and elegant.
Jonas Wood uses clean, fine lines and crisp color to create contemporary Matisse-like works that lend themselves to lithography and screenprint. “Printmaking is a big part of my process,” he said in a 2019 interview, “drawing is a big part of my process, and tracing and getting the basic shapes of things before I make the painting is a big part of my process.”
Wood shares his L.A. studio with his potter wife, Shio Kusaka, whose work often appears in his paintings and lithographs.
His work is part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim, the Hammer and other major museums and galleries.
We are happy to be able to offer several recent lithographs done in Jonas Wood’s joyful style.
Kenny Scharf’s works have the playfulness that has been his trademark since the 1980s. He lived with Haring and partied with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and the crowd at Club 57. Fortunately for Scharf, he survived the rock and roll lifestyle of the ’80s, while many others did not, and his work reflects the joy for life that he embraces.
His most recent works are vibrant silkscreens, available at VFA.
The Nike Panther and Other Wild and Wonderful Works at VFA
Shannon Lee. Why Katherine Bernhardt’s Freewheeling Paintings Attract Collectors of All Kinds. Artsy. May 18, 2020.
Scott Indrisek. Paint It Loud. Meet Katherine Bernhardt, the so-called “female bad-boy” of contemporary art. GQ Magazine/Culture. August 29, 2019.
Emily Kasriel. What plague art tells us about today. BBC/Culture. May 18, 2020.
Loney Abrams. Interview: Jonas Wood on His New Monograph and Limited-Edition Print. Artspace. November 21, 2019.
Janelle Zara. An Artist on Finding Balance, and His Giant Basketball Sculpture. The New York Times Style Magazine. March 22, 2019.