We just finished renovating. Even after the builders left and the dust was swept away (oh, the dust!), it wasn't really done until we had our art work up on the walls. I love the pieces we've collected over the years. Each one tells a story. The little black oil painting dotted with a single stark white plane by Australian artist Mark Gerada was a second anniversary present from my husband. The delicate pointillist painting above our bed is by Lily Kelly Napangardi, an indigenous Australian painter. I found it on eBay when I was on maternity leave with our second child. Each object is a touchstone for me and I hope one day they will resonate the same way with my kids.
Here are the artists I am obsessed with right now. If I were to add to my collection, these 12 pieces would be top of my list.
1. Jaime Derringer is a friend. She's also a mom and the founder of Design Milk and Dog Milk. Over the last few years I've watched her throw herself into her art and it's been so inspiring to see her blossom. Her work is perfect if you are looking for strong graphic abstracts in color and or bold black and white. To Buy: "Sometimes I Wish Beginnings Were Ends," $25
3. I am a big fan of American sculptor Ruth Asawa's incredible wire sculptures. Her work regularly surfaces on 1st Dibs, but it sells fast! To Buy:Copper Woven Basket, $1,000
4. Another friend, Sal Taylor Kydd, has had a camera in hand since high school and is currently part way through an MFA. Her landscape photography has a ghostly quality that I love. To Buy: "Seascape," $350
5. California-born Brooklyn resident Lulu Wolf combines magazine cut-outs and solid blocks of color paper into beautiful collages. To Buy: "Indigo and Blue," $130
6. Karen Kimmel is a powerhouse artist, illustrator and community maker. Through her design studio, she works with clients (like Target); plus, she turns her space over to the crafting community each year as a parental retreat. Somehow she finds time to make art. To Buy: You can purchase her products here and contact her directly for artwork here.
7. Margo Selby is a textile artist with an extraordinary eye. She occasionally takes time out of her booming studio business to create covetable one-off pieces. To Buy: This series of handwoven cotton and silk wall hangings are sold but you can commission similar work directly from the artist via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8. I like the mid-century modern feel of contemporary artist Roberto Yonkov's work. To Buy: "Figure," $1,000
9. Canadian artist Claire Jardins left the world of marketing to follow her passion for painting in 2011. I love her big, bold graphic abstracts. To Buy:Juicy Burger, $5,184
10. Caroline Jones and I moved to Los Angeles the same year. Our husbands worked together, and our kids are around the same age. We both eventually found our footing here in Los Angeles. Caroline's work now reflects a passion for the desert. I love the Joshua Tree-inspired series. To Buy: Contact her directly for Joshua Tree, $250.