Here at Krrb we embrace those years when the painting from your local art fair wasn’t worth a fortune or a curated spot in Museum of Modern Art, though it should be. The fun is in the discovery, like when you first notice that the autograph in the lower left corner of a painting appears in Google images. Or take that time when you inherited a tiny landscape painting, moody and simple, only to find out that the piece depicts a critical turn in American culture from an artist who was turning it. Haven’t experienced that, yet? Just wait. In celebration of the good times ahead for local artists, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces—from a few of our favorite places—that are bound to be family heirlooms.
John W. Shanabrook lives in a small house in Alexandria, Virginia. We like to think that he paints dreamy landscapes like this one just for us to dream about.
Here’s another one of our favorites by Shanabrook, wrapping a beautiful image of Virginia in a clear, Southern night.
Artist Cathy Savels resides in France, where she has been revered as #1 in innovation. Her lived experience of France manifests in the coolest of cool-color palettes, knots of fabric, and geometric shapes.
Savels, often inspired by the natural beauty of France, creates textures that are intricate, delicate, and bold—all at once.
Mid-Century Rehab, a one-stop-art-shop located in Seattle, Washington, houses some of our favorite pieces on Krrb, such as this oil painting by the talented Tom Hamilton.
A leader in exceptional art and design, Mid-Century Rehab polishes yet another gem: a 1973 original ink print, signed and numbered.
Anduin Vaid, creating from the Big Apple, conveys his experience of human emotions through warm, vivid abstracts.
Capturing movement with his unique approach, Artist Vaid gets the detail in the texture.
Barbara Lavallee, best known for the American children’s book Mama Do You Love Me?, portrays the warmth of human relationships for children and adults alike.
Elayna Speight is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Maryland. Focused on the female experience in American culture, her work takes us back to a time that’s as jazzy as it is sensual.
Who’s your favorite local artist? And where do you go to discover up-and-coming talent?