The Art Behind Art Lover's Atelier

A unique aspect of the art collection behind our most recently published project, "Art Lover's Atelier," is that the artists are predominantly women, spanning a wide age range, from young and emerging, to mid-career and mature artists, representing different stages in their careers and thus diverse perspectives.

 color scheme - Art Lover's Atelier

color scheme - Art Lover's Atelier

 inspiration - Emily Gherard, "Untitled," 2011, oil on canvas

inspiration - Emily Gherard, "Untitled," 2011, oil on canvas

 Emily Gherard, "Untitled," 2014, oil painting on wooden panel

Emily Gherard, "Untitled," 2014, oil painting on wooden panel

Each piece of art was chosen to deepen the design narrative of the interior throughout the entire process of this project; the large-scale oil painting over the bar was the jumping off point and art was also the completion of this project. 

Discovering artists was a joint effort between the client and Lotus Bleu and were sourced through many different channels; from social media, local & international galleries, to art fairs like the annual FOG Fair and West Coast Craft, and finally working with an art consultant to expand our repertoire even further, by introducing us to Bay Area Artists.

Informed by studies in art history, Jeannie and Kaoru have worked for various museums and art institutions in both New York City and Japan respectively.  Tracking women artists holds a special place in Jeannie's heart, as she pursued her PhD. at Stanford in Gender Studies and Women Designers, namely Florine Stettheimer.  

For the key focal spaces that called for statement pieces, Lotus Bleu worked directly with up and coming artists to specify custom commissions within the parameters set by the interior design; color palettes of materials, specific dimensions and context of the space into which the work would ultimately be displayed.  

 

THE COMMISSION PROCESS DIFFERED BY ARTIST, BUT GENERALLY ENTAILED THESE STEPS:

 Sally England, "Ripples," 2017 

Sally England, "Ripples," 2017 

1. Inquiry and requesting an estimate based on an inspiration image

2. Upon establishing contact with the artist and approval of budget by client, send space references to artists (fabric, wallpaper, paint samples, pictures of existing room)

3. Communicating throughout progress of work: artists provided either a sketch for approval and/or progress photos

4. Completion photo for final approval

5. Custom framing and Installation.  For the Tracie Cheng painting, "Above The Clouds," a custom 12k white gold leaf gilded frame was selected to reflect the gold lines as well as chrome in rest of the room

 

Navigating through the complexities of working remotely required diligent correspondence with the artists, relying on color references through Pantone or powdercoat numbers, and frequent exchange of digital images. 

 

Tracie Cheng, "above the clouds," 2017, mixed media on wooden panel

Sally England, "Ripples," 2017, mixed media

To round out the collection, we work with Satellite Of.Love, a local gallery located in the Mission, representing mid-career Bay Area artists. We were able to broaden the scope of medium to include sculpture and verre eglomise.

 Patricia Lyons Stroud, "Touch," 2016, carved redwood

Patricia Lyons Stroud, "Touch," 2016, carved redwood

The breadth of art is also represented in the wide age range of the women artists, from the younger Sally England and Tracie Cheng to the most senior Patricia Lyons Stroud, who experienced WWII as a child and immigrated to the US as an adult. The varying stages of the artists' careers and their perspectives adds to the depth of the collection.  Patricia Lyons Stroud, through her life experiences, extends her multi-decade investigation into liberating the forms, life energy and joy from individual pieces of wood to create evocative pattern and form. Sydney Cohen, an adjunct professor of painting/drawing at the California College of Arts, poetically applies thick layers of paint in unique color combinations to create unusual organic forms on her canvases and describes her work as "a preference for the most indirect path." 

Each unique perspective of the artist comes together to create a cohesive, but variegated art collection which not only complements the interior, but also creates a stimulating environment, where one can live and engage with art on a daily basis.  Putting together a harmonious interior space with phenomenal art gives us great joy and contentment, not only for the final concept, but through the process of discovery and interaction with each artist and their representatives.

 Patricia Lyons Stroud, "Hold 3," 2016, carved redwood with patina

Patricia Lyons Stroud, "Hold 3," 2016, carved redwood with patina

 Sydney Cohen, "Binocular 400," 2017, acrylic on wood

Sydney Cohen, "Binocular 400," 2017, acrylic on wood

 "Binocular 400 , " in situ 

"Binocular 400," in situ 

 

LB Team Design Inspiration through Travel 2017

Our travels are so integral to who we are at Lotus Bleu. They invigorate and inform our always evolving creative approach. With each visit, we solidify existing partnerships with specialized vendors and artisans and foster exciting new ones to keep our sources fresh and original.

Our team has traveled to many destinations over 2017, from which we've culled design inspiration. Here are some of our highlights, from coast to coast and around the world.

 

LOTUS BLEU IN PARIS


JEANNIE'S 2017 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

ISTANBUL

QATAR & OMAN

NORWAY

MEXICO


KAORU'S 2017 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

PORTLAND, OR


ELIZABETH'S 2017 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

NEW ZEALAND

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: YOSKAY YAMAMOTO

  " let's stay till the stars fade out, "  2015

" let's stay till the stars fade out, " 2015

We recently had the privilege to collaborate with Los Angeles- based artist, Yoskay Yamamoto, on a local private commission project.  With a wide repertoire of materials and subject matter, his work is whimsical, graphic and fantastical.  His pop-style artwork takes us into his imaginary world, to a happy destination.  Born and raised in Japan, he moved to California for high school and never looked back: he has since called CA his home. We interviewed him about his inspirations and his creative journey.

1. You work in many different mediums, from painting, sculpture, murals and toys.  From which medium did you start?  Does one particular medium speak to you the most?  Why?

Originally, I started working on my art in sketchbooks, drawing some characters and copying other artists’ work that I admired.  Then I picked up painting when I was in college and eventually moved on to sculptures which led to designing toys.

At the moment, I really enjoy creating installations.  I like that I can incorporate all the different mediums into a single art work.  Also I enjoy that installation can take over a space and the audience can engage physically with my art. 

  "wish you were here..."  2016

"wish you were here..." 2016

  "hope it would reach you eventually"  2016

"hope it would reach you eventually" 2016

2. At which gallery are you represented in CA?  

I work with Giant Robot on Sawtelle Blvd in Japantown in West Los Angeles; that’s my home gallery and my happy place.  I have a solo exhibition coming up on 11th of November. I’m still playing with the title and so far I came up with “ Homebound, “ but not sure if that’s gonna stick.  I like the idea of people in search of their place to call home.  Being part of the immigrant culture in the US, I feel that’s an appropriate title for my next show.

3. You mentioned that you used to live in San Francisco.  How did living in the Bay Area shape your artistic vision/growth?

I lived in San Francisco 12 years ago, first by Candlestick stadium and then relocated to the Mission district afterwards.  I moved to the city to pursue art; at the time, it felt very exciting and a lot of the artists that admired lived there.

I always carried my portfolio with me and went to a lot of galleries to see if they would give me a show. In the end I wasn't able to exhibit my work in the galleries I had hoped for, but it definitely taught me how to handle rejection and work harder to create my art.  I ended up dropping out of school to spend more time painting.

Another good experience for me was meeting the local artists and having a chance to talk to them about art.  People like David Choong Lee, Sam Flores, and Mario Martinez were very inspiring to talk to and had a very genuine way of talking to a young artist like me.  It wasn’t much of a technical growth period as an artist, but living in the city definitely fueled my creative soul and helped me to commit to my art on a deeper level.

4. Which artists inspire you?  Who do you respect and admire?  One artist from the past and one contemporary.

I have too many artist on my list to just name one, but people that inspire me the most are my artists friends and others artists in our art community.  A lot of Giant Robot artists inspire me greatly and I feel lucky to live near the city where great exhibitions take place constantly at different galleries and museums.

5. What is the single most important message you want to relay through your art, to the viewer?

Currently, I’m focusing on creating art work that sends or creates positive energy or a good vibe when the viewers see them.  If I can uplift people’s sprit or make them smile, I feel that I have done my job as an artist. :)

  "pale blue present moon"  2015

"pale blue present moon" 2015

 Kaoru, Yoskay & Sara @ Izakaya Rintaro, SF, summer 2017

Kaoru, Yoskay & Sara @ Izakaya Rintaro, SF, summer 2017

  "wish upon me"  2014

"wish upon me" 2014