Monday, December 9, 2013

I am inspired by some very bold colors these days. I like to see how far I can push them together on the "same page". In shapes that mimic stained glass, these colors and forms play nicely with each other.
It feels so nice to make new work that is so vivid and bold. Bring on the new year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

making some marks

It feels a little primitive, but I have been making sort of strange marks for some possible textile designs, I love them as singles, you should see them in repeats!
all images copyrighted by heather chontos November 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chungli Huang amazing artist from Taiwan

I was recently shooting in Minneapolis in the home of the lovely writer and editor Meghan Kaplan. She had this beautiful painting hanging on her wall and I of course asked her where it was from. She had gotten it at the art exhibition at the College of art in Minneapolis. it was by artist Chungli Huang, an MFA student attending that year.
So I found him, I wrote him and we decided to trade artwork. I can't wait to see what I get to add to my beautiful collection of work that I have traded with artists from all over the world. There is a beautiful quiet eeriness to his work. It's lovely and shadow like. I am so pleased to have made the aquaintence of this wonderful artist.
Check him out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

heather chontos artwork - a gallery/shop online!

I have finally managed to get my work up on a separate shop online so that I can show it and have it available for purchase at all times. The pieces shown are current works for sale.
Please contact me with any questions through the site

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

basha's oog: heather chontos

basha's oog: heather chontos: milk farm road -   heather chontos 's art studio.   i stumbled upon an opening there a few weeks ago.  ...

Friday, October 4, 2013

let there be dead flowers

As some of you may know, I have been working on a series of paintings on canvas and paper that are my "dead flower series" . This sounds desperately sad without seeing these works.
I find great beauty in a withering plant or dead flower. There is a sense of possibility and renewal within its death. Thus, I have made these paintings with a brightness and lush and colorful sentiment, creating a feeling of potential.

painting with good intentions

It is often that I will make a painting or a drawing in a fit of emotion, it is more of an outburst rather than a calculate effort to create something of beauty. This of course is my favorite way to perform as an artist as it feels more chaotic and exciting.
What happens after I make these works is another story. I find that I want to draw more out of my work than was initially intended. I don't know why this is the case, but I often see my work when it is done and say "this would be an amazing rug. I would love to stand right in the middle of this world, right on the floor" or I will find a small section where I like a section of the work and see a repeat possible to make a fabric design or print.
This is where "heather chontos textiles" comes from. I am obsessed with the different textures of fabrics and rugs especially. I like to see the transformation of something I have made from blind inspiration and give it more life in the form of a textile.

The textiles are easily devised into two collections "quiet" and "loud". This is a simple way to translate how I feel about  and interpret certain groups of colors and forms. The majority of the designs are hand painted, not screen-printed , but abstractly created by my own two hands directly on to the fabric. I am still trying to find a great place to have my fabrics printed with the best colors and quality possible. There are mistakes and blemishes along the way in the hand painted designs, but I feel that it makes the design and artistry even more interesting.

And then there are the rugs. I am developing my samples for the rugs through a "Goodweave" licensed production facility in India. These will be available in the next few months. This has been a dream of mine for quite some time after starting off my career many years ago working for Christopher Farr in London. He too is and was a painter, an artist, and he translated his work into the most beautiful creations to put down on the floor below your feet. He has been a huge inspiration to me all the way through my career.

It is an exciting time to be growing and evolving with my work as an artist and designer, to find a happy medium between all the forms my creativity can take.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

lost at sea - new work in shades of blue

inspired by the ocean, by the early morning grey mist over the sea, the dark deep turquoise of the waters, and the lightness of rain.