Sunday, April 27, 2008

One of our favorites - Kirsten Ulve


Kirsten Ulve is an artist whose work you see all the time. On products, on greeting cards, in magazines, and... at Target. She is a wildly successful graphic artist, but one whose work doesn't blend in with all the other repetitive images swirling around us in our daily acquisitive lives. Kirsten stands out. Way out. Everywhere we go, we are constantly pointing to her illustrations, telling everyone - "There's Kirsten Ulve! We have one of her pieces hanging in our toddler's room!" (Our toddler's room is where all our favorite art resides). Kirsten's medium is digital art. And she does things with the medium we've never seen before. As Kirsten's work proves, digital art deserves a vaulted position in the world of fine art right next to paint, photography and sculpture.

Fortunately for us, and you, her work is everywhere. Unfortunately, she does way too few fine art shows. We only know of three major shows of her work -- at Sixspace Gallery in Los Angeles in 2003 (which we were lucky enough to attend), her "Pictures You Will Like" solo show in Tokyo in 2005 and Chicago in 2006, and the most recent show at Gallery Hanahou in New York. We sincerely hope and pray there are more to come in the near future.

Luckily, there is a place where you can buy limited editions of her work! Visit her eye-popping web site , to purchase from the Japanese web shop Junie Moon. These are works from her Tokyo show. But there's more available than just those. Download the catalog from Gallery Hanahou ( and you can purchase a limited edition print for just $250. A couple of the images are available as huge canvas prints for $2600. You can also buy her journal or stationery set from Dark Horse here.


Kirsten Ulve's official site

Junie Moon shop

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