Wallpaper Artists: Mark Weaver

Weaver_T.jpgIf you’ve picked up a newspaper or magazine, there’s a chance that you come across some of Mark Weaver’s handiwork. From The New York Times and The Washington Post to Fast Company and Wired, his pieces are a combination of architectural design elements and soft colors that evoke a retro-futuristic feel…like how people in the 1950’s must’ve viewed the future. (And in some cases, really interesting uses for fonts). He’s already completed his “Make Something Cool Every Day” project and originally hailing from just outside of Boston, he gave tribute to his birth-state through the State Motto Project – 50and50. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter, working out of his home studio. We caught up with Mark to find out what motivates him and his art.

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Wallpaper Artists: Fawaz AlOlaiwat

Fawaz_T.jpgThink of Fawaz AlOlaiwat as a techno-fueled renaissance man – that uses music, photography, the Internet, stories…and soon T-shirts as his canvas. The Syrian-born artist / musician / writer has been chasing his hobbies and turning them into his career since he was a child. It’s a combination of pop-art, Arabic calligraphy…and, well, you really need to see if for yourself to experience it. In fact, I’d recommend that maybe you head over to Fawaz’ site and run some of his tracks in the background while you’re reading this interview.

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Introducing YouTube Play

youtubeplay You wouldn’t normally mention the Guggenheim Museum, YouTube and HP in the same sentence. But think about this – if artists worldwide were challenged to create art in the form of digital video what would the outcome be? That’s exactly what the three companies have teamed up to find out, and why you’ll likely hear us mentioned together over the next couple of months. Monday we announced the launch of YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. The whole point of it is to discover some talented artists whose work deserves an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. To earn a chance to exhibit, you need to submit your video at Youtube.com/Play.

The Story of Julie West

juliewest Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the final interview in a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Although Julie West started out using traditional tools, almost half of her art today is made with digital tools, or a combination of the two. Often quirky, bizarre, or ironic, her work examines the way people live and define themselves and the environments they create. My favorite quote from the interview – “I think my inspiration primarily comes from watching the situations people find themselves in and how they react. In some ways, I think my work is like a photograph."

The Story of Amy Ruppel

amyruppel Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the third of a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Their art was recently unveiled alongside a redesigned HP notebook portfolio that includes the HP Envy, Pavilion and Mini lines. Amy Ruppel is a full-time artist, illustrator and surface designer working out of her new sunny studio in Portland, Oregon. She creates art for a long list of notable galleries and shops all over the U.S. and abroad.” My favorite quote from the interview – “If someone really wants a painting of mine, I want them to have it regardless of cost.”

The Story of Laura Barnard

laurabarnard Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the second of a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Laura Barnard is an illustrator from the UK who specializes in quirkily drawn cityscapes and unusual views of cities. She started career as a fine artist, and later trained as a graphic designer. My favorite quote from the interview – “I'm drawn to buildings that are a bit ugly and nondescript. I might be one of the few people that would campaign against tearing down dreadful looking buildings from the 60’s.”

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