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January 12, 2011

'Art Held in Contemp.' by Briana Melendez

     I've always been a visually stimulated individual. As a kid I was always mesmerized by the vibrant colors in nature & much to my parent's dismay the metal radiators in our home quickly became works of abstract art as I was entranced by the melting of my 64 colors of Crayola. The MOMA is by far my favorite museum in all of NYC. I can never get enough of the smooth perfection in marble and the vibrant colors of early 19th century paintings. As much as I love all these beautiful representations of creativity I could never feel connected completely. They are products of bygone eras that while I can admire I could never fully feel a part. That all changed a few years back. I picked up this art magazine called 'Juxtapoz' & BAM! It hit me like a Batman punch. There were images I understood, images I could relate to. Artwork that made sense & represented me. Knowing that 'my' art was alive & kicking has sent me on a quest to look for artist & works of art in which we all can see a little bit of ourselves. With each new installment I'll be aiming to do just that. Sit back & enjoy the ride, I know I have been.

Artist Ian Francis was born and bred in Bristol, England this self proclaimed mixed media artist graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration in 2001. Francis who draws inspiration from the multiple stimuli society that we live in uses cinema, pornography, street culture, and images sampled at random from the Internet to create his abstract dream like apocalyptic visions. He had his first solo exhibit back in 2007 and since then has consistently shown phenomenal work every year. His next show will be here in NYC at the Joshua Liner Gallery in March of 2011. Do not miss the opportunity to check out these amazing works of art in person, I know I'll be first in line.

'Girl with a Cat,Grozny'

'Two People Lose Track of Where They Are'

***Click Read more for more artwork from Ian Francis***

Ian Francis at work

'Girls on Top'

'Day in the Snow'

'Three People Lose Track of Time in the Financial District of San Francisco'

'The Death Star Explodes'


  1. Cool post. I look forward to more of these articles on CCD!

  2. Good stuff. That guy's awesome! Thanks for sharing, B.

  3. Glad you guys like mr. Francis' work I personally think it's phenomenal. Happy to hear I'm not alone. I can't wait to see him in a few years after he tweaks his techniques & grows into different expression.

  4. Bri, this article is fantastic. I'm so excited to see more of your posts. As someone who also has a huge appreciation for all things art, I too have never really felt a place where I could fit in. I can certainly relate to how you feel. With that said, I look very forward to the artistic journey that you're about to take CCD and it's readers on. You go girl.

  5. Great job, baby.

    Can't wait for your follow-up!

  6. Very Nice Bri! Looking forward to you putting us on to new art!