Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Print at The People's Printshop

I have a new print based on the film, The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson.  This is one of my FAVORITE films that I discovered in college, and I've been a Anderson fan ever since. The painting is for Spoke Arts "Bad Dad's" exhibit opening on Halloween, and the fine folks at The People's Printshop wanted to feature the piece as both a limited edition print, and a smaller open edition print.



Rough Year
8x10 inch - Signed/Open Edition Print
11x14 inch - Signed/Numbered Limited Edition Print of 40



If you are interested in the original painting, check out Spoke Art's upcoming "Bad Dad's Exhibit' opening October 31st in San Francisco. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hallowed Pumpkin Hall - New Print!

Just in time for the spooooooky season of Halloween...a new print is now available in my Etsy shop. Featuring a ghoulish fortress with pumpkin swamp, cloud covered moon, and all my favorite spooky colors. Each print also comes with a random BONUS pumpkin sketch. 


Hallowed Pumpkin Hall
Fine Art Giclee Print
Image Size: 8 x 10 inches  |  Paper Size: 10 x 12
Signed/Numbered limited edition of 25

©Nicole Gustafsson


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gem and Mineral Collection at the Natural History Museum in LA

I had the chance to visit the Natural History Museum in LA when I was down for the artshow, and I was blown away by the exhibits at the Museum. I loved spending the day there, from dinosaur fossils and bones, to the animal displays there was so much to look at. But one of the aspects of the collections that I loved the most was the gem and mineral exhibit. It's no secret I'm a rock hound and love looking at minerals (and they often find they're way into my work).

Here are quite a few photos I took of their gem collection. I don't have a lot of the names of the particular minerals, I bought a book later so I could look them up. Yes these are just taken with my iphone...I want to go back with my good camera for sure. Regardless of the quality these little "gems" are enough to spark your interest :)





















Monday, September 22, 2014

Worlds Collide - Artwork

Last Saturday was the opening to "Worlds Collide" a two woman show featuring paintings by Nicole Gustafsson and sculptures Chelsea Bayouth. I flew out to the show and had a wonderful time. It's always wonderful to finally meet people that you've talked to online, and to see new friendly faces. Also I want to give a huge shoutout to the wonderful folks at iam8bit. Jon, Amanda, Noah, Billie, and all the gallery staff were awesome to work with and helped bring this show together.


I created 15 paintings that were paired up with Chelsea's sculptures. My paintings featured worlds and environments to play off of the creatures. For the creation of my works I looked to geographic land formations, mineral structures, tree and plantlife, ancient fossils and bones, weather patterns. I used these inspirations to form individual "worlds" or fictional places. Creating unique spaces and environments in paintings is one of my all time favorite themes to work with as an artist. It was such a joy to play around with space, color, and lighting in these works.



The works are currently available online at iam8bit to purchase. The show will be available for viewing in person at iam8bit gallery in LA until Sept 28th.

 Aquatic Cosmos

10 x 20 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD



Bear Skull Island
6 x 6 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
Available


 Blaze

10 x 20 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD



 Leviathan Cove

16 x 16 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel



 Crows Nest

10 x 10 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD




Evening Home
8 x 10 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
Available
SOLD



Firefly Biome
10 x 10 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
Available


 Island Mountain

12 x 12 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel




Macaw Skull Island
6 x 6 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel



 Moonlight Isle

16 x 16 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD




Pastel Vale
9 x 12 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD


 Space Fortress

9 x 12 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel



 Trace Passage

12 x 12 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel



 Warren

16 x 16 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
SOLD



Weavings of Starstuff
16 x 16 inches

Gouache, ink on wood panel



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Worlds Collide exhibit opening at iam8bit

Many of you know that I've been working away on a project, and I'm happy to announce "Worlds Collide". This is a two woman show featuring awesome sculptures by Chelsea Bayouth and paintings by me. The show opens this Saturday in LA at iam8bit and both artists will be in attendance. I've worked many years with iam8bit and am super excited for this show.

Worlds Collide 
Opening Reception: Sat, Sept 20th from 7-11PM
2147 W. Sunset Blvd, LA California 90026
iam8bit.com

Join us in celebrating the fantastical relms of Nicole Gustafsson's Nimasprout & Chelsea Bayouth's Stellarium, fused together for a unique artistic collaboration!


Here are a few sneak peeks of my works-in-progress for the show. You'll have wait to see the finished pieces in person, or the entire show will be online after the opening reception :)









I created all my paintings with gouache and ink on wood panel. It's been a while since I have done paintings on panel, but I wanted to have a difference look with this show and shy away from traditional framing. If you live in the LA area come on over Saturday night! Hope to see some of you there :)


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kubrick Show at Spoke Art

This post is a little late, but the tribute show to the films of Stanley Kubrick at Spoke Art opened September 6th. One of my favorite films is The Shining, so I was happy to finally tackle a Shining themed painting. It is one of those movies that I discover something new every time I watch it, and has the perfect amount of creepiness.


Some Shine, and Some Don't
9.5 x 9.5 inches
Gouache, ink on paper
©Nicole Gustafsson

My original painting is sold, but there are limited edition prints (of 50) available through Spoke Art. They come with a signed/numberd Certificate of Authenticity.


The show is up at the gallery until September 27th, and is viewable online.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fangamer ♥ Attack Mode at PAX Prime in Seattle

This Saturday is the one night extravaganza Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode show in Seattle, WA. I participated last year (theme was "x" and I did a Animal Crossing print), and this year the theme is love. So I decided to do a piece based on my current video game love - Minecraft. Minecraft has been around for quite a while, and it was only when my guy put the game on my computer that I found out just how wonderful the game is. I can build to my hearts desire, I can dig for those lovely ore blocks and explore underground mines, create portals to other dimensions. It's wonderful and I can't say enough kind words about the game. 

Forever Mining
12x18 inch print

Prints available for purchase at the show in Seattle
1927 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101

(Available online in late November via Fangamer)

So I created a piece based on the various aspects of the game The End, The Nether, Overworld, and some of my favorite biomes and creatures in the game. When I set out to do a painting of this, I told myself that I wasn't going to do a piece with all the "blocks", but sure enough that's what I ended up doing. The square blocks are so iconic and part of the game, I felt like I needed to do it that way.

There are a lot of events going on this Saturday.  Games, music, live performers, food, drink, prints. If you want to see the complete lineup visit their website for tickets (It was very busy last year, and a packed house) and information: http://www.fangamer.com/products/fangamer-attract-mode

Here is a list of the other artists that plan on contributing prints: Scott Balmer, Mariel Cartwright, Georgina Chac√≥n, Helen Mingjue Chen, Jason Cryer, Ashley Davis, Daniel Dussault, Jacob Ferguson, Kyle Fewell, Kari Fry, Zac Gorman, Nicole Gustafsson, Heart Machine, Tyson Hesse, Sean Husbands, Matthew Kenyon, Corey Lewis, Melissa King, Jon Magram, Mikey Mann, Nina Matsumoto, Minusbaby, Momo & Sprits, Asif Siddiky, Jacob Smiley, Kelly Smith, Kevin Jay Stanton, Wes Talbott, Babs Tarr, Elise Tiffin, Jesse Tise, Jovo Ve, Ian Wilding, Laura Wilson, and Drew Wise

I plan on stopping in later in the evening after 10:00pm when I get out of a panel (Acquisitions Inc is my favorite PAX Prime event and is in the evening this year). See ya in Seattle!