Released Tuesday, September 13, 2011
En Las Nubes (In the Clouds), by Ana Montiel.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.
Ana Montiel (Logroño, La Rioja 1981) is a London-based Spanish visual artist and designer. Her work enbraces a universe of materials and media that range from screen printing to ceramics, to surface design, video art and collage. Her influences are as diverse as David Lynch and his holistic approach to creativity, Wiener Werkstatte and Art Deco with their way of understanding Fine Arts and Decorative Arts as being part of the same thing, antique wildlife illustrations, African textile designs, Astrology, Yoga, Ayurveda and life in general.
Through Ana’s latest art project Visual Mantras (ongoing) she has explored repetitive drawing as a meditation itself, and has developed a series of absorbing and richly coloured geometries based upon the cyclical and rhythmic flow of life. Ana also works as an illustrator, art director and designer, and has collaborated with brands such as Nina Ricci, Jo Malone and L’Oréal Professionnel.
In 2008 she created Pattern Tales, a wallpaper brand whose first product,Topo Azul, was selected as a ‘key product to watch’ in the New York Times’ Home & Garden supplement. Her art work has been exhibited in Europe and North America (e.g. Cranbrook Academy of Art - Michigan USA, Mad is Mad - Madrid) and has been recognised in several contests, including ‘Periodic'03: Concurso público de proyectos artísticos’ held at Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB). Ana has been interviewed on numerous occasions and her work has featured in international digital and print media such as Xfuns Magazine (China), Grand Designs (UK), Elle Interiör (Sweden), El País (Spain), Rolling Stone (Italia) and Rum (Denmark).
About the print:
The people featured in En Las Nubes (In the Clouds) are dreamers. I wanted to illustrate the "having your head in the clouds" feeling, but in a funny way.
This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.
What has inspired you recently?
I feel inspired by plenty of things everyday. Lately I'm passionate about astronomy, astrology, permaculture and raw food. These subjects are influencing my life quite a lot and therefore my work.
Why did you choose to pair Doctors Without Borders with your print?
Doctors Without Borders' role is fundamental. They work miracles with very little (although I would suggest that they embrace holistic and alternative medical treatments more).
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
In my opinion, art is present all the time in our lives. We are all creative beings by nature. Nature asks questions, provokes changes, brings beauty, inspires us… it is a road to self-knowledge and communion with others.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Wassily Kandinsky, because of his spiritual way of understanding art.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I frequently feature artists that I like on my blog. You can check them outhere.