Snowdrifts & Screenprints: The Art Of Winter

Though most of the winter holidays have ended, winter itself is just getting started. The cold, fog, rain, and snow will be with us for awhile (and as I recall from growing up in Chicago, a while), so please let me present several works of art that celebrate the beauty of winter while we struggle with the reality…

  • I was lucky enough to see Sarah McNeil's show at Rare Device last year — it was enchanting. Her print Trying To Be Happy A Lot Of The Time is available from Little Paper Planes, and is as charming as all of her work.
  • The Burrowing Animals print by Banquet Atelier is chock-full of animals who...wait a minute- these are burrowing animals, not hibernating animals. Burrowing just sounds so cozy, I assumed. Nevermind! (It's still pretty cool, though.)
  • Wolfie & The Sneak are on a hard-earned vacation, but their Winter Farmers' Market Print is available through Little Paper Planes. I especially love the Swiss chard.
  • I've been moved by Rachel Sumpter's work for years, but most of it is out of my price range. Treat yourself to a little window shopping over at Richard Heller Gallery — many of her paintings are sold, but this wintery Northern Pass is still available.
  • Clair Nereim's Winter Fruit poster makes me realize how lucky I am to have this time in California. You don't get a lot of winter fruit in Illinois...
  • Winter anywhere would be a lot easier to deal with if I could spend the season dressed as a snow queen, as Cynthia Balfour was captured rehearsing "Fire Vanquished by Snow". Prints of this 1955 photo (one of a set of two) are sold in various sizes by 20x200.
  • Finally, if I don't happen upon an icicle tiara at a thrift store, I'll just keep growing my hair out until it's long enough to wrap around me (and of course, my polar bear), like the rosy-cheeked girl in this print by Irena Sophia.

(Images: As credited above.)

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