Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

For today’s installment of our 'Inspiring Artists’ series, I will be showing the work of Chicago-based illustrator and printmaker Anne Benjamin. Here are some of my favourite images from her portfolio.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin
This image was a custom made design that Anne created for a bride-to-be to give to her wedding party. The beautiful red tones bring in all the romance of weddings. The bird is lovely and cute with real character. This is just one of the many commissions that Anne has made.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This is a wedding invite that Anne designed. It is completely different in style to the first piece of art. This is what I love about Anne Benjamin; each and every commission she makes is completely unique. She is so versatile in her work and this shows that she is really good at meeting the exact needs of her clients.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

Here is another wedding invite (you can tell that my mind is all on weddings at the moment!) This hand painted, letterpressed, die-cut design is so simple but full of love. On her website, Anne says this illustration was inspired by the groom’s ‘romantic picnic proposal’.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

Here is one of Anne’s screenprinted invites. The composition of the image works perfectly, flowing beautifully across the whole page just like the couple's journey on their bicycle!

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This wedding invite is inspired by Japanese aesthetics. I absolutely love the way the reds and pinks work together. The idea was that this artwork could be kept by the wedding guests as a memento. I think that this is a lovely touch.

It’s not just invites that Anne makes. Here are some examples of other areas of her work.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This stunning illustration is based on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (and is our writer Nicola's favourite piece of Anne's work). I feel that Anne has captured the magical feel to the story perfectly and has managed to do this with using just four main colours. Anne says on her blog that she was inspired mostly by Benjamin Britten’s opera version of the play in the making of this piece.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This playful and colourful image was made for a school benefit auction. Anne is really good at working with blocks of colour. This cuckoo clock is jam packed with fun.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This illustration was created for a friend’s BBQ. Like the last image, it is playful and fun. Very simple in terms of style but extremely effective. I love the composition, with the adorable baby right in the centre.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Anne Benjamin

This is a poster that Anne designed for Lincoln hall in Chicago. The brightness of the oranges and pinks are quite striking against the grey background.

I have really enjoyed exploring the work of Anne Benjamin. If you have too, please follow the links below to check out even more of her amazing illustrations.

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