Featured Artist: Reagan Corbett

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Today, we are featuring a young and bold pop artist, Reagan Corbett. In the interior design industry, we are always on the search for art with meaning for our clients. Reagan’s is exactly that. We caught up with Reagan for a little Q&A on how her art defines who she is as a person and where her passion for art has lead her.

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Playsuit Front // My First Back

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Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Reagan graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts. She now resides in Houston where she is well-known for her art heavily influenced by American pop culture.

Reagan works with oils, acrylics, and occasionally metallics to achieve the purpose of her paintings — to tell a story using colors. In addition, high gloss and/or matte varnishes are present in each composition. Her signature display is using large canvases to magnify a small area of the human figure. To say the least, Reagan’s unique style and visual appeal offers open-ended questions for the viewers to envisage.

We asked Reagan Corbett a few questions about her lifelong dedication for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an professional pop artist.

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White Hat

1/ Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

My name is Reagan Corbett; I’m an artist, travel enthusiast, sister of two, and native Houstonian. My experience with art is more than what I create in the studio- it’s my passionate love for art history, and how I’ve been able to express myself to the rest of the world. As crazy as it sounds, art has always been a part of my life to some degree or another. Between my obsession with coloring books as a child, taking drawing classes, and signing up for art camp (among many more examples), it wasn’t until my senior year at The University of Texas at Austin that I decided being a full time artist was the career path I would be following.

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Urban Cowgirl

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

That is such a hard question! Almost every time I finish a painting I either verbally say, “This is the best painting I’ve ever done,” or I think to myself, this is my new favorite. If you’re really going to make me pick one, I have to say Afro Girl is my favorite. Afro Girl is a 48” x 48” oil painting I created during my undergrad studies. I was trying to make my first abstract painting then all the sudden had an artist breakthrough and saw a face. I went with my gut and transformed my abstract painting into a beautiful cotton candy colored afro. This painting got me into my first show, and has a ton of sentimental value.

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The Kiss

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Within my body of work I’m really trying to evoke the feelings of nostalgia and Texas heritage, while introducing conversation about current social and cultural dilemmas. If you take a look at my work you can either accept it at face value or read into each piece’s deeper meaning. Creating art in a colorful, pop-art style has been my way of communicating these notions to my viewers.

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Happiness

4/ Who is your ultimate inspiration and why?

Right now my ultimate inspiration is Damien Hirst. Aside from being a creative genius and producing incredible work, Hirst has shepherded a modern day art movement that I have become a part of. His business model is inspiring and has pushed me to continue depicting subjects I want to paint, rather than only painting the things people are sure to have a positive response to.

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Amazing Bears

5/ What is the process for taking custom orders or selling work?

It’s really important to me that my work reflects my vision as an artist. I’m happy to work with clients as long as the final product is true to my style. Collectors usually begin the buying process by emailing (reagan@reagartcollection.com) or sending me a direct message on Instagram (@reag_art) about the availability of a specific piece of art. Although that’s the most common, I occasially get collectors who simply “want a piece of reagART” and buy whatever I have available.

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Evolution

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Abstract VII

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1950’s Birthday Party

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Platforms

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Yellow Pony

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For more updates and photos of Reagan’s recent artwork, follow @reag_art on Instagram or check out her website. Cheers to the artist herself & her exciting journey ahead!

xoxo,

Greta

Featured Artist: Caroline Doyle

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Photo Cred: The Daily Texan

Today, we are featuring a young, vibrant & contemporary artist, Caroline Doyle. Here at Maureen Stevens Design, we are always looking for amazing art for our clients & well, hers? We fell in love with. We caught up with Caroline for a little Q & A on how her passion & drive for art started.

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I have been fascinated by all different styles of art since I was young, from Realism to Abstract, and everything in between. Whether in a gallery, a museum, or a home, art has always been an essential part of enhancing spaces with its power to transform any interior atmosphere.

The art we choose to view and hang in our own space is always changing, as new artists and inspirations come along. For me, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and exciting vibrancy of Contemporary Art, with a hand from Pop Art. Pop Art has brought popular culture in the realm of high art since the 1960s, and reflects the realities and concepts of everyday life.

The evolution of Contemporary Art and the importance of incorporating artwork in spaces we design is what inspired me to begin this segment on our blog. To start this series off with a bang, I sat down with one of my most talented friends, Caroline Doyle, who has a knack for combining all of my favorite styles of art. She is heavily influenced by Pop Art, and incorporates both realist and abstract elements to create paintings that keep us wanting more! We asked her a few questions about her lifelong passion for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an up-and-coming contemporary artist.

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Bey in the Air, 48″ x 48″

1/  Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

I was born and raised in Houston, and just graduated from the University of Texas in May. I majored in Studio Art, but never dreamed of turning my degree into a career. By a series of happy accidents and the incredible support of friends and family, the career happened to me! While I was spending my whole Senior Year, half-heartedly applying for jobs that seemed more practical, I started getting requests from people to purchase my work. Before I knew it, I was flooded with orders, and my little business had begun! I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who took interest in my work without promoting it, and it was then that I thought this was something I could seriously pursue after graduation. My art experience thus far has been a medley of exploring many different means and styles to achieve the same goal: bringing something beautiful into existence that did not before, and making it thought provoking and fun for viewers to engage with.

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Diamond, 48″ x 48″

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

Gosh, so hard to pick favorites! If I had to choose one, it would be the first major painting I did freshman year of college, “Paint Coated Deer.” It’s a marker for my technical improvement from day one, and still represents some of the ideas I explore today. It juxtaposes the contemporary with the classic. I grew up in a family of hunters, and while I enjoy the sport, I constantly find myself more intrigued by the composure of deer. The deer exhibit the serene figurative aspects of traditional painting, interrupted by a stark breach of the absurdly contemporary. By “painting paint” on the poised animals, it suddenly brings them into a dialog between primal existence and fast-paced colorful modernism in an amusing way.

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Paint Coated Deer, 48″ x 60″

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Truth, brilliance, and conversation with a satirical flair. I am drawn to exploring the fast and loud within our society – there is beauty to be seen in both the good and bad aspects of our culture. I seek to create work that is both pleasing and fun at first glance, yet dares my viewers to invoke further thought as to the underlying theme of each piece. I want my art to start conversations on anything from politics to pop culture to nature by adding energy, humor, and elegance to the otherwise mundane. Moreover, I just want people to enjoy it!

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Interior Luxe I, both 24″ x 36″

4/  Who is your ultimate inspiration and why? 

Ashley Longshore. If you don’t know her, you need to! She’s the most out-there, kickass artist in the game. I resonate with a lot of her ideas on pop culture and showcasing luxury and wit. I admire how raw and authentic she is in her work, and aim to be that way with my own! Her vibrant use of color, cultural icons, and text bring hilarity to a world of darkness – gotta love it!

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Big Red, 48″ x 72″

5/ What is your process for taking custom orders or selling work?

So far, the word has spread itself!! I cannot credit enough the overwhelming support of friends, family, and even strangers to bringing in business. As of right now, I share my work on Instagram (@carolinedoyle_art) where clients can either message me or email me with inquires about purchasing work or ordering a custom commission. I love when people reach out, and I am always happy to chat ideas! So feel free to send me a note and let’s get talking! *stay tuned: website in the works*

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Beats by Deer, 36″ x 60″

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On the Fly, 42″ x 66″

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Amanda-naut, 48″ x 48″
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Hilde, 36″ x 48

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Milary Clinton, 48″ x 48″

For more updates and photos of Caroline’s recent artwork, follow @carolinedoyle_art on Instagram. Cheers to the artist herself & her swoon-worthy art!