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On two artists I discovered through Twitter

I've had a Twitter account for nearly a year, but I haven't been using it the way God intended. When I set up the account, I added some code to this blog so that every time I published a blog post, it would automatically generate a Tweet about it. Starting this year, I decided to venture a little further into the Twitter-verse, limiting myself to looking at it in a specific 15 minute period each day. Among other interesting things, it led me to discover the work of two artists whom I might not otherwise have come across.

The first is Kesha Bruce, a mixed-media artist who I think now lives in France. Here's one of her artist's books:
HOUSES TELL STORIES 2008. Edition of 10. 3.5 x 3.5 x 2 ins. Commissioned by the
New York Foundation for the Arts.
If you live in Chicago, her work is currently on show at the North Central College Library Gallery in Naperville.

The second artist is a British chap called Paul Normansell. He creates figurative and portrait paintings out of thousands of circles of brightly-coloured gloss paint:
Elvis Costello, Gloss paint on acetate.
It's well worth your time to spend a few minutes over at their websites.
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