Today I am featuring a couple of artists whom caught my eye at the recent Gold Coast Art Fair in Chicago.

FF: Joe Smigielski Fine Art

I love the whimsy and skewed vision of Joe Smigielski’s original oil paintings and ink drawings.

Like the man walking his dog – his blue dog – against a cartoony Chicago skyline (right).

What I really like are Mr. Smigielski’s mini paintings – little works of art that are just 2.5 x 3.5 inches and sold framed or on a miniature easel.

I love it all.

Visit Joe Smigielski’s site here.

Visit Joe Smigielski’s Esty site here.

FF: The Studio 312

Meanwhile, the fine folks at Chicago’s The Studio 312 are producing some nice stuff, like the cool work of owner Tim Jarosz that re-imagines urban-scapes into stellar works of art. Like the fantastic Urban Perspective (right).

About The Studio 312: “The Studio 312 is a modern lifestyle and culture print gallery and studio located in Chicago. Owned and directed by artist/photographer Tim Jarosz, the studio’s core is rooted in print based photography, graphic design, illustration and street art. We specialize in dye sublimation printing techniques and pride ourselves on creating unique artwork on even more unique substrates.”

See more and learn more about The Studio 312 here.