Interview with Alex Deykes

In college I studied writing and art history. While studying my two passions I met another lover of art and writing, artist Alexandra (Alex) Deykes.

I met Alex in a medieval art history class about two years ago. And since then I have been impressed by her as a friend and by her work. Recently graduating with her B.F.A. in Illustration and a minor in writing as well, Alex is a new artist on the scene. Interested in art since about age seven, Alex didn’t really consider a career in the field until high school. She attended Grand Valley State University, a liberal arts college in Allendale, Michigan in lieu of an all arts school. “Going to an art school (that taught only art) was an interest of mine at some point, but I eventually realized that there are some downsides to it. You don’t get as much exposure to other fields or majors, which can be helpful to the creative process. I also wouldn’t have been able to achieve a minor in writing; which really helps when I create art,” says Alex.

That’s a bit of background on our artist, now let’s dive into her technique and style.
Dailey: What is your medium of choice?
Deykes: Primarily pencil, ink, watercolor and digital. I enjoy them all equally.
Dailey: What words would you use to describe your style and aesthetic?
Deykes: Semi-realistic and sketchy. Those are the only words that I can think of. I chose these words because I primarily enjoy using pencil; I’m not a fan of rendering although I have done it in some of my work. I also enjoy using some realism in my work because it gives the drawing something extra.
Dailey: This is a contemporary art site and blog. What is your opinion of “contemporary art”? Love it; hate it; embrace it; don’t really understand it?
Deykes: I have conflicted feelings about contemporary art. I do feel that discovering new techniques, styles and ways of conveying images in different ways is a good way to expand the field of art as well as everyday ideas. At the same time, I do feel that some contemporary art really isn’t art and that it’s just used for shock value and attention.
Dailey: Now, even though you have conflicted feelings about contemporary art in general, is there a contemporary artist that you love, admire, or are fascinated by?
Deykes: One of my current favorite artists is James Jean. I really enjoy his style and the way that he portrays his images.

I asked Alex if she would be willing to show readers an example of her work and graciously she has shared a piece called Ilossa Environment. This is what she had to say about her work: “The piece that I have is an environment drawing that I had in my Senior Show. My main interest is creating stories, the characters, their designs and the worlds that they live in. My style is currently in the process of changing so the style that you see now is something that’s a work in progress.”

I concluded the interview by asking about Alex’s future as an artist. As a recent grad she is applying for internships, and sending her art to other artists. When asked about what type of customer she has in mind for her work, Alex said that she envisions anyone being a customer. She’s alienating no one, and therefore inviting all to enjoy her work. I ended the interview by asking where she sees herself in ten years, and this was her answer: “I would like to be writing/illustrating/publishing my own comic books, novels and still painting.” Ambitious hopes, but plans that are definitely within Alex’s reach. In my time knowing her I’ve gotten to know a driven and dedicated woman who strives for her passions, art and writing. She will not disappoint her audience or customers, and will continue to work, pushing the boundaries of the art world.

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The Impossible Project Ironically, the p

The Impossible Project

Ironically, the popularity of digital apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram have revitalized the near corpse that was instant analog film technology. Located in Holland, the last remaining Polaroid production plant has been purchased and resuscitated by 10 former employees who shared a passion and a dream to save instant film from extinction. Calling it the Impossible Project, they prevented 300,000 perfectly functioning cameras from becoming obsolete while inventing and producing totally new instant film for use in traditional Polaroid cameras. Starting from scratch as Polaroid color dyes are no longer available, the team had one year to devise a functional film system. Several different silver tone and color films were the result of thousands of laboratory hours and decades of joined experience. Original Polaroid cameras and Impossible film are available for purchase on the company website and in stores throughout the US.

Article Contribution by: Jayme Catalano, Canary Public Relations
picture: Flow by JL Pictures

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Previously Unseen New, previously unseen

Previously Unseen

New, previously unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe are hitting the auction block! Sound familiar? It seems that every other week more photos of Monroe are “discovered” in someone’s drawer or in a box somewhere. Did this woman, possibly the most famous woman in the world then and now, ever live an undocumented moment in her life? Why, 50 years after her death, are we still hell bent on consuming her in any form? She is the subject of a current NBC drama, a recent movie starring Michelle Williams, and countless books, documentaries, and television shows. Even her diary, with its revelations and private worries, has been published. And yet I find myself wanting more, and I’m not alone. For those of us who still can’t get enough, the estate of Monroe’s longtime friend and makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder have partnered with Julien’s Auctions to sell an extensive collection of photos (including copyrights) and other ephemera. The auction took place March 31st and April 1st live and online.

Contributed by, Jayme Catalano, Canary Public Relations
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ArtPrize by Alexandra Dailey

You can find contemporary art almost anywhere, even in places you wouldn’t expect. And I mean that. You just have to look for it. Up until recently I had lived in Michigan my entire life (those long twenty-two years), and it was only until two years ago while attending college in the Grand Rapids area that I realized how involved the city was in the contemporary art scene. It was all right under my nose. I never knew such popularity existed for contemporary art in my home town.
ArtPrize, an annual art competition, is a perfect example of how the city promotes contemporary art. The competition itself is also the world’s largest art competition with hundreds of thousands of dollars awarded to artists, age eighteen and up, after their work is voted on by the public and selected jurors. The competition typically lasts for just over two weeks and spreads across the entire downtown area of the city. All types of artists are welcome.
I attended ArtPrize last fall, and it was an experience. The whole community gets together, with shops, stores, restaurants, etc., opening their doors to artists and art appreciators. Venues for artists to display their work range from sidewalks, alleys, parking lots, store and restaurant windows; really any open space that is cool with hosting an original piece of art. The atmosphere, albeit hectic, is lively, full of positive and creative energy. The whole downtown area is aflame with brotherly artistic love and respect. The event takes place from the middle of September to the beginning of October. So if you happen to be in the area grab a light jacket, throw on a colorful scarf and peruse the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, taking in the realistic, the abstract, the wacky, the classic and whatever else the artists decide to put on display! This year ArtPrize begins September 19th and closes October 7th. Please support contemporary art in the Great Lakes State! For more information about this event please visit
Contributed by: Alexandra Dailey

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Contemporary Art Gallery Online Welcomes Trisha Trixie Hunter

Contemporary Art Gallery Online wants to welcome Trisha Trixie Hunter.  Trisha always tries to depict a positive message, to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Trisha’s wish is for her artwork to do the same and leave the viewer with a happy feeling or connectivity to themselves or someone they know. Trisha’s art is fun and flirty. Visit to see additional work created by Trisha Trixie Hunter.

Contemporary Art Gallery Online welcomes

Contemporary Art Gallery Online welcomes Alexandra Dailey, to the CAGO Family. Alexandra is a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, having received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Art History. Alexandra was raised in Michigan but now resides in Fort Worth Texas. Alexandra has two loves. The first is writing both fiction and nonfiction. And the second is art. Working with Contemporary Art Gallery Online satisfies her two passions. Alexandra’s writing is engaging, pithy, and entertaining. We are so pleased to have found Alexandra, and are excited to share her articles with you. Read Alexandra’s first article, this Friday, the 24th of August. To read additional articles written by Alexandra, go to her blog at
Alexandra Welcome!

Greg Trout’s artistry is innovated and

Greg Trout’s artistry is innovated and green. He uses discarded materials. With these items, Greg creates these mystical images of the imagination. Visit us to view more of Greg’s work at Click on Greg Trout’s name, listed under the Search by Artist Tab. This piece is entitled “ART”.

Liquid Architecture The Weisman Art Muse

Liquid Architecture

The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the physical embodiment of jazz, at least according to its architect Frank Gehry. A temple to modern architecture and what some may call the Bilbao Effect, the museum is a collection of undulating curves, shiny metal and rivets, a futuristic Ait Benhaddou in a Midwestern oasis. As Gehry says, “Liquid architecture. It’s like jazz- you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it’s a way of – for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.” He believes, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” The museum, located on the University of Minnesota campus, is open Tuesdays through Sundays and admission is always free. Click here to learn more.

-Jayme Catalano, Canary Public Relations

Photo by Philip Harvey. All rights reserved.

The Business of Art: Pricing Your Artwork

Pricing Your Artwork:

In order to effectively price your work you have to know why you are selling it. Selling your art is easy if you make it inexpensive enough. However; you do run the risk of your work losing credibility. In order to determine the appropriate pricing; you need to first determine the following: 1. Total Fixed Costs, 2. Average Fixed Cost, 3. Per Unit Variable Costs, 4. Profit and, 5. Income.

1. Total Fixed Costs: These expenses exist regardless if you are creating work or not. Included are expenses for: studio overhead and maintenance, advertising and promotion, insurance, tools and your vehicle.
2. Average Fixed Costs: The average fixed cost which may be assigned to a particular artwork by dividing the total fixed costs for a given time period by the number of artworks produced during that period.
3. Per Unit Variable Cost: Those non-fixed costs which may be attributed to a specific artwork. Included under this heading are expenses for: Labor, Materials, Packaging, and Delivery.
4. Profit: The money earned over the total operating costs.
5. Income: The profit plus the artist’s share of the labor costs.

To learn more about pricing your art work, listen to The Business Art: Episodes 7 and 8. You can listen to the entire CAGO Media Library by visiting and clicking on the CAGO Media Tab.

This article was contributed by Sharon Belle Hawkshawe.