A dream of the indie life is alive at the Cook Street Apartments in Portland, and when the talented design team at Vida Design invited Grand Image to help set the stage, we couldn't wait. The Cook Street Apartments in the Williams District presented an opportunity to create an art package reflecting the unique culture and creativity of Portland. Grand Image facilitated a call to Portland-based artists seeking works available for reproduction throughout the amenity spaces of the building. We found and curated a range of talented emerging artists and worked with the design team to select the perfect images for each location along with unique printing and framing designs.
Continue below to preview some of the artists featured.
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Emerging Artist: Renee Staeck
Renee Staeck is one of the artists discovered in our artists call for the Cook Street project. She is a Portland based indie artist offering harmony to the vibrations of her city. Her unique illustrations and collages bring a bold, quirky, personality to the project and her work is featured throughout the building. We are so enthusiastic about her work that we asked her to join our Grand Image collection and become a published artist in our Limited Edition line. It was a privilege to feature her work in Cook Street, as well as, to provide an opportunity for placement in future projects!
Renee Staeck is a mixed-media artist and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She received a BFA in Fine Art/Drawing from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI) in 2003, and has been a working artist ever since.
Renee's illustrative work varies from art nouveau and Persian miniature-inspired ink and watercolor vignettes to abstract landscapes. Her collage work is about material, process, and problem-solving, resulting in sculptural abstract forms made from paper palettes and scrapped drawings. Renee draws most of her influence from the "hidden" beauty, mystery, and humor that underlies everyday life. She loves images that make you look twice, leaving you with more questions than answers.