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  • A new painting of thoroughly modern woodpecker. 12 x16′’ acrylic on board.

  • Small rainy day painting.

    Gray Still Life. Acrylic on board. 6 x 8″ 2015.

  • Buscemi Eyes, 10 x 10" acrylic painting on board. 2014 Hot Condo, 9 x 12'' acrylic painting on board. 2014 Still Life with Books, 6 x 8'' acrylic painting on board. 2014

    Here are a few small paintings I made last summer for a group show, “Hang Ten Heat Wave,” in Brooklyn. I’m getting back to painting this month and will be posting more soon!

    They’re available for purchase in my online store: 

    http://samkalda.bigcartel.com/

  • Here’s a piece from a new series I’m working on. All about arches and decorative moulding these days.

  • I recently completed a series of illustrations for Buzzfeed. “My Last Day in Yemen” is a beautifully written essay by Gregory D. Johnsen about a kidnapping attempt in Sana'a. The story is fairly dark, but I was inspired by the dreamlike narrative of the desert and the fantastical architecture in Yemen’s capital. Thanks to AD Justine Zwiebel!

  • Recent illustration for The Washington Post’s Ready to Rent section. The article was about the dwindling stock of affordable housing in DC, and the takeover of luxury condos. Thanks to AD Allie Ghaman!

  • Here’s a bird “family tree” I recently painted. Hoping to turn this design into a pattern. samkalda.com

  • Recent commissioned piece. Rotund cardinal—too many crumbs.

  • Here’s a piece I made for an ASOS campaign from earlier this month!

  • A new piece I made for the Globe and Mail’s Book Review. You can read the review for Sandrine’s Case here. Thanks to the always marvelous AD Matt French!

  • Here’s a piece I did for The New Republic a few weeks back. It’s for an interesting—and kind of depressing—article on the dire financial situation many regional orchestras face in the US. Thanks to AD Ben Avny!

    Read the article here.

  • “I found the house without difficulty and passed under the archway into the court. The courtyard was barren and deep, like a coffin standing on end.”

    Berlin Stories

    Christopher Isherwood

     

    I went to Berlin earlier this summer for the Young Illustrators Award show during Illustrative 13—-a international illustration festival held in the city. In preparation, I read a number of books related to Berlin. Arguably, the mother of them all is Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. I underlined a number of my favorite passages with the intention of developing a project out of it. Well, that hasn’t happened yet. But I do have this little sketch.

  • A piece I did for a Washington Post article on white privilege from last Sunday, 7/28/13.

    Thanks to AD Marianne Seregi!