Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brad Woodfin at Sloan Fine Art until February 5, 2011, New York

Brad Woodfin's new exhibition "The Strangers" at Sloan Fine Art in New York is rather impressive.

"The magnificently rendered wildlife creatures in Brad Woodfin’s paintings delicately emerge from a deep black background. Barely breaking the glossy surface shadow, they exist in a no man’s land between darkness and light, mystery and revelation, power and vulnerability. These majestic creatures are familiar to us through nature shows and childhood education. Yet they are strangers, forever unknown. Each lone figure represents the little ease of those among us who are strangers, with moods inspired by the wearing of masks, Noh theatre and Fever Ray, as well as by the animals themselves. "

To go to Brad Woodfin's website Click Here

"Ibis", 2010, 20" x 16", oil on panel

"Curlew", 2010, 10" x 8", oil on panel

"Hare (The Strangers)", 2010, 16" x 12", oil on panel

"Koudou", 2010, 16" x 20", oil on panel

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dean Home, until 26 September, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Dean Home's current exhibition "Late Autumn - Stories of the Garden" at Metro Gallery is worth investigating.

An afteroon in the garden, oil on board, 115 x 175cm

Places we like to paint, oil on board, 150 x 224 cm

Possiblt the jade brush, oil on board, 140 120 cm

Also this video showing him work is worth watching.

Monday, June 28, 2010

David Kassan finger painting on the Apple iPad from the live model

This blog isn't normally a place I would post a finger painting demo, but this video by David Kassan is so cool, I couldn't resist.

An Apple ipad live fingerpainting demo that David Kassan streamed live from my Brooklyn studio on Monday June 21st. 2010, The model sat for 3 hours as David painted and answered questions on how I use the iPad and the Brushes app.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eric Armusik, Fire Sale!, May 20 to June 20

I know Eric Armusik & his art through the ether that is the online community of artists and have long admired his paintings. Artists move on in their art, that doesn't mean their older art isn't of value, but many artists feel the need to get rid of it, get it out of sight, or even destroy it.

I've been going through a studio cleanout lately and destroying old work that I feel shouldn't be released and work older than 2 years is being recalled back from galleries and taken off the market permanently.

Eric Armusik has his own solution, a Fire Sale, buy the paintings in the next 30 days or they will set on fire! To prove he is serious, he sets one one on fire on this YouTube Video

Go to Eric's website by Clicking Here and rescue a painting from the flames.

Wonderful paintings like this one will otherwise burn.

2:00 AM, Oil on Oak, 2004, 18" x 24"

*Featured in the December 2005 issue of American Artist Magazine
Winner 2004 Allied Artist of America Award from the Salmagundi Club, NYC

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Margaret Bowland, A Pop-Up Project, 12th of May, Washington, DC

A pop-up project is a series of innovative, curated art exhibitions and events that “pop-up” at various locations throughout Washington, DC. The "a pop-up project's" is curated by local curator and artist advocate Amy Morton of MFA Morton Fine Art.

For its inaugural exhibition a pop-up project will open I Dream Awake from March 26 to May 28, 2010 in the former Numark Gallery space located in Penn Quarter at 625-627 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Exhibiting a variety of media, I Dream Awake explores original artistic expressions of awakened realities and unconscious dreams. Exhibition includes New York artists, Mikel Glass, Kenichi Hoshine and Margaret Bowland; Los Angeles artists Vonn Sumner and Susan Burnstine; and local artists Rosemary Feit Covey, Laurel Hausler, Lizzie Newton and Tim Tate.

Flower Girl, oil on linen, 52 x 44 inches

Artist talk with Margaret Bowland - this Wednesday 5/12, 6pm at 625 E St NW.

For more information Click Here

Location Click Here

Another Thorny Crown, charcoal & pastel on rag paper, 60 x 48 inches

Murakami Wedding No 2, oil on linen, 78 x 66 inches

Another Thorny Crown III, charcoal & pastel on paper, 67 x 49 inches

Sydney art dealer & writer Michael Reid has written an interesting article for The Art Market Monitor where he talks about trends in artist & gallery relationships, including the proliferation of pop-up, short term, art exhibitions in unorthodox spots.

Letter from Australia
by Michael Reid

A Matrix of Exhibition Behaviours

To read the article click here

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Christian Rex Van Minnen, until June 26 at Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles

Christian Rex Van Minnen: Rainbow Blight – New Paintings

Christian Rex Van Minnen paints using a technique similar to “automatic writing” in which he allows the composition and its component forms to emerge from the subconscious. These works are reminiscent of 19th century portraits and Romantic landscape scenes, but they also have a powerful contemporary edge, which makes them unmistakably 21st century works. In these paintings, organic matter becomes portraiture as proxy; figuration without a pose or a human subject.

Pearburst, Oil on Canvas , 11 x 14", 2010

Artist statement, courtesy of Christian Rex Van Minnen & Bert Green Fine Art
I’ve always been fascinated with anatomy and physiology as well as biology and other natural sciences. There is something about looking at plants and animals in a field guide, alone on a white page, out of their environment that gives them a distinctly human quality. this is where I am finding mystery. In my process, I like to create a kind of mess of an underpainting, a primordial soup of paint and information that I can see things in and pull form from. A lot of the time, this results in bio-morphic images and sometimes representational images. I have recently been utilizing this technique within the language of portraiture, creating a portrait without a sitter. I think that because they incorporate these basic elements of portraiture, we want to see a face to complete the sentence or the dialogue. by not having the eye contact or immediately recognizable facial features the viewer is left to fill in the blanks, often with aspects of ourselves. There is no symbolism here.

I suppose I have always been attracted to the grotesque because there is a truth and beauty that is inseparable from what is immediately unpleasant. Our lives are filled with such unpleasant beauties and opportunities to make light of dark.

To read an interview between Christian Rex Van Minnen & Jon Beinart, Click here

My Love for You, Oil on Canvas, 28 x 22”, 2010

Pear with Stars, Oil on Canvas , 11 x 14", 2010

Marketplace, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36”, 2010

Still Life 1.6, Oil on Canvas, 23.5 x 20”, 2010

Summer Sweet, until May 29, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York

Summer Sweet, the title of the group exhibition currently open at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery is certainly worth a visit.

Luigi Benedicenti, Dolce Riflessi, 2009, oil on wood, 38 x 47"

Roberto Bernardi, La Tavolozza , 2010, oil on canvas, 22 x 30"

Ester Curini, Chet, 2010, acrylic on wood, 20 x 16"

Donald Jacot, Sweet Stuff , 2010, oil on linen, 9 x 12"

Paul Caranicas, Ozone 25, Mars Factory, NJ (Hackettstown), 2010, oil on wood, 16 x 20"

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Julie Heffernan at P.P.O.W, until June 5, New York

Julie Heffernan is one of my favourite artists and her latest exhibition Boy, O Boy is currently on at P.P.O.W Gallery, New York.

Great Scout Leader III 2010, oil on canvas, 72 x 54 inches

Press release for the exhibition, courtesy of P.P.O.W
P·P·O·W is pleased to announce Boy, O Boy, our sixth solo exhibition of paintings by Julie Heffernan. Using the male figure for the first time, Heffernan's new works explore the idea of human progress on both personal and political levels. The figures are an homage to transition and the passing on of wisdom from one generation to the next. The space of the canvas meditates on how we move into new chapters of our lives, both personally and as a planet.

In Great Scout Leader III, there is a young boy carrying an overly large backpack filled with golden creatures, stamps and paintings amongst many other special items to help him on his journey. He is wearing a belt equipped with tools (books, apples, and ropes) which may be useful during his passage. He is partially holding up a world that he is about to enter, but this soon to be discovered world is not altogether sound, for there is an avalanche below. In other works such as Budding Boy and Boy in Flight there are boys high up in trees, each creating miniature ecosystems and managing their environments, even as they appear to unravel. Heffernan gives us endearing and fragile images of a new masculinity that signal her faith in a potential yet threatened future world.

Boy in Flight 2010, oil on canvas, 52 x 68 inches

In addition to the paintings of adventurous boys, there are multiple landscape paintings that imagine what alternative worlds would be like if the one we are familiar with vanishes. Self Portrait Moving Out envisions a place where pathways lead to disaster or, conversely, miniature Edens. Self Portrait Setting Up Camp is a proposition for how we might remake the world when it all falls apart. Personal amulets are revealed throughout Heffernan's paintings in the form of tiny images of faces, art treasures and vignettes which reflect history, wisdom and truths.

Self Portrait as Tree House 2010, oil on canvas, 68 x 65 inches

All of these works remark on the nature of human society, the cycles of life and the possibilities of renewal alongside the entrapments of compliance and stasis. Like Heffernan's women, her new characters carry heavy histories of the past as they try to valiantly reshape the future.

Self Portrait as Big World 2008, oil on canvas, 65 x 68 inches

Julie Heffernan was born in 1956 and received her MFA from Yale University. She has had numerous one-person exhibitions around the country and has shown internationally. She has received a Lila Acheson Wallace award, NY Foundation for the Arts award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright-Hayes Grant. She is the program head of the BFA in Studio art Montclair State University.

Tender Trapper 2010, oil on canvas, 66 x 60 inches

Gallery installation courtesy of Julie Heffernan & P.P.O.W

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rupert Bunny; Artist in Paris, until July 4, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris traces Bunny’s extraordinary life and art, from Melbourne to Paris and back again. Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this will be the first major exhibition of Bunny’s work since 1991 and includes over one hundred paintings, drawings and monotypes, some of which have never been seen before in Australia. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and comprehensively addresses all aspects of the artist’s oeuvre.

Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris - Introduced by Curator, Deborah Edwards

Rupert Bunny (1864–1947) is an exotic in the history of Australian art. A creator of grand, sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century, Bunny became one of the most successful artists of his generation.

Bunny's romantic portrayals of beautiful women at leisure capture the charm and idyllic life of France's "beautiful era" – the seemingly endless summer of the belle époque. His dream-like paintings of mythological scenes reveal an inspired and imaginative view of life and art.

For more information on this exhibition Click Here

Pastoral [Sea idyll Pastorale] c.1893, oil on canvas, 142.0 h x 251.0 w

Rupert Bunny
A summer morning c. 1897

Dolce farniente c1897 (Sweet idleness).

Mme Sada Yacco ‘Kesa' c1900 (1907).

Summer time c1907, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alan Feltus, until June 18, Forum Gallery, New York

Forum Gallery presents seventeen new paintings by award winning American artist Alan Feltus. The works in the current exhibition continue the artist’s neoclassical exploration of the figure, saturated by the colors and richness of Italy, where Feltus has lived for more than twenty years.

Journals, 2008, oil on canvas, 43 1/3 x 31 1/2 inches

Il Giornale, 2009, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches

Insomnia, 2008, oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches

The Red Jacket , 2008, oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches

Traveller, 2008, oil on canvas, 20 x 22 inches

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Will Cotton, until June 19, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

Will Cotton's latest exhibition at Galerie Daniel Templon Paris, examines ideas of desire and lack: landscapes made of icre cream and candyfloss, the most ephemeral of sweets.

Consuming Folly. 2009-2010, oil on canvas, 183 x 244 cm

Fairy Floss, 2009-2010, oil on canvas, 311 x 142 cm

Apennine, 2009-2010, oil on canvas, 213 x 193 cm

Ice Cream, 2009, oil on canvas, 61 x 86 cm

Visionary Art, until May 5, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome

Last days to see VISIONARY ART a group show at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome. The exhibition features the work of Greg Simkins, Laurie Lipton, Naoto Hattori and Mike Davis.

Laurie Lipton, The Queen of Bones, 131 x 78 cm

Naoto Hattori, Inspired, 30.5 x 30.5 cm

Greg Simkins, The Goblin Whale, 61 x 46 cm

Mike Davis, Learning to walk again, 51 x 41 cm ca.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mark Ryden, until June 5, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Mark Ryden's exhibition titled THE GAY 90'S: OLD TYME ART SHOW opens tonight (April 29th) at New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Dress in your best "Olde Tyme" outfit and come to the
Opening Reception: Thursday Evening, April 29, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Ave. New York, NY 10001

The Gay 90's: Old Tyme Art Show, an exhibition of 23 new paintings and works on paper will be Ryden's first significant solo show in New York since 2003, as well as his first with this gallery.

"The central theme of The Gay 90s: Old Tyme Art Show references the idealism of the 1890s while addressing the role of kitsch and nostalgia in our current culture. "In the modern era, sentimentality and beauty have been disdained in the art world," he explains. "This new work is explores the line between attraction and repulsion to kitsch, and between beauty and banality." Through their visual richness and symbolic complexity, Ryden's infinitely suggestive dreamscapes invite us to enter their world and to indulge our sense of wonder."

Quote courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

To visit Mark Ryden's website Click Here

Incarnation, 2009, oil on panel 72 x 48 inches

The piano player, 2010, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches

The Grinder, 2010, oil on canvas, 37 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

Virgin and Child, 2010, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Pink Lincoln, 2010, oil on canvas, 22 x 16 inches