He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

David Gray

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:32 am

David Gray
David Gray paints elegant, refined still life paintings and beautifully realized portraits in the classical realist tradition.

In both his portraits and still life paintings, he evokes a feeling of stillness and contemplation, though in the portraits that feeling is often pierced by the quiet but intense aliveness projected by his subjects.

Similarly, Gray works with muted, limited palettes that are often punctuated by a single intense color. That kind of duality, in color, in emotional tone, in light and dark, and in the compositional contrasts of form and negative space that define his compositions, seems to pervade his work.

Many of his portraits are part of a series in which he explores a fascination with head wraps, and the contrasts of folded cloth against smooth skin. Though I was immediately drawn to a portrait of his daughter that seems very Vermeer-like, echoing the pose and colors from Girl With a Pearl Earring (images above, second down), Gray states that Vermeer was not in his mind when he composed and painted the piece; and that he takes his inspiration for figure and portrait painting most prominently from Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres.

Gray was a finalist in the Figurative Category in the ARC 2009-2010 Salon (larger image here), and was an invited artist in the 2010 American Art Invitational.

David Gray is the subject of a featured article in the March 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine. The online version of the article, which also includes a gallery of Gray’s work, can be read here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Manabu Ikeda

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:01 pm

Though I doubt they were intended to be so, the striking works of Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda, seen at this juncture, can seem chillingly prophetic.

The structures, shapes and waves of objects in his work are portrayed as enormous in scale, as revealed by the astonishingly complex textural elements of countless smaller items of which they are composed.

His works are large and created in pen ink and acrylic on paper mounted on board. The level of detail is striking, even though it is just hinted at in the images available on the web.

Ikeda was born in Saga and is now based in Tokyo. He studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

He is represented by the Mizuma Art Gallery, which has a selection of his work online. He doesn’t seem to have a dedicated web presence of his own (or else I don’t know how to find it as a Japanese language website).

The largest images I’ve been able to find are on Art Inconnu (click for larger versions). I’ve listed some articles and other resources below.

Ikeda is represented in the group exhibition now at the Japan Society in New York, Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, which runs until June 12, 2011.

[Via Art Daily]

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Duane Keiser’s Peel

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:09 am

Duane Keiser's Peel
I just love this.

Back in December of 2004, Virginia based painter and teacher Duane Keiser originated the phenomenon that has come to be known as “painting a day“, in which painter/bloggers paint a small work and post it to a blog each day.

He painted a small painting everyday for about two years, and has since then painted his small works on a varied schedule, but has maintained a strong painting practice.

Keiser has a wonderful recent post on his blog, a short time-lapse video called Peel, in which he paints a tangerine, peels it partway, repaints it on the same panel, peels it some more, repaints it again, sections it, paints it again, reduces it to a single section and paints it again. Wonderful!

You can view the video on Keiser’s site, or on YouTube somewhat larger.

You can see the finished painting here. As of this writing, the painting is up for bid on eBay.

To me, this is not just a fun and novel painting demo, it’s also a vivid demonstration of the real rewards of a dedicated painting regimen.

The accumulated years of frequent practice grant him the skill with eye, hand and materials to not only repaint his subject multiple times on the same canvas, passing up multiple opportunities to say “finished”, but to consider an experiment like this in the first place, in which painting is the point, rather than a painting.

[Via MetaFilter]

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mucha’s The Slav Epic

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:40 am

The Slav Epic, Alphonse Mucha (Alfons Mucha)
Most people who are familiar in passing with Art Nouveau artist Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha (see my recent post on Alphonse Mucha on Gallica Digital Library) are not aware of his body of work that is in a very different style.

The most important and striking examples of this are a series of 20 very large canvasses called The Slav Epic, which Mucha considered the most important work of his lifetime and the culmination of his artistic career.

The paintings tell the history of Slavic people, and are housed in a castle in the small town of Moravský. There is long standing controversy about plans to bring them to Prague.

The paintings are little known outside of the Czech Republic and images of them are not readily available. There are few, if any, in most books on Mucha, though Mucha by Sarah Mucha is listed as containing some information and images on the Slav Epic paintings, even if incomplete. I haven’t seen the book myself.

There are a few scattered examples on the web, notably on the Mucha Foundation, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons and a complete set with commentary on the site of John Price, and an even better, larger set on the blog, A Journey Through Slavic Culture.

There is also a post on the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog that features alternate states and preliminary photographs of some of the works.

[Golden Age Comic Book Stories link via @francisvallejo]

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Edward Kwong

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:24 pm

Edward Kwong
Canadian illustrator Edward Kwong studied at the Alberta School of Art and Design in Calgary, and is now based in Montreal.

Kwong takes his affection for early 20th Century art movements like Cubism, Art Deco and Futurism and mixes them in the blender of his strong graphic design sensibilities, resulting in a delightful amalgam of influence and inspiration, reference and reinvention, arrayed in his own unique compositions.

Some of his works deal in lines and flat shapes of color, others are more rendered, like his “Mythos Project” series (images above, second from the bottom); some are richly colored, others monochromatic, or rendered in a subdued range of hues.

The opening page of Kwong’s website serves as the portfolio, with choices of professional and personal work on the left. He maintains a blog in which you can see preliminary stages of portfolio pieces, as well as other works, finished or in progress.

Kwong was also a contributor to volumes 1 and 2 of The Anthology Project comics anthology (click on links for “Previews” from this page), and created the cover for the second volume (above, second down).

There is an illustrated interview with Kwong on Squidface & The Meddler.

He has a selection of prints available on inPRNT.

[Via @jonwoodward by way of @inkybat]

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Clark Hulings at the Forbes Galleries

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:57 pm

Clark Hulings
Clark Hulings, a superb American artist I wrote about in 2009, died in February of this year.

In what is being described as his last show of new work, The Forbes Galleries in New York will host a show titled Clark Hulings: An American Master from March 23 to September 10, 2011.

The exhibition will feature 48 works, including oil paintings, drawings and watercolors, ranging from large finished works to small pochade sketches. Of these 15 oils and 6 drawings will be offered for sale separately through Morris and Whiteside Galleries in South Carolina.

The latter gallery has a slideshow of the works on their website, adding nicely to what it an unfortunately small amount of his work available for viewing on the web.

Click on the first thumbnail to launch the popup window and you can then step through the images with the controls at bottom, or let it run as a slideshow. (It appears to have a glitch in displaying one of the last 7 or 8 images; you may have to close and reopen the popup.)

Alphonse Mucha on Gallica Digital Library

Posted by Charley Parker at 5:25 pm

Alphonse Mucha on Gallica Digital Library
Pecay from Bibliodyssey, who has a knack for these things, points us to a nice selection of posters from Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha, the Czech artist whose name is essentially synonymous with “Art Nouveau”.

The images are on the Gallica Digital Library, produced by the National Library of France.

There are three pages of images (arrows at top and bottom), and discounting multiple copies of the same poster, about 30 posters.

Though not the largest or best Mucha images available on the web, it’s a nice selection and an enjoyable diversion. You can find more Mucha resources in my previous posts listed below.

[Addendum: I just noticed that in a nice bit of synchronicity Gurney Journey has a post today about Mucha's very different images for "La Pater".]

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sherrie McGraw

Posted by Charley Parker at 1:28 pm

Sherrie McGraw
Sherrie McGraw paints subtle, refined still life paintings that combine the feeling of traditional Dutch masters with the more modern sensibilities of contemporary paint handling; in which crisply defined objects shine out of their deep chiaroscuro relationships with their backgrounds.

She also paints forceful portraits and figures, in which the same relationships are heightened by even bolder brushwork.

As a young woman, McGraw studied at the Art Students League in New York with renowned American artist David Leffel. She also studied artistic anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy.

The influence of Leffel can be seen, I think, in her richly textured, painterly approach to traditional realism. At least, that’s what I would call her approach. McGraw has an interesting philosophical essay on her site about “Abstract Realism“.

McGraw travels and teaches workshops at highly regarded art institutions around the U.S., including the Portrait Society of America, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Studio Incamminati, the Art Student’s League, Academy of Art University and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.

She is the author of The Language of Drawing (available from the publisher, Bright Light Publishing). She also edited and wrote the foreword for Galina Tulzakova’s The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin, and is at work on a new book on painting. (See her website section for Books.)

In addition to galleries of her paintings and drawings, her website also features a section on her choice of materials that includes links to suppliers and her own instructions for priming raw linen.

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