Monthly Archives: October 2011

Karin Jurick’s Museum Hours

Karin Jurick's Museum Hours
Who would think that paintings of people with their backs to you could be so compelling?

When I first wrote about Atlanta based painter Karin Jurick back in 2006, one of the things I admired, in addition to her bright, fresh, painterly approach, was her series of paintings of art museum patrons, in situ, as it were, their backs to the viewer as they stood engrossed in the artwork before them.

This has turned out to be one of Jurick’s favored themes in the subsequent years, and she has recently published a collection of over 100 of those paintings in a book titled Museum Hours.

You can see a preview of the book on the Blurb site; be sure to use the controls below the image to view the preview in full screen mode, allowing you the pleasure of seeing Jurick’s work larger than it is usually reproduced on her site and blog.

The book has a nice feature in the form of an illustrated index of the paintings. In addition to the titles of her paintings, it lists the works being viewed by the patron, (of which Jurick has painted at least a partial interpretation), and the museums in which they are to be found.

Jurick’s work is part of a three-woman show, along with Karen Hollingsworth and Suzy Shultz, at the 16 Patton Gallery in Ashville, North Carolina that opens tomorrow, October 22, 2011. I don’t know how long it runs; the gallery’s website, such as it is, hasn’t been updated with show information and does a poor job of presenting the artists they represent. [Addendum: Jurick was kind enough to let me know the show runs until November 26, 2011. See also my recent post on Karen Hollingsworth.]

You can see a preview of Jurick’s pieces in the show on her website. She has chosen a theme of “New York Life” for her part of the show, and the selection includes some of her art patrons pieces, as well as other New York scenes (love the Flatiron Building).

Galactik Trading Cards

Galactik Trading Cards: Andy Thomas, A. Andrew Gonzalez, Vladimir, Ovtcharov, Martina Hoffmann, Luke Brown, Carey Thompson, Kinuko Y. Craft, Alex Grey
Galactik Trading Cards are collectable cards printed with images of work from over 100 artists from the fields of visionary art, magic realism, contemporary surrealism, fantasy art and related genres.

Some of the artists are among the most recognized names in their genres, other are new or less well known. The initiative’s website has galleries of the cards, arranged in sets, though most of the newer ones can be purchased individually as well as in sets or by subscription.

The images in the galleries are linked to larger versions, which is particularly advantageous given the extraordinary level of detail in some of the images. You need to hover your mouse over the thumbnail images to see a tooltip style popup of the artist’s name.

There is even a “Holodeck” set of lenticular cards, each of which contains several images revealed as the card is viewed from different angles.

The link for “Collective” in the top navigation goes to a page with a list of the artists and links to their websites.

(Images above: Andy Thomas, A. Andrew Gonzalez, Vladimir, Ovtcharov, Martina Hoffmann, Luke Brown, Carey Thompson, Kinuko Y. Craft, Alex Grey)

[Via beinArt Surreal Art Collective]

Artists’ portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors on TOR.com

Artists portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors on TOR: Virgil Finlay, Donato Giancola, Michael J. Deas, Iain McCaig, Mark Summers, Gregory Manchess
Arnie Fenner, co-founder and editor of the Spectrum collections of fantastic art, has written an article for Tor.com titled Lovecraft, Asimov, GRRM, Heinlein & More: Painting SFF Writers in which he collects some portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors by a number of artists.

Covering authors in the genre as far as Mark Twain (think Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court) the portraits are in a variety of media and styles, but all by outstanding artists.

Incidentally, the Tor.com site has a terrific gallery of fantasy and science fiction illustrators (major time sink warning).

(Images above: H.P. Lovecraft by Virgil Finlay, Robert A. Heinlein by Donato Giancola, Edgar Allen Poe by Michael J. Deas, Harlan Ellison by Iain McCaig, Jules Verne by Mark Summers, Mark Twain by Gregory Manchess.)

Pierre Adolphe Valette

Pierre Adolphe Valette
Little known Impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette was born in St. Etienne, an industrial city in France, and spent much of his career living and working in Manchester, an industrial city in the north of England.

He studied in France at the fine arts school in Bordeaux, and in England took evening classes at the Manchester Municipal School of Art. He joined the staff of the latter institution, and among his pupils was the well known English artist WS Lowry.

Valette was heavily influenced by Monet, but took from him the misty atmospheric colors more typical of the elder artist’s work in London, rather than his brightly dabbed French landscapes.

Vallette became a master of portraying atmospheric perspective and mood, his industrial landscapes are marvels of soft edges and hinted silhouettes.

A new exhibition at The Lowry explores the influence the transplanted French painter had on the English artists around him.

Adolphe Valette: A pioneer of impressionism in Manchester is on view until 29 January, 2012.

There is a book available, Adolphe Valette: A French Influence in Manchester by Sandra Martin, as well as an older title, Adolphe Valette’s Manchester.

Chet Zar, Dan Quintana and Mark Garro at CoproGallery

Chet Zar, Dan Quintana and Mark Garro at Copro Gallery
In what I believe is not exactly a group show but three coordinated solo shows that run concurrently and shared an opening, the CoproGallery in Santa Monica, California is showing the work of Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, Mark Garro.

The gallery has provided previews of the work of all three artists (links in above paragraph).

In addition, here are the artists’ websites for Chet Zar and Mark Garro. Dan Quintana’s site is just a placeholder; here’s a Google image search.

The three shows run until November 5, 2011. Here is a press release from the gallery.

(Images above, two each: Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, Mark Garro)

[Via beinArt Surreal Art Collective]

They Draw and Cook – the book

They Draw and Cook - the book
As I mentioned in my post from last year, They Draw and Cook is a site on which illustrated recipes (or recipes as illustrations) are posted on a regular basis.

Created either by artists who cook or cooks who draw (for whatever difference that may be), the recipes are a far cry from your old style scribbles on an index card or new style entires in a database, illustrating the food and its preparation with style and often humor.

The site’s creators and editors, Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell have collected over 100 of the recipe/illustrations and published them in a new book, They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World (Amazon link here).

In addition to the brief preview on the website and the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, there is also a promotional video for the book, as well an unofficial flip-through video here.

It wasn’t until I saw the latter that I understood the layout of the interior pages, in which the oblong formated illustrated recipes are presented as big double-page spreads.

The They Draw and Cook website has lost some of its original blog format simplicity, and now offers numerous features and sections. Past recipes are offered in themed collections and the “Most Recently Added Recipes” section serves the function of the old blog-based site.