Franz Jüttner

Franz Juttner
Franz Jüttner was a German illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist about whom there seems to be little available information on the net (at least that I can find without knowledge of the German language).

Unfortunately there are not many images either, but the ones that are available, primarily his illustrations from a well regarded German edition of Snow White are wonderful.

You can also find a few references to his editorial work.


Richard Bunkall

Richard Bunkall
In a fascinating series, Pasadena artist Richard Bunkall explored juxtapositions of building facades with airships, locomotives, ships and whales, along with quotes from Mellville and other sources.

Older series focus on movie theater marquees and building faces, as well as more straightforward cityscapes. All are rendered with Bunkall’s wonderfully textural approach, in which a muted palette, softened edges, rough brushstrokes, scumbling and scraping produce a visceral feeling of stone surfaces.

Bunkall also worked with dramatic light and dark within his architectural spaces, as well as playful suggestions of unusual scale.

The official Richard Bunkall website features a selection of his work from several points in his career. Be sure to click through to the larger images, which are large enough to get some idea of the appeal of his large scale canvasses (though the server seems a bit slow, and it can take some patience to look through them).

There is also an Unofficial Flickr set that extends the range of visible work and a selection on Kennebeck Fine Art.

Bunkall’s life and career were cut short by A.L.S. (known as Lou Gehrig’s Diesase) a debilitating neuromuscular condition that gradually removes the ability to control one’s muscles. Through his struggle with the disease, Bunkall continued to paint, with adaptations of how the brush was held, or strapped to his hand, or with his body propped in positions that allowed him access to the canvas.

There is a new collection of his work. It was just published during an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art which ends on April 22, 2012.

The book can be ordered directly from the website, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Richard Bunkall Research Fund at Project A.L.S.

[Via William Wray]


Eyvind Earle website

Eyvind Earle
Since I last wrote about remarkable artwork of ex illustrator and former Disney background artist turned gallery artist Eyvind Earle back in 2009, the long promised website has been published.

Though navigation is somewhat clunky, this is now a good resource on Earle, with a large selection of his work. Many of the serigraphs have links to larger images, though it seems the oils, watercolors and scratchboards unfortunately do not, and are reproduced too small to properly appreciate Earle’s approach.

There is still a better array of larger images on Gallery 21.

For more, see my previous posts on Eyvind Earle (and here), both of which contain background information on Earle and links to additional sites with images of his work.


Justin Gerard’s Silmarillion at Gallery Nucleus

Justin Gerard's Silmarillion ast Gallery Nucleus
The wonderful fantasy art of Justin Gerard, who I have written about previously, is on display this month at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, as part of an exhibition dedicated to his visual interpretation of J. R. R. Tolken’s The Silmarillion.

The show features numerous watercolors and drawings. You can also find a selection of Gerard’s other work on the gallery’s website, in addition to on his own website and blog. On the blog you will find some larger images of the Silmarillion pieces.

Justin Gerard’s The Silmarillion will be on display until May 6, 2012.


The Painterly Voice, Pennsylvania Impressionism

The Paainterly Voice, Pennsylvania Impressionism - William L. Lathrop, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Rae Sloan Bredin, Arthur Meltzer, Charles Rosen, M. Elizabeth Price, Kenneth Nunamaker, Walter Elmer Schofield, Roy C. Nuse, Fern I. Coppedge, Robert Spencer, Roy Francis Taylor, George Sotter)
Pennsylvania Impressionism is a term rather loosely applied to a group of late 19th and early 20th century painters who lived and worked in and around the artist colony that existed at the time in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey, small towns that straddle either side of the Delaware River north of Philadelphia.

American Impressionism, an even more broadly applied term, refers to American painters who were influenced by the French Impressionists, but the range and variety of their styles is considerable.

New York, Boston and several spots in California were centers for these painters and their new and radical styles, Philadelphia, although a major art center at the time, was less welcoming to these styles, largely due to the strong influence of Thomas Eakins and his allies, who favored a more traditional academic approach.

So the painters in the Philadelphia area who were drawn to this new style of painting gravitated to the area of New Hope, to an art colony started by William Lathrop and drawn by the powerful influence of Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber.

Currently, the James Michener Museum, in nearby Doylestown, PA, houses one of the strongest collections of work by the Pennsylvania Impressionists. The museum recently hosted what I believe was the largest exhibition of works by these artists ever assembled.

Unfortunately the exhibition ended April 1. I have to apologize to those in the area who missed the show for my late coverage (and I regret that I only could find time for a single visit myself), but the museum continues to maintain their online exhibit for the exhibition: The Painterly Voice: Buck’s County’s Fertile Ground.

The online feature is accessed from a drop down menu in sections for artists or groups of artists. Within those sections, navigation between images is handled with arrows that are confusingly outside the apparent limits of the page, against the background on either side.

When you discover an artist you like, note the links at right of each entry to even more images by that artist to be found in the Michener Museum’s Collection Database and Bucks County Artist Database.

For those who would like to follow up with books, there are two excellent volumes that cover a broad range of these artists and their works: Pennsylvania Impressionism by Brian H. Peterson is the most scholarly and definitive and has beautiful reproductions; A New Hope for American Art by Jim Alterman (also here) is huge, stuffed with 1,000 color plates, and covers many of the less well known artists in more detail.

You can also find additional titles on individual artists in the Michener Museum’s online shop.

(Images above: William L. Lathrop, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Rae Sloan Bredin, Arthur Meltzer, Charles Rosen, M. Elizabeth Price, Kenneth Nunamaker, Walter Elmer Schofield, Roy C. Nuse, Fern I. Coppedge, Robert Spencer, Roy Francis Taylor, George Sotter)


Norman Rockwell Museum on Google Art Project

Norman Rockwell Museum on Google Art Project: Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, William Smedley,  Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle
Wow, am I ever enjoying the recently updated Google Art Project (as I reported recently).

Despite my own Time Sink Warning, I’ve been pulled back here way too often. I found this morning that among the cornucopia of art from the newly added museums is the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts.

The museum houses not only a broad collection of work from its namesake (which can be surprisingly diverse) but an excellent collection of work by other American illustrators. There is an article about the museum joining the project on New England Public Radio.

Though the number of pieces available on the GAP’s section for the museum is not extensive (presumably the number will grow), it’s a delight to be able to zoom in on classic illustrations like these. (Bear in mind that my screen captures have been greatly reduced in the images above, I’m just trying to give an idea of zooming scale.)

Now if only the Brandywine River Museum would follow suit.

(Artists above, with details: Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, William Smedley, Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle)