Saturday, February 14, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: William York MacGregor’s The Vegetable Stall

The Vegetable Stall, William York MacGregor
The Vegetable Stall, William York MacGregor

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Galleries of Scotland.

I just love this kind of in-situ still life. MacGregor’s earthy colors and wonderfully brushy, textural approach make this painting — one of the artist’s best known works — a particular delight.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Charles Sillem Lidderdale

Charles Sillem Lidderdale, 19th century portraits
Charles Lidderdale was a 19th century British painter who specialized in portraits and figures of young women, usually set against bucolic backgrounds, often presented in colorful costumes of gypsies or Spanish dress.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia to English parents, Lidderdale moved back to England with his family as an adolescent. He studied and then successfully exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Some of his portrayals of young women seem oddly stylized, with preternaturally large eyes (not exactly a proto-Margaret Keane, just a little too big). Most, however were more naturalistic, and many have a delicate sensitivity to their subjects and a pleasing simplicity of composition.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Karl Friedrich Schinkel pen lithograph

Das Schloss Prediama in Crein XII Stund: von Triest (The Castle of Predjama in Carniola, Twelve Hours from Trieste), Karl Friedrich Schinkel, pen lithograph
Das Schloss Prediama in Crein XII Stund: von Triest (The Castle of Predjama in Carniola, Twelve Hours from Trieste), Karl Friedrich Schinkel

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use zoom or download icons below the image.

This striking print by the German artist, active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, is a pen lithograph. In pen lithography the artists draws on the stone with a dip pen using a waxy lithographic ink — known as tusche — rather than the more common method of drawing with a litho crayon.

The resulting lines share some of the character of etching, engraving, pen and ink, and even scratchboard — as in the way Schinkel has delineated the dark passages on the face of the mountain and the inside of the cave.

You can find another impression of this print, likely from a different state, from the National Museum of Slovenia on the Google Art Project.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cristóbal Pérez García

Cristobal Perez Garcia, urban landscape
Cristóbal Pérez García is a contemporary Spanish painter who captures his landscapes — and in particular, his urban scenes — with fresh, immediate brush work, lively color and a sure feeling of naturalistic light and shadow.

When viewing the galleries of work on his website, be sure to open your browser window as wide as possible, as the images will size up larger, and much of the visual appeal of his work in more visible in larger images.

Even in those paintings that look tight and finished in small reproductions, larger images show his approach to be painterly and direct, as most of his work appears to be relatively large in scale. He works primarily in oil, but also in water media, and there are works in which he appears to bring techniques from one discipline into the other.

I particularly enjoy the forceful geometry of his urban compositions, and the way that is reinforced by passages of light and dark as well as higher and lower chroma.

There is a short video on Vimeo called Traffic, that shows the artist at work on a large scale painting on location, and a smaller piece in the studio.

Cristóbal Pérez García’s work will be on display in upcoming shows in Barcelona at Grupd’ArtEscolà gallery location Galería Mar from 5 March to 18 March, 2015 and in the U.S. at ArtExpo New York from April 23-26, 2015,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Eugène Ciceri winter scene

Winter Scene with Two Men, Eugene Ciceri
Winter Scene with Two Men, Eugène Ciceri

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image.

Ciceri’s wonderful evocation of winter is at once both drawing and painting; naturalistic and stylized; controlled and free; monochromatic and yet rich with “color” in a way similar to Chinese ink paintings.

Chris Turnham (update 2015)

Chris Turnham, illustration
Chris Turnham is a screenprint-maker and illustrator who works in film and television as well as publishing.

His crisp, lively images of architecture, streets, people and plants always seem loose and free, despite their exacting draftsmanship and use of hard edges. Largely, I think, this is due to Turnham’s deft use of close color and value relationships, with which he somehow coaxes softness out of hardness.

I particularly enjoy his stylized but naturalistic depiction of plant forms, and I was delighted when reproductions of some of his work for the movie Coraline was included in the “Coraline Mystery Box” I received as part of LAIKA’s promotion for the movie back in 2008. (See my post on my Coraline Mystery Box and Coraline Mystery Box Images.)

Chris Turnham’s work, specifically his silkscreen prints, will be on display in an exhibition titled “California Modernists” at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, from February 21 to March 1, 2015.

For more, see my previous posts on Chris Turnham (below).