Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bruce Cheever

Bruce Cheever, landscape painting
After many years as a successful illustrator, Bruce Cheever changed his focus to gallery art, bringing his admiration for Renaissance art, American Tonalism, Luminism, and Western artists like Thomas Moran to his portrayals of the American West and Southwest, as well as his travels in Italy and other parts of Europe.

Though sometimes bathed in direct sunlight, Cheever’s compositions are more often presented in the soft light of overcast days, mornings or evenings, when contrasts are softer and more subtle.

I particularly enjoy his paintings of ranches and farm houses in which his muted palette and close value ranges imbue the scene with a feeling of quiet and suspended time.

Unfortunately, most of the available images of his work are relatively small, and only in a few somewhat larger ones can you see that his approach is more open and painterly than it appears in the smaller reproductions.

Cheever’s work is currently on display in a show at the Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona until March 15, 2015; as part of the American Miniatures show at Settler’s West in Tuscon, AZ; and the Masters of the American West 2015 show at the Autry in Los Angeles, CA to March 8, 2015.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Piero di Cosimo’s Andromeda freed by Perseus

Andromeda fred by Perseus, Piero di Cosimo
Andromeda fred by Perseus, Piero di Cosimo

The link is to a version on Wikimedia Commons (note that the high-resolution file linked form that page is almost 30mb). There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project. the original is in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, but I can’t find an image on the official site.

Piero di Cosimo’s fantastical vision of the myth of Perseus freeing Andromeda from her intended fate as sea monster bait is full of wonderfully quirky and imaginative details, befitting contemporary fantasy subjects. I particularly enjoy his textural approach to the sea monster, landscape and foliage — not to mention those marvelous waves.

(If someone hasn’t already done so, I’d love to see those musical instruments remade as modern versions, preferably electrified and playing some kind of bizarre art rock.)

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence is a major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work, currently on display at the National Gallery of Art, DC; that runs until May 3, 2015.

It includes this work and many others from several museums. There is an overview of the images in the form of small thumbnails on the press page; you can look them up on the internet for more detail.

There is a book accompanying the exhibition, for which a detail of this painting was chosen for the cover: Piero Di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lissy Marlin

Lissy Marlin, illustration and visual development artist
Originally from the Dominican Republic, illustrator and visual development artist Lissy Marlin studied at the University of the Arts here in Philadelphia, and now resides in the U.S.

Inspired by her love of animation, she has developed a lively, breezy style, with lots of springy curves and nice touches of linear and textural elements within her forms.

Her website is arranged as a blog, with menu choices for her portfolio at the upper right. You can also find her prints on InPrint.

[Via Concept Art world]

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Johannes Bosboom church interior

Southern aisle of the Great Church at The Hague, Johannes Bosboom
Southern aisle of the Great Church at The Hague, Johannes Bosboom

In the Rijksmuseum; downloadable image also on Wikimedia Commons.

The credits say “pencil, chalk and brush”, but it certainly looks like some watercolor to me.

This is one of those drawing/painting combinations that is simultaneously loose and precise. There is also a beautifully subtle sense of light and space captured in the handling of the ceiling, pillars and stone floor.

Jethro Knight


Contemporary British painter Jethro Knight takes delight in the sensual, visceral nature of thick paint.

His plein air compositions often have a soft, almost tonalist feeling at times, but are rendered with marvelously textural slabs of color that define his forms in terms of their direction as well as their color.

I particularly enjoy his subjects that involve reflections in water, in which he uses contrasts in texture, as wall as color and value, to emphasize the difference between the directly seen and reflected objects.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Christie’s Comics and Illustration Auction, 14 March 2015

Christie's Comics and Illustration Auction: Jean Moebius Giraud (with detail), Jean-Pierre Girbrat (with detail), Didier Graffet, Olivier Ledroit, Enki Bilal, Daniel Cacouault, Paul Echegoyen, Ralph Mayer, Juanjo Guarnido, Pierre Joubert, Francois Schuiten, Benjamin Flao, Laurent Gapaillard, Frederic Pillot

Christie’s auction house has announced an auction at their Paris location of “Bande Dessinée et Illustration” (Comics and Illustration), on 14 March, 2015.

This looks to be a fantastic sale of originals by some of Europe’s foremost artists working in the field (as well as a few Americans), expertly selected by Galerie Daniel Maghen, a Paris based gallery and publishing house specializing in comics art and fantasy illustration.

The sale is a cornucopia of hundreds of pieces of beautiful comics and illustration art, much of it by artists who are unfortunately not as well known in the U.S. as they should be. The selections include the absolutely wonderful gouache painting from the Blueberry series by Jean “Moebius” Giraud, shown above, top.

From the page for the upcoming sale, you can choose to view the lots as a grid or list from the Browse Sale links at the upper right. Each detail page has a pop-up for a larger image.

You can also click “E-Catalog” under that, and after agreeing to their notice, view the catalog in online magazine format, or as a downloadable PDF. You can also purchase a print version ($41.00 USD).

I don’t know how long the images will remain viewable after the sale is past; you may be able to find it under “Past Lots” at that point, but a number of the images may not be available.

(Images above: Jean “Moebius” Giraud [with detail], Jean-Pierre Girbrat [with detail], Didier Graffet, Olivier Ledroit, Enki Bilal, Daniel Cacouault, Paul Echegoyen, Ralph Mayer, Juanjo Guarnido, Pierre Joubert, François Schuiten, Benjamin Flao, Laurent Gapaillard, Frédéric Pillot [with detail])

[Via Gurney Journey]

[Please note: a number of the images on the linked sources are NSFW and not suitable for children, or others under 18.]