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Jeremy Lipking (update)

Jeremy Lipking
WhenI first wrote about contemporary American painter Jeremy Lipking back in 2006, I was struck in particular with his subtle and masterful understanding of value, and its relationship to color.

That impression has only been reinforced by the work I’ve seen from Lipking since then. His figures and faces, along with an occasional still life or landscape, carry forward the compositional strengths and restrained use of color often found in the late 19th century portrait masters like John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, perhaps along with painters like Jules Bastien-Lepage.

I get the impression that in instances where other painters might work and rework to push their colors brighter, Lipking works and refines his compositions to restrain them into greater depths of harmony.

Lipking’s work will be on display in a solo show at Arcadia Contemporary in NY, that opens tomorrow, December 12, and runs to December 31, 2013.

While the show is running, a preview should be available here, but the page hasn’t turned over to the new show yet, and will be replaced with another show when this one is over. In the meanwhile there is a magazine style preview here. Even though the latter is in one of those dreadful page-flipping, jiggling-zoom magazine formats, it’s tolerable if you make it full screen. YOu can also see his Arcadia Gallery regular listing.

In addition to the updates on his blog, if you follow Lipking on Twitter or Instagram, you will occasionally be treated to images of works in progress.

Lipking is featured in the December 2013 issue of American Art Collector, for which his painting October Aspens (above, 6th down) was chosen for the cover.

Lipking conducts workshops, and has three instructional DVDs available on portrait and figure painting.

[Note: some images in the sites linked are NSFW]


9 responses to “Jeremy Lipking (update)”

  1. Interesting. Yes, if it wasn’t for the modernity of the women’s faces (a knowing, confident gaze?) they look like something from the impressionists or before. I shall check out some of your links when I have a bit more time. Thank you!

    1. Kate,

      My pleasure. Look up Cecilia Beaux as well.

  2. Hi Charley –
    Great post as always, this guy is quite a painter. Looks like he uses your recommended Alla Prima Pochade box as well! I just bought one and cant wait to use it.

    1. Sean,

      Yes, as do a number of other painters, like Julian Merrow-Smith:

      I think you’ll really like working with your new box.

      I have two of them now. My main one, a Bitterroot, and a newer little Belly River that I take when traveling or walking longer distances. I take the Bitterroot with me when I take painting classes indoors, and use it instead of an easel or as a table-top easel.

  3. I too have followed his work and have noticed gradual changes in his palette lately. It does not seem to be a permanent one but instead… maybe an additional one.
    He is on the gallery roster of Maxwell Alexander Gallery here in Los Angeles and although I have not visited the gallery yet I have seen some online previews.
    Some of these newer works, I have seen for western shows, are done in what you would call a southwestern palette, brighter colors.

  4. Such fine art.The lines and sharp ness of the human figure is perfectly done. Hope to come for the exhibition.

  5. Hi Mr.Parker,
    It’s refreshing to see that rather young men want to carry the torch of being modern masters of which there are a few including Joseph Todorovitch, Ron Hicks,Bryce Cameron Liston, Jon Bernard Koch. Thanks for the update of a true modern master with a foot stuck in the past!!!

  6. Lipking is a master. Btw, he has only one instructional DVD (not three).

  7. Really great art.