“Celebrating Women Artists” at Arcadia Contemporary

Celebrating Women Artists at Arcadia Contemporary:
Arcadia Contemporary, a gallery in NYC that focuses largely on contemporary art in the representational tradition, has a new show titled “Celebrating Women Artists” in which they are showcasing work by six women artists from among the artists they represent.

The show features three painters, two sculptors and a photographer. I’ve featured images of work by the painters above.

“Celebrating Women Artists” will be on display until May 20, 2015. After that point, the online gallery to which I’m linking will change to the next show, so I’ve provided links to the individual artists’s sites below.

(Images above, 2 per artist: Nancy Depew, Dianne Gall, Alessandra Peters (Alessandra Maria)

Eye Candy for Today: H Siddons Mowbray’s Idle Hours

Idle Hours, H. Siddons Mowbray
Idle Hours, H. Siddons Mowbray

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikipedia, original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Though not in the kind of exotic location common to the Orientalist paintings that were fashionable the time, Mowbray has dressed is models in oriental costume as they languorously while away their time watching pet turtles eat lettuce.

Mowbray’s composition is softly harmonious, with rich but subdued colors, gentle value transitions and restrained brushwork.

Leo Mancini-Hresko (update)

Leo Mancini-Hresko
Leo Mancini-Hresko is a painter from Boston who I first wrote about in 2013.

He brings his appealingly textural approach to bear on landscape, interiors and still life subjects, in which his controlled use of color and value brings the textural elements to the fore.

Mancini-Hresko’s work will be on display in a solo show opening at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston on April 24th.

Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, Gwenn Germain

Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, beautifylanimation by Gwenn Germain, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki
Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (“Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies”) is a remarkable short animation (two and a half minutes) that is the senior project of Gwenn Germain, a student at the French art school Créapole.

The film is an overt homage to the work of the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and not only emulates the beautiful style of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli animations, but makes reference to specific elements from several of them.

The story is about a youth living in a giant tree, who falls into the lower levels of the forest and is helped in returning home. It’s really more of a simplified arc on which Germain has given himself license to parade a fantastic series of vividly imagined and beautifully rendered sequences and environments.

Even though I’m very fond of Miyazaki’s films, I don’t think I get all of the references here, or even all of the implications of the story — but when it looks like this, I’m content to be dazzled. The short is getting a lot of attention from Miyazaki fans and others around the net, and we can hope to see some wonderful work from Germain in the future.

You can see another, earlier short by Germain, Bococo, about two parrots in a burning apartment, and see some of his preliminary sketches, layouts and other work on his deviantART gallery.

[Via Digg]

Paul Chadeisson

Paul Chadeisson, conceot art, game development
Paul Chadeisson is a concept artist and video game developer based in Paris, France.

His often mechanically intricate structures and environments demonstrate his ability to project a sense of immense scale and distance — partly with atmospheric perspective and partly with the contrast of foreground and background elements.

Many of the pieces on his website and other online portfolios feature enormous floating ships, likely from a particular project, in which he conveys the feeling of both great mass and weightlessness.

Chadeisson uses a controlled palette, with highlights of brighter passages, while still keeping the muted chroma and value relationships necessary for the suggestion of distance.

[Via Concept Art World]

Judith Pond Kudlow

Judith Pond Kudlow, still life and figurative
Judith Pond Kudlow is an artist living and working in New York City, where she co-founded with artist Andrea J. Smith a classical atelier named NYK Academy, formerly the Harlem Studio of Art.

Kudlow’s primary subjects are still life and figurative, the former in particular is appealing for the feeling of harmony in her compositions. Her exacting draftsmanship privieds a solid structure from which her reserved color palette and controlled values project a feeling of quiet presence.

I get the impression that she uses soft edges in many places, but it’s difficult to tell; the frustratingly small images on her website, particularly of her figurative work, reveal little about the nature of her surface or rendering.

There are slightly larger images of her still life subjects on the websites of the Principle Gallery in Virginia, and Anderson Fine Art Gallery in Georgia.

Kudlow has an instructional video, published by American Artist, titled Classical Painting: The Realist Sight Size Method.