Monday, May 15, 2017
My painting titled “Up on Melancholy Hill” is part of the upcoming Salmagundi Landscape Exhibition which coincides with the current ARC Salon Live Exhibition which is on view in the upper gallery. Both Exhibitions showcase the very best in contemporary realism. The Salmagundi Club, founded in 1871, is one of the oldest art galleries and organizations in America.
The Salmagundi Club became an important center for American realism and takes great pride in its roster of members which include renowned master artists, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, Howard Pyle, Frederick Church, Dean Cornwell, John Francis Murphy, Frank H. Desch, Winston Churchill, N.C. Wyeth, and many others. If you are in NYC please come out and visit the gallery and see the new exhibitions. Salmagundi is located at 47 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I am currently updating my website, so for those of you looking for exhibition dates, artwork for sale, and my latest works those will be added on the new site. If you are interested in any painting or drawing I post, please send an e-mail and I will let you know if it is available or what gallery it currently is being exhibited at.
I am also going to post some of my latest oil studies and random raw sketches from my piles of sketchbooks. Whether you are an architect, sculpture, or painter it is incredibly important to sketch and draw. Sketching is freedom of the imagination. It is so raw and visceral and gets initial ideas down on paper and helps the artist express what is toiling in their heart and soul. Artist studies and sketchbook are an extension of who they are on paper. It is our weapon of choice to combat a world that we don’t always understand. For me sketches construe more emotion than the final work itself, in strokes of truth in the most experimental form.
Thank you for your support,
Sunday, March 12, 2017
This past week I spent some time in Minneapolis. I love visiting my sister and her amazing family. We went to The Art Academy in which I was able to talk to the upcoming artists and the Atelier’s master instructors Sarah Howard and Jim Robison. I also experienced the wonderful baristas and coffee at Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Company.
One of the highlights of my trip was the galleries and Museums of Minneapolis. I had the opportunity to go to the opening at the Minneapolis Institute of Art of “At Home With Monsters”, a new exhibit from the collection of Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The exhibition is incredible and was packed with lines all weekend. Del Toro has created a timeless horrific visions of the past and future.
Del Toro had some incredible insight and quotes about current events in the United States and around the world. He talked about how current society has dismantled the difference between “truth and lie” which has caused society to lose sight of our compass as humans. He also talked about the idea of Imaginative realism and fantasy. He said, “For me fantasy is a way to make peace with a whole side of our existence and our cosmos that any other sane thing does not deal with. We have many dimensions in our lives. One is social, one is political. We have to be involved in that. One is as a citizen and another is as an artist.”
The exhibition features hundreds of items from his personal treasure trove which included many of my fellow friends and artist. Tom Kuebler, E. M. Gist, Travis Louie, Bernie Wrightson and Edward Gorey. The paintings, drawings, sculptures and books are from different time periods of the World of macabre works. Some are inspired by imaginative realism, Kitsch art, Surrealist, animators, illustrators, dark art noir films, classic movies, and literature that have inspired Del Toro’s journey. It was nice to see the Minneapolis Museum exhibit works of fantastic and imaginative figurative art in a major showcase event.
If you get the chance, try to see this exhibition or by the catalogue which is well worth the price. I have included some pictures from the event.