Friday, May 10, 2019

Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski (1944-2019) Untitled (8-122) 2009  oil on linen on panel 22 1/8"x28 1/8"

It is with great sadness that I post the passing of the great American painter, Thomas Nozkowski. I have posted his work many times on this blog and have been and always be a great admirer of his unique vision and quality painting. The art world is much smaller today because of this great loss.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Christoph Robner

                  Christoph Robner  Netz  2016  oil on canvas  75" x 55"

Friday, April 12, 2019

Steve Gibson

                    Steve Gibson  Leaving Oaxaca  2019  gouache on paper   30" x  22"

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tom Burckhardt

                   Tom Burckhardt  Audience  2016  oil on linen  68" x 54"

Monday, March 4, 2019

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  A Chance Meeting With Basil Wolverton  2019  gouache on paper  
30" x 22"

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jason Silva

                   Jason Silva  5-28-16 graphite on paper  7" x 10"

Friday, February 22, 2019

Miyoshi Barosh

 It is with  sadness that I post Los Angeles based Miyoshi Barosh has passed away. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

William T. Wiley

            William T. Wiley  P.T.S.D. Tires  2009  watercolor and ink on paper  30" x 22"
William T. Wiley has been and continues to be a viable force in contemporary art practice in California and especially Northern California where he resides. He taught at U.C. Davis along with Robert  Arneson, Richard Shaw as well as Bruce Nauman.

Wiley influenced and entire generation of artists, including myself, with his wry wit and consummate drawing skills. He, along with Robert Arneson and Richard Shaw and others comprised the nexus of the San Francisco Funk movement in the 60's. This movement coincided with the Imagist groups in Chicago about the same time and was a prime factor in my attending SAIC in the mid 70's. Needless to say, they were out of the main stream of artistic style and thought coming from the high priest critics in New York at the time. I will always be grateful to these  groups for tacitly giving me the permission to pursue my path as I stumble through my endeavors as an artist.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Steve Gibson

                   Steve Gibson  Leaving Portland  2017  gouache on paper   30" x 22"

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Alex Olson

                     Alex Olson  Fish (2)  2017  oil on canvas   75" x 53"

Friday, December 21, 2018

Thomas Nozkowski

      Thomas Nozkowski  Untitled  (9-23) 2013  oil on linen on panel  22" x 28"

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  A Chance Meeting With Tex Avery  2018  gouache on paper   30" x 22"

Monday, November 12, 2018

Norbert Schwontkowski

Norbert Schwontkowski  Flut 2011  oil on canvas  78.75" x 94.5"

Monday, November 5, 2018

Interesting Juxtaposition

Interesting Juxtaposition: Peter Linde Busk  2012 (top) Keltie Ferris 2018 (bottom)

Tom Anholt

                            Tom Anholt  Family Man  2018  oil on linen  67" x 51"

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Steve Gibson

                     Steve Gibson  False Premise  2018  gouache on paper   30" x 22"

Monday, October 1, 2018

Charlene von Heyl

               Charlene von Heyl  Corrido  2018  oil, acrylic, charcoal on linen  108" x 90"
Charlene von Heyl is a true painting master. She has a wonderful vocabulary of imagery and technique that flows effortlessly between abstraction and figuration giving the viewer something new to see in every group of paintings she does. The show at Petzel is no exception. I marvel at her inventiveness and her courage as a painter.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Magalie Guerin

                      Magalie Guerin Untitled 2017  oil on panel  30" x 24"  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Joseph Yoakum

Joseph Yoakum Valley of El Capatan  c. 1960's  watercolor and ball point pen on paper
9" x 12"

Joseph Yoakum's drawings are avidly collected by folk art collectors as well as museums, artists and fine art collectors around the world. My take on his popularity is that his work cuts across all genres. They are beautifully drawn and composed using delicate line and muted color to define his impression of places he visited in his mind. The originality of his style and authenticity of his approach to making his art resonated with people with the ability to see and feel his presence in the work. 

In my experience viewing contemporary artists today, I feel many are trying to capture Yoakum's approach with varying degrees of success. What is almost impossible to attain for contemporary artists is the authenticity that comes from an inner directed "outsider" person of color that grew up in the middle of the last century. That experience is is what makes his work so unique, beautiful and touching.

Friday, August 24, 2018