Oyvind Suul Mind Map 2010 acrylic on mdf 8.26" x 11.81" www.suul.info What do you think of when you think small canvas contemporary painting......This exudes monumentality in a very small package. More than a study, Suul has captured what many painters can't.
Brendan Lancaster Untitled (round drawing) oil on canvas 23.62" x 19.68" brendanlancaster.com I feel like this image represents a person trying to extricate themselves from a straight jacket. All the tension and muted color gives me the sense that Lancaster is really pushing into interesting territory with his painting. Any one else have any feelings about it?
Matt Carter Untitled 2014 glitter, acrylic, magic marker and silver leaf on linen 36" x 24" luisdejesus.com
Carter takes formalism and turns it on it's head with his new paintings exhibited at Luis De Jesus in Culver City. Starting with the harlequin pattern and geometry he quickly subverts the picture plane with glitter, metal leaf smudges and smears to great affect. The stretcher bars are warped and cobbled together to further the subversion. Sort of " I don't give a shit but I really do" is the feeling I get when being in front of them.
Archbold is an Irish painter exploring paints possibilities in an intuitive manner. She applies paint and removes it as she develops her investigations. Her efforts are ultimately resolved with interesting solutions that I find intriguing.
Parke's still lifes are wonderfully alive for me. Spontaneous brush work, intellectual use of color, close observation and a sense of urgency imbue her work. She paints the every day and makes it seem extraordinary. When viewing her paintings I want to live in that world of harmony and beauty. And she went to SAIC!
Mary DeVincentis The Sins Of The Fathers oil on canvas 44" x 34" marydevincentis.com Mary is another FB friend whose work I enjoy. She blends figurative and narrative together with a strong sense of design and color. The more abstract work she does has an interesting element of fantasy and formalism.