Monday, December 30, 2013

Albert Pinkham Ryder

Albert Pinkham Ryder 1847-1917  The Race Track oil on canvas  33 1/4" x 40 1/8"

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley  1877-1943  New Mexico Recollection  1923  oil on canvas  40" x 47 1/2"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Brian Fahlstrom

              Brian Fahlstrom  Untitled  2010  oil on canvas  89 1/4" x 53 1/8" 

Went to Orange County Museum of Art the other day to see Dan Camerons latest curatorial effort. California Landscape into Abstraction: Selections from the Orange County Museum of Art which included a wonderful painting by Brian Fahlstrom. Unfortunately, I could not reproduce the painting with it's extraordinary color and paint handling.  However, Marc Foxx had this image available so I am showing it. He is a young painter to keep an eye on. L.A. is producing some very interesting painters these days.

Monday, December 23, 2013

John Altoon

John Altoon 1925-1969  Ocean Park Series # 12  oil on canvas  81 5/16" x 84"

Altoon was an L.A. based artist that died early of a heart attack at the age of 43. I was influenced by his use of biomorphic forms mixed with an abstract impressionist approach to paint application. His use of a white ground with semi-narrative imagery floating on it was new and exciting for me in the early and late 60's. Along with Guston, Nutt, and a few other's he was one of my early influences.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still 1904-1980  Untitled 1974  oil on canvas  114 1.4" x 170 1/2"

Still was arguably one of the most original members of the Ab/Ex group of painters of that era. Perhaps it was because he was from the land west of the Rockies. His work still holds viewers in awe 34 years after his passing.

Friday, December 20, 2013

James Siena

James Siena  Hercules (for Goltzfus)  2006  enamel on aluminum  29 3/4" x  23"

Charlie Kitchings of Ambach and Rice gallery in L.A. has given his gallery over to Dan Weinberg, who was the prior tenant in the space on Wilshire blvd. Weinberg is showing a group exhibition typical of his year end salon style shows of the past. There are over 40 artists that Weinberg showed in the past including Richard Artschwager, James Siena, Andrew Masullo, Mary Heilmann, Jeff Koons, Richard Tuttle, Carrol Dunham, Alfred Jenson and John Wesley among many others. In many cases he was the first gallery to show many of these artists.

Weinberg is a private dealer today and attends many art fairs. This is the first time since he left the Ambach & Rice space he has had such an exhibition in L.A.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gregory Amenoff

Gregory Amenoff  Nita Yuma  oil on panel  1992  52 3/4" x 48 3/16"

Sunday, December 15, 2013

James Castle

               James Castle  1900-1977   (Pattern)  n.d.  soot on found paper   13" x 8 3/4"

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Volker Hueller

                Volker Hueller  Sie Sind Unter Unsx  2020   paint, straw and collage on canvas
                93.62" x 69.68"


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter  Ohne Titel   2009  oil on canvas  19.68" x 23.62"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Peter Brotzmann

Peter Brotzmann  Untitled (landscape)  2012   wooden box construction with painted paper and shaped metal  5 3/4" x 8 3/4" x 1 1/2"

Monday, December 9, 2013

Interesting Juxtaposition

Squeak Carnwath   Memory Is a Colour  2007  oil and alkyd on canvas over panel  75" x 65"

Stephanie Brody-Lederman  August Corn  2012  acrylic and oil on canvas  48.5" x 72"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

William Hawkins

William Hawkins 1895-1990  Untitled-Christ handing keys to St. Peter  1989  enamel and collage on masonite  48" x  50.5"

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Charles Burchfield

Charles Burchfield   An April Mood  1946-55  water color and charcoal on joined paper
  40" x 54"

Why does this painting seem so contemporary  when it was painted almost 68 years ago?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Todd Chilton

           Todd Chilton  Mirrored Zig Zag  2012  oil on linen over panel  18" x 16"

            Chilton is a Southern California painter via SAIC where he received his MFA. His 
            paintings have an apparent simplicity to them that is countered by his use of OP 
            devices and an obsessive approach to paint application. They are quite arresting  
            when viewed in person. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007)  Children Meeting  1978  oil on canvas  101 3/16" x 127"

Native Chicago artist who studied at SAIC, Murray became a major painter in the 70's when it was much more difficult for women to break into the contemporary painting scene. She is one of only 4 woman to have been given a retrospective at MOMA in New York. Her vibrant paintings of abstract forms that eventually developed into shaped canvas's were always a joy for me to experience.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Milton Avery

Milton Avery  Dunes and Sea ll  1960  oil on canvas  51 7/8" x 72"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dale Malner

               Dale Malner   Untitled  2013  Acrylic on PVC and white pine  26" x 20.5"       

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Paul Doran

Paul Doran  Untitled  2007  oil on linen over board  18" x 22"

Doran is a Irish painter. The paintings I have seen have a wonderful Arthur Dove quality to them without the allusion to landscape or anything too tangible. Abstract, direct and thought provoking.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vincent Falsetta

Vincent Falsetta  CU08 2008  oil on canvas  60" x 60"

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

David Rabinowitch

David Rabinowitch   Birth of Romanticism Drawings, Untitled  2010  oil pastel, acrylic, pencil, wax medium with pigment, charcoal on litho  40" x 30"

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris  \\\\////  2010  oil, acrylic and sprayed paint on canvas  24" x18"

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rosy Keyser

Rosy Keyser   Lamps of Reality  2013  enamel, wire, cardboard and aluminum on canvas  80" x 60"

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lucy Mink

Lucy Mink  Those Around You 2013  oil on linen over panel  16" x  20"

I have been following Lucy Mink on the net for some time. This particular painting is recent and a bit of a breakthrough for her in my opinion. I love the edges of this piece along with the composition and paint handling.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ivan Seal

Ivan Seal  Prototype to get out No. 25  2012  oil on canvas  11.81" x 15.75"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Jules de Balincourt

Jules de Balincourt  Illuminated  2012  96" x 96"  oil, oilstick, spray paint, and acrylic on panel

Jules de Balincourt's paintings take narrative to a new dimension where a non-linear form of free association and free flow of consciousness reigns supreme. His work is not anarchic but rather  builds on tradition while following his own unique path to artistic enlightenment.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jonathan Apgar

Jonathan Apgar  Charm For Unfruitful Land  2013  oil on canvas  72" x 60"

Apgar will be showing his new paintings at ACME Los Angeles opening this Saturday Nov. 23rd. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at UCLA.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Phillppe Richard

Phillppe Richard  untitled  2006 acrylic on canvas  63" x 47.25"

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Heather Brown

Heather Brown  Ruin No. 2  oil on canvas  2012  12" x12"

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Molly Larkey

Molly Larky  Mask (confused)  2011 acrylic and ceramic on linen    24" x18"

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Joanne Greenbaum

Joanne Greenbaum  untitled (Hollywood Squares #6)  2009  oil and acrylic on canvas 
 80" x 78"

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Joyce Treiman

Joyce Treiman  1922-1991 Joker and Flower  14" x 11" pastel on paper  1990

Treiman came from the midwest to Southern California in the 40's after studying at Iowa University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught for years at UCLA. Her love of the old masters and Eakins is always evident in her figure landscapes that are infused with surrealist undertones. It seems that you just can't take the Chicago influence out of an artist once they have succumbed to it's siren song.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lesley Vance

Lesley Vance  untitled 2013  oil on linen  13" x 17"

Can't wait to see the show at Kordansky of Lesley Vance new paintings. Small gems of nuanced color and form combining into eloquent tropes on elegant abstraction. One of the best painters on the west coast for sure.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Joan Mellon

Joan Mellon  Capriccio  2012-13  oil on canvas  48" x 40"

Joan Mellon is a painter and printmaker from New York. Each practice influences the next as she explores color, pattern, translucency, opacity and form in her work. She is in a group exhibition titled "Meta Vista" that is closing this weekend in Brooklyn at the 16 Wilson space (formally Storefront gallery). Should you be in the area it should not be missed. The exhibition can be viewed online at as

Thursday, November 7, 2013

43 years ago

Steve Gibson 1971  Skunky Do and Skunky Lou  16" x 20"  serigraph on paper

Pulling prints in a car port studio in La Jolla. Had to work only in the morning when the wind did not blow. It is amazing what conditions someone will work in to accomplish the task at hand. A belated apology to my ex-neighbors for the loud and angry bellows from my side of the fence from time to time.

Robin Bruch

 Robin Bruch  untitled  2012  acrylic on canvas  36" x 36"

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Molly Zukerman-Hartung

Molly Zukerman-Hartung  Reading (Quotation)  2010-12  oil and spray paint on canvas
 60" x 48"

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  Untitled (Arabian Mystique)  2013  oil on linen  54" x 40"

Friday, November 1, 2013

Margot Bergman

Margot Bergman b. 1934   Peony  2008  acrylic on canvasboard  16" x 12"

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Art Green

Art Green  Turning Point  1983  oil on canvas  60" x 33"

One of the original Hairy Who members in Chicago in the late 60's, Green became an expat living in Nova Scotia and teaching their. His exquisitely crafted tableaus still ring out with authenticity today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christina Ramberg

Christina Ramberg 1946-1995 Untitled (Torso With Leaf)  1980  acrylic on masonite  15" x 11.5"

Ramberg received her MFA at SAIC the year I arrived to start mine. She was an integral part of the Chicago Imagist movement that had started in the late 60's with the Hairy Who group of Jim Nutt, Gladys Neilson, Jim Falconer, Art Green. Her distinct take on the female form coincided with the feminist movement that had started in the 60's. Her beautifully executed works reflected her interest in the female condition, social mores and a outsider's take on society.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  untitled (Bob Steele)  2013  oil on linen  54" x 40"

Basil Beattie

Basil Beattie  The Difference Between ll  2005  oil and wax on canvas 97.44" x 96.73"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Judith Simonian

Judith Simonian  Extreme Ikebana  2013 acrylic on canvas 64" x 84"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thomas Raat

Thomas Raat  The Background of Modern Poetry  2013  oil and ink on mdf  73.6" x 32.3"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

June Leaf

June Leaf b. 1029   Skull on Table  2006 acrylic on canvas  32" x 40"

June Leaf is a painter from Chicago. Her expressive narrative paintings have always been of interest to me. She was part of the group that included Seymour Rosofsky, Irving Petlin, Ellen Laynon and others that used curious associations of figures, landscape and interiors to convey erie and strange connections to the human experience. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Serge Charchoune

Serge Charchoune (1888-1975)  Small Black Holes  1927  oil on canvas  12.2" x 16.5"

Born in Russia, Charchoune wanted to be a painter. He was rejected by the Academy in Moscow because he could not draw the figure from nature. Undaunted, he immigrated to western Europe to study with the contemporaries of modern art of the time. His demeanor was such that he could not adhere to the dogma of any movement. So, he became a maverick and worked in many styles that suited his penchant for Russian symbolism and abstraction. Not really a cubist, he co-opted the style to suite his idiosyncratic approach to painting. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lisa Sanditz

Lisa Sanditz  Pizza Farms  2013  acrylic on canvas  46" x 64"

Lisa Sanditz new paintings will be on view on the new online gallery that Torrance Art Museum is setting up. I am the first artist/curator to curate an online exhibition so it will be interesting to see the response to this new venue. Many artists that appear on this blog will be included as well. I will keep you posted as to the exact date of the opening. Most likely the first week in November. The painters in the exhibition have been so generous and accommodating. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with them.