Monday, June 30, 2014

Chip Hughes

Chip Hughes  Flag 2010  oil on canvas  60" x 48"

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Caitlin Lonegan

Caitlin Lonegan  Untitled  2011  oil on canvas  72" x 72"

Lonegan is one of only a few painters in the Made In Los Angeles exhibition at the Hammer in Westwood. In my opinion the best painter included. She has pushed her work to even more interesting investigations that involve heavy empasto's combined with tints and washes that are of greater complexity than this work shown at ACME  a few years back.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  Untitled 625  2014  20" x 18"  gouache and flashe on mylar

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brett Baker

Brett Baker  Axel's Castle  2010-12  oil on canvas  16" x 14"
Baker is a painter as well as blogger. His Painters Table blog collects current blog posts from around the world and post them in a convenient spot for perusal by those interested in contemporary art issues. He is a pretty darn good painter as well.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams  Land Of Forgotten Dreams  2013  oil on canvas over panel  20" x 24"

I had not experienced Adams painting in person so I was excited to see her exhibition at CB1 Gallery in downtown L.A. She is a masterful paint handler and inventive image maker. This group of recent paintings exemplify her unique take on the use of illusionistic passages combined with painterly elements that take the viewer down the rabbit hole that becomes disconcerting and wonderful at the same time.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Andrew Masullo

Andrew Masullo  5354  2011-12  oil on canvas  20" x 24"
Masullo is having an exhibition of paintings this month at Texas Gallery in Houston. If you are in the area it should not be missed. His exceptional work gives evidence of his singular vision of what paint can do in a small format. Deceptively simple yet conceptually rich.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Peter Saul

Peter Saul  Menace  1963  oil on canvas  63" x 75"
Saul painted this work the year I graduated from high school. I wish I had been made aware of his presence in those early years. He remains a touch stone for me even today.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Terry Greene

                  Terry Green  Foragora  2013  oil on canvas  15.35" x 11.41"
Greene authors a painting blog from the U.K. where he posts interesting painters and their thoughts about painting. He is also an excellent painter.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guy Goodwin

                 Guy Goodwin  I Tread The Dark Mouth  1979  oil on wood  47" x 46" x 5"
                 Guy Goodwin gives evidence that the race does not always go to the swiftest.
                His steady development as an artist over the  past 50 years helps make the 
                point that hard work and insightful investigations of visual phenomenon can
                yield marvelous results.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Merlin James

Merlin James  Poppies  2012-2013  acrylic and mixed media on nylon and canvas 
16.1" x 18.1"

Monday, June 16, 2014

J J Manford

        J J Manford  Hudson River Magic # 2  acrylic and spray paint on canvas  22" x 15"

Manford is another transplant from the SAIC painting program living in NYC. I like the way he references historical themes with his unique contemporary take on figuration and abstraction. His paint handling is sophisticated and at the same time straight forward and unabashed.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Andreas Eriksson

Andreas Eriksson  Small Tree Trunk  2013  acrylic and lil on canvas  78 3/8" x 53 1/8"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jeni Spota

Jeni Spota  San Damiano  2009  oil on canvas  18" x 20"
Saw this work at MCA Chicago a few years back and again in LA at Brennan in Chinatown. All oil paint applied in an impasto style based on religious themes from Italy. New work is using collage more but still has a spiritual feel.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  Las Vegas Sunset  2014  oil on canvas  36" x 24"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

E.J. Hauser

E.J.Hauser  ATF (yellow)  2013  oil on paper mounted on Canvas  24" x 20"

Monday, June 9, 2014

Abel Auer

Abel Auer  Urzeiten und Unsitten  2011  oil on canvas  67" x 63"

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Eli Content

Eli Content   Else Lasker-Schuler  2012  acrylic, pencil and oil on canvas  40" x 19.5"
Obsessive insouciance.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Shaun O"Dell

Shaun O'Dell  NO,SNOW  2014  gouache on paper mounted on panel  29" x  22"
I like the way O'Dell uses strong graphic imagery to sustain his explorations into abstraction. I have posted his work before so he really must be saying something that I agree with or admire greatly.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik  Protea  2012  oil on canvas stretched over board  30" x 24"

I first saw Schulnik's work at Mark Moore gallery in Santa Monica a few years back. The air was redolent with the smell of oil paint as soon as you entered the gallery. I am sure the paint had skinned but had not cured yet. Schulnik is also a claymation animator and has done some commercial work for recording artists videos. Her approach to handling paint is direct and assertive as she mixes the paint from the tube to her pallet to the surface of the painting. She builds a painting much in the same way she builds her clay figures and scenes for the animation. At once repulsive and seductive I was attracted to them immediately. Another San Diego native is navigating the art world in her own distinctive way.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Phllip Allen

Phillip Allen  Unocomposeo  2011  oil on board  24" x 20"

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Michael Williams

                     Michael Williams  Shed  2010  oil on canvas  68" xx 50"