Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Matthias Zinn

Matthias Zinn  Window  2011-12  oil on canvas  59.5" x 43.30"
I don't know why Zinn's painting feels so right when it looks to be so wrong. The over painted element in white just pulls me into this composition. I love it when a painting does this. Does any one else feel this way?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Joanna Pousette-Dart

Joanna Pousette-Dart  Red Desert # 2 (diptych)  2005-06  acrylic on canvas over wood panel  66.5" x 87"

Monday, October 27, 2014

Martin Lukac

Martin Lukac  Rural Pattern  2013  acrylic, enamel paint on plaster on burlap

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Elise Berkvins

                   Elise Berkvens  Back Home  2011  oil on canvas  59" x 39.37"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Milton Avery

Milton Avery (1893-1965)  Sunday Riders 1929 oil on canvas  30" x 25"

What could be better than Milton Avery for a Fall day? Always one of my favorite painters for his observational skills and straight forward paint handling.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chris Martin

Chris Martin  Untitled  2014  oil, glitter, aluminum foil on canvas  64 1/4" x 59 1/4"

Martin continues his inventive abstraction with a new group of paintings incorporating glitter, foil as well as traditional oil paint. He seems to mashing up pictorial elements of Schnabel and Kelly with low brow aesthetics to form his own painting vernacular. Quite effectively I might add.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Despina Stokou

Despina Stokou  Acknowledgements 1  2012 mixed media on canvas  63.25" x 48"

Using obfuscated text combined with performative paint application, Stokou sets up a discourse with the viewer of her paintings. Allusions to personal and art world dialogues with supple paint handling are nothing new but Stokou's work strikes a chord that is familiar yet strange. I get the sense that I am looking at the genetic thread of Twombly and Basquiat weaving its way as she navigates through her work.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Joe Bradley

Joe Bradley  Horse Thief  2011  oil on canvas  78" x 89 4/5"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Frank Lentini

                      Frank Lentini  Untitled  2011 oil on wood  24" x 18"

                         I like what Lentini doesn't say in his paintings. He alludes to many elements
                      without defining any specific one. This allusion allows him to illustrate the 
                      unknowable as he mines his imagination through his painting.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gabriel Hartley

                 Gabriel Hartley  Rave  2014  oil, spray paint on canvas  63 3/4 x 47 5/8"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Becky Yazdan

               Becky Yazdan  2013  Big Dipper  2013  oil on panel  12" x 9"

                Yazdan's paintings give evidence that small work can pack a large punch.
               Almost all of the work she produces is smaller that 18" x 24".  Each 
               painting seems much larger with her use of line, color and texture taking the
               viewer to an abstract vision that is evocative and profound.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Keith J. Varadi

                      Keith J. Varadi 2013   2013  oil on canvas  12" x 9"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sharon Horvath

Sharon Horvath  Calvino's Blood Sea  2010-2014  pigment, ink and polymer on paper on canvas  52" x 71"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Janne Raisanen

                       Janne Raisanen  Skin Flick  2012  oil on canvas  23.62" x 15.75"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

David Hendren

David Hendren  Shade in Red, Brown and Magenta  2012  enamel on jute  60" x 50"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Brian Cypher

Brian Cypher  Branching Body  2012  oil on canvas  24" x 30"

Cypher is a self taught painter from the Northwest. He lived in my area of So. Cal. before he moved at a young age with his family up north. I am drawn to his use of line, form and color to define a undefinable place where extemporaneous thoughts and feelings meet on the canvas. Interesting things happen when you have an unencumbered mind.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Matthew Samolewicz

           Matthew Samolewicz  Jack  2014  oil on canvas  60" x 54"

Friday, October 3, 2014

Magalie Guerin

Magalie Guerin  Untitled (Hat-Wood)  2013  oil on canvas  16" x 20"

Guerin is a recent graduate from the SAIC painting and drawing program. I like the way she continues the investigation of paintings history with her individuated approach to abstraction. Her sense of color and choice of subject matter make me want to see more of this special young talent. Her work gives evidence to the special programs that SAIC provides painters today. I can see the influence of many who came before her like Elizabeth Murry, Mary Heilman, Charlene Von Heyl, Tomma Abts. However, she holds her own with her emotive  paintings.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ludovic Dervillez

                   Ludovic Dervillez  Untitled  2014  acrylic on canvas  31.5" x 23.62"

Dervillez is a painter from France and a FB friend. I have been watching his posts for a while now and have noticed a decided shift in his approach to his work. This new series of paintings caught my attention because of the simple complexity of his effort. Laying down acrylic paint on the canvas and removing it. Building while taking away giving the viewer an opportunity to see the performative process develop into an elegant result.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sati Zech

Sati Zech  Boilenarbeit  2012  oil and glue on canvas  21" x 26"