Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jorge Queiroz

Jorge Queiroz  Infinite One  2013  oil and acrylic on canvas  63" x 71"

Queiroz is a Spanish born artist that studied in NYC. His work melds a non linear narrative style with abstract color fields that prompt the viewer to a new and quietly disturbing reflection of what they are seeing. The offering is seductive and constantly in flux as he moves from painting to film and back again.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Miyoko Ito

Miyoko Ito  Seven Santis Brothers  1955  oil and collage on canvas  54" x 30"

Friday, November 28, 2014

David Aylsworth

David Aylsworth  Fine, Fin and Haddie  2014  oil on canvas  78" x 84"

Thursday, November 27, 2014

William J. O'Brian

William J. O'Brian  Untitled  2009  colored pencil, ink on paper  45.5" x 36"

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sam Windett

                             Sam Windett  Bull  2014   oil on linen  21.65" x 13.77"

I curated Sam Windett into an online exhibition a while back and was impressed with what he was doing then. I am even more impressed with what he is doing now as he refines his modernist approach to image, surface and color. This is a U.K. artist you should know more about.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rezi Van Lankveld

Rezi Van Lankveld  Big Mouth  2013  oil on canvas  24.4" x 22.83"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Peter Dean

Peter Dean (1934-1993)  Crazy Dance Of The Crack Of Reality  1975  oil on canvas  75" x 62"

I saw Dean's painting in the late 60's and was immediately struck by the intensity of his vision. The work was vividly aggressive and poetic at the same time. His view of humanity and his emotions were evident in every brush stroke. At the time I did not know he was an auto didactic painter as well as a highly trained geologist. He ultimately forsake geology for painting full time in the 60's and we are the beneficiaries of that decision today.

Dean was an advocate for paintings lasting impact on humanity through a visionary narrative that could stir the viewer to a greater understanding of their place in the world. That view was going against the grain of critics, curators and galleries of the day. Needless to say the times were not as pluralistic as today. Still, his off handed style and passionate view of the artists roll in society still resonates with me today.

His exhibition is on view at George Adams Gallery in NYC through Dec. 23rd.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vince Contarino

               Vince Contarino  Missing Pieces  2014  acrylic on canvas  68" x 54"

Friday, November 21, 2014

Margaret Lanzetta

Margaret Lanzetta  Quartz Site  2014  oil and enamel on panel  30" x 24"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christopher Kuhn

               Christopher Kuhn  Woopsy Daisy  oil on linen  20" x 16"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stephen Mueller

Stephen Mueller (1947-2011)  Shape Shifter  2001  acrylic on canvas  68" x 64"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Steve Gibson

                      Tall Ships For Turner  2014  oil and encaustic on linen  54" x 40"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lily Stockman

                            Lily Stockman  Baboon  2014 oil on linen  52" x 32"
Stockman is a painter based in Joshua Tree, a town in the high desert of So. California. She is a transplant from the east coast where she earned her MFA from NYU in 2012. She also has traveled to India where she and her sister have organized a cooperative to produce textiles for export. While viewing her paintings and reading about her history, it struck me how well she has integrated her experiences into her work. 

Using simplified brush strokes imbued with hues from the desert, she has managed to capture her experience's with paint and surface using the essentials of those experience's.  The allusion to subject matter beyond the apparent abstract forms take the work past formal abstraction to a another realm, a realm that is ultimately much more interesting to contemplate.

Her paintings are on view at Luis De Jesus in Culver City through Dec. 20th. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz  Studio Lukretia  2014  oil on canvas  74" x 94.48"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nick Wilkinson

Nick Wilkinson  C.R.E.A.M.  2014  acrylic, spray texture on wood panel  60" x46"

Wilkinson's vibrant and colorful paintings explore elements of pattern, texture and color in an intuitive and exuberant way. I recently had the opportunity to view some of his work first hand at the Object Object exhibition at Helmuth Projects here in San Diego and was immediately impressed with the verve and experimental nature of his work.

He melds elements of the vernacular and formalism into his own language of abstract painting in a way that is approachable and exciting.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Clara Broermann

                Clara Broermann  Grobes Spielebild  2014  oil on linen  94.48" x 48"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Andrew Holmquist

                Andrew Holmquist  Column  2014  oil on canvas  26" x 20"

                Holmquist has subdued his palette in some of his latest efforts. Geometry and 
              expressionistic paint handling are still his stock and trade but it seems that a 
              more refined approach is being contemplated with this latest work. I get the feeling
              that a quick maturation is occurring with this young SAIC grad.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Richard Diebenkorn

               Richard Diebenkorn  Untitled  1988-92  gouache, ink and graphite on paper
              15" x 14"
              The Vandoren Waxter Gallery is showing Richard Diebenkorns late works 
             completed in Healdsberg, Ca. The work on view shows that Diebenkorn 
             was continuing his investigations of the Ocean Park series begun in 
             Santa Monica as well as pushing into new territory informed by his early
             figure ground work. As always, he was never satisfied with standing pat and
             resting on his past success. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

David Lloyd

        David Lloyd  Night and Day  2014  mixed media on canvas  24" x 22.5"


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Johannes Rodenacker

Johannes Rodenacker  nrtz  2013  egg tempera, acrylic and oil on canvas  63" x 55.11"

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Brian Guidry

                  Brian Guidry  Oxizion  2014  acrylic, oil on canvas  40.5" x 33"
                    Guidry is a painter from Louisiana  that uses geometry and nature to inform 
                  and guide his painting. Refracting light on water, vegetation, machinery all come              
                  together as he builds his abstract hi-breds.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Alex Hubbard

Alex Hubbard  Untitled  2013  acrylic, oil paint, resin, polyurethane, and fiberglass on canvas-wooden stretcher

Thursday, November 6, 2014

You Ni Chae

         You Ni Chae  Double Dutch  2013  oil on canvas  20" x 18"

You Ni Chae is a graduate of SAIC originally from So. Korea. She blends her Asian history with current trends in abstract painting in a most interesting way. I get the feeling that scholar rocks and mid-west landscape have been conflated to become her her own unique visual language. Elegant and tough, diaphanous and concrete, beautiful and unsettling.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pius Fox

                       Pius Fox  Drauben  2011  oil on paper  24" x 17"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nick Stolle

                    Nick Stolle  Sad  2012  acrylic on wood panel  11" x 9"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wendy McLean

                     Wendy McLean  Glass  2013  oil and pencil on cotton 32" x 22.44"
                        Thanks to Stephen Paraise for mentioning Wendy McLean's website to 
                      me. She is a British painter that shares an aesthetic with many other 
                      painters that I post. Just enough implied and not encumbered with
                      the unnecessary.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Steve Gibson

                      Steve Gibson  Tube Ride  2012-2014  oil on linen  24" x 18"