Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chelo Amezcua

Chelo Amezcua  Del Rio's Filligree Sun Flower  1968  graphite, ink on mat board  28" x 22"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rudy Cremonini

Rudy Cremonini  The Storage  2014  oil on canvas  20" x 16.4"

Monday, December 29, 2014

William Conger

William Conger  The Prisoner  2014  oil on canvas  56" x 36"

I remember seeing Congers work in Chicago in the mid seventies when I was a grad student at SAIC. He showed at Kenyon Gallery on Michigan Av. as well as Zaks Gallery on Ontario. He has been a prolific and consistent painter for the past 40 years.  Over the years I have seen his work develop and refine itself. The last show I saw was at Roy Boyd Gallery a few years ago. I was impressed with his ability to work small or large without missing a beat. His compositions and color combinations are elegant formal studies with a hint of Chicago idiosyncratic edge to them, kind of De Chirico meets Mondrian.  It is funny how one's appreciation comes with time and looking at a lot of painting.

I hope he has many more years ahead of him. He is one of Chicago's best painters.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


M'onma  Untitled  2000 colored pencil on paper  14.57" x 20.67" 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Carlo Zinelli

Carlo Zinelli  Untitled  1972  ink and tempera on paper  16.5" x 23.25

The curious thing about self taught artists is their apparent lack of inhibitions in the work they do. Zinelli is a good example of using text and imagery to develop an uninhibited view of his inner world inspired drawings. The jumbled symbols and intuitive compositional style give the viewer the feeling that any thing is possible as the flow of imagination roams free.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Solange Knopf

Solange Knopf  Behind the Darkness  2013  mixed media on paper  28.75" x 31.1"

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Angkasapura  Untitled  2014 ink on found paper  11.75" x 8.25"
I thought this jubilant image would be appropriate for the day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kirk Hayes

Kirk Hayes  Sculpture For The Capriciousness Of Life  2008  oil on panel (trompe-l'oeil)
 48" x 32"
Larry McMurtry meets Philip Guston in Ft. Worth. That was my first impression of Hayes work. Upon further review, this Texas artist has a lot more going on than that cursory description. Like other Texans, Terry Allen and James Surls, Hayes is dancing to his own tune. His collage paintings fuse an obscure narrative with blunt abstract forms to give the viewer an unsettling look inside his mind.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Peter Gallo

Peter Gallo  Qualgeist  2014 oil and wood on linen on panel  39" x 35.5"

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mimi Lauter

Mimi Lauter  Portrait Of My Brain And My Studio  2014 oil and soft pastel on paper           72" x 54"
I usually do not think of U.C. Irvine in Orange Co. Ca. a hotbed of expressionist painting. They are more known for a "Cool School" attitude at their confines on the beach. However, Lauters work belies that thought as is evidenced with the above beauty. Fauvistic, rich color defines the work as it harkens to a time past and a future filled with possibilities.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lauren Silva

           Lauren Silva  Flicker  2014  acrylic and oil on canvas  96" x 84"

Who ever is directing Zeither, Smith and Horton is doing a bang up job selecting painters. Silva is one of many that I can rave about. I really enjoy her use of different painting techniques on one painting. Illusion, diaphanous color passages and straight ahead paint handling come together to make a disquieting and captivating image.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Clare Grill

                         Clare Grill  Flukes  2014 oil on linen  48" x 33"

The work of Clare Grill comes on like a subtle poem. Alluding to nothing and everything. Just enough said and not a bit more. No confusion just good painting.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jesse Littlefield

Jesse Littlefield  Say Uncle  2014  silkscreen printing ink on muslin on canvas 48" x 36"
I like Littlefields painting/collages. They are very well composed with just enough happenstance to give them credence and authenticity. I see Alan Davie, Robert Motherwell and Caroll Summers as antecedents. That said, they seem more than the sum of parts and pieces of past masters. For some reason they seduced me like an orchestral passage from Bach. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

John L. Moore

John L. Moore  Mirrors And Eyes  1994  oil on canvas  80" x 68"

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  Music City  2008  ink, spray paint on mylar  12" x 12"

Drawing is my default place. When I want to recharge and clarify my thinking I do these drawings that feel rather Zen like. They reinvigorate me and give me the freedom to move on to the next thing. I feel a sort of a contemplative constraint that is satisfying and liberating.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Angelina Gualdoni

Angelina Gualdoni  Screens  2014  oil and acrylic on canvas  24" x 28"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ciaran Murphy

                 Ciaran Murphy Holding Together 2  2014  oil on canvas  15.8" x 15.8" 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kimberly Rowe

Kimberly Rowe  Tomorrow Never Knows  2014  acrylic on canvas  12" x 9"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Carolyn Case

Carolyn Case  Blue Sky  2012  oil on panel  22" x 24"

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Julia Schwartz

Julia Schwartz  2013  oil on canvas  12" x 12"

Julia Schwartz is an artist working in L.A. whose work is layered with psychological undertones. When viewing her painting it appears very inner directed as she flows from abstraction to figuration. She is also a writer and interviewer for Figure Ground where she engages with other artists gaining greater understanding of the work they do. The work I chose to show here is part of her "Beingless States" series. Not having a background in psychology, I can't speak to the intellectual side of her work. However, I can appreciate the beauty of this piece.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anne Neukamp

Anne Neukamp  Reputation  2013  acrylic and tempera on cotton  94.5" x 74.8"

Thanks for introducing me to Ann Neukamp Josh Miller. I agree just about any of her paintings could be posted here. She has the chops.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Robert Coto

Robert Coto Diagonal  1980-2010  acrylic on wood panel  14" x 13.75"
I can identify with working on a piece for that long.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mai Van Oers

                            Mai Van Oers  Untitled  2009  paint on paper  9.1" x 6.3"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Peter Saul

Peter Saul  Head  2013  acrylic and oil on canvas  72" x 72"

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Matthew Bourbon

Matthew Bourbon  A Woman Determined  2014  acrylic on canvas  24" x 24"

Matthew Bourbon is a painter and educator working in Texas. His forth coming exhibition of paintings at Avis Frank Gallery in Houston should be exceptional. I may be a bit prejudiced since I own one of his smaller works but his talent is not just in his paint handling. He is a thoughtful and erudite writer and teacher. In the statement for the exhibition I came across a sentence that exemplified his intensions. He was talking about what to paint and why he paints when he said "the paradox of the interconnectedness of all things". Clearly, this is what most of us strive for in our work- to understand the paradox of the interconnectedness of things.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Michael Williams

Michael Williams  Michael  2012  air brush and oil on canvas  96" x 76"

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ellen Siebers

Ellen Siebers  A Lesson In Water  2013  oil on marble ground  21" x 21"
Siebers works with oil paint on panels. The work is on an intimate scale, usually no larger than 24 inches square. The abstract elements in her work seem to appear and disappear or float in and out of view while looking at them. She has a mastery of the medium without being overly facile and that is what makes the interaction so pleasant for me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Greg Gong

                    Greg Gong  Untitled  2014  oil on canvas  48" x 36"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Miriam Hitchcock

Miriam Hitchcock  Night Landscape  2012  mixed media on paper  17" x 21.25"

Miriam Hitchcock is a FB friend and a very interesting painter from Northern California. I enjoy her muted color pallet and shaped format paintings depicting a view of the world that is neither abstract or narrative. They remind me of a nether world where any thing can and will happen. She draws from nature and extrapolates and reintegrates imagery in a fresh and innovative way.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Henning Strassburger

Henning Strassburger  No Pun Intended  2014  oil and lacquer on canvas 51.18" x 59.05"