Saturday, January 31, 2015

Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum  Untitled (Bunnies) n.d.  colored pencil on paper  35" x 24"

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thomas Kapsalis

Thomas Kapsalis  In Transition  1997  oil on canvas  20" x 16"

Kapsalis is an institution within an institution. He has taught at SAIC for 50 years. He is in his early nineties now and still painting. I remember him as a gentle and giving teacher when I was there many years ago. The painting above has a monumentality to it even though it is a modest size.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clem Crosby

                  Clem Crosby  Dollars In Drag  oil on formica on aluminum  30" x 24"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sarah Gamble

Sarah Gamble  Untitled 2013  acrylic and oil pastel on paper  17" x 14"

Gamble is a painter whose work lives in the in-between spaces of the conscious and the unconscious. I get lost in her work as if I were in a dream with no beginning or ending. A wonderful place to be.

Christina Ramberg

                   Christina Ramberg 1946 -1995  O_H_D  1976  acrylic on masonite  18" x 16"
                     Christina Ramberg's work is as impactfull today as it was when it was made. I 
                   see vestiges of her work in so many Chicago painters. Her paintings resonate
                   with me today as much as when I first saw them at Phyllis Kind Gallery in 1974.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brett Goodroad

   Brett Goodroad Untitled (Arrival)  2013  oil on linen over panel  10" x 12"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Margaret Wharton

Margaret Wharton 1943 -2014   Friendly Skies  2012  chair parts and mixed media  62" x 32" x 2"

Margaret Wharton was a student at SAIC when I was there in the mid 70's. She was such a force. Her deconstructed chair sculptures and other sculpture won her a fellowship award in the annual fellowship contest held for graduates. She was, by far, the best artist that year. 

Her premature death in 2014 was a blow to the art world she was so much a part of. I did not know her personally but always admired her extraordinary talent. I will miss seeing her work when visiting Chicago.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gary Stephan

                    Gary Stephan  Untitled  acrylic on paper  24" x 18"
 I like the way this Gary Stephan painting works. Bold expressive paint strokes with a strong graphic element defining and pulling the composition together. He continues to be a strong painter after all these years. There should be a major retrospective of  his work from the past 40 or so years.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Farrell Brickhouse

                      Farrell Brickhouse  SiFy # 5  2015  oil on canvas  20" x 16" 
I curated an online exhibition a year or so ago and included Farrell Brickhouse in it. He was the seminal inspiration for the exhibition. I admire his work for it's sincerity and rigor and am always amazed at his productivity.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Troels Worsel

                              Troels Worsel  Untitled  2007  oil on canvas  98" x 87"

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Timothy Archer

Timothy Archer  L'epineux fumeur de pipe  2013  mixed media on paper  31.5" x 47.24"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sabhan Adam

Sabhan Adam  Untitled  2014  mixed media on canvas  70.86" x 63"

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rolf Hanson

Rolf Hanson  Eadem Ded Alite  2007  oil on canvas  80" x 74"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kehnet Nielsen

             Kehnet Nielsen  The Darkland Sketches Xlll 2014  oil on canvas  79" x 79"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mason Saltarrelli

Mason Saltarrelli  Paynes Gray Purple  2014  mixed media on paper  48" x 36"

Monday, January 12, 2015

Olav Christopher Jenssen

            Olav Christopher Jenssen  Alibi  2008  oil on canvas  65" x 57"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christopher Robner

Christopher Robner  Eimerstapel  2012-13  oil and acrylic on canvas  75" x 60"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Norbert Schwontkowski

                     Norbert Schwontkowski  Hein Muck  oil on canvas  15.7" x 11"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi 1890-1960  Still Life 1946  oil on canvas  14.76" x 17.99"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jack Bush

Jack Bush 1909-1977  Red Grey Totem 1973  acrylic on canvas  49.48" x 65.98"

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Harold Town

Harold Town  1924-1990  The Very First Time Clock  1958  mixed media paper collage on illustration board  31" x 25"

Monday, January 5, 2015

William Turner

William Turner 1775-1851  Peace-Burial at Sea  oil on canvas  34.25" x 34.13"

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dike Blair

                  Dike Blair  Untitled (Kyoto)  gouache and pencil on paper  24" x 18"

Dike Blair was a grad student at SAIC when I was a grad student as well. During a crit on his work I attended  one afternoon he revealed his prankster side. When Ted Halkin began talking about the work, Blair got a bit uneasy and started squirming about in his chair. I was sitting across from him and noticed that it appeared that he had blood coming from his mouth. I was shocked to say the least and called for the group to help the impaired student. Needless to say the joke was on me since it was part of his "performance".
Blair went on to become a very good artist, writer and teacher. His skill is evidenced with the above beautiful meditation on color and texture. His work is a testament to the wonderment of simplicity.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

You Ni Chae

                    You Ni Chae  Drum Talking 2012  oil on canvas  15" x 12"
                     I have recently posted one of You Ni Chae's works but this one just sings
                   to me.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Terry Ekasala

Terry Ekasala  They Time Before After 2014  oil on canvas  8" x 10"
Terry Ekasala/facebook

I really enjoy looking at Terry Ekasala's work. Her halting line and elusive color combinations seem to always have just the right amount of deliberateness and ambiguity.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mohammed Mrabet

Mohammed Mrabet  Untitled  n/d  ink and marker on paper  9.5" x 12.5"