Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jon Pestoni

                   Jon Pestoni  Tums  2015  oil on canvas  88" x 68"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Steve Gibson

               Steve Gibson Untitled (Spanish Portal)  2015  oil on linen  36" x 30"

Gabriel Hartley

                    Gabriel Hartley  Ladyshape  2009  oil and spray paint on canvas  18" x 14"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Steven Charles

                    Steven Charles  1967  2014  acrylic on wood  10" x 8"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charlene von Heyl

Charlene von Heyl  Untitled (3/95,1) oil acrylic and charcoal on canvas  70.87" x 78.74"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daniel Zeller

            Daniel Zeller  Inconclusive Relay  2006  ink and acrylic on paper  18.6" x 14"
            The incredible vision and deft hand of Zeller enable him to conceive some of
           the most evocative and beautiful abstract drawings I have ever seen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Steve Gibson

                    Steve Gibson  The Panamanian  2015  oil on linen  54" x 40"

David Allen Peters

David Allen Peters  Untitled # 7  2015  acrylic on wood panel  24" x 18"

Monday, March 23, 2015

Zak Prekop

                  Zak Prekop  Two Grids  2013  oil on canvas  35" x 27" 
                 Zak Prekop is exhibiting a new group of paintings opening March 27th at
               Thomas Duncan Gallery. I like Prekops work because of the mystery it 
               evokes when I view them. They remind me a bit of Charlene von Heyl's work
               in that they are beautifully painted and seem spontaneous yet thought out.
               I am always asking "how did he do that" when viewing his work but ultimately 
               give in and just enjoy the experience.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Andrew Masullo

            Andrew Masullo  5393  2011-12  oil on canvas  24" x 30"
             I am attracted to Masullo's painting because he is so persuasive. His seemingly 
            simple (they are not) compositions and no nonsense color use on small format 
            canvas or panel demand more than a cursory viewing. I am glad to see he is 
           getting the attention he deserves as he has tenaciously held steady to his 
           view of what painting could be for the past 20 years.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ron Gorchov

Ron Gorchov  Cabaret  2006  oil on linen  23.5" x 23" x 7" 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mark Grotjahn

 Mark Grotjahn  Untitled ( S ll Some of us didn't know we were indian, Painting for R H)  oil on cardboard mounted on linen  101.25" x 72.25"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Craig Taylor

            Craig Taylor  S.S.N.B.  2014  oil on canvas  30" x 26"
             Craig Taylor's exhibition Enface, inaugurates the new location of CB1 Gallery in the
            expanding arts district just east of downtown L.A. Congratulations to Clyde Beswick.
            My next trip to L.A. should be a fruitful one.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Joanne Greenbaum

                  Joanne Greenbaum  Untitled  2012  oil and ink on canvas  90" x 70"

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple   Madurai, southern India

Think about  it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Abel Auer

             Abel Auer  White Noise  2009  oil and ink on linen  76.7" x 65"  

I like Abel Auer's painting but more than that I like his attitude. When asked about his shifting towards a surrealist informed abstraction. He retorted "I don't see a difference between abstract and representational any more. It's more of a jumping around."
 His portraits, landscapes and semi-abstract works defy what writers and critics want thematically. There are hints of Paul Klee and others but his work is uniquely his.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dorota Jurczak

         Dorota Jurczak  2009   Untitled  ink and egg tempera on canvas  23.6" x 19.7"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Merlin James

Merlin James  Untitled AS YET  2014  acrylic on canvas  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

J. B. Murray

                 J. B. Murray  Abstract Figures  1984  tempera and felt tip pen on paper 28" x 22"

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Steve Gibson

                     Steve Gibson  Untitled (St. Louis)  2015  oil on linen  54" x 40"

Friday, March 6, 2015

Margrit Lewczuk

                 Margrit Lewczuk  Untitled  2014   Acrylic on Linen  14" x 11"

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Garry Nichols

                     Garry Nichols  Ross Bridge Form (Clover)  oil on board  10" x 9"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rebecca Shore

Rebecca Shore  22-G  2013  gouache on paper  10" x 12"

Shore is painter from Chicago. She deftly melds Imagist techniques from the past into the present with her drop shadow abstract forms painted on canvas and paper in her latest exhibition. The quality of the line work and color modulation is sublime. I get the feeling that  the drop shadow element referencing the three dimensional illusion might be leading to ideas for sculpture.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Peter Saul

                    Peter Saul  Your Brain Says No  1999  acrylic on canvas  72" x 66"
                     I have a penchant for Peter Saul and Phillip Guston, not because of their
                    use of strange and disturbing imagery, but because of their outsider 
                    approach to making their art and the success they've had on the inside.
                    All done,to a great extent, on their own terms.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Phillip Allen

                      Phillip Allen Summoned Help Multiple Bathroom Version  2011
                    oil on board  25.1" x 21.2 "

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Zach Harris

Zach Harris  Belvedere Krimko Torso  2013  water based paint, wood and canvas  29" x 23"

I have to admit that I am a fan of Zach Harris. His finely crafted paintings include hand made painted frames that contain and expand the content of each painting. I get the feeling that these space age art nouveau tropes are coming from a sincerely authentic place. It is nice to see craftsmanship meld with content so seamlessly. In a strange way they remind me of Jim Nutts paintings from 30 years ago with their meticulous obsessive painting and painted frames.