Saturday, October 31, 2015

Alice Land

                   Alice Land  Smiley  2012  acrylic on canvas  138" x 94"

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Joseph E. Yoakum

Joseph E. Yoakum  A Granie Mt. Riverside Cal.  pencil and watercolor on paper 9" x 12"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Loralee Newitt

Loral Newitt  Hollow Back Mimics Corridor Lies  2015  oil on canvas  24.8" x 16.2"

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Iain Dean

Iain Dean  Violence Of Silence ( Soft Moans) 2015  oil and enamel on canvas 
 51.18" x 38.18

Friday, October 23, 2015

Charles Mayton

Charles Mayton  Seasick  2015   Acrylic and collage on canvas  72" x 60"

Thomas Duncan has been showing work for 3 years now in LA. His gallery on Melrose just east of Highland is in a growing area for galleries which was an astute move 3 years ago before the recent growth spurt.

The current exhibition of paintings by Charles Mayton is up until the end of the month and should not be missed by anyone who enjoys contemporary painting. Duncan has a particularly good eye for painting and Mayton's exhibition demonstrates that fact. 

I like the way Mayton integrates abstraction and figuration with equal vigor. He demonstrates, in the recent body of work, a unique approach to image making and story telling that is more poetic than didactic. Sort of an open ended non-linear approach that other artists currently are exploring as well.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sigrid Sandstrom

             Sigrid Sandstrom  Untitled  2015  acrylic on pollster canvas  70" x 60"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Shannon Finley

                        Shannon Finely  Orb-Dragon  acrylic on canvas  82.25" x 67"

Monday, October 19, 2015

Polly Shindler

              Polly Shindler  Stripes With Black Boxes  2015  acrylic on canvas  20" x 16"

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Joshua Miller

                      Joshua Miller  Love And Boredom 6  oil on canvas  72" x 50"

Joshua Miller is a painter from San Diego now living in LA. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at UCSD.  His painting is hauntingly beautiful and strange. He also uses ceramic as a substrate that he manipulates by reconfiguring the basic form and glazing with a painters aesthetic. He is a young man on a mission and definitely worth following.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Benjamin Edmiston

Benjamin Edmiston  Swamp Thing  2014  oil and acrylic on canvas  72" x 68"
Nick Wilkenson introduced me to Benjamin Edmiston's work a few weeks back on a road trip to Central Coast. Nick has a good eye for artists and Ben is one of them for sure. I think it's another example of how we all find connections if we just look with an open heart and inquisitive mind. Ben is in a group show at Left Field Gallery in San Luis Obispo now through Nov. 1st. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tomory Dodge

Tomory Dodge   Imaginary Conversations With Others  2015  oil on canvas  72" x 72"

Tomory Dodge's new show at ACME is reason enough for me to want to go to LA for the day just to see this show. I think he is one of the best painters in LA today. His abstract mash ups of formal abstraction, allusion to figuration and landscape have always struck a chord with me. Here is an artist that has acknowledged the history of painting, digested it, and came up with an authentic voice in the medium. Always solid even when the work is a bit gangly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Daniel Herr

Daniel Herr  Whitenights  chalk, pastel and collage on canvas  60" x 60"

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

David Hytone

David Hytone  Three Left Feet  2015  gouache and ink n paper 10" x 9.5"

Monday, October 12, 2015

Gianna Commito

Gianna Commito  Rose  2015  casein and marble dust ground on panel  24" x 20"

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Matt Carter

                    Matt Carter  Dead Rabbit  2015  mixed media on fabric  50" x 32.5"
Matt Carter is having his second show at Luis De Jesus in Culver City and it is a knock out.
I like the way he subverts the paintings structure by using a wonky framing system and unconventional materials applied to the fabrics he chooses to stretch on them. There is an exuberance and playfulness but underneath it all there is a seriousness that cuts to the chase in contemporary painting issues facing artists today.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Brooke Moyse

                        Brooke Moyse  Blue Painting  2011  oil on canvas  30" x 22"

I came across Brooke Moyse's work on Curating Contemporary, Brian Edmonds curatorial website and on line gallery. The show was curated by Polly Shindler who I will be posting later.
I really like the way Moyse paintsit is as if she were resolving the work as it goes. Spontaneous and controlled all at the same time allowing her intuition to guide her as she fleshed out the piece. Congratulations to Brian for another fine on line exhibition.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Matias Krahn

Matias Krahn  2015  Siete  oil on wood  20" x 20"
Krahn has a new website up with current work that is colorful and quite painterly. I like the way he has developed his work over the past 10 years. He conflates his early interest in surrealism with abstract tropes to make thoughtful work as illustrated in the image above.
Small format does not detract from the power of these intuitive offerings.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Doug Holst

                      Doug Holst  Untitled  2014  acrylic with pencil on paper  24" x 19"  
                Holst does abstract paintings based on his observations in nature, especially 
                trees. This is an exceptional example of his recent investigations done in a       
                straight forward and elegant manner.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Shaun ODell

Shaun ODell  1 Painting 2015  gouache and acrylic ink mounted to canvas on panel  
30 x 22"

Friday, October 2, 2015

Elise Ferguson

               Elise Ferguson  Grassy 2014  pigmented plaster on MDF panel  39" x 30"