Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dave McDermot

Dave McDermot  The Hallucination  2016  mixed media on panel  93 5/8" x 72"

Monday, March 28, 2016

Joseph Yoakum

Joseph Yoakum  Mt. Colin Of Viricruz sec near town Ciowawa Mexico  pen, colored pencil on paper  12" x 12" 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tom Burckhardt

Tom Burckhardt  Brief Gaudy Hour 2010 colored pencil and acrylic on book cover 10.5" x 8.5"

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bruce New

Bruce New  Blueprint For Building A Bird Cathedral  2015  pen/collage on paper  16" x 20"

Bruce New's work in collage and drawing remind me a bit of Walter Askin. Askin is an older L.A. based artist. I like the odd symmetry of New's compositions and the bold graphic quality of the imagery. I guess it's the old printmaker in me.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Alan Davie

Alan Davie  1920-2014  Little Circulatio  2005  oil on board  14.75" x 12.38"

I keep on thinking of why I enjoy Alan Davie's work so much. I was introduced to his work in the early 60's by a mentor and teacher of mine named Darryl Groover. Darryl passed away too early but his legacy lives on in me. My appreciation of color, form and unusual content goes back to him.
Davie epitomized the use of color, form and unusual content that combined the mystical, magical and natural throughout his career. He borrowed symbols from ancient cultures that he appropriated in an authentic manner. He followed his own path to creativity with out yielding to trends or movements. His life was much like Guston's in that he had a vision and followed it to the end without equivocating or apologizing. A path that many younger artists today might learn from.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker  Untitled  1984  acrylic on canvas  90" x 68.5"

Friday, March 18, 2016

Olaf Christoper Jenssen

Olaf Christopher Jenssen  The Secret No. 13  2001-02 acrylic and oil on canvas  73" x 77"

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray 1940-2007  Maybe True  1998  oil on canvas  108" x 90.5"

Monday, March 14, 2016

John Smiddy

John Smiddy  Merman X  2015  oil on panel  20" x 20"

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Frank Jones

Frank Jones  Devil House  1964-69  colored pencil on paper  12" x 18"

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ann McCaddon

Ann McCaddon  Untitled (Boa)  2014  cel-vinyl and paper on canvas  22" x 17"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Alan Davie

Alan Davie  Structures For Saturn's Day 1995  gouache on paper  27.12" x 22.01"

Monday, March 7, 2016

Charlene von Heyl

Charlene von Heyl  Guitar Gangster  2013  acrylic on canvas  86.5" x 82.25"

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders  Vase With Pepsi Rose  2015  acrylic, enamel, oil, alkyd, found plastic, paper clips, bottle cap, plastic straws on panel   14" x 11"

Nick Wilkenson at Left Field Gallery in San Luis Obispo has consistently shown interesting and provocative work. His Central Coast location is off the beaten path but well worth the stop when traveling north or south along the California coast. Ben Sanders is just one of the many top notch artists he is showing this month.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Alex O'Neal

Alex O'Neal  Nature Spirit Disguise  2011  oil pastel on paper  18" x 24"

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

William Conger

William Conger Evening Beach  2015  oil on wood 16" x 12"

I have posted William Conger's work before on this blog. I mentioned that he was a accomplished painter from Chicago and has worked tirelessly for the past 50 years making modernist paintings of the highest caliber. I am posting this recent painting because I feel it's simplicity and exquisite color is a bit of a break through for him. The luminosity and subtle tones interacting with the geometric structure are coming together in compatible yet illusive ways. The painting is an example of a dedication to abstraction and painting that is enviable and remarkable for an artist that seems to have found the fountain of youth.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rene Korten

           Rene Korten  Schwarz zu Blau  2015  acrylic on masonite  47.24" x40.15"