Sunday, December 31, 2017

Vladimir Houdek

           Vladimir Houdek  Untitled 2016  gouache and acrylic on canvas  31.5" x 19.68"

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Steve Gibson

                  Steve Gibson  Surfing in Scotland  2017  gouache on paper  30" x 22"

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clinton King

              Clinton King  Cascades 2015  oil on paper  16" x 20"

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alan Davie

Alan Davie 1920-2014 Invitation to Join The Dance  2012 oil on canvas

I have posted Alan Davie many times before on this blog. He is touchstone for me from the early 60's when I first was introduced to his work by a professor and friend at SDSU. I identified with Davie's sense of color, iconography, and joyful approach to making paintings and drawings. To me, he was the Scottish Krishna. His use of universal symbols, text and exuberant color as he followed his own distinctive path made him a shaman for me.

Davie passed away at the age of 93 after a long and productive career.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jonathan Apgar

          Jonathan Apgar  Baffling The Paradigm  2016  oil on canvas  79 x 69"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Alicia McCarthy

Alicia McCarthy  Untitled  2016  mixed media on panel  48" x 48"

Friday, December 1, 2017

Douglas Melini

Douglas Melini  An Unnamed Flowing 2013 acrylic on canvas  artist made frame 67.5" x 45.5"

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Peter Schenck

Peter Schenck  Down The Well 2017 acrylic, charcoal, flashe, gouache on canvas  60" x 40"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Steve Gibson


Steve Gibson Vishnu in Glasgow  gouache and flashe on paper  40" x 30"

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Alex O Neal

Alex O Neal  Hiding Places in a Dream #2  
acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas  72" x 36"

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Heather Gwen Martin

           Heather Gwen Martin  Crest  2017  oil on linen  77" x 72"

Heather Martin had her first major exhibition opening last night at L. A. Louver Gallery in Venice, CA.  This new body of work continues to expand and refine her interest in abstraction and color relationships. Skeins of bold color intermingle with fine lines of tertiary, secondary and primary's to give the viewer a glimpse into the other worldly vision Martin is engaged with. Straight forward and luscious, the paintings capture the appearance of a bunch of colored balloons popping simultaneously in space. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Josh Reams

               Josh Reames  Swept  2017  acrylic on canvas  60" x 50"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  Leaving Cairns  2017  gouache on paper  22" x 30"

I have been revisiting old themes and updating them for the past few years. The above is the most resent example. Reconnecting can bring a new resolution to thoughts and ruminations  as a person goes through life. I am reformulating and clarifying how I see the world.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Whiting Tennis

                 Whiting Tennis  Mobius  2016  oil on canvas  35" x 26" 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Anna kunz

      Anna Kunz  In Situ  2017  acrylic on canvas  78" x 72"

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia

          Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia  Trinity Vine  2017  Acrylic and oil on paper  35" x 25"

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Anne Seidman


Anne Seidman  Untitled 2017  paint, tape, color pencil on rag board mounted on panel 
18" x 16"

Anne sideman will be showing work at George Billis in Culver City this November. Hope all in L.A. can stop by and see this new work. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vince Contarino

                    Vince Contarino  Relatives  2016  acrylic on canvas  20" x 16"

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gary Stephan

                   Gary Stephan  Untitled  2027  acrylic on canvas  40" x 30"

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Peter Saul

     Peter Saul  Quack-Quack, Trump 2017  acrylic on canvas  78" x 120"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ron Gorchov

              Ron Gorchov  Cantina 2008  oil on canvas  25.5" x 23" x 7"  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sarajo Frieden

                     Sarajo Frieden  Untitled  2017  acrylic, flashe on canvas  20" x 16" 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gail Roberts

                        Gail Roberts  Beguile  2017  oil and acrylic on panel  72" x 42"

Gail Roberts is a painter living in San Diego. Her new show at Scott White Contemporary is a must see. She has always done landscape based impressionistic realism. In this new body of work she has abandoned the reference to a specific landscape to allow the beauty of the floral subject matter take center stage.
I have always appreciated her technical skill with a paint brush but these new iterations have been taken to an all new level of competence and aesthetic understanding. The exhibition will be up Sept. 23 through Nov. 11.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Julia Kuhl

                Julia Kuhl  Neighbors In Space Series #1 2017  flashe on paper 14" x 10"

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Steve Roden

Steve Roden   Leafing Through (Crystals) 2013  acrylic and oil on canvas  84" x 60"

Steve Roden is one of Southern California's most interesting artists. He is a multi discipline artist using sound, paint and installation in his work. His painting is what intrigues me the most. Using deliberate systems he willfully deconstructs, his paintings have a structure that is beautiful and subverted at the same time. Interesting guy.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Charlene Von Heyl

Charlene Von Heyl  Lost Keeper  2017  acrylic, spray paint and charcoal on linen  88" x 72"

Charlene Von Heyl, in my opinion, is one of the most accomplished painters working today.
Her inventiveness, drawing skill, paint handling and moxie knows no bounds.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum  Half Pint Apple Playing Paper Bag Pipe Music  1989  acrylic on canvas with painted wood frame  64.5" x 48.5"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Brian Edmonds

                  Brian Edmonds  View Of The River  2017  acrylic on canvas  16" x 20"

Brian Edmonds is a painter from Alabama. He also runs Curating Contemporary, an online gallery of curated exhibitions as well as a blog featuring contemporary artists work and interviews. His paintings of the past few years have gone through a distillation process as he contemplates how the essence of painting can be approached and executed. The above example is one of his recent endeavors. I like the way he uses implied illusion with pure geometric abstraction to come up with a solution.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Gary Stephan

Gary Stephan  Untitled  2017  acrylic on canvas  30" x 30"

As many viewers of this blog know, I am a fan of Gary Stephan. He along with Mary Heilman and a few others that I repeatedly show are touchstones in art for me. Stephan will be exhibiting new works at Galerie Grolle Fredrich-Ebert and Klenzie Art Foundation in Germany this Fall. I am still waiting for the major retrospective he so richly deserves here in the U.S.
Stephan's new work continues his interest in formal abstraction while alluding to illusionary elements that set the viewers experience somewhat askew. He makes paintings that always make me think he is a conjurer of the unexpected in the most wonderful way possible.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Charlene Von Heyl

         Charlene Von Heyl  Old Fish New Fish  2016  oil on linen  82" x 78"

Friday, August 25, 2017

Brett Baker

                  Brett Baker  Interior Icon  2012-15  oil on canvas  24" x 22"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Patricia Treib

                  Patricia Treib  Gathers  2017  oil on canvas  72" x 54"  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tal R

             Tal R  Tranquebar  2002-03  pen on paper  16.9" x 14.1"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ray Smith

Ray Smith  Word Bubbles 2016  oil on canvas  29" x 24"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski  R 4  2001  oil on museum board  12 3/4" x 15 3/4"

Thomas Nozkowski makes wonderfully evocative abstract paintings, prints and drawings. He usually works on a smallish scale with simple tools like a brush, paint and pencils. What strikes me with his work is the consistency of his vision and modesty of his materials. There is nothing bombastic or over blown with his approach. Each image is worked and reworked until it coalesces into a finished piece. The work seems to free associate itself into existence. Although the work is complex the finished piece never seems labored over, it is as if he willed them into the world and we, the viewers. are the beneficiaries.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lauren Silva

Lauren Silva  Bobber  2013  oil and acrylic on canvas  96" x 144"

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nick Goss

Nick Goss  Down By The Water  2017  oil, oil bar on linen  90.5" x 70.8"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Eric Shaw

Erik Shaw  Now Wrong Way  2016  acrylic on canvas  48" x 36"

Shaw has the unique ability to blend high design with witty approaches to abstraction. I have posted his work before and am looking forward to seeing where this talented artist is headed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Erik Olson

             Erik OlsonCarpenter  2017  oil and rabbit skin glue on canvas  12" x 9.5"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dustin London

Dustin London  Palindrome  2016  oil on canvas  52" x 62"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bruce Thorn

Bruce Thorn  Forget About Me 2016  acrylic on linen  16" x 20"

Should you find yourself in Wisconsin this summer, stop by and see Bruce's new paintings. You will not be disappointed.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Peter Shear

                  Peter Shear  Economics  2016 acrylic on canvas  10" x 8"  

Friday, July 7, 2017

William Conger

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

One of Chicago's finest artists, Conger continues to make wonderful paintings as witnessed at the  Bruno David Gallery in Saint Louis. He just seems to get better with age and is one of a select few painters I wish I had collected when I was in Chicago.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Alice Neel

                Alice Neel  Hartley With A Cat  1969  oil on canvas  40 1/8 " x 30 1/8" 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Shaun O Dell

Shaun O Dell  Old Collection  2014  gouache and archival glue on paper mounted on panel
40" x 29.75"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

David Willburn

David Willburn  Our Smallest Efforts Transform the Landscape  2017  acrylic skins and enamel on paper  18" x 24"

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lesley Vance

   Lesley Vance  Untitled  2014  oil on linen  11" x 12"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alistair Frost/Patricia Tribe

                 Alistair Frost  Kool/Tik  2009  oil on linen  78.74" x 62.99" 

                     Patricia Tribe  Gathers  2017  oil on canvas  72" x 54"