After a long year of preparation, BIAA and Gallery CLU were able to participate in the LA Art Show 2016. Here are some pictures from the fair.
OUr Booth #538 Gallery CLU
Curator Chuck Hohng and I in front of "Border/Order"
Epic live portraiture
Art Fair Madness!
I was very nervous about showing this piece, versus a more traditional landscape hang. Overall think I made the right decision, my postcard ran out quickly, and there was a lot of interest in the piece. The fair closes today at 5 pm!
Well, the year 2016 is already upon us! I hope this new year finds you with happiness, energy, and inspiration. I plan on creating more work, as well as pushing in a few different directions this year. I still need to post the last of the 2015 paintings, and a couple more from this year, so stay tuned for more photos in the next week.
This is the first part of a triptych, to be completed late 2016/early2017 documenting the construction of the Wilshire Grand, soon to be the tallest building on the west coast! This has been the most difficult project I have ever conceived! Stay tuned for the second part to be completed early next year!
There is a beautiful tree in our neighborhood. As autumn began Lisa and I noticed the tree heavy with ripe persimmons and golden leaves. Chiding each other we joked about who would grab a branch for me to paint! One evening I came home to the most beautiful spray of fruit possible sitting on our living room table. I immediately sat down and painted a quick color study while thinking about the canvases I had available for larger paintings! The fruit stayed ripe long enough for me to complete two finished paintings, taking the remaining persimmons to thanksgiving dinner where we made a spicy habanero chutney!
oil on canvas
oil on canvas
And here they are seen side by side! Im really looking forward to varnishing these in 2016!
Working from old master drawings is one of the most valuable tools available to the artist. We were lucky enough to see the Andrea Del Sarto exhibit at the Getty center this summer, which inspired all but the first drawing seen here. The show included about 50 drawings executed in red chalk.
Hope the autumn is finding everyone well! We are enjoying a respite from the heat here in southern california, with temperatures averaging in the low 80s and cool nights! Here are some drawing photos, with a few in-progress shots.
The Pulse of the City-Landscape Painting in Los Angeles
Everywhere populations exist there is feeling, action, and interaction; a pulse. Living in a region one begins to take note of this pulse, sometimes understanding it clearly, sometimes wondering what its all about. Translating those intangibles to canvas is what this show aims to do. Many of the locations and objects depicted here are studied and revisited multiple times, the feeling of the place gradually absorbed rather than quickly captured. Painting on location provides unique challenges and benefits; the distractions present and the logistics of finding a proper location are daunting enough to make the average painter shy away from this practice. But alas, when the location is scouted and the light is right, something magical happens, and the painting becomes much greater than a mere representation. The passerby who stops to chat, the group of young children who observe diligently, and the fellow artist who offers advice, all of these people and the subsequent reactions and interactions become part of the creative process, expanding outwards from easel and palette. As with most Art, the ultimate goal of creating work that speaks both universally and locally is ever-present, only then do the paintings truly become powerful. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we fail when we are sure to succeed, but always we are feeling "The Pulse of the City".