Hot off the Easel is a new monthly feature blog that I am introducing with this edition. It is designed to showcase a cross-section of vital and varied contemporary paintings.
Artist Ayn Choi with We're All Fragile Beings and Do What We Can To Survive
2012-2015, Paint on polycarbonate, 12'x10'
Kate Kretz, Gunlicker I, 2015
Oil and acrylic on Gatorboard, 20" x 16", photo by Greg Staley
"This is the first in an ongoing series on the fetishization of guns in our country." - Kate Kretz
Michael Pearce, Nimbus, 2015
Oil on canvas, 48" x 60"
"Nimbus is part of a series of paintings I made about love: you can't deconstruct love -- it's too real." - Michael Pearce
Nimbus will be in an exhibit titled "Love" from September 3rd - 25th at:
The Blackboard Gallery
2222 Ventura Boulevard
Camarillo, CA 93010
Chet Glaze, You told me I was the only one, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, gold leaf on wood, 60" x 73"
"This painting reflects a few years worth of effort in defining my personal relationship to a public space and its subsequent destruction." - Chet Glaze
Currently on view through September 12th at Patrick Painter Inc. as part of Jagged Negotiations.
Kim Frohsin, Seeing Red: Cone #1, 2015
Mixed media on rag board, 24 1/8" x 19 3/8"
"This painting came to being as an immediate reaction/result of an internal, visceral rage: a sense of entrapment and bewilderment I felt back in July while stuck in a huge bumper-to-bumper traffic jam trying to the Bay Bridge to get home." - Kim Frohsin
Tony Pro, Kanye vs. Sumo or the Death of Music, 2015
Oil on linen, 22" x 22" © Tony Pro Fine Art
"The image of Kanye West is merely a symbol, of which there are many, to underscore not only the complete and utter erosion of pop culture but our own shortcomings as a society to what we now call celebrity." - Tony Pro
Grant Drumheller, Escalator, 2015
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 72" x 108"
Escalator at the Beaubourg is a recent image, never shown, that explores the magical quality of human beings in separate vignettes, moving through an urban space, in league with light, color and pattern. - Grant Drumheller
Grant Drumheller: Between Worlds is on view at Gordon College through October 14, 2015
Kyle Staver, Waterfall and Red Fox, 2015
Oil on canvas, 68" x 58"
"Each year I paint Tom, my husband, an anniversary love letter: this is this year's."
- Kyle Staver
Kyle Staver: Tall Tales
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
September 9 - October 11
Every Friday, HuffPost's Culture Shift newsletter helps you figure out which books you should read, art you should check out, movies you should watch and music should listen to. Learn more