The needs and priorities of artists are in constant flux. Art historians have attempted to document this flux by identifying a series of seismic shifts in aesthetics and attaching to each its defining characteristics.
Though people tell me they're an option, I think that art fairs are a necessity. As an artist, I always have mixed feelings when I walk the aisles and listen to the pitches. I prefer to see work in person and not just on my laptop.
September is now upon us, as art collectors return to their city homes, bronzed and relaxed from the summer sun. As a first taste of fall, we've rounded up a selection of exhibitions featuring painting that we are looking forward to, from Tokyo to Los Angeles and everywhere in between.
That general reluctance toward averment has, perhaps, kept Livingston away from the necessary self-promotion required for the coveted New York scene since she earned an MFA in painting at Boston University.
The flourishing visual art scene in Nashville is not just the glitz and glam Music City you've seen in the tv show Nashville. This is a city filled with contemporary art galleries commanding the attention of a broad, educated, and well, wealthy audience.
The best of these have the capacity to transmit the magical healing property of painting -- the feeling that in making them the artist was transformed and that in looking the viewer can be transformed.
Painters are not being shy about showing just how fluent they can be with the medium. An interesting byproduct of the past decade is that somehow "unfinished" came to represent "serious" in the eyes of many.
There is a massive artistic movement riding a veritable Gulf Stream of a current that is fast evolving past the eccentric, Outsider Art realm and straddling the cusp of the mainstream art world, commonly called Pop Surrealism.
For the past four years I have been working on watercolor/gouaches on paper during summer/fall visits to Chania, on the island of Crete where I was born. The light there is vivid, warm and intense, which influences my work.
A painting of nowhere has a chance at being more of an experience than the actual place, as opposed to painting a destination location like the Alps, in which case the painting would function like a postcard reminding you of the greater experience.
As a painter I am fascinated and inspired by the arrival of Spring especially this year after a very long winter. Flower imagery finds its way into my work from the smallest sketches to the large scale paintings.
Here's how I start a painting, with a grisaille in acrylic to work out the composition and distill what I'm interested in visually about what I want to paint, in this case the interior of a K-Mart with post-Valentine's Day animals on sale.
Mr. Lowry, please allow me to express that, if, based solely on your judgment, you decided to tear down a swath of Manhattan for the sake of progress or for the sake of art, you would have my full confidence for such a decision.