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Nathan Oliveira

A Quiet Place: The Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford

John Seed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
John Seed

The newly opened Windhover Contemplative Center, a 4,000 square foot rammed-earth and wood structure which occupies the former site of a parking lot, wouldn't exist without a deeply held conviction of the late Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010): that quiet contemplation feeds and fuels the imagination.

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

John Seed | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Visiting the newly-opened Anderson Collection at Stanford requires taking everything -- your body and your expectations -- up a level.

Universal Humanism or Identity Art? Which Works Better for You?

John Seed | Posted 08.21.2014 | Arts
John Seed

When I look at works of art I am more interested than ever in a single question: "What do I have in common with the artist who made this?"

Eduardo Alvarado at Galerie d'art Anne Broitman Biarritz

John Seed | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Eduardo Alvarado -- a contemporary Spanish artist who has been influenced by Bay Area Figurative art -- has an austere approach to painting that is meant to stand on its own. His sparely brushed nudes are sensitive and understated.

Thomas Williams: Bringing Bay Area Art to London

John Seed | Posted 08.08.2013 | Arts
John Seed

London-based art dealer Thomas Williams has managed to pull of quite a coup. He has orchestrated Britain's first ever group exhibition of postwar San Francisco Bay Area art: "The Bay Area School: Californian Artists from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s."

At the Rothko Chapel: Art, Meditation and Reverence

John Seed | Posted 08.29.2012 | Arts
John Seed

"Resting the mind can be accomplished by meditation, and also by artwork, which allows the intuition to flow: the conscious mind recedes. Meditation a...

Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration

John Seed | Posted 05.27.2012 | San Francisco
John Seed

Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration honors and celebrates a way of thinking about painting that continues to touch a new generation of artists.

September's 10 Best Painting Articles

Brett Baker | Posted 12.16.2011 | Arts
Brett Baker

Given the abundance of great exhibitions it's not surprising that there were plenty of excellent painting posts in September. Ten fantastic posts are below, and you can find more daily at Painters' Table, the magazine of the painting blogosphere.

Nathan Oliveira's Final Visions

John Seed | Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts
John Seed

"Humanity is not something man simply has. He must fight for it anew in every generation, and he may lose his fight." - Paul Tillich The last time t...

John Seed's HuffPost Highlights 2010 (VIDEO)

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

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In Memoriam: Nathan Oliveira 1928-2010

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Nathan Oliveira was an exceptionally fine painter, and an empathetic teacher. In his own art, and in the art that he admired, he was involved in the search for something that transcended time.

PHOTOS: 5 Painters, 5 Palettes by John Seed

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

I have been asking artist friends to send me images of their recent paintings along with photos of their palettes and palette tables. The paintings s...