Staying Neutral

March 7, 2014 § 3 Comments

Experience teaches us that limitation is the essence of creativity. Like a flute playing in an echo chamber, the sounded notes of a few colors, a few shapes, or lines set up visual resonances within the bounding space of the rectangle, multiplying complexity in unforeseen ways through their endless permutations. Using color in a limited way is a great way to explore this phenomenon. Here are some examples of works that choose to proscribe the range of color intensity, exploring the neutral zone that lies in the center of the color circle. Because of the relativity of color, the rainbow continues to assert itself but in a lowered intensity key. Color appears, not through pigmentation, but through optical relationships. Absence becomes presence.

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Contemporary Figure Paintings

March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Every decade or so an article appears in the press proclaiming the return of the figure in art, implying that it somehow “went away.” In fact, the figure as a subject for painting never went away, and never will until the human race itself disappears. In a symposium on drawing several years ago at Randolph-Macon Womans College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Virginia, I heard Janet Fish say, “Isms come and isms go, and the realists just keep painting.” (Or something to that effect.) Her statement could, I think, be applied accurately to the state of figure painting.  Whatever the current obsession of the so-called art world, artists just keep painting the figure. Below is an album of some of the most compelling figure artists working today.

A1192871Phil Geiger, figure study, oil on panel, 14″ x 10.” Collection of Frank Hobbs

Some Contemporary Landscape Paintings

August 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

In memory of the summer just past, a selection of some of the great landscape painting being done today.

Ben Aaronson

Stuart Shils

Ryan Smith

Prilla Brackett

Chelsea James

Lois Dodd

George Nick

Philip Koch

John Virtue

Alex Kanevsky

Elizabeth O’Reilly

Israel Hershberg

Langdon Quinn

Antonio Lopez

Rackstraw Downes

Neil Riley

John Dubrow

Priscilla Whitlock

Phillip Geiger

Click the link to see the entire Contemporary Landscapes album.

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