Thursday, 30 September 2010

Joan Brown

Shark Trial

Girl in Chair

Richard Diebenkorn


Figure on Porch

Untitled Albuquerque

Untitled 13 CA

Lorraine Cohn


Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Walter Sickert

Young Belgium Women

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

(not sure of title, it's from a series of paintings of prostitutes he did.)

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Jack Butler Yeats

The Knight Who Sings

Queen Maeve Walked Upon the Strand

Thursday, 23 September 2010

“Natural Selection” Paintings and Drawings By Kellesimone Waits

On October 1, 2010 Perihelion Arts presents:
“Natural Selection” Paintings and Drawings By Kellesimone Waits
With Artist: First Friday, October 1, 2010 6-11 p.m.
Third Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 6-10 p.m.
Show runs Oct. 1-30, 2010
Perihelion Arts, 610 E Roosevelt St., Unit 137, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Artist's Statement -

natural selectionnoun


: a natural process that results in the survival and reproductive success of individuals or groups best adjusted to their environment and that leads to the perpetuation of genetic qualities best suited to that particular environment

I am frequently asked when I started painting. It's one of those stock cocktail party questions that follow on the heels of the given opener: "So, what do you do?" I only came up with a good answer (which also happens to be true) a couple of years ago:

When I was five years old.

I had the natural five-year-old girl fascination with pretty glamorous ladies (this hasn't changed much). I distinctly remember my frustration with my limitations as a painter at the time (this also hasn't changed much). It was from this place of frustration that I solved my first problem with a paintbrush. I discovered that I could piece together what I could do to make something I wanted to see. My equation became:

Circle = Head
Heart = Bodice
Triangle = Skirt

I'd then add features and some noodley arms and hair. Directly following this discovery I had the covetous instinct to keep what I had uncovered secret from my peers. It was mine, I was proud, and I was hooked.

In 2005, at 21, I participated in my first gallery show. Just weeks before the show opened I had unknowingly completed my first body of work that followed a cohesive conceptual topic. I say unknowingly because it was just that. I had no clue what I was painting about, but I was painting it over and over again. It wasn't until after that show had come and gone and I had some distance from the work that the story of the work became clear.

In the years following that first show I became infatuated with concept. Infatuation morphed into dependence, as it's been known to do, and about a year ago I realized that I had hit a wall. I couldn't paint with out a concrete concept and once I began work on a specific chosen topic I couldn't permit my self to veer off course. I was frustrated with my limitations, much like that time when I was five, except now my limitations were self imposed rather than natural.

This current body of work is a narrative survey of personal attraction and interpretation through media immersion. Though the selected works do, at first glance, appear to be an incongruous mash-up of unrelated topics, what I see is in actuality the result of my personal picture making evolution. With a melting pot of media imagery as my source materials (ranging from "National Geographic" to "Vogue") I have selected only a handful of images. Much like the process of Natural Selection, my own process in selecting my subject matter was a natural one based on my personal history that resulted in the survival and reproductive success of particular imagery that was best adjusted to my environment. By selecting particular images and then choosing to paint them I have altered their life spans to exceed the average shelf life of a magazine, and in turn ensured their survival (if only in my own world).

Preparatory sketch: Downstairs Bathroom

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Jean Helion - Fallen Figure

For ten years I think I shall look, admire and love the life around us—passers-by, houses, gardens, shops, trades and everyday movement. Then, when I have mastered the means and acquired the baggage of characters and attitudes to give me the ease I now have in non-figurative art, I shall begin on a new period, which I have glimpsed in the last few days: I shall give painting back its moral and didactic power. I shall attack great scenes that will no longer be simply descriptive, administrative, but also 'significant', like the great works of Poussin.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Spite Fence!

This picture (below) is one of the panels of Eadweard Muybridge's Panoramic of San Fransisco, April 1878. you can see the whole thing here or go down the Tate Britain and catch it in the flesh, it's totally wonderful.

Anyway, the below image captures the Spite Fence that was build by Charles Crocker around his neighbour's house the reason for this was his neighbour refused to sell up so Crocker could build his mansion, google 'Spite Fence' and there's more information. You may not spot it right off but it's in the second block up at the back of the big white house.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau - Sunset paintings

The Sun Setting

Sunset in Briere

Sunset by the Sea, Brittany

Sailboats at Sea, Evening

Sailboats at Sea, Evening

Friday, 17 September 2010

Charles Conder

Un soir d'ete

Ricketts Point Beaumaris

Low Tide, Hawkesbury River

(can't find title)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Margo Maeckelberghe

from the belgrave gallery
Steep Fall


Passing Storm

Atlanta at rest

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Peter Lanyon on TATE ETC...

Incidentally shortly after putting up a few of his pictures and stumbling over various artists inspired by him, I came across an article in TATE ETC. all about him, quite a stroke of coincidence. Anyhow, it's really a great article and extremely informative.


Peter Lanyon
The Yellow Runner 1946
Courtesy Abbit Hall Art Gallery and the Lakeland Arts Trust © The estate of Peter Lanyon.
Oil on board

Peter Lanyon

And here is the man himself...

Dorset Green

Beach Girl

Tony O'Malley - Hawk and Quarry in Winter

It's funny what good stuff comes up when you type Peter Lanyon into Google...

Hawk and Quarry in Winter, in Memory of Peter Lanyon

Sarah Richards

Accidentally stumbled across these, there's more on her website so take a look...

Norwegian Church, Red Buoys

Thames Barrage

Norwegian Church, Night

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Willem De Kooning

More abstract expressionist goodness

4th July

Untitled IX

Woman V

Untitled XXII

(couldn't find title!)

Monday, 13 September 2010

George Baselitz

Oberon (Remix)


Bildweg (Remix)

Where is the yellow milkjug