Sunday, December 23, 2007

Northwest expedition

Posted by Zach

I am spending the holidays in Seattle with my older brother who lives here. While staying, I had a chance to explore not only Seattle, but around the city as well... spent some time snowboarding in Steven's Pass and Mt. Baker.. lots of snow in the mountains and some really beautiful terrain.

While in Seattle, I made a point to visit the newly remodeled Seattle Museum of Art.. only had a chance to snap a couple of pictures.. they were pretty strict about not taking pics inside.. but a crazy installation right at the entrance.

Of all the other great work they were showing, this is the only other installation i could snap. It is entirely made of glass! Apparently, there is a pretty big glass art scene in the Northwest... Seattle, Portland, etc.. I think this exemplifies this.

At the museum, I met up with Robert Hardgrave. He is a Seattle based artist whose work I have been following for some time now.. It was great to meet up with him finally in person. He took me to his studio in the Ballard to see some of his new work in progress. He has an upcoming show at the soon to be disclosed new location of the Lineage Gallery.. Previously in Philadelphia, but soon to be moving to NYC under a new name, Lineage will certainly be blessed with the new work Robert is putting out.

The last place I tried to hit in the Ballard was OKOK gallery. Currently, they are dedicating the entire space to the new work of Grant Barnhart, another artist I have huge amounts of respect for.. Unforfunately, Grant was traveling at the time.. and the gallery was closed.. poo.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

And now for some of my own..

Posted by Zach

I probably won't post much more on the progress of my work after this.. at least not on these particular pieces.. Don't want to show all the work before the show opens.. you will just have to come and see it in person at the show!


Posted by Zach

Working on these paintings for the last 2 weeks has really made me aware of how totally new and different oil painting is from watercolor. Because I'm playing with this entire new medium and it's variety of uses and application, I have been driven to reexamine other artists work I respect. I'm thinking, "How did they do it?" I thought I'd post some images of artworks that have always inspired me, but especially now are helping to shape how I am approaching this current body of work.
Damn, it's both inspiring and discouraging to see how amazing these artists are at their craft..

A long time favorite.. his drawings are unmatched and I really relate to his palette and application of paint.. Egon Schiele.
Sometimes his subject matter is a bit racy.. but hey, i'm open.

Also of course Schiele's teacher and predecessor, Gustav Klimt.. i like his style of clumping objects together in very basic shapes.. his flattening of space.. very angular and hard edged.. i can understand that coming from drawing.

Pablo Picasso.. basically a master of all types of painting style and philosophy.. i particularly enjoy the subdued colors, and sober characters of his Blue and Rose periods..

Salvador Dali.. just because he is insane.. I imagine he must have taken some heat for these paintings in his day.. they seem so pagan! I love that about these..

A more contemporary artist, Phil Hale. I mean, his subject matter, his ultra-dramatic lighting, his color.. it's all amazing. I can maybe venture a guess as to how he does it, but his work is completely out of question to me.. How do you get this good??

Lastly, an artist that's a bit closer to home for me.. Ralph Steadman.. altho probably a bit more removed from "oil painter" his style and energy has always attracted me.. plus his characters are spot on!

There are many, many more but I think I will leave them for a later date.. gotta get to painting..

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tony's Studio in the BX & some progress shots

Posted by Tony

Here are a some shots of me in the studio getting down early October/November. It's a been very real thus far, the gang has really come together with our direction and the show looks to be heading for some serious illness.

My defense against the Dark Arts stance.

Jeezus Piece has been Rockin Hard lately but I've been having a friggin blast doing Judas......Peep the Technique.
Keep your eyes peeled ya'll The Trinity's got more on the way.