Monday, August 24, 2015

Teacher and Students Show 2015


Jason Schroeder

The above painting has  nothing to do with sculpture, and little to do with drawing -- at least the kind of figure drawing practiced in our workshops.  But I did find it fascinating, because it was painted by one of the city's  best male models - and it does seem to express  the kind of energy he emanates from the model stand.

Henrique Cirne-Lima

The highlight of this year's show are the works of a Brazilian born sculptor .  As one might guess,  figure sculpture has remained more Classical in Brazil than it has in America.

Currently, he is a student in a sculpture class.

But he ought to be one of the teachers.

Henrique Cirne-Lima

Henrique Cirne-Lima

Obviously, this man is quite talented in sculpture, but his presence on the internet would suggest that he is primarily a documentary film maker.

Debra Balchen

Here is  the other highlight of this show.

It feels like a  natural, expressive human figure, but its splotchy, puffy,  consistently rumpled surface also  has much  in common with trendng "uglyfying" academics   like this one

It's a nice piece, and I can't remember seeing anything quite like it.


Arturo Aldama

Here's my favorite drawing from the show - portraying a model who recently married one of our artists and moved West with him. It feels  academic and awkward - but also  invokes, for me , the poignant character of that woman.

And its quiet intensity feels like it might have come from the workshop of Jan Van Eyck.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Gold Medal Show - 2015

Misha Livshultz

This is the best sculptural portrait that Misha has ever done -- as well as the  best that I've ever seen in our gallery.  Its subject is Del Hall, the club's unofficial photographer of record.  As it turns out, Del has had quite career shooting famous people and events -- and this face reflects  his many adventures.

Contrary to the  notions of one local authority  , figure sculpture can offer a kind of likeness that has nothing in common with the clinically correct displays found in  wax museums.

Richard Morrow

This is my pick for the Silver Medal.  I don't have much patience with joke-art because  seriousness needs to be cultivated outside commercial and religious contexts.

But this is one beautifully executed gag.

Stephanie Weidner

This is my pick for Bronze Medal.  It's deft simplicity is so refreshing - in a show where everything else tries to go in the opposite direction.

Buell Cole

Clayton Beck

Errol Jacobson

(this won the Gold Medal -- which Errol also won last year. It's quirky/solemn mood made me think of a science fiction episode where citizens have filled the streets after an alien invasion)

Jose Bedolla

 Mark Huddle


Stuart Fullerton

Robert Tati

(This won the second-place medal)

Rong Liang

Monday, July 20, 2015



I love this show!

It's only the second time in my 25 years at the P&C that we've had a show dedicated to one specific model, (the last one honored Steve French),  but this one is even better because it has drawn in so many  outside artists (6 out of 10 are not members)

It was organized by the model herself, as kind of a farewell to Chicago as she prepares to move to Denver.

When I first wrote this post, the artists involved had not yet been identified, but now I've gone back and posted the names and additional comments in green.

Errol Jacobson

This is one of my favorites.
 Felissia has a very outgoing personality - but this shows a more reflective mood.

I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised that Errol painted this. I've always liked his moody cityscapes.

Arturo Aldama

This one is apparently Felissia's favorite -- she uses it on her facebook page. (unfortately it was under glass, and the reflections forced me to crop the above image)

Here's  one of my favorites -  by Tom Robinson - who has a studio near Chicago and Western where he runs his own drawing workshop.  It shows her as a Chicago person.

Evelyn Brody

A nice, simple, quick sketch.
 There must be thousands of such drawings in artist sketchbooks all over the city.

Gary Price

I like this one because it feels more like Felissia  than any of the others -- though the artist is definitely more of a folk artist or outsider than an academic.

By contrast, here's an exceptional piece that might have been done by a late 19th C. artist like Whistler.  It was drawn by Helen Oh, who, appropriately enough, teaches at the Palette and Chisel.

Michael Van Zeyl

Here's a fun piece that treats the subject with great affection.

Here's another artist identity that surprised me - but I guess it shouldn't have, since the face and the body seem to have been painted at two separate sessions, and that's how professional portrait portraitists have often worked in the past.

Nancy Rosen

Another fun piece that presents Felissia's athleticism and free spirit.

Andrew Conklin

I really like this one too -- done in  that early 20th C. style that owed so much to Cezanne.

Margaret Abbott-Trboyevic

Same thing with this one.  Are they by the same artist ?

(as it turns out, this artist, the widow of a famous restaurateur,  is a friend of Andrew's. Possibly these paintings were made at the same session. But you might note that this face shows some anxiety or sadness, while Andrew's version is expressionless. They both are very good artists)

I'm not sure that precision, rationality and balance characterize this model
 -- but it's what Larry Paulsen does best.

James Kapche

This one feels like it was sketched by an explorer on an anthropological expedition to some remote tribal area - the kind of place where Felissia may well end up living.

Piotr Antonow

I'm not sure how well German Expressionism fits this model - but it's fun to see someone try to do it.

S. Arnold

Here's the head on the mantelpiece.   It's quite good, actually.

Errol Jacobson

Now I'm thinking of Titian.

Obviously this piece was done by Lenin Del Sol - who specializes in illustrating the covers of pulp fiction that has yet to be written.
The accompanying  blurb might read:
"The last thing she remembers was meeting the famous comedian at the hotel bar last night. So why is she waking up in his room this morning?"

Fran Hollander

Ken Probst

Boruch Lev

At first I thought this fine example of Russian classicism came from the hands of Misha Livshultz


Ron Bork


 J.P. Schmelzer 




Mary Ann Trzyna

  J.P. Schmelzer 






 Piotr Antonow


students of  John Nestor

William Edwards

Teresa Zawitkowska


Finally -- here's one of  my own renditions of that remarkable profile - though it was not included in the show because I was too lazy to frame it.