Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Exhibit: Visions III

I don't know whether Susan Anderson grew up on a farm - but she certainly takes ownership of this property as a prim and tidy homestead - rather than as a half-wild, romantic place as it might appear to city folks like myself.

Her paintings really glow - which means she has taken some effort to adjust the relationship of tones.

It's good to have multi-artist exhibitions - but of these "Visions III", it's Susan Anderson's vision of comfort and satisfaction that most attracts me.

The rest of the show
can be found here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open House Exhibition

Andrew Conklin

"Lake View" is the dominant theme of this year's Open House exhibition.

I love this one - possibly inspired by the large Magritte show at the A.I.C.
It's wonderfully painted.

Penny Feuerstein

A more conventional view 
 I often  bicycle along this stretch on my way to the club

Delicious areas of detail

Phyllis Brodny

Photographs are only allowed on the blog
when they look like paintings.
Phyllis specializes in taking shots from her windows,
so she has plenty of time to wait for unusual moments.


Helen Oh

Lake Michigan minimalism,
which reminds me of  this early Kandinsky
that showed in Milwaukee earlier this year:

Wassily Kandinky, "Tunis, the Bay", 1905

Obviously, Lake Michigan is more subtle and refined.

Helen Oh

Errol Jacobson

Errol's street scenes seem to be a "ghost's eye view"
And it won't be long before I'll be haunting them myself.

James Burrell
"Lorte Garden"

Urbs in Horto -- or vice-versa

Leonid Osseny





Exhibit: Quadrilogy

Lenin Del Sol

There's only a few artists who make painting at the Palette and Chisel a full-time job.

Lenin is one of them.

His work dominates this show - but he could easily fill the gallery several times over just with what he's painted this year.

With his interest in detail -- and setting his figures into appropriate settings - he's the kind of artist who accompanied expeditions of the  Field Museum back when they were exploring remote areas of the world.

This one would work well as the cover
of a steamy paperback mystery novel
from the 1940's.

This one reminds me of "The Five Senses" by Hans Makart

The stark poignancy of this  one reminds me of Mary Qian
who has also spent many hours painting on the third floor.

Nick Moscalink

In a few years of drawing at the club, Nick has really become quite a Classicist
with precision in both figure and design

Sue Kuc

Like Lenin's, these pieces also look like book illustrations - but the books are from the 19th instead of 20th century, and their subjects are less sensational.

Like Louisa May Alcott.

Blessing Akalaonu

Blessing has a wonderfully different sense of mise en scene.

This evening in Chicago reminds me so much of Joseph Tomanek's view of 18th and Laflin in the Vanderpoel Museum.

Tomanek (1889 - 1974) was an early member of the P&C


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sculpture and Drawing Show - 2014

Robert Tati

I've seen Robert many times in the drawing workshops -- but never knew he did this kind of stately, classical drawing.


I find these images so relaxing, enjoyable, and expressive.



Don Yang

 Helen Oh

James Hajicek

Larry Paulsen

Leonid Osseny

Leonid Osseny

Lothar Speer

Marina Nemtseva

Mary Palmer

Valerie Stanaszek

Misha Livshulz

Roger Akers


I guess I'm more impressed by P&C drawings than sculpture,
which isn't surprising.

The one is more difficult than the other.