Monday, December 10, 2018

Plein Air Painters of Chicago - December 2018

 Alvino Perez Jr.

I broke out laughing when I first saw this painting.  A man standing behind me (don't know his name) responded by saying "yes, the painting is better than the statue"

Couldn't have agreed more.

Ray Vicek

A fine entry in the  category of "lonely house in the country"

Zhanna Biletska

Always good to see work by those who have had some training in design.

Errol Jacobson

So sad -- so powerful.

Someday Errol's views of Chicago will be legendary

 Kaitlyn Hwang, "Cars the Size of Ants"

Now it's official -- I'm a fan of this very Romantic cityscapist.

Monika Arturi,  Bridgeport Alley

A very simple view with  a very strong sense of design.

At $75, somebody got a very good deal.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 - Fall Clearance Sale

 Errol Jacobson

As everyone marches relentlessly toward that gap in the urban canyon,
there's something so sad  about this scene - regardless of it's upbeat civic theme.

Stephanie Weidner

A completely different - and just as wonderful - American scene painting.

The figures seem frozen in time .

They will always be crossing that street and never getting to the other side.

Pat Brutchin

Full disclosure:  I've know Pat over 40 years 
-- she was a student of my father .

And it shows. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Exhibit: Kimberly Beck and Lenin DelSol

Kimberly Beck, Song of the Lark

"Song of the Lark" by Jules Breton is one of Kimberly Beck's favorite paintings at the Art Institute.

(it was also a popular favorite at  the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago)

But I like Kimberly's version  more - perhaps because I can relate more to a contemporary American woman than to a barefoot French peasant.

This image  seems to suggest that there are more possibilities in life 
than just the hard labor of working the fields.

So far as I can remember, this is the first Palette and Chisel show where the artist has posted anecdotal information next to each piece.

I would prefer to let the paintings speak for themselves-- though, I suppose, no one is holding a gun to my head and making me read the signage.

reminds me of the dear departed Diane Rath

a nice strong design

A little too cute for me -- but then, I never had children


Stagehand or not -- I like this painting of awareness and anticipation.

Looks like an homage to Titian

Looks like an homage to Norman Rockwell.

I'm not a big fan of illustration 
-- but I do love depictions of familiar models

I don't think this nice, pensive nude needed
Godzilla in the background.

And why is she so unconcerned
with the terrible havoc it is wrecking?

 - but the monster's luminous, fiery breath does seem to
 work well with the foreground.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Exhibit: Leonid Osseny

Once again,  the Palette and Chisel Gallery appears on the cover of Reklama, our local Russian language newspaper.

Don't these large, calm faces bring to mind Alex Katz ? 

...except that there's something just a little bit wacky about them
(like that unusual earring, for example)

Don't these large open eyes and enigmatic expression bring to mind a mannerist like Pontormo ?

This is the kind of work that belongs in the presidential palace of an eccentric autocrat.

And then there's this magnificent portrait of the artist's brother-in-law, Misha Livshulz.   Misha also happens to be the Palette and Chisel's most popular model and the People's Hero of the coach house sculpture studio.  (he's recently installed a ventilation system, rebuilt one of the kilns, and filled the back room with shelves, floor to ceiling on every wall)

Misha has not fared so well in a series of debates with attorney Mark Huddle concerning the relative merits of communism versus free market capitalism.   But his performance may improve if he continues his daily study of "Das Kapital"

Here's one of my favorite pieces.  It might well illustrate some kind of Baltic legend involving beautiful young women and ugly old sea monsters.

It's a variation on "Fischblut", a drawing by Gustav Klimt -
and it makes me hear the music of Sibelius.

Strange, wonderful, and ecstatic

The Palette and Chisel hasn't had this kind of energy since the renegade Modernists of 1915

Gustav Klimt, "Fischblut"

Leon's cityscapes are out of this world

The above bridge makes me think of a rocket ship.

This decorative pattern belongs in the club car of a train headed for Santa Fe.

It's one of the first paintings that Leon did upon arriving in Chicago in the 1990's.

An homage to Toulouse Lautrec. 

A view of St Petersburg

This piece was parked in the library.  I saw it many times while  walking past it, but it remained a mystery until one of our more clever members explained the iconography.

It's Lee Harvey Oswald -- the clock behind him records the moment he assassinated John F. Kennedy. (I was in a high school chemistry class when the shocking news came over the intercom)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Labor Day Drawing Marathon 2018

Thanks, again, to Del Hall for documenting these events.