Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Sale Remainders

I didn't get to the P&C holiday sale
until $10,000 of stuff
had already been carried away.

But still ....
I liked some of the remainders.

Like Tim Rees' one-eyed self portrait.

I am such a sucker
for Errol Jacobson's city views.

One of the many regrets in my life
is that somehow
I missed the chance to draw this model.

But I'm glad that Danaya did.

What a nice little drawing!
Nadine Michl has been a member since 2005
but this is the first time I've noticed her.

According to the internet:

She graduated with a degree in art from Southern Illinois University and attended The
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also studied with French portrait artist Patrick Betaudier.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

David Becker on 11-11-11

David Becker turns 50
on 11/11/11
so he is celebrating that event
with the opening of this exhibit
beginning at 11 am
and ending at ... you guessed it.

He put 11 paintings
into the main gallery shown above
(but regretfully,
my shot could not include
the two that were behind me)

The magical number
appears on this wall as well.

.. and this one too.

Dave has suggested
that 11 objects
have been depicted
in each of these paintings
but I have no idea
which ones they are.

Dave presents our urban world
as such a well ordered,
nice, clean, and happy place.

How provocative!

(photo credit: Del Hall)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Midwest Painters Group

Tina Engels

I just ran across
this group of painters.

Their website looks like
it was designed by default
but many of their paintings
look pretty good.

Timothy King

They all live in different cities
so unlike the Palette and Chisel
their group will never own their own studio and gallery.

And judging by their website,
I doubt they have dues
or even a firm list of members.

Rob Brock

But they do put on shows
throughout the Midwest
and they have something like
a manifesto:

The Midwest Paint Group, (MPG), is an association of Midwestern US-based painters working under varied processes defined as Post Abstract Figuration.

This type of painting is built on configurations and conceptions that evolved out of the past great traditions of art and of 20th Century modernist painting. It is the group’s position that emotive and expressive abstractions are at the core of their images. Each member of the group individually interprets the perceptual-observational process into a pictorial format that evokes the strongest sense of abstract plasticity.

Painting is the power of two-dimensional space reaching into the representational visceral aspect of three-dimensional reality. In this sense, to be an MPG painter is a quest to becoming highly aware of nature’s complex beauty balanced against the nature of unifying human vision and deep emotion.

Philip Hale

And as you may guessed from the verbage,
these are all MFA's
which means they can teach
in accredited programs
instead of just week-long workshops.

Megan Williamson

Jeremy Long

Jeremy Long

Deborah Chlebek

Amy Maclennan


They also reach out
to include these non-members
in their shows:

Walter King

Wilbur Niewald

Wilber Niewald

Stanley Lewis

Stanley Lewis

Olivera Pudar

Olivera Pudar

Lennart Anderson

Lennart Anderson

Lennart Anderson

Lennart Anderson

Gabriel Laderman

Chris Semergieff

Albert Kresch


Last year,
one of their shows
went into the Beverly Arts Center.

And one day I hope,
they will show their work at
1012 N. Dearborn.