Portrait Show - 2015
Andrew Conklin, "Personification of Spring"
This is pretty good show! (as long as you ignore 90% of what's up on the wall)
Andrew showed this piece in last year's Faculty show. Now he calls it the "personification" rather than an "Allegory" of spring. But it still is essentially two separate paintings: a floral and a portrait - both of which are very good.
Anyone who loves the ideals of 18th C. English portraiture is going to like this painting.
Including me! This girl just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel.
David Mayernik, "Lenin"
As noted here David Mayernik is a classical architect and muralist.
So it's not surprising that this stately depiction of a familiar Palette and Chisel stalwart belongs on the wall of a Renaissance palazzo or church.
A very expressive portrait of a woman who seems impatient.
If only we could see the rest of this figure - and perhaps Jupiter descending in a shower of gold coins.
Lenin Del Sol
This well-drawn figure feels uncomfortable. It feels cut and pasted against its background.
Maybe it's telling a story about an anxious woman who just received some bad test results.
Love these flowers.
Leonid is the least predictable artist in our galleries. Remember his meticulously detailed scale model of Lenin's Red Square mausoleum?
Now he's executed two paintings within paintings.
Just for the heck of it.
It's impossible to imagine a Palette and Chisel without its Russian trained artists and the legacy of Cezanne.
This poor fellow seems so crazy -- in a painterly sort of way.
A nice update on Chicago's most famous American painting.. I am sooooo glad I did not grow up in that house.
Noting how this finely modeled head does not float helplessly on the page, this is another good example of an un-American art education.
Usually portraits, like the previous one, portray the best that a person can be.
But like her fellow expressionists, Rong portrays people as they actually are.
Have you seen the "New Contemporary" exhibit at the Art Institute? If Cindy Sherman could paint women's emotions instead of just photograph them, this might be the result.
But then Ms. Sherman would be a member of the Palette and Chisel, instead of an iconic post-modern artist.
She has apparently painted an angel that belongs on the right of a devotional image.
I would like to see the rest.
Michael Van Zeyl
This might be called "Magical Realism" - though the only magic seems to concern the lady's fabulous hat.