Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Photos from the new show.

Here's a few photos of my new show with the Worthington Arts Council. The opening is on Thursday the 11th from 5-7 PM and the show will run till February.

I'll have more photos in a few days when I can get back there with a tripod and get more steady photos. Along with the photos from the opening.

Enjoy. Jeffrey

Friday, December 5, 2008

Color Field Painters

Here's a fantastic video on the show at the Smithsonian in DC.

On a show at the Ackland Museum.



She is am amazing painter.

Invitations to the show

Here's the front and back of the invites for next Thursday from 5-7PM.

Click on them for higher resolution images. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Got a painting in the showdown.

I entered the Saatchi Gallery online showdown with one of my newest paintings. Take a look and I would appreciate it if you would vote highly for the piece.


It's only a few more days until my new show. I'm hoping to have many photos from the opening a few days after the evening.

Thanks for viewing.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Milton Resnick

Here is a collection in three parts of a documentary on the great painter Milton Resnick. This was recorded from educational channel 25 here in Columbus Ohio a number of years ago onto VHS, which will tell you a bit about the quality. But you can still see everything in a good quality video.


Here's Part two.

And Part Three.

"11-08-2008 (For Brice)"

The newest in my Dedication Series. This time the painting, 10X18" is dedicated to Brice Marden. One of my favorite painters. An artist who really delves into color in his paintings. The color in this painting is reminiscent to me of Brice's set of paintings titled the Seasons along with a few of his late 70's paintings.

Views of the side and detailed images, just click on them and you'll see them in much more detail.

This will be included in my new show at the Worthington Municipal Building beginning in December. The opening ceremony will be on December 11th from 5-7PM.
Thanks for viewing.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Just wanted to share these

I just found these two photos of Joseph Marioni speaking with Peter Lodermeyer from http://www.personalstructures.org

They are a group who is dedicated to introducing and promoting the work of artists they admire and love. You can find out a lot more from their website. Thanks Peter for the photos.

You can see in the background a beautiful Red painting.

Friday, October 31, 2008

New Painting, new thoughts.

I do believe I have finished another painting today. The sun has gone down hours ago and the paint in in the middle of it's drying stage. I worked today with a wonderful color I haven't worked with in years, probably not since 2000 have I worked with this color...Quinacridone Violet. And seeing it as it dries makes me wanna work with it more. It just has such a sensuality of it's deep bluish red color. Not quite Purple but dark enough for other people to consider it purple. This is also the first time I have worked with Guerra paint and pigments additive called Antifoam. I felt the need to get this after many paintings that ended up with pinholes in the surface color that while it doesn't really irritate me, it did take away from my views on the perfection I am struggling to achieve on the canvas. Or loose perfection, I might add...as I am always adding an element of improvisation to my work. As I am looking over the surface I now see the absence of pinholes...or no where near as many. I guess i'll have to wait till the paint in fully dry to find out for sure.

From looking at past entries to the blog, you can tell it has been a little while since I last finished a painting. In that time I have been accumulating a number of canvases that are sitting along the walls, just waiting to have their surfaces in the same state that this new one is in. And seeing this one and how well it has turned out...so far. Makes me long for the next birth of painting that I can accomplish. I don't like calling my paintings finished. Because it is not the end for them, but their beginning. As they are being fitted for their big moment in the stark light of the galleries that they are to eventually visit.

Thanks for reading. And thanks going out to Art Guerra who helped to create this wonderful Antifoam for acrylic paints. If you are an artist who finds that their drying paints do get pinholes in them. Try this product. You will be happy.

You can find out more about this company through their site and in NYC @ http://guerrapaint.com/index.html

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rothko at the Tate

Planning on making my first trip to England in the new year to see this amazing show and to hang with friends and to make some new friends.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

College Loses Painting Worth Millions

A Tremendous Loss,' Professor Says

Wellesley College has lost a 1921 painting by French cubist Fernand Leger that was likely worth millions of dollars, officials admitted Wednesday."Woman and Child" had been in the collection of the college's Davis Museum and Cultural Center since 1954.After its return last year from an exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the college had stored the painting in a crate “while a museum construction project was completed,” said Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly.

Months later, it was nowhere to be found. The museum “has not determined what happened to the painting or its current whereabouts,” said Bottomly. The museum didn't realize the 21-inch-by-25-inch painting was gone until last November. Officials don’t know whether the painting was stolen or might have been mistakenly thrown out when packing crates were discarded.A Wellesley museum official "asked me, 'Do you have our Leger, by chance?' " Oklahoma City Museum of Art registrar Matthew C. Leininger said. "I said, 'No, why are you asking?' That's when she said they couldn't find it. I said, 'Oh, boy.'"“It's a tremendous loss for the college, “ said Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, associate professor of art at Wellesley.Police were told and the museum's insurer, Travelers Insurance, has paid a claim though neither the company nor the college would say how much. Last year, Leger's paintings sold for an average of $2.8 million.“The loss of this valuable and irreplaceable painting has saddened the entire community, and we still hope it will be found,” said Bottomly.Travelers is offering a $100,000 reward for the painting.


Me personally. I think this is hilarious, I guess the saying is true...a fool and his money(art in this instance) are quickly parted. But in this instance it's a whole University that played the fool this time.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Human Level of Painting.

As a result of my difficulty of looking at large format paintings. Attempting to view the highest extremities of these large canvases, makes it hard for me to fully enjoy taking in these wonderful works in color and form.

I recently went to the National Gallery in Washington DC, where I finally got to see a decent amount of Abstract Expressionist paintings. My first Motherwell, my first set from Barnett Newman. But in my viewing of the Rothko paintings, seeing just how high on the wall they had been hung. Made me realize why Mark asked people to hang his paintings low on the walls. Supposedly at a more human level, as these were definitely not hung at that level. I am 5'9" tall and don't like looking at a huge painting that is hung on a wall at a point where the middle of the piece is right about eye level.

To me this is very wrong in practice, as it should not make your eyes strain to try viewing the top of the canvas. It makes it easier to view the bottom of the painting, but to myself and to many many more who visit these places everyday, we would like to be able to REALLY view the top of the canvas at a reasonable height, so as to get a truly good view of the rest of the canvas. Which as most painters paint, the top is usually the beginning of the painting, and gives one many ideas of how the canvas was brought into a painting. This high level of paintings on a wall simply takes away from the viewing of the painting and makes the painting...made by a human, act more as if an alter to worship at as opposed to what it truly is. A Painting made by a painter so that other humans might be able to receive the same feelings the artist is trying to convey.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Meeting with new friends

A few weeks ago I spent my weekend on a trip to DC to visit their museums and more. But mostly to visit the Philips Collection and see the Symposium on Painting that was taking place that Saturday. Among the speakers was my good friend Joseph Marioni. Who was speaking on the section that seemed to be the most about actual painting. I'm trying to get in touch with the Philips Collection to perhaps get a dvd copy of the symposium, which in all was very interesting. Lots of great points were made and if it hadn't been for the hour time limit of the sections, I think the symposium could have gone a few hours longer than they had set it up for.

While I was there in the first intermission, while speaking with Joe on the importance of mass transit in large cities. We were greeted by Timothy App, who is a brilliant professor at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). We got into a couple great conversations about art, and he even mentioned he was a great fan of my favorite art documentary...Painters Painting by Emile De Antonio. After the next break I asked him what his favorite part of the film was and he told me it was the piece on Larry Poons. I mentioned that it too has been my favorite section of that film and began to embark on a nice long chat about Poons and Frank Stella.

As the day grew on I knew that this conversation with Timothy and his friends was the first really great talk about painting I had been in for a long time and how much I wanted more of that. Since then I have been on a method of getting my ass to NYC where I can meet other like minded painters and artists of all kinds.

You can learn a lot more about Timothy in this fantastic interview.

you can find out about his paintings here too...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New showing for a friend

My good friend Michael is including two sets of his mandala prints at BOMA in Columbus Ohio. BOMA is the Bar of Modern Art...where they have many showings of local artists and paintings and sculpture abound in the club. Mike took 24 pieces from his Mandala series there and spent two days hanging all of them to great fanfare. Many people have been expressing an interest in his prints. And I wanted to show a few photos of the mandala and their installation.

You can view the full amount of installation photos on Mike's Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/neterhet
and you can also view them at http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?ArtID=30435

Monday, September 29, 2008

Paintings at the National Gallery

Here's some video that I shot with my new digital camera. I went to DC this weekend and saw lots of great paintings. I took video of the contemporary gallery but I missed filming the Rothko's. I'll get to that next time I go there.

If you get the chance I highly recommend going there and visiting the Newman Stations of the Cross paintings. Awesome stuff.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

09-14-2008 (For Sebastian)

Here's the newest addition to my long line of paintings. And the newest in my Dedication Series.

This one is dedicated to the Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel who recently became the youngest to win a Formula 1 Race from Belgium. It was quite an astonishing race. I was working on this at the beginning of the race and it dried as the race was in session.


The Painting, like all the others in this series are all 10" Wide X 18" Tall.

Here is a lower detail of the painting. You can really see the texture quite beautifully in this pic. Along with the rest of the painting. It is quite a beautiful painting. Reminding me of a red Bordeaux along with a great loaf of bread. So naturally it makes me hungry looking at this.

Here's a nice pic of the top of the painting.

Here's a nice side view, where you can see the side and the amount of texture on the canvas.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The day is approaching...


Be prepared for an onslaught of color on your senses.

Just finished up an absolutely awesome painting... pics to come in a few days.



Monday, September 8, 2008

For Yves

I've now got my newest painting which I have subtitled "For Yves" whom is one of my absolute favorite painters.

I've always admired the fire and passion that Yves Klein had. He is one of the only artists who has invented his own color. IKB, International Klein Blue. Though it looks a lot like Ultramarine Blue, it truly is a different color. Which you can read more about here...


You can find out more about Klein here...


As a way to show my love for my fellow painters, I have begun to make paintings that remind me in one way or another of my favorite painters.

"08-14-2008 (For Yves)" 18" X 10"
Acrylic and Wood Filler on Canvas.

Here is a nice photo of it on my studio wall with a new piece I am in the process of working on.

And with these images you can click on them and see just how much detail is within these paintings.

Thank you, and have a wonderful week.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Symposium @ The Philips Collection in DC.

Sept, 27 SATURDAY 2008
10 am-5 pm

Painting in the 21st Century
Engage in a discussion of contemporary art criticism and theory: Elisabeth Sussman, curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Blake Gopnik, chief art critic of The Washington Post; art history professors Yves-Alain Bois (Harvard University), Stephen Melville (Ohio State University), and Richard Shiff (University of Texas); artists Spencer Finch and Joseph Marioni; gallery directors Leng Lin (Pace Beijing) and Gordon VeneKlasen (Michael Werner Gallery); and Dorothy M. Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection. Included in museum admission. For information: CSMAprograms@phillipscollection.org or 202-387-2151 x286

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

San Antonio...

If you are going to be around San Antonio Texas... for the next couple months. You really should make your way to the new McNay Museum. With it's first show there by the Radical Concrete painter. Joseph Marioni. Joe has told me there will be about 15 paintings for the show, some as big as 9ft tall and 10ft wide. Way bigger than a scale I could complete right now.

The McNay

The Marion Koogler McNay Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas
Joseph Marioni - Artmatters #13
October 2008 - January 2009



Here's an edited version of Simon Schama's Power of Art DVD. On the best part of the series....ROTHKO.

A great meeting place...

There is a really cool idea roaming around Columbus Ohio every month. It's called Taco & Beer. And it's really about having people come around and meet and greet with people they don't know.

The guys from CowTV went down a few days ago when it was at a really nice photo studio which is for rent at $5K a month...Whew.

I'm looking forward to meeting new people at the next one. Keep up the great work Taco/Beer guys.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Some older photos and tidbits...

I've been scanning older photos of my paintings into the computer to keep as a nice catalog of paintings and installation photos. So here ya go with some of the photos of myself back when I had the long hair and was working in my Fathers garage for my paintings.

To begin we have the photo of me and my long ass hair. I had began growing this mane back in 91 and didn't fully cut it short again until 2003 or 04, I can't really remember. I just remember that I was going through a tough time in my life and felt that I needed a big change in my life, so I decided to chop off the hair. I've had shorter hair now since then and quite enjoy it a lot more than the long hair, which was really hard to take care of. Now I know why a lot of women are more into the short hair idea, it's just much easier to take care of.

Here is a group of paintings. The red one on the side is now in landscape format and has a beautiful emerald green over top of a glop of many other colors. The purple center is a wonderful painting when viewed. Probably one of my favorite purple paintings. I love the color Purple but it doesn't always work.

Here I am again with the hair, but pulled back as I usually kept it. This painting I don't believe is still around anymore. White is a beautiful color for a painting.

Here I am with my two first landscape format paintings. The first one is the Blue on Browns, which I have had many many people tell me it reminds them of terracotta, and also of running people with the textures.

Here is a group of a couple of my least known paintings. The white on Green is a quite difficult painting, but one I wished to keep as it annoyed me enough to want to keep it. It is VERY difficult to photograph. Thank God for Photoshop! LOL. The one on the right is called "Highway" which I believe I gave it that name because of the amount of grid patterning in the poured white.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Clips for a Documentary

Here is a 3 Minute selection of clips from a soon to come film by Michael Lukacsko on my paintings. Keep on the lookout as it should be finished within a month or two.

Big thanks to Michael for the time taken out of his busy schedule to pursue this film about me and my paintings. I am indebted to you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"07-28-2008 (Tasty As A Mango)"

Here's the full image of my newest painting. The color reminds me of a tasty Mango, hence the subtitle of the painting. This is part of a new group of paintings I am working on that are quite small. This painting is only 10" X 18" Tall. Which is incredibly small for my work. I didn't really think it would work well with my style of painting because i've not worked in a smaller scale for almost 9 years or so. But in it's small size, the scale of it is huge. The color is very bright and hot and jumps out from the gray ground of the painting.

I'm looking forward to making a number of these. It should be interesting to see how they come out.

Here's an image of the painting on my painting wall.

Very close up of the wood filler. Click on the image and you can see it even more close up.

Another close up.

Larger image of the bottom of the canvas, so you can check out the details in the paintwork on the canvas.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, July 21, 2008

Untitled Diptych 2000 (5X6-feet)

This is one of my favorite paintings I have made. My first Diptych that was in two pieces each 5 ft tall by 3 ft wide. It has had a deep affect on me since I completed it. I hope to eventually make another version of it in the same dimensions.

As always A/WF/C

Four in the Afternoon 2000 (6 X 5 Feet)

This is the largest 1 piece painting I have made so far. It has quite a quiet quality to it, very solemn and contemplative.

As always. Acrylic/Wood Filler/Canvas

Previous Jobs I have had....

These are in progress photos taken by my friend Garth Stanley back in July 2000. I had originally made this painting to be Green on top of a white ground. Alas it didn't turn out that way and now when you look at it. It has visions of blood and gaping wounds...but also at the same time it give you visions of flowers blooming. So it is death and birth all in the same painting. What I always love to call a beautiful accident. They usually make for my favorite paintings.

My progress on "A Cleansing" July 2000

Notice the hair. Yes I had quite long hair back then. It was a bit on the difficult side to take care of. I figured I had the hair for over ten years, so i'd go with having short hair for another 10 and then go back to the long...I might break that promise to myself.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Solo Worthington Arts Council show coming soon

Solo show in December 2008-February 2009

Here's where you can find more information about the upcoming show for my artwork. This is to be a monumental event for myself.


Worthington Arts Council from Dec. 1, 2008 - Feb. 1, 2009 at the Worthington Municipal Building


Joseph Marioni Interview and show

I wanted to share some new videos I've just helped upload to youtube so that I could help show them to the world. This is a film of Joseph Marioni speaking at an opening of his work at the Dartmouth Museum.


I have always known that Joe is an amazing speaker about art and painting, I know he's make for a great writer because he's got such a great way with words and his knowledge of art and painting is outstanding. As you can witness with these 7 videos.

Joseph Marioni September - November 2007

Joseph Marioni at a talk about his work in his show...Five Paintings which was exhibited at the Uni of Mass at Dartmouth.

I must give thanks to Philippe Lejeune who filmed this event and put it online for all to witness, and to David Boyce who curated this show.

You can learn more about Philippe at his site...http://www.arteda.net/

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Restoring my family photos

I have recently, with the passing of my Father on June 4th 2008, began to help my family out by using my knowledge of computers to help restore a few photos of my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents. It's a truly fulfilling way to spend my time, feeling like i'm slowly helping to bring our family a little bit closer together.

Anyway. You can see the before and after pics on my myspace page...


Above is the restored photo of my Grandparents when they were in their 20's...which means this photo is from the 30's. They were quite a couple.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My first review...

I wanted to take a moment to show you once again, in case you missed it. My first newspaper review. This is from the Columbus Dispatch from September 2000. It talks about the Ohio Art League show at the Columbus Museum of Art. Not only was this my first time in any kind of review. But the painting which I entered for the show became the largest image in the newspaper review. I kindly thank Jacqueline Hall who wrote the article, and especially David Reed who picked this painting to be in the show.

Click on the image and you shall see a much larger image for you to read.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!


Thursday, May 1, 2008

"04-30-2008 (Dreaming)"

34" high X 24" wide; are the dimensions of this new painting of mine. The brilliant blue covering all the background gives me visions of the Greek Isles. Their beautiful crystal clear waters with their brilliantly white homes.

I look forward to making much larger versions of paintings such as this.

Included are images of this painting, a lot of them are quite large detailed images that are actually a big larger than if you were to see it in person...which gives you plenty of time to study the perfections and the imperfections. The first image included is the painting in full.

This second image is of the mid section of the painting. Where you can really begin to see the innards of the canvas and it's textures.

Our next image is a vision of the top of the canvas. You can really see from there how the color really defines the textures within the wood filler encrusted canvas.

Here is vision 1 of the left side of the canvas. Click on it and you'll be able to see a much larger detailed image.

Here's detail #2 of the left side of the canvas.

Here's a detailed image of the right side of the canvas. Click on the image and you'll be able to see the much bigger image up close and really see the texture and the luminosity of the color.

And lastly an image of the bottom of the canvas. Where you can really see the color and how it pooled up along the bottom edge of the canvas. Click on the image to really see it for yourself.

Thanks for looking. And have a wonderful week.


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