Sunday, April 26, 2009

2nd Review in the Columbus Dispatch

Felt like showing off a bit today. So here's a nice review from the Columbus Dispatch that Bill Mayr did for my show back in 2004 at Studio Ash.

Enjoy reading....Thanks Bill

Thanks, Jeffrey

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Quote for the day...4-11-09

Today I bring you a quote from Jason Martin. A painter I have admired for quite some time, since I first saw an advert in Art In America back in 1999.

"I find that whenever I see a painting I always look at the edge anyway, because the edge informs you of the history of the painting - what's gone into making the surface. The time aspect of what has built this surface up. You can tell all sorts about the painter by the edges of their paintings. Just how open they are, I suppose." Quote taken from Transcript Magazine in an interview with Alan Woods.

To me this quote rings oh so true. Almost immediately after being confronted with viewing a new painting, I always check the sides...somewhat to see how it was attached to the wall. And to see just how the painter made said painting. Sometimes I feel as if I am more interested in the sides than in the surface of the painting.

You can learn more about Martin's paintings through the links below.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Words of wisdom from Dirk de Bruycker

I was just reminded of something Dirk DeBruycker told me when I met him back in 1999. We were speaking of the use of materials in a painting.

I was telling him about my being quite stingy with materials, being that I was relatively new to painting and didn't have a bunch of money. "If you are afraid to use too much materials in a painting, you'll never make the paintings you really wanna make."

Of course I am paraphrasing. It's really damn hard to remember something someone told you ten years ago. But the meaning behind the words rings true today just as it did ten years ago when I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Jan Maiden Gallery in Columbus Ohio.

If you ever get the chance to see his paintings in person I highly recommend it.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Quote for the day...4-06-09

Today's quote is brought to you through the Painter Joseph Marioni.

"I am not a post-modernist, I am a modernist, it means I practice a very disciplined art form."

You can learn more about Marioni's painting through his website, and through a few entries on this blog. Including a digitized version of one of his art catalogs.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New writing

Painting isn't about now
Painting is about forever.
It is the reason to afford the starving artist
Alone in his studio
Readying himself for the days work.
Knowing in his heart, that this painting
Might not be seen for a year.
And yet the painter pushes himself
To create something of unbelievable value
No money can match it's worth.
You may visit with my paintings
For but a minute or two.
But what you take with you
Is greater than gold.
It is but a sense of true humanity.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thoughts on painting in the modern day

Painting today, unlink picture making. Is but an alternative to pop culture. Those who make the three second image onto canvas. Something you don't need to spend time with, soaking it in, digesting it's textures, it's colors, it's forms. It is not made of borrowed imagery from everyday life. It is apart from imagery. It has more to do with the spirit, than to do with a shovel. A painter spends many hours with his works. Living and learning all their intricacies, and giving the painting time for it to work it's magic on him.

Most people today are so hung up on movement, that even when visiting a slowly moving space, such as a museum. They do not learn to slow down, and proceed to blast past each and every painting. Treating the visit almost as a contest to see how fast one can view every piece. Spending more time reading the captions than breathing in all the life that surrounds them.

Thanks for reading.

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