When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

Search for an Artist on this blog (or cut and paste from the list at the bottom of this page)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tim Lowly

The variety in this man's work is quite astonishing and not at all apparent from my modest selection here. These are just three pieces that particularly struck me out of many. But for all the variety (realism, surrealism, allegory and symbolism, painting, photography...) there's a consistency behind all of it that says a lot about the artist. Good things.

"Beloved" 2004

"Listen" 1995

"Temma on Earth" 1999

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Y Z Kami

Another artist who needs no notice from me. This guy's in the MOMA.
But he's new to me so here's a piece and another for scale. Sometimes size really does matter.
Click on this first image to get a better sense of it's intentional soft focus.
He has some work posted on www.artcloud.com
and at his gallery www.gagosian.com


Untitled (for scale)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Patrick Higgins

More disintegrating people slightly out of phase (see my earlier post on James Juron) these people are both anonymous and intimately familiar. A nice trick.

"Raboud Round Table"


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jana Brike

To quote someone else's blog:
"Jana Brike paints visually arresting scenes of children and their ever-fascinating emotional landscapes. More often than not, the subjects are in the company of odd creatures who act as either guardians or adversaries."
and myartspace.com
Her own blog is janabrikeart.blogspot.com

"Hermaphrodite and a Boy"



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jane Andrews

I just love this piece.
Her work is very narrative and illustrative in the best possible sense.


Mandy greer

I saw the installation piece "Small but Mighty wandering Heart" in Seattle a couple of years ago and it was mesmerizing; all this beautiful red crochet and knitting work representing a vast field of viscera, and that connected to this cryptic chandelier of the same material. The photos don't do it justice. But then I'm sure that's true of all the work here.

"Small but Mighty Wandering Pearl"


"Wolf Prince"

Marc Schimsky

They're a little like color enhanced thermal photographs taken from a camera on a slightly different timeline. It seems his older work is primarily abstract and the representational pieces are a new gig.

"Red Dress"

"Party at Pueblo Ingles"

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Joseba Eskubi

Both beautiful and grotesque abstractions that seem to want to represent something, you're just not sure you want to know what.

162 x 130 cm (title?)

33 x 24 cm (title?)

35 x 27 cm (title?)

James Juron

A bit of Francis Bacon genetically re-engineered using odd bits of Chaim Soutine.
A grim but effective experiment.
See more images of disintegrating flesh as well as older works at: http://www.jamesjuron.com
and myartspace.com

"Portrait of Andrea 1"

"Figure 1"

"Self Head 1"

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kyle Stevenson

His earlier paintings are fairly formal though still wonderful interiors and portraits. But it looks like his most recent work is all about light and air. Wonderful.
You can see his work on Myartspace.com His regular website kylestevenson.net does not seem to be working but there are a couple other pieces at this gallery: ruthmorpeth.com

"Chandelier Sketch"

"Three Graces II"

Monday, December 1, 2008

Margaret Bowland

I'm fairly certain that this woman needs no help from me promoting her art. But wow.

"Murakami Wedding"

"Bride's Fortune"

Andy Kehoe

He's seems to be creating his own mythology full of sad gods and lonely creatures. His website provides access to his Flickr page, his blog and even a site where you can buy prints. Only $55. I'm thinking about it. (just noticed on his blog that he has recently moved to Portland - Welcome!)

"A Noble Leader, Exiled, Hornless and Shamed"

"Helplessly Ensnared in Murky Mysteries"

"Carrier of Secrets and Mysteries"

Shelly Johnson

She does a lot of apparent commissions of local people and places but it's the big iconic images that really work for the genre. And she pulls off some pretty daring color palettes.

"John Waters"

"Mona Lisa"


Jeff Whitaker

It may be low-brow of me but there's something kind of Sci-Fi about these that I really like. He also makes some very cool furniture and architectural elements, though looking at the sculptures you wouldn't at first imagine wanting to sit on anything by this guy.



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tenzin Chopak

Beautiful, haunting, eerie, etc.,


"Magic Tree"

"Planet Lovecraft"

Robert Anderson

It may be hard to believe that these are both by the same artist.
A little split personality. There's some more of each style at this gallery's website.
He also has a myspace page that lists a bunch of other galleries.

"Life is What You Make It"

"Time is a Place"

Steven Yazzie

I'm partial to this coyote. There's a few more coyotes in rooms on his website
There's also figurative paintings, birds, abstracts, installations, and so on...

"Indigenous Interior"

Vitaly Martynenko

These fantastic still lifes were posted by someone identified only as Tomatto on flickr.
He or she also has posted a lot of other art of very different styles. There's enough great stuff to make it worthwhile digging through. None of the pieces are properly titled.

This last piece here is posted on the same site as if by the same artist but while the still lifes are signed M.B. the cows are clearly signed something like Martinenko V.

An explanation:
Hello David. I am glad you so curious. It is very simply explane. I am is Russian and live in Russia, so I sign my painting in cirylic , sometime in English. My name is Vitaly Martynenko (Виталий Мартыненко in Russian). So, when I sign B.M. it's mean V.M. (Vitaly Martynenko), when I sign M.B. it's mean M.V. (Martynenko Vitaly), Sometime I sign my painting ( for US gallery) V. Martynenko. I hope I explane you. You are is very considerate, I like it. Thank you for letter.
Vitaly Martynenko (Виталий Мартыненко

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stefanie Rocknak

Some sculpture!
More work at steffrocknak.net
and myartspace.com

"Ghastly Nights"

"The Swimmer"

Kelly Mudge

The Flesh on these paintings is worthy of Lucien Freud. Just beautiful.
There's also lots of portraits with odd gestures and multiple limbs... you really should check it out.
Her Website is mudgefactory.com
most of the same stuff is also on her Myartspace page




Seth Fitts

Here are some very delicate drawings and paintings. I can't even put my finger on what it is I like about them so much. There is a lot of similar work out there that leaves me cold. The best of these have the elegant charm of Redon. Okay, maybe that's going too far but that's how I feel.
You can see more at myartspace.com