Over the course of the past week I delivered over 30 paintings between 2 states forming a triangle from the Cape, Providence, and Boston. Now it’s time for a little recap and rest before I start my next collection. This past weekend was the Chelsea Art Walk which was a great time and I received a lot of feedback on my work(plus thanks to my friends for coming out). It’s always refreshing to be exhibiting with other artists and discussing ideas. I met 2 artists Scott and Katrina from Alternate Currents which is a company that cultivates and promotes one voice for the thriving Boston arts community. I enjoyed both their work and they were also great company.
With the Chelsea Art Walk over I now have new paintings available on my website such as:
“Tempo 20″ 24″x18″ Oil on Canvas $300
And “Clearing 60″ 26″x26″ Oil on Canvas SOLD
With the delivery of all the new paintings I’m freed up to paint again which I have a series of 8 medium sized canvases almost ready to go. I’ll make sure to post a blog on how I build and stretch all my own canvas as well. Until then check out the new paintings on JohnnyHoliday.us and let me know what you think!
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With such a busy art schedule this month I was able to find some time to deliver 3 paintings to a new art gallery opening in the Mashpee Commons down on the Cape. It’s a beautiful space in a … Continue reading
This past week I’ve been invited to exhibit a couple of my blurscape paintings at the Warwick Museum of Art in Rhode Island. My paintings will be exhibited from June 3 - July 3 in the “Living is Easy” exhibit. The opening reception is Friday June 12 7-9 pm. This is my first museum show and it’s looking to be a great summer show so if you’re in the area you should definately have a look. I’ll make sure to take some photos and post to my blog for those of you who can’t make it.
For those who live in the greater Boston area there is a great art exhibit coming up. The Chelsea Art Walk is on May 30th and 31st from noon-6pm on both days. I’m looking to display up to 20 of my paintings which will be my largest showing of the year so far. My art will be in the Industrie Lofts at 950 Broadway St. in Chelsea. This is to be a big weekend in the Chelsea area as multiple galleries and buildings are supporting the art walk along with maps and shuttles to the different venues. There will be dozens of artist exhibiting and selling their work so if you’re in the area definately stop in!
A photo of the interior of the Industrie Lofts
One of the questions I’m asked alot is how much detail is in one of my knifescape paintings. I use 3 different size painting knives that range in size from 1″ to 1/4″ which give different effects. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how much detail or paint is used on my paintings so I’m going to show you 2 different paintings along with the detail pictures.
First we have “Rolling Field 7″ which measures 25″x33″
And now for the detail of the sky:
Now for the tree and field:
As you can see up close the painting has a lot of small things happening and when you step back the painting completes itself. This is the same principle that the impressionists used in their paintings. The human eye will always try to form and identify an image when it looks at an object.
This idea takes on a different take with my next knifescape painting. Here we have “Tempo 9″ which measures 32″x55″
Now for a close up detail of “Tempo 9″
Up close this painting can take on many different images and meanings. Many people have said they see faces, birds, trees, branches, water, and marine life in these paintings. It’s the same idea as when you spend an afternoon looking at clouds. At first they’re just clouds but the longer you sit and let your eyes “see” you start to notice different objects within the clouds.
I think this is why a lot of people have a hard time appreciating expressionist painting and art. They just have a glance and say big deal, just like glancing at a slow moving group of clouds. But if they’d give a moment and allow their vision and imagination to wander they will start to notice alot more than a painting is going on in front of them. So the next time you are out on a beautiful day or viewing art give yourself a few minutes to really view what’s in front of you. In order to appreciate something you must spend time with it.
For those who attended my “Blurscapes & Knifescapes” art show or those who couldn’t make it I now have the link to the review of the exhibit. Click here for the newspaper review . Luckily the interviewer was an “art kid” whose father was an artist so it was very easy to discuss my work with her. The show was a success and have already been invited back for another solo art exhibit next spring.
The interesting nature of art is that society at large is always trying to define the status of art at any given time. I’m sure if you go into any gallery or contemporary museum you will see everything under the created sun. The list is very long and includes every -ism categorizing art movements. The best way to describe the current art movement is simply “pluralism”, meaning there are so many disciplines and styles currently represented they are all lumped together. There is currently no international movement such as the days of impressionism, cubism, and post modernism. Some say plurism has been the movement since the 80′s but back then many said painting was dead while in the beginning of the 21st century painting has had a large resurgance. With our new century almost a decade old it will be interesting to see if a new international movement will eventually emerge.
Last Saturday I attended my first solo show of this year which was held at my hometown library. Last fall while I was exhibiting in a national exhibit at the Ames mansion I was approached by my hometown library’s director. She extended an invitation for my own solo show and gladly accepted. I spent a good part of this past winter creating 10 works specifically for the space including one of my largest works yet at 7ft. wide! We had a great turnout especially for a saturday morning opening. The show is still up and will be running until February 28th. All the paintings are available on my website so head on over and have a look at Diehl Art Gallery