Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Interview with Christopher Chippendale

I was fortunate to become good friends with Christopher Chippendale while we studied with George Nick during our undergraduate years at Mass Art back in the mid-80’s. Christopher and I also both went through the same graduate degree program at Boston University, however not at the same time. We continue to keep in touch and […]

Apollo and Dionysus in the Representational Painting Family Feud

by Elana Hagler This essay explores the subconscious impulses behind aesthetic choice and offers a framework for a deeper understanding of contemporary representational painting. It is written by a painter with a readership of painters in mind, but is appropriate for anyone who wants this specific peek into the creative psyche. “Apollo and Dionysus in […]

Michael Kareken – PARTS

October 18, 2014 by  
Filed under contemporary realism

I’d like to share some information Michael Kareken’s gallery sent me about a show that starts in Minneapolis this week. I made a video interview with him awhile back, and wanted to post an update about his terrific new body of work of Parts – or his Auto Salvage Series. Michael Kareken / Parts October […]

Sight Specific: A Selection of American Perceptual Paintings, curated by George Nick

(note all images have a higher resolution image when clicked) Regardless of where you live, the one show not to be missed this summer is the Concord Art Association’s Sight Specific: A Selection of American Perceptual Paintings, curated by George Nick. The show runs until August 13 in Concord, Ma. George Nick selected more than […]

Legacy and Self-Determination: An Interview with Alexandra Tyng

by Elana Hagler Alexandra Tyng is a painter who lives and works in Philadelphia. She has a B.A. in Art History from Harvard and an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In terms of her painting education, she is mostly self-taught, having examined the work of the old masters, reading and researching about […]

TRAC2014: An Observational Painter goes Undercover…Or Not

March 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Art Politics, contemporary realism

By Elana Hagler photo credit: Brittany McGinley I just came back from four days spent at the Representational Art Conference in Ventura, California. When I told several painter friends that I was planning on attending this event, they expressed dismay that I would be wading into a sea of classical painters. The general tone of our conversations […]

Josephine Halvorson

February 16, 2014 by  
Filed under contemporary realism, videos

Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock | “New York Close Up” | Art21 video http://www.josephinehalvorson.com/ Terrific review by John Yau on Hyperallergic of Josephine Halvorson current show, up until March 1 at the Sikkema Jenkins Gallery in NYC From the gallery press release: Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an object in its […]

OBSERVATION AND INVENTION at the PAFA

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under contemporary realism, guest posts, notable painters

Scott Noel, Telemachus and the Sirens, 2011, oil on linen, 78 × 90 inches Courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA click here for a larger view OBSERVATION AND INVENTION: THE SPACE OF DESIRE at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Curated by Scott Noel January 21 – April 6, 2014 Reception: Wednesday, February […]

Interview with Diana Horowitz

(photo credit: Tommy Agriodimas / Downtown Alliance) click here for larger image I’ve long admired Diana Horowitz’s paintings and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with her on the phone and by email for this interview. I thank her greatly for the generosity of her time and thoughts for this interview. Maureen […]

Painting the Dramatic Moment: An Interview with Elise Schweitzer

  Interview by Elana Hagler   Elise Schweitzer’s full-bodied, bold, and luscious paintings caught my eye a couple of years ago and I’ve been following her work since.  Elise has a wonderful mix of formal invention and playful, curious narrative in her work.  Many painters I’ve seen tend to fall into the formalist camp or […]

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