Friday, November 27, 2015

Interview with Alan Feltus

This past summer Alan Feltus and his wife Lani Irwin graciously invited me to visit in Italy at their marvelously restored stone farmhouse with an adjacent studio converted from a barn. Their property, where they’ve lived since 1987, is surrounding by an exquisite flower garden overlooking unforgettable vistas of the Umbrian countryside. I was fortunate […]

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 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 […]


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 […]

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