This is an instructive demonstration of using the right shapes and shadows to conjure story and character to visualize the contents of psyche and soul.
The blade may be in front of the self-portrait of the axe man… but it serves to slice the man into numerous pieces.
In his mature works the portraits are literally portraits of the walking dead.
It’s a curious thing to feel an immediate and unflagging connection and respect for a fellow painter’s work
They depict a psychological violence resulting from a basic cold-heartedness in human nature.
Greenbergian Modernism… has put nails in the coffins of all sorts of serious and interesting representational artists for most of my lifetime.
Beauty disguises her devilry; she represents the other half of hell.
The bare-breasted heroine, the apparent caretaker of the heap, wielding a chainsaw…
Like a sinister joke, or a self-destructive one, the work makes us laugh and question why we’re laughing.
The snow would be waist high and the temperature freezing or below. Lou would be Eskimo-like…
“Stud”, an exhibition of Billy Al Bengston’s paintings at Venus over Manhattan Gallery this past November, afforded a unique opportunity to see the legendary West Coast painter in New York City. It is clearly a special moment for an artist.
The first time Katherine Bradford came to my studio I thought she was messing with me. I had recently graduated from Yale’s painting program and was feeling pretty down with a bad case of post grad school malaise.