Marie Peter-Toltz on Gerard Garouste

Marie Peter-Toltz on Gerard Garouste

Gerard Garouste, Le théâtre de Don Quichotte, 2012, Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 102 3/8 inches Gerard Garouste, one of the most famous contemporary French artists you have never heard of, has created an oeuvre of jarring and enigmatic paintings. A prolific artist, he...
A Call to Action: Kelli Scott Kelley on Julie Heffernan

A Call to Action: Kelli Scott Kelley on Julie Heffernan

Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait as Hiveminder, 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I learned that Julie Heffernan’s LSU Museum of Art exhibit would be titled When the Water Rises. Just a few short months ago, an...
Samuel Jablon on Mike Cloud

Samuel Jablon on Mike Cloud

Mike Cloud, Dialogue of Growth, 2014, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 30.5 inches There are many things I admire about the painter Mike Cloud. Besides Cloud’s bigheartedness, his work is funny, unrelenting, energetic, remorseless, and bold. 1.) Cloud’s paintings are...
Barkley Hendricks on Louis Sloan

Barkley Hendricks on Louis Sloan

Louis Sloan, Frost Valley, 1995, Oil on canvas, 54 x 70 inches The snow would be waist high and the temperature freezing or below. Lou would be Eskimo-like with his easel and brushes ready for action. This was a dedicated landscape painter, one of the best on the...
Joan Waltemath on Zen and the Art of Billy Al Bengston

Joan Waltemath on Zen and the Art of Billy Al Bengston

Billy Al Bengston, Gearbox, 1961, Oil on canvas, 36 x 34 inches “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...
Caroline Wells Chandler on Katherine Bradford

Caroline Wells Chandler on Katherine Bradford

Katherine Bradford, Prize Fighter, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 80″ x 68″ 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...