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Celebrate Texas Art 2017 – Assistance League of Houston

  The opening reception for ‘Celebrate Texas Art 2017’ was a delightful experience. My piece “Treasure Hunt” is shown here as it is currently hangs in the Williams Tower Gallery (Sally Sprout, Curator) in Houston near the Galleria. If you are in town, please stop by to see all 60 pieces on display. It runs through 24 February 2017. The Juror for the event is Jose Esparza Chong Cuy, the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Chicago. Thanks to the Assistance League of Houston, and Co-Chairs Jaci Day and Georgana McNeil, as well as Sally Sprout, Curator for the Williams Tower...

Review of “Look Into My Eyes”

I very much appreciate and want to share this review and comment to my most recent piece, “Look Into My Eyes”. “Very provocative. Very different feel from most of your work. It’s dark and unsettling. The colors, blood and rust and fire, with that ghostly-looking wailing floating face  on the right, seem ominous. But with the bits of white and blue and that series of misty doorways receding off-center I’m not sure whether it leads off to hope or to lostness. It definitely tells a story. That’s one thing I absolutely LOVE about your paintings, is they churn up the imagination so much. You can look at them and find stories there, or be brought into processing some of your own thoughts. Your art is interactive. There’s more I love about your work, but I think that is probably the coolest thing to me. And the names your give your pieces are often excellent springboards to help the viewer engage.” …an additional comment to share: “I just saw your Facebook post about a comment on your recent piece, “Look Into My Eyes”. Great observations, so I had to look for myself, and it’s so good! After looking at it for a while I realized that at first I was drawn to look at all of the unsettling blocky bold dark objects around the perimeter and then I noticed that I was literally trying to peer past them and past the drippy sort of screen into the lighter center beyond where it’s pleasant but dim, off in the distance. It made me think of looking toward eternity, not focusing on...

Book Graphics

An opportunity came my way via my author and great friend, Rick Conti. He asked me to design the cover and graphics for his recently published novel, “A Slippery Land”, now available on Amazon. It was a great experience. The book is a MUST READ, and it would make a great movie!...

Abstract Warmth

        Since the last post, I’ve exhibited at 2015’s “Five x Seven” event at The Contemporary museum in Austin, and also showed work in this year’s Studio Tour by the Artist’s Alliance of the Hill Country. Works of mine sold at both events which always is rewarding. While endeavoring to establish my “Brand”, several viewers of my work have given me some great feedback. ” Modern Primitive” was one profoundly thought-provoking description. Another set of ascriptions included the words “playful, inviting, joyful, celebratory, interactive .” A comment that is endearing to me came from someone who stated unabashedly that he did not like abstract art, but that he very much liked my work because it created for him a surprising feeling of warmth, making it therefore acceptable. I’m musing about these terms “Abstract Warmth” and “Modern Primitive”. I like them a lot. In addition, my wife recently gifted me with Paul Klee’s work, The Thinking Eye, Vol. 1. I’m very eager to read this 500+ page  document. Klee was cited repeatedly in design classes and I admire his work even more now. Abstract Warmth....

Try Art

Have some fun disposing of unwanted house paint by creating something rather than hardening it in the can with...