Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Bailey House: Benefit Auction 2022



My painting “Brendan” (2019, 11x14 inches, acrylic on canvas board) will be auctioned on Artsy from May 11 to 26 to benefit Bailey House. I hope that you can join me in supporting this worthy fundraiser. 

Bailey House proudly presents its 34th Annual Gala & Auction, which benefits housing and other lifesaving programs for thousands of New Yorkers each year. This year’s silent auction features a robust body of work by emerging and established artists including Catherine Opie, Duane Michals, Mark Beard, and many others. Works have also been graciously donated by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and Herb Ritts Foundation for the event's LIVE auction.

Bailey House will hold its Gala & Awards Reception on May 25th at THE POOL in NYC. For more info visit bit.ly/baileyhouse2022.

Founded in 1983 by a coalition of compassionate community leaders responding to the AIDS crisis, Bailey House was the first community-based organization in the country to address poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, substance use, and chronic illness to improve health outcomes for marginalized, low-income New Yorkers living with HIV.

Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy and will close on May 26th at 12:00 PM EDT.

All 2D works in the auction have been framed courtesy of Bailey House Gala & Auction's Presenting Sponsor, Chelsea Frames.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Bailey House: Benefit Auction 2021

My painting Lex (2013), 30x30 inches, acrylic on canvas, will be featured in the Bailey House: Benefit Auction 2021 from March 11-26, 2021. I hope that you can support this worthy event to benefit the organization's AIDS charities.

Monday, March 2, 2020


My painting Derek will be on view at the Bailey House Gala & Auction on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Chelsea Piers. Please drop by if you can and support a worthy cause!

Derek (2009)
Oil on canvas, 30x30 inches
Bailey House Gala & Auction 
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers
New York City

Friday, January 3, 2020

Postcards From the Edge

My watercolor postcard "Male Torso 15" will be a part of this year's Visual Aids benefit starting tonight through Sunday at the Bortolami Gallery in Tribeca, NYC. I hope you can drop by and support this worthy cause!

Male Torso 15 (2017)
Watercolor on paper, 4x6 inches
22nd Annual Postcards From the Edge
Bortolami Gallery
39 Walker Street, Tribeca, NYC
Jan. 3-5, 2020

Postcards From the Edge offers a rare opportunity to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork from internationally renowned and emerging artists for only $85 each. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, over 1500 works are exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who's just making their debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love!

Friday, January 3rd, 5-8pm
VIP Preview begins at 5pm - $100 admission includes two raffle tickets
(payable at the door or online)
Artist Preview 6-8pm - Participating Artists - FREE*
(no need to RSVP - artists' name held at the door)

Saturday, January 4th, 10am-6pm
Sunday, January 5th, 12noon-4pm
Benefit Sale is first-come, first served. $5 suggested admission. Works are signed on the back and displayed anonymously. Artist's name revealed only after purchase. Cash, check or credit card (MC VISA AMEX) accepted.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Recent paintings

It's been a year since I returned to the Art Students League with Dan Gheno. I've been doing smaller head studies (as opposed to larger paintings at the National Academy and 92nd Street Y) and it's been fun trying out new compositions, colors, and expressions.

My medium is still acrylic on small canvas panels or gesso boards. I like the immediacy of acrylic as well as its ease of layering and vivid tones. I love oil as well, but its drying time is too slow for me (for my current methods anyway).

Class resumes on Saturday, September 7. I'm looking forward to some solo projects (yet to be determined) during my break.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Recent paintings

I'm now at the Art Students League in Dan Gheno's Saturday morning class. It's great to be back to where I started 18 years ago (I signed up after seeing the film Pollock with Ed Harris). Here are some recent paintings, all head studies in acrylic.

Johnny, 11 x 14 inches

Patrick, 11 x 14 inches

Andy, 12 x 16 inches

Ellie, 12 x 12 inches

Regina, 11 x 14 inches

Monday, June 4, 2018

Four Freedoms

I'm pleased to announce an exhibit in Seneca Falls, NY, featuring reinterpretations of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms by Louis Ebarb, Tina So, Chifung Wong, Lorraine Brooks, and me.
Revisiting FDR's Four Freedoms
Women's Rights National Historical Park
Seneca Falls, NY
May 5 to June 30, 2018
Here's a Q&A submitted in preparation for an upcoming article by Anita Chan in The Still Point Arts Quarterly:

Why did you accept Mr. Ebarb's invitation to join this project which is purely noncommercial in nature?

I wanted to interpret the Four Freedoms from a different point of view from Norman Rockwell, i.e. non-male, non-white, non-narrative, and based on historical figures.

Was this the first time you have used art as a means of expressing a personal belief or some abstract concepts?

No, I recently did a text-based portrait of a Latino-American, inspired by Barbara Kruger and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The experience was empowering and exhilirating, and I wanted to experience that again with Four Freedoms but using a different technique.

What was the biggest artistic challenge for you?

This project had several challenges, all of which diverged from my customary art practice:
  • working with a new medium (acrylic on plexiglass)
  • working from photographs (I normally use live models)
  • working in a series (rather than stand-alone paintings)
  • working with a restricted palette (i.e. black and white portraits against a solid color background)
  • working on a small scale (12x12 inches)

Do you think the project will bring anything new to your art works, e.g. in terms of subject, medium, and style?

I was able to practice using photographs as references for portraits, and also learned about plexiglass as support. The project made me aware of my ability to make a political statement through simple images.

Do you have any experience that makes the Four Freedoms concept particularly relevant to you personally, for example, have you encountered anything or anyone that makes you believe that these Four Freedoms are important?

The Trump administration actively suppresses all four freedoms among those who do not conform to its populist agenda. The Four Freedoms concept is relevant to everyone around the world today.

Tell us something about the thinking behind your 4 art works, e.g. how you chose your subjects, medium, and style. Why you think they could effectively express your idea about the 4 Freedoms.

My idea was to celebrate four women who embody the four freedoms: Oprah Winfrey, philanthropist and entrepreneur (Freedom from Want), Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Freedom of Worship), Angela Davis, radical feminist (Freedom of Speech), and Rosa Parks, civil rights activist (Freedom from Fear).

My composition was inspired by the graphic art of the 1960s, particularly record album covers - I've always admired the immediacy and simplicity of of this style. I used plexiglass supports because of its deep, rich colors and reflective surfaces, which would bring the viewer's image into the visual experience.

In my design, I also wanted to acknowledge contemporary African-American painters who use photo based portraiture and saturated colors to communicate larger social, cultural, and political ideas, particularly Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Njideka Akunyili, Barclay Hendrix, and Mickalene Thomas.

What do you hope to achieve with your art works in this project?

I hope to evolve into a more photo-based style that reflects current trends in the artworld. I also hope to communicate that Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms belong to everyone, not just the white middle-class.

What do you hope this project would achieve?

I hope that this project will encourage viewers to take affirmative steps to protect their freedoms in the current political climate.