Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Photography 3

Here are some random pics from my walkabouts in New York City.  Like my first and second photography posts, these test shots are about abstraction, color, and value, rather than narrative.

I used my iPhone 6 plus rather than a professional camera. I will be uploading more pictures here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blue Doodle

I've always considered bartering artworks with one of the many talented painters on Twitter but never acted on that idea until a few weeks ago when Marian Young, a Bridport UK artist, graciously agreed to trade pieces with me.

Marian sent me her Blue Doodle in exchange for a similarly sized portrait study, Monica. Blue Doodle is a delicately hued mixed media piece imbued with calligraphic markings that echo the works of Paul Klee, Cy Twombly, and Mark Tobey.

The painting has such a lyrical, meditative quality, and I derive much pleasure from having it in on my desk. It's quite exciting to exchange works with another Twitter artist and I hope that similar opportunities will come my way again soon.

Thanks again Marian for your wonderful painting.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

2015 Year End Exhibition

My painting Pedro will be part of the National Academy's 2015 Year End Exhibition from June 4 to July 12, 2015.

Please join us for the reception tonight, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, which will coincide with the opening of The Annual at the adjacent National Academy Museum.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Creative Mischief 2015

One of my paintings "John 2" will be featured in Creative Mischief, on view at the National Academy from May 16-24, 2015.

I hope to see you at the reception tonight at 1083 5th Ave. (between 89th and 90th St.), New York, NY, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

From the website:
The National Academy Museum & School’s fourth annual Creative Mischief exhibition will embrace more artists, a wider range of media, and more space on the calendar than ever before. On view May 16-24 (including May 18-19, when the Museum is normally closed), the constant in Creative Mischief will be the energy that epitomizes this showcase for the latest work by National Academy School students and faculty. Works from more than 170 artists will take over every gallery in the storied institution’s Fifth Ave. mansion home, as well as the Academy School galleries. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. However, for Creative Mischief, a sense of waywardness is required. 
Creative Mischief will represent the broad spectrum of artistic disciplines taught and studied at the National Academy School: abstract paintings and figurative works, site-specific installations, sculptures, prints, photographs and cyanotypes, as well as video and animation. Creative Mischief is a juried show, emblematic of the quality of the work and the artistic vision that went into its creation. 
“In just four years, Creative Mischief has become the heart of our School,” said National Academy Director Carmine Branagan. “The year-round vibrancy that characterizes the National Academy School reaches its zenith with Creative Mischief, as does the camaraderie and overall collaborative spirit of our student artists. The enthusiasm is infectious, for all of us on the staff and all who visit the exhibition.” 
Created by Academy School Director Maurizio Pellegrin, Creative Mischief began in 2012 as a one-day exhibition, in one small gallery in the school. A one-day exhibit in 2013, it moved to one gallery in the National Academy Museum. Last year, Creative Mischief became a three-day event, with more Museum gallery space devoted to it. This year the nine-day run of Creative Mischief virtually consumes the architectural gem that is the National Academy, top to bottom. 
“Our students and faculty all look forward to Creative Mischief,” said Pellegrin. “Those chosen to exhibit in this exhibition are all doing serious work, and take a thoroughly professional approach to the art. But for this show, there is more than a little mischief involved as well.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing

My National Academy teacher Dan Gheno has published a new book, Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing, a collection of his articles from American Artist, Drawing Magazine, and other publications.

Dan has been a great instructor and has always emphasized anatomy and structural integrity over any expressionist considerations in my own paintings. His book would be a fine addition to any figurative artist's library.

Check out the preview here. The book will be published in a few weeks and advance purchases are now available on Amazon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Kinsey Art

Thank you Neil Kinsey Fagan for your blog post and video featuring some of my paintings. I am truly honored and humbled by your kind words :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


One of my paintings, "Brian 3," will be included in Gray’s Art Gallery's FLUX exhibition in London this week.

This is the first group show curated by Lisa Gray whose Palette Pages site has been a tremendous resource for emerging and mid-career artists around the world. I do hope that you'll drop by if you're in London over the next few days.


FLUX at the Rag Factory
16-18 Heneage Street
London E1 5LJ
February 18-22, 2015