Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Louis Ebarb at Heights Cafe, Brooklyn

My friend Louis Ebarb is exhibiting some paintings at the Heights Cafe in Brooklyn Heights.

Louis was born in Brooklyn, studied at Pratt Institute, and paints scenes of daily life in Brooklyn in a realist style inspired by the Ashcan School.

Louis has exhibited at the Surmrit Gallery, Jersey City NJ, Fraga Gallery, New Orleans, LA, the Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn NY, the Temple Gallery, Vails Gate, NY; the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition's Pier Shows I, II and III and the State University of New York's Victory Arts Gallery, Saint Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, The New York Mercantile Exchange, New York Law School and many other venues.

Here are a few of his oil paintings on display at the Heights Cafe.I do hope you can see this wonderful show if you are in the neighborhood.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

John 5

I recently completed a portrait, John 5, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

I've painted John a few times before: 1, 2, 3, 4. This painting turned out to be fairly realistic with a restrained palette, though I did explore glitch and pixelation during my process.

Here are some progress shots over four 3-hour sessions:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dea 5

Here are some photos of Dea 5 installed in a collector's elegant home in the Upper West Side, New York City. I have written about the painting previously, and it remains one of my favorite pieces.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Amiel Weisfogel

My friend Amiel Weisfogel is showing a selection of his paintings at Rex in Hell's Kitchen, 864 10th Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets), New York City.

I hope you can drop by if you're in the neighborhood!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Crystal and Rosanna 2

I recently completed two paintings - Crystal and Rosanna 2 - both 30 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas.

These paintings have a decidedly pop feel with bright primary colors. I'm not sure why I went in this direction - there is glitch, for sure, but the 70s vibe is new to me. Lately, I've been looking at Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and Mickalene Thomas, so perhaps their hard-edged, and purely American, aesthetic made its way into these paintings.

Thanks for checking in and have a Happy 4th of July!


Rosanna 2

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gerhard Richter

Here's a video and a few photos from Gerhard Richter's recent show at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City. 

Such a dazzling exhibit - I never thought that his abstractions would work so well on a smaller scale. The colors were incredible and would be a valuable reference for any artist.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Creative Mischief 2016


My portrait Christophe 3 will be exhibited at the National Academy's annual Creative Mischief event starting tomorrow in NYC:

The 5th Annual Creative Mischief Exhibition
National Academy Museum
1083 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 19-29, 2016
Gallery Hours (for Creative Mischief only):
Monday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Christophe 3 was part of my series of larger than life-sized head studies (24 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas). I started the painting with skin tones but gradually covered it in red, in part because I wanted to try another monochrome like Raven 6, but in a different hue.

I hoped to achieve vibrance and push-pull dimensionality using variations on a single color. I used a warm red (orange) against a cool red (pink), with blue-gray shadows to anchor the lights. I also kept the brush strokes free and facial features loosely defined in order to preserve the abstract quality of the image.

It's a bit of a riff on Freud and Auerbach but in terms of contemporary portraiture, I was perhaps thinking of Cian McLoughlin, Edwige Fouvry, and Andrew Salgado.

I enjoyed painting Christophe 3, which ended up decidedly un-classical in technique and spirit. I'm happy that the National Academy chose it for its exhibition.

Here are some progress shots over four 3-hour sessions:


Here's a selection paintings from the second floor of the National Academy Museum on the last day of the Creative Mischief exhibit.

So sad this beautiful building, the former Huntington Mansion. will be sold after the show closes. It's the end of an era, but hopefully not the end of the National Academy School, founded in 1825 and among the most prominent art schools in the nation.