For the Times' style magazine, T, a series of paintings by Leanne Shapton of the weather: The paintings look a little untutored, as if it took the artist but a moment, but who knows and regardless, they still have a touching quality to me.
Yosemite Blog, as a sort of note to encourage us all to apply for the High Sierra Camp lottery, features the young artist/wilderness guide James McGrew, who has been going to these inexhaustible mountains since the age of four, and seems to have gained a pretty good understanding, as seen in his painting: This depictsContinue reading “The natural art of the High Sierra: James McGrew”
From a new equaintance, Steve Cook, a painting of Lake Mary. Irresistible.
Here's a great story on KCET's arts blog, about an exhibition at UC Riverside called Geographies of Detention. Title sounds heavily academic, but the paintings serve what may be art's highest purpose — to tell hard truths with sly beauty, as in this painting of Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, by Sandow Birk. WritesContinue reading “California’s “golden gulag” — prison thru a painter’s eye”
Lucian Freud, the greatest painter of our times, has passed on. In a profile of him in The Guardian a few years back, a writer compared him to the old masters, the likes of Titian or Velázquez, and noted: The sensuality of Freud is of chilly underheated studios, dirty rags, London. Exactly so. And thatContinue reading “The master of raw life: Lucian Freud”
Does this look like a photograph? It's not…it's a painting by Gregory Thielker, who this year completed a series of phenomenally accomplished from-the-front-seat paintings called Under the unminding sky. Thielker writes: These paintings beame a way to explore how driving in weather shifts and changes the views outside the car as well how the drivingContinue reading “How we see the world today — through the windshield”