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On the Verge: Kevin Peterson

8 Nov

You may have noticed that moving over the website didn’t happen yesterday.. things didn’t quite go as planned.  Working on it again today! 

In just a few days, I’ll be seeing my beautiful nieces for the first time in over a year.  They’ve gotten older and taller and I can tell from photos that they are on the brink of leaving childhood behind.  The work of Houston artist Kevin Peterson looks at that the journey out of childhood and into a fractured world.

Oil on panel, 27×34

Acrylic, metallic paint on panel, 36×36

As children, we’re so quick to want to grow up, we can’t wait to go on our first date, get our driver’s license, go off to college, be able to sit at the “grown-up table”.  But isn’t it amazing how swiftly we would go back to swing sets and school holidays, once we get a glimpse of the cynicism and cruelty of life among the full grown.

Bubbles, oil on panel, 27.5×31

Lovely, oil on panel with corrugated metal, 40×57

While entering adulthood has its carefree qualities ( hello, ice cream for dinner! ), there is a delicious freedom when you’re a kid that only grown-up children can recognize.

To see more of Kevin Peterson’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Dennis Ziemienski

29 May

There are certain galleries that I’ve found are treasure troves of artists whose work appeals to me.  Skidmore Contemporary in Los Angeles is one of my go-to galleries for fantastic contemporary realism.  So far, I’ve featured three of their artists and more to come.  Today’s Artist Watch feature on Escape Into Life is the latest Skidmore artist whose work captured me, Dennis Ziemienski.  So retro, so fresh, so California.

California Theatre by Dennis Ziemienski

Dennis Ziemienski on Escape Into Life

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Lee Price

24 Jan

My post this week on Escape Into Life features an incredibly amazing artist with a poignant story to tell.

Blueberry Pancakes II, oil on linen, 31x64

Don’t miss out on Lee Price’s work.

Lee Price on Escape Into Life

Good Enough To Eat: K. Henderson

26 Sep

Today’s artist is a painter whose collection of candied still lifes are so sweet, you’ll get a cavity just looking at them!  New Mexico artist K. Henderson creates fabulously graphic paintings of the sweetest treats.

Gumballs and Crystal, oil, 6x6 Liquorice All Sorts, oil, 24x18

Part of the appeal of these candy coated canvases is not just the subject matter ( who doesn’t love candy?! ), but the way the artist has juxtaposed the brightly colored sweets against a rich black background or graphic-pop black and white stripes.  Old fashioned candies appear fresh and modern.

Liquorice All Sorts, oil, 24x18

Any artist who can make licorice look delicious has my vote.  I mean doesn’t that look scrumptious?  And I normally hate licorice, but I think I might be persuaded by the pretty colors and textures.

Red Tootsie, oil, 8x10

Peanuts and Gumballs, oil, 24x18

To see  drool over more of K. Henderson’s work, please visit her website.

The featured image is A Kiss.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

Not Your Average Photo Realism: Leslie Parke

20 Sep

So there’s really nothing average about photo-realistic painting.  Being a lover of abstract work,  I usually find photo-realistic work to be, well, a little boring.  Yes, it takes tremendous skill and talent ( I certainly can’t do it ), yet something about it typically leaves me cold.  BUT not so when I saw the work of Leslie Parke!  Not only does she possess a spectacular name ( if spelled incorrectly *grin* ), she also has a fantastic way of presenting realistic work in a unique and interesting way.

China In The River, oil on linen, 20x28

For instance, China In The River ( above ) takes everyday objects and places them in an unusual circumstance.  China is floating in the river– how did it get there?  Shipwreck?  Flood?  The light glistens on the surface of the water and on the floating cups and saucers as they are carried downstream.

Janet's Shelf, oil on linen, 40x60

A collection of glassware becomes a box of sparkling jewels.  She finds the beauty in the thrown away and disgarded.

Not From Concentrate, oil on linen, 60x42

Please visit Leslie Parke’s website and Facebook page to see more of her work.  Her work will be on display at Gremillion and Co. Fine Arts in Houston, TX, November 10- December 10, 2011.  If you are in the area, check it out!

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