Matt Sesow in Australia – 19 Karen

matt sesow on gold coast

I’m just going to pretend that I haven’t stopped posting for a couple of months and continue on like all is normal. Actually it probably is normal for me to disappear for a couple of months ;-) Anyway, I was recently on holidays for a week on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and saw the DC artist Matt Sesow showing at the 19 Karen gallery at Mermaid Beach! His wife Dana Ellyn and the Italian artist Agostino Iacurci were also showing work.Continue Reading

John David Wissler Paints Italy

italian landscape paintings

Everywhere I look lately I seem to come across amazing landscape paintings. The landscapes I love the most are those that can’t be mistaken for anything other than a painting. If it looks like a photograph of a landscape it’s probably better off being a photograph. John David Wissler’s landscape paintings are wonderful little painterly gems. They’re the sort of work I want to have around me at the moment as I need as much calm and beauty as I can find. I can’t afford to buy a Wissler landscape but I have one as my computer desktop at the moment ;-) Continue Reading

Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner Interiors

edwin gardiner exhibition

Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner will be showing at The Q Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan, Australia. It’s two separate exhibitions by the artist. ‘Price of Oil’ looks at more environmental and political issues while ‘Presence and Absence’ looks at human spaces and interiors. So the politics may make you mad, but the welcoming interiors will give you a space to think and relax. Lets look at some of Edwin’s interiors..Continue Reading

Chris Langlois Landscapes at Olsen Irwin

seascape painting by chris langlois

Weather Systems by Chris Langlois opens at the Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney on the 20th of this month. I like his large realist works of the sea and clouds, they’re minimalist and make you ponder, just as the sea itself does. But I like his smaller, much looser landscape sketches much more. They’re so much more free and alive. I know which works would have been more fun to paint! Continue Reading

Scott Daniel Ellison Exhibition at ClampArt in New York

Scott Daniel Ellison paintings

The wonderfully quirky works of the painter Scott Daniel Ellison are showing at the ClampArt gallery in New York City. The paintings are weird, dark, mercurial, humorous, a little scary, and a lot awesome. I hadn’t heard of the artist before now, so I have been browsing the internet for his work and I’m a fan! Do click through to the gallery at the bottom of the post to see more works from the exhibition online.Continue Reading

No Exit for Palestinian Artist Khaled Jarrar

no exit at whitebox art center

The Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar’s exhibition at the Whitebox Art Center in New York opens in a few days time. He also has work showing at the Here and Elsewhere exhibition at the New Museum, which is a look at contemporary Arab art from around the world. He won’t be attending either exhibition as the racist overlords in Israel referred to him as garbage and refused to let him through to catch his plane. With how the belligerent criminal Israeli regime is behaving right now, the artist was probably lucky to walk away from his prison gate with his life.Continue Reading

Fiona Lowry Wins the Archibald Prize 2014

2014 archibald prize winner

Sydney artist Fiona Lowry has won the 2014 Archibald prize with her portrait of the architect Penelope Seidler. She has been hung in the Archibald twice previously and won the Doug Moran Prize in 2008. I don’t dislike the painting, but it’s definitely not the painting I would have picked to win. Just look at the paintings I picked, none of them won. Michael Johnson won the Wynne prize and Andrew Sullivan won the Sulman. Continue Reading

The 2014 Wynne, Sulman and Archibald Prizes in Australia

the archibald prize finalists

The Archibald Prize is probably the most well known art prize in Australia. The lamestream media will report on the portrait prize whether there’s a controversy or not, but selectors and judges will usually try to serve them up some controversy if at all possible. On at the same time as the Archibald is the Wynne prize for landscapes and the Sulman prize for genre/subject painting. It’s all a bit of a circus but it gets the regular tards talking about art, so it has to be a good thing ;-) Continue Reading

Hairy Vagina Censored

female nude painting censored

A tattooed, pipe smoking nude female flashing her manicured muff has been censored in London.. shock horror! The skeptic in me says “nothing like a bit of censorship to get the word out, for free” but the old conservative man in me says “tone down the come-hither look and nobody would have a problem with it” (just so we’re clear, I’m not old or conservative, I don’t sit in any boxes). People are trying to make it about the pubic hair or the strength exuded by the woman or whatever, but lets be honest, it’s about the come-screw-me look being shoved in front of kids.Continue Reading

John Moores Painting Prize 2014 – Shortlisted Artists

john moores painting prize winners

Five artists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 British art competition, the John Moores Painting Prize. The 5 artists are Rae Hicks, Juliette Losq, Mandy Payne, Alessandro Raho and Rose Wylie. Past winners of the prestigious art award include David Hockney in 1967, Mary Martin in 1969, Peter Doig in 1993 and Sarah Pickstone in 2012. Out of the 5 paintings shortlisted I would go with the Rae Hicks work.Continue Reading