Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rue Dauphine - Parisian night scene -

Rue Dauphine-
corner of Cafe Conti-
80x80cm oil on canvas -

I've been too busy to blog.  Painting 80 small works and 15 large to medium size paintings for  upcoming dedicace 3 October in Lille at Carre d'artistes.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Tiger scupltures on Auction

Yesterday the ten tigers went up for auction. 
In this article they chatted up yours truely along with Ara Starck, daughter of Philip Starck. My head is exploding.

No doubts on gender.

Friday, 22 May 2015

New work in Progress

I've been so busy with new work and writing.  Blogging was on the back burner.
Also I'm plannning a new website where my writing blog and painting blog can be incorporated.  It's time for a change.  Writing is overtaking my passion for painting.

Thanks to the gallery Carré d'artistes I am developing a new series.  Children.  This painting is 80x80 cm and will be in the October show in Lille.  Time to bust my butt.  I need 80 small works and 15 larger.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Another Parisian night scene

 -UGC Mabillon-
 oil on canvas

These classy neon signs in Paris are disappearing.  One cinema I painted a few years ago was La Bretagne.  Its ornate neon is now a giant white sign with boring red letters.  It's a Gaumont now.
Contemporary realism, urban changlings.

Monday, 30 March 2015

The story of the Tigre l'Heure Bleue

It took me 36 hours to paint this 3 meter long resin sculpture.  I travelled to Metz two different weekends, painted from 10am to midnight Saturday, all day Sunday and Monday morning. A ginormous suitcase filled with cans of acrylic paint accompanied me and lost a wheel.  Losing the wheel was a drag.

This is a boring video in real time.  Know what it's like to sit and paint for hours.

See the bus on the left.  The background noise was a fan. You can see the tiger is male.

When Sarah Hasch, director of the gallery  In3Arts and owner of Sarah Hasch Fine Art, phoned me to ask if I would consider painting one of the 10 sculptures for the Exhibition I didn't hesitate one second.  I've always wanted to paint one of those cows.  But a tiger? Forget the cow.

The directors of TCRM-Blida offered ma a space.  I worked next artist Sarah Tuelet.  Here is an article in Le Républican Lorraine with a photo with Sarah Hasch and she.  The TCRM-Bilda was Metz's city bus depot, now a collective atelier for selected creators.  Artists are alloted spaces free of charge. One Saturday I listened to a rock band practising for what sounded like a performance.  Lots of cute guys walked by.  The Blida is dusty because two carpenters create all kinds of things including that chair which gave me splinters . The carpenters circular saws scream and belch out sawdust.  Dust is abrasive.

Metz is a beautiful town that takes care of its artists.  It is the center of the second Pompidou center.  Metz hosts the magnificent Saint Stephen a cathedral whose nave is one of the tallest in the world.  Chagall's stained glass windows beautify a chapel close to the northern transept.
The ten tigres will be exhibited in the place de la gare of Metz 8-12 April then sold on auction June 5th, 2015 at the Zoo d'Amneville.  Proceeds from the sale of the painted sculptures will go to saving tigres in the wild.

I had a vague idea of what I was gonig to paint.  The Blue Hour, but which images.  The two sides of the tiger are different images of boulevard de Montparnasse in Paris.  I hated the painting for the first two days then stepped back to observe it and thought, "Children will love this."  Before this clue moment I was ready bag it and go home.

The painting developed into the idea that the tiger is a silver animal stealing through the streets at night. (The feet and legs and uderside are silver.)   He throws on his cloak to disguise himself, blend in and hunt his night prey.  The French saying "l'heure bleue entre chien et loup" brings sense to my idea.  The blue hour: when dogs retire and wolves come out. Sarah Hasch and I decided on the title l'Heure Bleue because it fits with my series the Parisian Blue Hour.

Monday, 16 March 2015

painting process- a Parisian Terrasse and Tabac --

I can' t believe it's been over a month I've not posted a new painting.  After seeing my agent and speaking with a few galleries the consensus full colour night scenes.  The Heure Blue series continues.  This Tabac night scene is in the works.  I love how the tree canopy reflects the red light from the red spiral carrotte.

The spiral neon carrottes that indicate Tabac shops are disappearing.  Many of the paintings I've done in the Parisian series are now testimonials of what how the city has changed in the last eight years. 

Only high quality paints can get you these colours.  Knowledge of mixing colours is a must.  Cadmium red mixed with ivory black or phtalo green for darker reds. Golden ochre, or cadmium orange and quinacridone for lighter reds.  Now white, please!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Art Fair art3F Metz

This weekend my paintings will be presented by Sarah Hasch - Fine Arts at the Art Fair: art3F Metz.  
Metz is close to Luxembourg and home of a Pompidou Center.
Here is one of my paintings that will be in Sarah Hasch's stand:

This was a plate of fries at the Double T Diner in Frederick Maryland.  I love the abstraction.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Hop On London

- 80x80cm -
- oil on canvas -

Another painting in the show that opens Wednesday 21 January 2015 at Carre d'Artistes grand format gallery l'Expo on rue Saint André des Arts, 75006 Paris.
I feel lucky to have been selected among the 600 artists of Carre d'Artistes for an exhibition in their prestigious Parisian gallery.  
note to all those artists who think Carre d'Artistes is an easy gallery who takes just anyone, you are wrong.  They are exigent, they expect the best and are quite selective.  I've worked my hiney off since mid November for this exhibition and I only hope my paintings will be up to par.  Thursday I finished this last one and Friday I felt like I do after finishing paintings for every show, clueless, what next.  I just wanted a day off but that doesn't exist in the life of the creative self employed.

The show starts Wednesday and will run until April.  I don't yet have a date for an inauguration but I will keep you informed when it may be.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Rue Monge Blue Hour -

-Rue Monge -
-80x80 cm-
-oil on canvas-

Rue Monge corner of Avenue de Gobelins, close to the Starbucks.  This painting makes me think of the book Maze Runner.  Because that is what I listened to while painting it.

It will be part of my upcoming show that opens in Saint Germain des Prés the gallery district in Paris's 6th Arrondissement. To be announced very, very soon.