Excited to share that my article, "Art in the New Political Age: Part I," will be part of the December 2017 issue of Artists on Art Magazine! In the first of this two-part series, I discuss how political and social issues have become more important in my own work. The centerpiece of the article, however, are my interviews with two figurative artists I deeply admire, about how the current political climate affects their creative process: fabric artist Alice Beasley and fellow cut-paper artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez. I look forward to sharing Part II with you next year!
Super excited to be joining with Sadie Valeri Atelier to teach at Sadie's beautiful San Francisco studio this summer! Starting in July, I will be teaching two 6 week classes, Drawing for Beginners and Introduction to Watercolor, on Sundays. Starting in September, we will be adding the 6 week Sunday class Teen Portfolio Prep to the mix. Click through to check out the course descriptions and to register, and spread the word to your Bay Area friends!
Thrilled to take part of this remarkable silverpoint exhibition, curated by my girl Lauren Amalia Redding. Any folks on the east coast should definitely make time to see this gem (and post photos online for us newly minted California girls!):
"In an age of ever-increasing automation, many artists are exploring this complex and challenging medium which was often employed by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. This exhibition presents a survey of silverpoint drawings made by a diverse array of representational artists. Some artists use the medium exclusively, some occasionally, and some experimentally. All are united by a strong commitment to skill and draughtsmanship, yet some employ silverpoint unconventionally: amongst figurative drawings, there are cut-paper pieces, antique lockets, cloudscapes, and the chronicling of Latino and Middle Eastern cultural experiences."
Featured artists: Dennis Angel, James Xavier Barbour, Lisa Bartolozzi, Noah Buchanan, Lauren Caldarola, Sherry Camhy, Harvey Citron, Casey Concelmo, Jeannine Cook, Diana Corvelle, Steven DaLuz, Randall DiGiuseppe, Lori Field, Evan Kitson, Sam Knecht, Aimi Li, Shanga Manning, Tom Mazzullo, Mary Anne McCarthy, Walter Meigs (1918-1988, courtesy Harmon-Meek Gallery), Lauren Amalia Redding, Raphael Sassi, Edward Schmidt, Laura Shechter, Ben Shechter (1940-2016, courtesy Laura Shechter), Dan Thompson, Cheryl Wheat, and Joseph Ventura.
Argentum: Contemporary Silverpoint runs from April 28th - May 12th, 2017 at Marbury NYC, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 29th, from 6:00-9:00 PM. A silverpoint workshop instructed by Lauren Amalia Redding will be held at Marbury NYC the weekend of May 6th and 7th, 2017. An exhibition catalogue with a foreword by Susan Schwalb, the foremost metalpoint artist working today, will be available as print-on-demand and an eBook. Marbury NYC is open by appointment only or during drawing sessions and is located at 26 Gramercy Park South, Suite 9G in Manhattan.
Artists have long created works based on the observations of what they see. I am interested in sharing representational works that look beneath the realities of the surface and reveal a greater, hidden significance. These artists will be peering at the mercurial boundary between the known and the unknown. It is in this space between, that the vibration of life, of existence cannot be seen but can be felt. How do you represent what you cannot see? How do you paint, draw or sculpt thought or emotion, the human spirit or the supernatural? - Alia El-Bermani
Alia El-Bermani's curatorial project Sight Unseen will be featured both in print through Didi Menendez's PoetsArtists Magazine and at Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorodo, opening later this month. The project features the work of over 80 artists, and I am thrilled to participate among so many wonderful friends!
Participating artists: Mark Adams, Meg Aiken, Daliah Ammar, Anna Rose Bain, Adrian Baker, Debra Balchen, Alla Bartoshchuk, Mia Bergeron, Melinda Borysevicz, Kate Bradley, Linda Tracey Brandon, August Burns, Ali Cavanaugh, Stephen Cefalo, Matthew Cherry, Mary Chiaramonte, Lea Ciceraro, Erica Elan Ciganek, Aaron Coberly, Scott Conary, Rachel Constantine, Ellen Cooper, Diana Corvelle, Anthony Cramer, Angela Cunningham, J. Adam Davis, Stephanie Deshpande, Ellen Eagle, Averi Endow, Kiki Farish, Diane Feissel, Zoey Frank, Santiago Galeas, Christopher Gallego, Sergio Gomez, Amanda Greive, Brett Harvey, Catherine Haverkamp, Nancy Hollinghurst, Felice House, Jason John, Eric Johnson, Karen Kaapcke, Andrea Kemp, Stanka Kordic, Maria Kreyn, Francien Krieg, Megan Larmie, Shana Levenson, Amber Lia-Kloppel, Diana Lomeihing, Carlos Lopez, Julie Madelmont, John McLeod, Michael Meadors, Edward Minoff, Iliya Mirochnik, Paul Mordetsky, Karen Offutt, Elizabeth Claire Ospina, Tatyana Ostapenko, Judith Peck, Joyce Polance, Alicia N. Ponzio, Serena Potter, Catherine Prescott, Richard Price, Manu Saluja, Marc Scheff, Christy Schwathe, David Shevlino, Cynthia Sitton, Alexander Soukas, Geoffrey Stein, Ann Moeller Steverson, Judy Takacs, Matt Talbert, Stefani Tewes, Lauren Tilden, Alexandra Tyng, Michael Van Zeyl, Melinda Whitmore and Elizabeth Zanzinger.
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I saved my ballot stubs from the 2016 election because I thought we would make history by finally electing our nation's first female president. We did not. So instead I chose to paint myself and three friends on my four ballot stubs, each of us pictured holding messages for the incoming administration. The ballot stub paintings are meant to act as a visual receipt symbolizing the four years of fierce and united opposition #45 has bought with his sexist and bigoted campaign.
My ballot paintings will be among hundreds of small works in two bi-coastal shows of the same name, Nasty Women. The original New York exhibition at the Knockdown Center in Queens opens on Jan. 12th from 7-10pm and has already garnered press from The Creator's Project (VICE), Huffington Post, Observer, Brokelyn, Papermag, amNY and Brooklyn Magazine. The sister Nasty Women exhibition I will also be participating in opens on Jan. 21st from 2-8pm at Helmuth Projects in San Diego, California. All proceeds from sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
Not all November surprises this year were welcome, but I was thrilled to discover that DiDi Menendez included me on her list of 100 Painters in Poets and Artists earlier this month. The women on her list are some of my personal art heroes, and I am thankful to have been included among them. Hoping everyone can find something to feel grateful for this week, and a happy Thanksgiving to all!
As most of my friends and traveling companions know, I have a fairly consistent habit of interrupting an otherwise productive museum visit or hike with a sketchbook stop. Most of my gouache paintings are very detailed and take countless hours to create, so these quick on-site sketches are comparatively fast, rewarding and fun. My Instagram feed is brimming with these little sketches, and I was thrilled to discover that Odette Carrasquedo had written a blog post about my sketchbook adventures on the art & design website Design Faves. Thanks for sharing my work Odette, and thanks Design Faves! Looking forward to dragging my sketchbook along for some California adventures soon.
POINT OF ORIGIN curated by Dina Brodsky & Trek Lexington
October 13, 2016 - November 13, 2016
Opening reception Thursday October 13th, 7-9pm
131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Artists: Liz Adams-Jones, James Adelman, Steven Assael, Luis Borrero, Diana Corvelle, Benjamin Craig, Cara DeAngelis, Daniel Doubrovkine, Christian Fagerlund, Julien Gardair, Angela Gram, Nick Gebhart, Alonsa Guevara, Joshua Henderson, Justin Hopkins, Caitlin Hurd, Kieran Ingram, John Jacobsmeyer, Yunsung Jang, Marshall Jones, Alex Kanevsky, Kit King, Evan Kitson, Maria Kreyn, Shawn Krueger, Brad Kunkle, Amber Lia-Kloppel, Tim Lowly, Daniel Maidman, Brian Mashburn, Anna Mogilevsky, Tun Myaing, Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, Oda Popp, Kim Power, James Raczkowski, Matt Rota, Nicolas Sanchez, Denis Sarazhin, Victoria Selbach, Joshua Suda, Maria Teicher, Emilio Villalba, Melanie Vote, John Wellington, Timothy Wilson and Miles Yoshida
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My teeniest locket portraits to date! This little gouache pair celebrates the wedding anniversary of my wonderful artist friend (and fellow RISD/New York Academy of Art alumnus) Emily Slapin-Lufkin. Here's to many more happy years of marriage for Emily and her loving partner!
Greetings, friends! Please join me this Thursday, September 17th, for the opening reception of Dacia Gallery's Five Year Anniversary Group Exhibition. I am excited to be showing alongside wonderful artist friends like Erin Anderson, Janet Cook, Daniel Maidman, Victoria Selbach and Patricia Watwood. I hope to see you there!
A belated welcome to my newest little cousin, Elizabeth Kay! I painted this portrait of her first day at the hospital. Now at three months, Elizabeth is already an accomplished sailor, and her hobbies include napping often and painting on pottery. Welcome to the family, Elizabeth!
Honored to be a part of two unique exhibitions this month, curated by the wonderful artists Patricia Watwood and Maya Brodsky. Special thanks to Jeffrey Carlson of Fine Art Connoisseur for his piece Figures in Blue and Daniel Maidman of the Huffington Post for his piece Dispatch From the Figurative Arts, both thoughtful reviews of "Blue Drawings: Figure, Form & The New Narrative".
Painted this new locket miniature to celebrate the birth of my dear friend's first child, little Evan George. He is a beautiful miracle and already so loved. Congratulations, new parents Mem and Mark!
Excited to be a part of this upcoming exhibition of contemporary realism at Ann Street Gallery, curated by Virginia Walsh. Fellow New York Academy of Art alumni Alaina Plowdrey and Cara DeAngelis will be showing in the exhibiting as well, happily making 2015 two-for-two so far with working and showing alongside Alaina and Cara ... Anyone planning a trip to the Hudson Valley or Dia Beacon should make a day of it and swing by charming Newburgh to check it out!
Artists featured in the exhibit include: Craig Blietz, Kevork Cholakian, Diana Corvelle, Ryan Michiels, Dora C. Natella, Elisabeth Nickles, Patricia Parker, Alaina Plowdrey, Jason John, Jeremy Plunkett, Rachel Rickert, Jamie Bates Slone, Cory Spraker, Pol Turgeon and Jennifer Young.
The exhibition is on view through Saturday, May 2, 2015. The gallery is located at 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY.
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My sister and I have an amazing tradition of exchanging hand-crafted gifts for birthdays, so for her birthday this year I painted the smallest locket piece I have attempted thus far - a half inch pet portrait of her beloved cat Lovey. Lovey is sadly no longer with us, but it is my hope that my sister can feel Lovey with her whenever she wears her Lovey Locket. We miss you Lovey!
Thanks to my artist/gallerist friend Elizabeth Misitano, I was able to work on a few more Liu Bolin projects through Klein Sun Gallery last year. This particular project involved painting on Liu Bolin at the Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room, as part of his "Hiding in the City" photo series. Teaming up with fellow New York Academy of Art alumni Mei Ge and Buket Savci, we camouflaged Liu Bolin into his surroundings using acrylic paint and a little Vaseline. It was some serious fast-paced work, but very fun!
Yesterday I got a sneak peak of the gloriously diverse exhibition "Hot Dry Men / Cold Wet Women" that opens tomorrow at Mark Miller Gallery, curated by my multi-talented friend Cara DeAngelis. New York friends, come check out this surprising and wonderful show! And many thanks to Lori Zimmer at Art Nerd New York for featuring my work in her write-up about the exhibition. See everyone Friday!
It was a pleasure to spend a rainy Sunday sharing Love It, Locket, Leave It with friends and coffee this past weekend at Island Weiss Gallery! For those who could not attend, I provided context for appreciating the exquisite lockets on display and shared some of the courageous stories behind the works. In the final days of the exhibition, I want to congratulate all the exhibiting artists for stepping outside of their regular studio practice to create such personal and precious small works for this project. Love It, Locket, Leave It artists, I take my hat off to you!
2014 came to a close with the wonderful news that my most recent piece, Cornerstone, was selected by artist and writer John Seed for "Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014," his ongoing HuffingtonPost Arts & Culture blog. It was a delight to be featured alongside some of my personal favorites, like portrait artist David Kassan, and to read John's thoughts on each of the selected paintings. Happy 2015 everyone!
"Translate emotion into object. Broadcast the personal. Distill love and loss. Much and more is asked of artists, and they deliver in spades. Their innermost workings are made flesh through their hands, presented as an extension of themselves, and the viewer is transported. For this exhibition, emerging and established artists step outside of their regular studio practice to investigate the space where large emotional content meets a small container – the locket.
Love It, Locket, Leave It pays homage to the centuries-old custom of devotional and mourning jewelry by inviting contemporary artists to condense their most overwhelming experiences – those of love and loss – into poignant mementos of adoration or lament. By sealing the relics of personal relationships and powerful emotions into a locket, this exhibition gives artists a rare opportunity for both creative expression and release – a chance to love it, locket and leave it."
Participating artists: Steven Assael, Melissa Basham, Julie Elizabeth Brady, Heidi Brant, Dina Brodsky, Diana Corvelle, Mark Dassoulas, Cara DeAngelis, Michelle Doll, Peter Drake, Heidi Elbers, Steve Forster, Stephen Hannock, Katie Hemmer, John Jacobsmeyer & Katrina Balling, Zoe Sua Kay, James Linkous, Benjamin Martins, Elizabeth Misitano, Alyssa Monks, Tun Myaing, Guno Park, Lauren Amalia Redding, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Jesse Stern, Maud Taber-Thomas, Maria Teicher, Greg Tomezsko and Patricia Watwood
Open House: Saturday, December 13th 2014 from 12-5pm at Island Weiss Gallery in New York