Lucian Freud’s Hotel Bedroom & A Couple Portraits

Hotel Bedroom – 1954

Kind of a quick post today, but I thought I’d upload some of the pictures I’ve been looking at. I’m not especially drawn to Lucian Freud‘s work, although I do like a lot of it, especially from the 40s and 50s. There is a certain distorted realism in many of his pictures that I keep thinking about, and the Hotel Bedroom above and the portraits below are great examples. I don’t know what I feel about these, but they do keep me looking.

Girl in a Dark Dress – 1951

Girl in a Dark Jacket – 1947

Picasso’s Three Women at the Fountain

Three Women at the Fountain

We haven’t see any Picasso here for a little while so I figure it is a good time to change that.

The picture “Three Women at the Fountain” above is a pretty good representation of Picasso’s return to classicism and classical themes in the 1920s. The painting is also true to the styles he had been experimenting before then as well. I think it is that mixture that I like so much here. That is, very developed areas of the image sitting over very loose and flat earth-tones.

Drown with Jason de Claires Taylor

The work of Jason de Claires Taylor has been making the rounds on the world wide web, and with good reason. His sculptures entrance, and I want some pictures of them here on ArtDuh.

I’ve get completely geeked out when I hear of some sculpture or ancient treasure pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. I love history, especially from the ancient world. I love to see ancient artifacts! Even though Taylor’s work is very modern, I still get that sense of time. It feels like I’m watching as nature swallows up whole civilizations.

Rather than pollute this post with too many words, I’ll just show some pictures. Hope you enjoy looking as much as I do.

Ithell Colquhoun – Splendidior Vitro

I’ve always been drawn to Surrealist artwork. For me, there is something very powerful behind the spontaneous and often strange symbols. This week I’ve found myself looking at the work of British artist Ithell Colquhoun.

Colquhoun was born in India, but her parents moved back to England when she was a child. She studied painting at the Slade School of Art in London and traveled quite a bit through the Mediterranean countries after graduating, painting a number of fine watercolors of flowers and the countryside. She eventually returned back to England, briefly joined the Surrealist group that was active there, only to be kicked out in 1940 for her independent streak and refusal to give up her occult studies. This is strange to me, because surrealism always celebrated individuality and occult knowledge. But the leadership in the movement did become territorial and dictatorial as it evolved.

Colquhoun liked using the double image technique, allowing multiple interpretations for the same picture. She also experimented with decalcomania and other forms of automatism, using various methods of applying paint randomly to her canvas or paper and then interpreting the resulting stains and marks.

In addition to painting, Colquhoun was also a poet, novelist, and practicing magician. She regarded all these activities as intimately related to each other, presenting different ways of  understand nature. For much of her adult life she lived and worked in Cornwall, drawn by a sense of connectedness with the landscape and with the local myths and traditions. | Tarot | Richard-shillitoe | Ithell Colquhoun


Utah Arts Alliance: Connect

Guest Speaker: Sheryl Gillian

Executive director of Art Access, Sheryl Gillian is a receipient of national recognition for her publication “Desert Wanderings.” She will discuss the do’s and don’ts of submitting art work to galleries. Sheryl will be speaking for approx. 15 minutes, at 8:00pm.

7:oo – 9:oopm
Utah Arts Alliance
663 west 100 south

Bring up to 3 pieces of your own art.
All submitting artists receive feedback for their work.

AMF Artwork

I wrote last Sunday about how I was participating in Art Meets Fashion, and now that the work has been on display up at Red Butte, I want to post it here on ArtDuh too.

The theme of the show was Metamorphosis. I suppose that in the end, my piece simply shows a woman sitting in a field of blue. But, for me at least, there is a more going on too. I don’t usually like to talk about what a piece means to me, or what I see in my own work. I’d rather see and hear how other people react. But I was asked a few questions about my new artwork before the show, and so I thought I’d post my answers to those questions here as well.

Q: How did you interpret the theme of Metamorphosis?
Creating artwork always involves metamorphosis. I fill a blank piece of paper up with marks and colors, trying to give it meaning. Adding one new color or line can change the way we understand the overall piece. I am interested in breaking the subject down into simple form and color, and then rebuilding it. My small act of creation is a reflection of the larger world. Our world, the whole universe and everything in it, is constantly evolving and changing. We move through time, are shaped by it, and we mark times passage with our lives.
Q: Is there specific symbolism in your piece?
I see the browns and yellows as the physical body, or the earth, and the surrounding blues of my piece is the sky. Or maybe its the blue aether of intelligence, that mysterious substance that binds everything together. Mind falls into the physical world, takes a look around, and lives a life.
Q: How did the theme challenge you artistically?
The concept allowed me to actually sit down, consider some recurring thoughts, and represent them visually. It is always a challenge to take a personal abstract thought or concept and put it down on paper.
Q: Do you have a personal philosophy that emerged during this process?​
Like a lot of people, I wonder “What moved and brought the world into being? How did mind and spirit emerge from matter? And how does the individual person fit in with the rest of creation?” Regardless of how you see things, it’s incredible that any of us are here at all. Its amazing we are alive and able to seek meaning, gain a little understanding, and that our brain can manipulate and change the physical (and maybe spiritual) world.

You can purchase a high quality canvas print of this artwork by clicking this here link

“Dag” Gentry Is Back on

Our friend Daniel “Dag” Gentry is heading back to Originally formed back in 2008, the station has gone through a few different headquarters and a number of shake-ups over the years. Dag left about a year and a half ago, but the truth is, I’ve always known him to be passionate about broadcasting, UtahFM, and the local music and art community. It is great to see him back at the station!

Dag’s first show back will be this Thursday, September 6th from 3 to 6 p.m. He has a number of guests scheduled to appear on the show, including Salt Lake Film Festival director Scott Whiticker,  Music Makes Music coming into the studio a little later month, and more guests lining up all the time. Dag’s guests and the music he plays are sure to keep you listening, so be sure to check out his show.