Have you met…Farrell Brickhouse?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Farrell Brickhouse, and he was recommended to me by Julia Schwartz, and Ron Levin.

New World Types- Paradise 3  2013  oil on canvas.  20" x 20"

New World Types- Paradise 3
2013
oil on canvas.
20″ x 20″

“When I was around 8 years old I had a dream I was in a garden. I climbed this wall and realized that if I jumped over I would no longer have the protection and order of the garden and would be in the wilds. I jumped. It seems a life’s choice.Making Art is a way to share the totality of what I’ve seen, touched and what has touched me. I believe the making of a painting needs that moment of epiphany and a trace of how the imagery conveyed thru paint was discovered and experienced by the artist. Not a graphic notation of the language of experience but the mystery of it.For me art is a personal odyssey. A vehicle to carry me forward and find some deeper unity in what is happening in and around me. Art is a slow burn, working its gift on individuals. It is based on a life lived worked into a liquid space. I want my paintings to be a haunted living presence that reveals to the viewer passion, intellect, mystery and that changes with each day’s new light. My work is experiential, non-formulaic. Painting is a belief system that asks as Borges stated, “ a momentary act of faith that reality is inferred from events not reasonings. That theories are nothing but stimuli: that the finished work frequently ignores and even contradicts them.”One of arts chief functions is to resist the denaturing forces that are always present; those things that would take away our transcendent possibilities and turn us into stereotyped beings. For me Art is not the production of meaning but the providing of a genuine experience of what it is to be alive and in the world. Octavio Paz said that art turns the viewer into an artist. Great art is a freedom giver, offering one a sense of the breadth of one’s own possibilities, what may yet be accomplished.I continue to explore the range of subject matter my painting can encompass and have access to my own history with a renewed understanding of it’s original content and a deepening understanding of how these images can continue to speak for me in paint. As a mature artist I find I have this large vocabulary to draw from. Imagery found a decade ago is now available and malleable once again. I want to speak to everyday experiences, tell stories and paint about current events, this is so exciting.  In Art History I continue to see my concerns expressed in new artists and old ‘friends’ continue to offer new gifts. Painting is the wish and the prayer and the offering all in one. It is an act of faith just to pick up the brush.” FB

Young Narcissus- 2013, 14" x 11", o/c.

Young Narcissus- 2013, 14″ x 11″, o/c.

Born 1949 in New York City, NY

1970  Boston University, Tanglewood

1971  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME

1974   B.A., Queens College, Flushing, NY

1980   Creative Artists Public Service (C.A.P.S.) Grant, NY

& National Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant

1983   National Endowment for the Arts

2000   Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2006   COAHSI Exhibiting Artist Award, Staten Island, NY

Summer Start- 2013, Approx. 12" x 16", oil on canvas. Part of the SVA Waste Paint Series, 9/12 > 6/13.

Summer Start- 2013, Approx. 12″ x 16″, oil on canvas. Part of the SVA Waste Paint Series, 9/12 > 6/13.

Other material relating to Farrell Brickhouse.

Artist website: Farrell Brickhouse.

Studio Critical: Farrell Brickhouse.

FIGURE/GROUND COMMUNICATION: Farrell Brickhouse.

ArtSlant: Farrell Brickhouse.

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Have you met…Krista Svalbonas?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Krista Svalbonas.

TRANSPARENCY 5 and 6 - Cooper Union Installation - wax and pastel on doorskin 36x36 - 2012

TRANSPARENCY 5 and 6 – Cooper Union Installation – wax and pastel on doorskin 36×36 – 2012

Krista Svalbonas lives and works in New Jersey.

Artist Statement.

“I make art that explores the urban landscape. The urban landscape could be described as hard and opaque with spaces that are ill-defined, neither deep nor wide, offering a psychological sense of control and homogeny. In my work, I explore these ill-defined spaces, the desert physiography, and the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. The architectural modernist aesthetic of straight edges and no trim are echoed in my paintings. Cracks in the pavement, patterns in windows and fractured views of buildings all manifest themselves in my work. I am fascinated with the architecture of the city landscape, it’s tiny spaces, it’s overlapping structure and it’s constant rebirth. By painting the infrastructure of humanity I find the areas where we become aware of our own space in the world. My work is built up in layers of thin colored paper, wax and pastel, one layer often obscuring or concealing another. Color, composition, and mark-making are the main organizational concerns of my work. Each piece begins in a very controlled fashion, meticulously combining layers of wax, paper and pastel, a process that could liken itself to the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape. I explore integrated displays, incorporating individual panels with their environment by finding an installation methodology that includes the architecture of the space that surrounds the work. I seek to incorporate the surrounding environment with the continual discourse of space and the urban landscape.” KS

ANIMA 5 - 30x30 - Wax, Graphite, Pastel On Panel - 2011

ANIMA 5 – 30×30 – Wax, Graphite, Pastel On Panel – 2011

Other material relating to Krista Svalbonas.

Artist website: kristasvalbonas.com

Youtube: Gravy Sept FF Krista Svalbonas.

Lynette Haggard art Blog: Krista Svalbonas.

ArtSlant: Krista Svalbonas.

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Have you met…Katherine Bradford?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Katherine Bradford, and she was recommended to me by Julia Schwartz, and Ron Levin.

Midsummer Night  Oil on canvas, 61" x 69", 2012.

Midsummer Night
Oil on canvas, 61″ x 69″, 2012.

Katherine Bradford (born 1942, New York City) is an American artist. She attended Bryn Mawr College and holds and MFA from SUNY Purchase. Her work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum (Maine), and the Farnsworth Museum (Maine). She lives in New York City and has a painting studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Red Blue with Medallions  Gouache and collage on paper, 15" x 11", 2012.

Red Blue with Medallions
Gouache and collage on paper, 15″ x 11″, 2012.

“When I was a kid I was encouraged to make things as gifts rather than to buy them. Making home made objects turned out to be more fun than drawing and even today if I approach a painting as if I’m making it rather than painting it the painting turns out better. To do a painting like “Midsummer Night” I had to get in a very dreamy zone and then putting color next to color and not worrying about what I’m depicting becomes an exciting way to paint. Sometimes I end up constructing models of my favorite subjects – ocean liners, pianos, and icebergs. Many of the objects were made as props for a video I filmed telling the story of the Sinking of the Titanic.” KB
High Water Plaster, cardboard and paint, 8" x 7" x 3", 2010.

High Water
Plaster, cardboard and paint, 8″ x 7″ x 3″, 2010.

Other material relating to Katherine Bradford.

Artist Website: Katherine Bradford.

James Kalm: By Life & By Land.

Wikipedia: Katherine Bradford.

Pencil in the Studio: Katherine Bradford.

The Brooklyn rail: Katherine Bradford.

Julia Schwartz; A Converstation With Katherine Bradford.

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Have you met…Joan Mellon?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Joan Mellon, and she was recommended to me by Matthew Neil Gehring.

Messing Around 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches

Messing Around
2013
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches

Artist Statement.

“I approach the surface I’m going to work on—canvas, wood panel or paper—with little in mind other than its size and orientation and the colors I want to begin with. My tools include not only those that can be held in my hand but also the years I’ve spent absorbing the world and looking at and making art.Not having much of an idea of what I’m going to paint as I approach a blank canvas, I begin painting with wonder and trepidation. Uncertainty is a factor in my work. I yield to the unknown and the possibility of chance happenings allowing each stroke to tell me what to do next. I embrace the fact that the painting and I collaborate on what it will become.For me, the magic of painting happens when, after applying paint and wiping it off, perhaps hundreds of times, there is that moment when—suddenly—the surface of the painting, once inanimate, comes alive.”March, 2013
To Be Continued . . . 2012 monotype on gray Magnani Pescia paper 15x20 1/4 inches (p) 10x16 inches (i)

To Be Continued . . .
2012
monotype on gray Magnani Pescia paper
15×20 1/4 inches (p) 10×16 inches (i)

Joan Mellon lives and works in New York.

COLLECTIONS
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Franklin Furnace Archives / Museum of Modern Art, NYC
New York Public Library – Artists’ Books Collection, NYC
School of Visual Arts, NYC
Private Collections

SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2011 “Joan Mellon/Paintings, Works on Paper &
Christina Freeman/Photographs” Aristeia Metro, NY, NY
2006 “Joan Mellon: Contemplating Color,” ParaSite Gallery, Beacon, NY
2005 “Joan Mellon: Paintings / Works on Paper,” Creative Center, NY, NY

Hint of Red 2012 oil on wood panel 8 x 10 inches

Hint of Red
2012
oil on wood panel
8 x 10 inches

Joan Mellon's studio.

Joan Mellon’s studio.

Other material relating to Joan Mellon.

ArtSlant: Joan Mellon.

Flicker: Joan Mellon in conversation.

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Have you met…Cliff Eyland?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Cliff Eyland.

Li'l Monoliths, 5x3 inch painting.

Li’l Monoliths, 5×3 inch painting.

b. 1954; Canadian citizen/U.K. right of abode

Cliff Eyland is a painter, writer and a curator. He studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1981, he has made paintings, drawings, and notes in an index card format — 3″x5″ (7.6×12.7 cm).

Eyland has shown his work in public and secret installations in art galleries and libraries in Canada, the United States and Europe. Exhibition highlights include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the New School University in New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Struts Gallery and Gallery Connexion (both in New Brunswick), the Muttart (now the Art Gallery of Calgary), the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and in Halifax at: the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, eyelevelgallery, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery and Dalhousie Art Gallery. Group exhibitions include shows at the National Gallery of Canada, in Florence, Italy, Manchester, England, and Lublin, Poland, among others. In 2003 Eyland was shortlisted for the national RBC/Canadian Art Foundation painting award. Eyland’s ongoing installation at the Raymond Fogelman Library at the New School University in New York City was regularly updated from 1997 until 2005. His permanent installation of over 1000 paintings at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library opened in 2005.

Bookshelves with Art in the Foreground.

Bookshelves with Art in the Foreground.

Eyland has written criticism for Canadian art magazines since 1983. His curatorial work includes 9 years as a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelance work for various galleries, Including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. (From 1995 to 2005, Eyland was vice-president of the board of Plug In.) Eyland was the Director of Gallery One One One at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg from 1998 to 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor of painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Eyland is represented by Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto.

Other material relating to Cliff Eyland.

Artist’s Book Of The Moment: Cliff Eyland and Guy maddin Untitled “Wall Books.”

Boardercrossings: Cliff Eyland.

Book Patrol: Cliff Eyland.

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