Have you met…Paul Pagk?


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 Paul Pagk.

Féerie, 2012 oil on linen 65" X  64"

Féerie, 2012 oil on linen 65″ X 64

Statement
four walls… east  south west hold paintings… west south paintings are stored with a possibility of viewing one painting each facing out… doors to east and west… main painting wall east… two windows facing north… hudson river west… cement floor… work table glass palette south… pigments… oils…. medium… varnishes… brushes… rags…  rabbit skin glue oil emulsion white prepared on stretched linen… 76” 74” 65” 74” 62” 60” 28” 27”… white surface… line to surface… white black gray black white… white finding place… gray black composing structure… defining place… color brush primed linen… color form surface… red white pink black  purple violet white red blue yellow green… green yellow… orange yellow… yellow orange… orange red… red blue… green blue… violet purple blue green yellow orange… blue red… red orange…  carmine red… blue magenta… purple violet yellow… acid yellow… electric blue… blue… deep violet… brown… ochre… copper… lead… titanium… cobalt… cadmium… zinc… metal… natural… earth… organic… synthetic… mineral… stone… smooth… grit… thick… heavy… light… opaque… translucent… shine… matt… acid soar sweet wet dry warm cold bright dark… pigments… in waiting… pigment ground into paint… thick… buttery… dry… liquid… brush… paint…. pull… trace… plane… line… direction… body hand brush surface… applied controlled smeared slippery… line developing structure…  line color form… abstract… suggestive… elusive… gradually materializing… appearing to disappear materialized other… progressing with time… time absorbed in… line crosses line… line meets edge… color line encounters line… color comes upon line… line lies in color… surface covers line… surface light… light from within… light coming onto… absorbed slowly returning out… reverberating… shimmering… reflecting… impenetrable… surface… mirror… window… structure opening upon outside from inside… painting presence… function that holds gaze… capturing by passer… time stopped… structure… limits off limits… off center… enters from right may also be from elsewhere… contained… belonging to other… pictorial space… air breath… color surface… transparent… opaque… layered time… basic essential elements forming visual complexity… color expanse covers… expanding over line… color on color… primrose yellow on yellow… blue on blue… red over grey line on red… orange on orange pink line caught between… orange over yellow… yellow in orange… cobalt blue on green… cadmium red over greenish blue…  mental structure within color… color expands pushing painting’s boundaries… structure in void… searching the intimate… lines cross…. lines meet… placing local… colors shift constantly changing…. orange moves from once was orange to acid yellow with green hue… two horizontal pink rectangles that were once cobalt blue one above one below with an inch wide line connecting each to the right edge surrounded by a field of deep ultramarine blue… purple/violet field ice neon blue lines which began light yellow… lines caught in event… line structure incident… color emanating… color aura occupies space… indefinable hue… color as color a manifestation of it’s self… palpable color… pigment besides the color it contains is identifiable material… actual… concrete… embodying color… surface painting layered energy… process… memory of enactments from under… painting always in the present with memories of yesterday’s gestures… acting upon breaks into tomorrow… transcending the known enters the unexpected… not granting all at once… slow reveal… surface color stretched pulled… pictorial tension… painting extends perception’s limits… viewer’s gaze caught in what appears logical but declines to be so… no pause constantly opening… unraveling… questions answers more questions than answers questions actions decisions… actions questions… what maybe answers bring on more questions present infinite possibilities in the singular… open painting… moments in time… decisions developed result through picture happenings… painting comes into being due to one and many pictorial events… viewer held in gaze…  eyes fixed at reading the painting in all its reason… caught in space between… destined determined place…  body in paint to viewer to painting… painting to body… body in the read… viewer  painter painting in mutual gaze… one to one to one… other to one… fluids… transferred… materials transformed… energy in the still… in suspended time… painting into point of beyond… body in front… palpable void between viewer and painting… void activating pictorial space… the breath…  body in void… mind in structure… space amid… object painting… off square square… 4 edges…  4 sides… 4 corners… 2 inches deep… 76 inches x 74 inches… a need to experience the painting object in the real… movement in front… ground becomes  figure… figure turns into ground… gestalt what was now is other…  space… void… time… layers… painting… questions in layered time… pictorial surface… time covered moments… layered over changing what was to what will… time constantly moves… painting performs in the still… such as total painting… subject painting at it’s core… absolute… painting in the constant still…  being and mind put in moment of suspended space… painting pushed to the extreme… always changing altering until left at the magical time of completion but open never ultimately finished although arrived at passed on to next pictorial enactment… demanding and non complaisant… occupies physical location engages mental place… painting with in painting’s language… not heard seen… paint material… tension energy silent… bewitching… color form structure light brought to the unchangeable constant changing… memories from beneath… past gestures… known into the unknown… aura… presence… beyond into the unexpected… a renewal within the constant same… each day new pictorial gestures on past gestures… gestures repeated… painting gesture in paint lust…  a yearn within the palpable picture plane… tension contained in visual pictorial thought… light from within… breath through the painted…  complexity in the seemingly simple… engulfed memory in the present… morning 6:55… check into studio… breakfast… must continue not yet at where I want the painting to be… continue… a new day… some will happen some will need time to…. give painting space… light/space… what was given give to the next… day to night day spent night painting… painting the none definable with words… it is it’s language… painting is of painting…

Paul Pagk September 2010.

Das Inner Dasein, 2008 2009 oil on linen 65" x 74"

Das Inner Dasein, 2008 2009 oil on linen 65″ x 74″

Paul Pagk was born in England UK in 1962. He has lived in England, Austria, France and lives and works in New York since 1988.

 EDUCATION:
1978 to 1982: École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.

Other material relating to Paul Pagk.

Artist Website: Paul Pagk.

(standard) Interview: Paul Pagk.

NewArtTV: Paul Pagk.

Arts in Bushwick: Paul Pagk.

ArtSlant: Paul Pagk.

Art Orbiter: Paul Pagk.

Visual Discrepancies: Paul Pagk.

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Have you met…Bridget Fahy?


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 Bridget Fahy, and she was recommended to me by David T. Miller.

All Night In Oil on Panel 50cm x 50cm x 4cm

All Night In
Oil on Panel
50cm x 50cm x 4cm

These paintings are abstract seascapes.
“Combinations of surface marks with the experimentation and creation of new textures and the constant play between elements of colour, line, shape and form have become distinctive characteristics of my work. The surfaces of my paintings are reworked and scraped back, marks are buried and rediscovered. A gradual process of layering and accrual is applied, always allowing the traces of the paintings construction to be revealed.” BF

Submariner's Sunset Oil on Panel 40cm x 40cm x 4cm

Submariner’s Sunset
Oil on Panel
40cm x 40cm x 4cm

Bridget Fahy was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1973. she lives and works in Kisonerga, Paphos, Cyprus.
1990 – 1994  Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting, Limerick School of Art & Design. Ireland.
1993 –  Exchange Art Student at Kingston University, London.
1996 – 1997 1st class Honours Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Education.
1997 –  Ceard Teastas I Gaelige

Lost in the Harbour Ink on Paper 80cm x 80cm


Lost in the Harbour
Ink on Paper
80cm x 80cm

Other material relating to Bridget Fahy.

Artist Website: Bridget Fahy.

Ahtcast: Bridget Fahy.

ArtSlant: Bridget Fahy.

Saatchi Online: Bridget Fahy.

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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…Nicholas Carrick?


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 Nicholas Carrick.

Nicholas Carrick lives and works in Brighton, Sussex, UK.

Hotel, 46cmx41cm, oil on linen

Hotel, 46cmx41cm, oil on linen

Artist Statement

“I use nature and the representational world as a springboard into abstraction for my paintings, both being subjective and objective starting points in my work.

The subject matter is diverse, ranging from newspaper clippings, old photos, personal memories both poignant and insignificant, and things that capture my attention on a walk or train journey. Abject beauty to me often lies within the mundane and banal that is so often overlooked in everyday life.

Painting is a metaphorical train journey, the journey more often than not being more important than the final destination.

The process is the construction of a visual diary, a scatter shot approach of seemingly random source material linked by emotional metaphors that use allegorical references. This is done through the act of painting to capture texture, colour, weight and surface detail, within this they start to take on a life of their own.

Carefully handpicking materials that is diverse, obscure and abstract from its original context I create responses that manipulate and obscure the original subject, sometimes with only a hint of recognition towards the original source of inspiration, resulting in an orchestration of form; a symphony of visual stimuli. These sometimes compliment and at other times juxtapose upon the canvas.

They are stripped bare and freed from their referent.

I exploit chance from the beginning and capture incidents, which later infiltrate and manifest into other works.” NC

Resort, Oil on linen 41 x 46 cms

Resort, Oil on linen 41 x 46 cms

Other material relating to Nicholas Carrick.

Nick Carrick Facebook Page: Nichola Carrick.

Saattchi Online: Nicholas Carrick.

Transition Gallery: Resort.

Transition Gallery: Fade Away.

The Other Art fair: Nicholas Carrick.

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