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In a van Gogh Field

Acrylics on Arches, 57 x 76 cm, 22.5 x 30”

This adds to my series of paintings echoing Van Gogh.  The lark makes an appearance in the scrumbly, swilley sky as brightly dressed visitors head for the field.

 

 

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In Vincent’s Field

Acrylics on Arches, 57 x 76 cm, 22.5 x 30”

This is after Van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with a Lark,”   It is the fifth in the series, starring my wife Peg and my friend Vincent. 

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Shopping Local! (vers 2)

Shopping Local II, acrylics on canvas, 8 x 8″, 20 x 20 cm
This is a smaller version of my submission for a special exhibit at Art Basel in Miami this September.  The exhibit is about Consumerism.  
“The browsing, selection and purchase of goods and commodities have become one of the defining activities of modern urban life. In this consumer culture, shopping has become a crucial ritual for shaping and transforming our identities. Artists have always been fascinated and intrigued by the consumer culture and the way it shapes our society.
At first perceived as the American phenomenon, the consumerist lifestyle has soon spilled over to the rest of the world through globalization and the rise of the free market economy. Unlike Pop Art’s playful and often ambivalent attitude towards the consumer culture, the generation of artists that came after took a more decisive and hostile stand towards it. Since advertising has always played a crucial role in perpetuating mechanisms and values of consumer culture, many of these artists have made it the center of their practice. For example, Ron English has introduced the concept of billboard hijacking where he appropriated the mass media messages and imagery to create subversive and political statements. Today, many contemporary artists explore and criticize the idea of consumerism in a variety of ways. Employing various visual and conceptual strategies to question consumerism, artists such as Gabriel Kuri, Josephine Meckseper, Irina Korina or Martin Basher explore various aspects of commerce and exchange such as models of trading with it as in selling and buying, the labor that generates these goods, global distribution networks, social and economic structures that support it, the notion of value or the role of goods consumption in construction of our identities. Rather than criticizing the consumption on a superficial level, they tend to deconstruct this phenomenon from the inside out.”

$200

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Shopping Local!

Shopping Local 1, acrylics on canvas, 10 x 10″, 25 x 25 cm pprox
The browsing, selection and purchase of goods and commodities have become one of the defining activities of modern urban life. In this consumer culture, shopping has become a crucial ritual for shaping and transforming our identities. Artists have always been fascinated and intrigued by the consumer culture and the way it shapes our society.
 
At first perceived as the American phenomenon, the consumerist lifestyle has soon spilled over to the rest of the world through globalization and the rise of the free market economy. Unlike Pop Art’s playful and often ambivalent attitude towards the consumer culture, the generation of artists that came after took a more decisive and hostile stand towards it. Since advertising has always played a crucial role in perpetuating mechanisms and values of consumer culture, many of these artists have made it the center of their practice. For example, Ron English has introduced the concept of billboard hijacking where he appropriated the mass media messages and imagery to create subversive and political statements. Today, many contemporary artists explore and criticize the idea of consumerism in a variety of ways. Employing various visual and conceptual strategies to question consumerism, artists such as Gabriel Kuri, Josephine Meckseper, Irina Korina or Martin Basher explore various aspects of commerce and exchange such as models of trading with it as in selling and buying, the labor that generates these goods, global distribution networks, social and economic structures that support it, the notion of value or the role of goods consumption in construction of our identities. Rather than criticizing the consumption on a superficial level, they tend to deconstruct this phenomenon from the inside out.

$300.00

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Peg in Vincent’s Wheat Field (digital)

This is after Van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with a Lark.”   Starring my wife Peg and my friend Vincent.

 

 

Peg in Vincent’s Wheatfield

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Pegs in the Night Cafe

My wife Peg is in the Night Cafe in Arles, France, made famous by Van Gogh.  Original digital painting.

 

Pegs in the Night Cafe
                                            Pegs in the Night Cafe

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Peg Visits Vincent Van Gogh’s Room in Arles

Peg Visits Vincent’s Room in Arles

 

 

Peg Visits Vincent's Room in Arles
Peg Visits Vincent’s Room in Arles, prints 

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Manuel in Vincent’s Room (Digital painting)

I painted a portrait of Manuel, one of the excellent models I have been privileged to work with in Valencia.  I put him into my rendition of Van Gogh’s Room at Arles.  

 

Manuel in Vincent's Room
Manuel in Vincent’s Room, prints

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Loving Vincent – Pictures of his life

“Loving Vincent” is a flick about Vincent Van Gogh made entirely of paintings done in his thick paint, swirly, expressive style.  There are 65,000 paintings in all, each done on glass plates.  The plates were first placed before the filmed of the costumed cast members, reducing drawing time dramatically, and making it possible to make this movie with just 125 and not, say, the 10,000 artists it would have taken to cover an area the size of London or Manhattan if each plate were laid out in the original size.  All this adds up to an unusual experience and a total immersion in the visual world of the artist.  But there’s more.

The film could have suffered significantly from the flaw that plagues musicals, whose stories often serve as an excuse for the next number.  Loving Vincent’s story line, however, is not so thin.  Its basis is writing that challenges the initial contention that Van Gogh committed suicide. 

The movie opens with the postman possessing a returned letter addressed to Vincent’s brother Theo.  He recruits his son Armand to hand deliver the letter.  Armand soon finds that Theo is dead, so he looks for an alternative.  The film is a series of interviews of the people who knew Vincent, all portrait subjects, interviews that further what turns into an investigation of the death of the artist.  As things unfold we are provided a picture of the life of Vincent as well as his death, some interviewees corroborating the suicide theory, while others leave us doubting that verdict.

Several issues emerge that lead us to question the suicide conclusion.  Having pulled that trigger you would have left black powder marks on your clothes and hands, and the accounts show conflicts in that regard.  Also we are told of the persistent ridicule and bullying by town youths, any one of which could have had motive, perhaps even the one who later confessed to mistreating Vincent in his youth.  Then there is Vincent’s state of mind.  “Loving Vincent” is what Van Gogh wrote in each of his letters to his brother Theo, with whom he had a close relationship.  Thus Vincent was not entirely alone and unloved by family, and he was close to some of the interviewees as well.  

There are several other observations of interest.  First, Vincent wrote, “I want to touch people with my art.  I want them to say:  he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.”   Are those the sentiments of someone who would end his own life?  Perhaps but perhaps not.  Second, Vincent’s lack of commercial success could certainly contribute to his perception of self-worth.  However Monet, the most famous of painters,  had recently highly praised Vincent’s art, and Vincent sold a painting, his first.  Third there is the odd location and angle of the lethal wound.  People who attempt suicide with a gun usually go for the head not the stomach.  None of these observations are conclusive of course, but there is certainly enough to cloud the official verdict, and to give substance to what would otherwise be an art slide show with an excuse for a story.

The colored images flicker in a way that other animations I have seen do not, adding an element of visual intrigue to that surrounding conflicting images of Vincent’s life and death.  They also add an element of brain fatigue.  Fortunately the flash backs in black and white give much-needed rest for the eyes. 

This is a unique film about a unique man making unique art.  Check it out – and stay through the credits.  You’ll be treated to Lianne La Havas’s deep toned charming rendition of Starry Starry Night.  

Rotten Tomatoes reviews      Robert Kodger review  Tim Brayton review  Vanity Fair: The Van Gogh Mystery

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A friend and I went to Auvers-sur-Oise, which is not too far from Paris.  It is here that Vincent Van Gogh lived his last months.  While he lived in this town Van Gogh did a painting of the church,  now one of his more famous paintings among the 800 he squeezed into his short life.   Here is my rendition, in memory of this man who contributed so much to art and who received so little in return. 

 

Church at Avers sur Oise: Ode to Vincent, waatercolor, 11.5 x 16.5", 30 x 42 cm
Church at Avers sur Oise: Ode to Vincent, watercolor, 11.5 x 16.5″, 30 x 42 cm, $450

Church at Avers sur Oise, graphite

Church at Avers sur Oise
Church at Avers Sur Oise, water color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first of the following drawings I did at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which displayed a photo of a young Van Gogh.  This and other early photos are a stark contrast to the gaunt and haunted look of Vincent’s later self portraits, which are widely seen.  Here is a more rare glimpse of the man.  

Van Gogh As Young Man, pencil
Van Gogh As Young Man, pencil

 

Van Gogh As Young Man, pen and ink
Van Gogh As Young Man, pen and ink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Peasant, after the Van Gogh, pen and ink
Portrait of Peasant, after the Van Gogh, pen and ink

 

 

In case you need a touching moment, here’s Lianne’s rendition of Starry Starry Night.  Don Mclean gave light to this song that will live as one of the most touching eulogies of all time, whose disturbed mind gave us so much beauty, so much innovation.