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“Beach Life” by Eric Fischl

“Beach Life” by Eric Fischl Opens at Guild Hall 


A major solo show by Eric Fischl opens on Saturday at Guild Hall Museum. “Beach Life” presents 15 paintings depicting life unfolding on the beaches of the Hamptons, St. Tropez and St. Barts. The show includes works loaned from the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and private collectors. Two paintings have never been exhibited before. All of the works are figurative.“Forget about bathing beauties,” writes the novelist A.M. Holmes in the forward of the bookBeach Paintings published by Rizzoli. “The beachgoers in Eric Fischl’s paintings are real people caught with their guard down–often their bathing suits too–as they wade and wallow at surf’s edge or lounge on the sand, sunlight slathering their naked thighs and shoulders.”

“Beautiful Day” by Eric Fischl, 2006. Oil on linen, 53 x 78 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Zeckendorf.

“Beautiful Day” by Eric Fischl, 2006. Oil on linen, 53 x 78 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Zeckendorf.

“Four Women” by Eric Fischl, 2010. Oil on linen, 80 x 112 inches. Collection of Terry Semel.

“Four Women” by Eric Fischl, 2010. Oil on linen, 80 x 112 inches. Collection of Terry Semel.

The works in “Beach Life” were painted from 1983 to 2010. Works range in size from 3 x 4 feet to panels that stretch to over 13 feet. The people populating his painting are sometimes friends and family.For instance, Fischl’s wife–the painter April Gornik–stands prominently in a polka dot bathing suit in ”The Gang.”  Artists Bryan Hunt, David Salle and Ralph Gibson are included in the painting inspired by group photographs made by Hans Namuth of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other artists gathered on a sand dune, according to Phyllis Tuchman, who wrote the essay for the exhibition.

“Untitled” by Eric Fischl, 2010. Oil on linen, 48 x 32 inches.

“Untitled” by Eric Fischl, 2010. Oil on linen, 48 x 32 inches.

Beach scenes have been Fischl’s muse for over three decades, writes Tuchman in her essay Beach Baby Blue.“Some of Fischl’s earliest beach scenes are extensions of the narrative panels that secured his reputation in the early nineteen eighties,” she writes. “Others have only a figure or two, their poses based on photographs the artist took on the French Rivieradecades ago. A few are outright portraits. Many are virtuoso displays of light and shadow with slashing brushstrokes that animate the surf as well as hair blowing in the breeze.”While the setting is casual and the figures relaxed, the paintings are steeped with psychological undertones and narrative intrigue.

Tuchman sums it up this way:

“In the beach paintings on view at Guild Hall, Fischl has conveyed how men and women enjoying sand and surf, in his words, ‘drop their guard.’ He has imbued his figures with the ‘hedonistic, the erotic, the playful’ in a way that has allowed the artist to address ‘a metaphor of desire and fantasy.”


change of focus…

I sort of had the notion, when I started this blog, to  have sections hat would deal with sort of historical fixtures from the past I admired. Now my focus has changed and would rather devote sections to living artists whose work I admire and whose work is close to  my heart…

Tereza z Davle, Dreamgirl (Dívka snů)

Tereza z Davle, Dreamgirl (Dívka snů)

Tereza z Davle



Jeff Widener holds his photo of Tank Man in Tienanmen Square from 1989.

“I felt like there was kind of this void,” says Tim Mantoani. “There were all these anonymous photographers out there who have not been given enough credit.”

Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. Mantoani has shot over 150 of these portraits in the last five years, most of which are contained in the book.’

 Harry Benson: “Brian Epstein — Beatles’ manager — had just told them they were number one in America, and I was coming with them to New York, 1964.”


courtesy of Retronautmore images here!

…has always been one of the kindest, most human of humans I have known…

 I have known Ralph for many years, dating back to the Golden Era of Art School. We have libved through many a good times, many a bad, but has always been one of the kindest, most human of humans I have known…
 acrylic on plexiglass urban fright isolation
 My figurative paintings are part of a series that explores the decline of ethical valuesin an increasingly corporate world. In a culture where greed is paramount, a subtle climate of bias slowly emerges as compassion and humanity wither away. I am attempting to convey a sense of isolation and sterility, using bold and brilliant colors depicting city streets contrasted with lone figures.My other works utilize an organic approach and illustrate the molecular realm of the human body and the potential cohabitation of disease and infection. These meditations and the sudden loss of a sibling have inspired this series, which explores the theme of mortality intertwined with biology. This motif confronts the uncertainty and impermanence of life.Being handicapped is comparable to living in sustained crisis. After almost 35 years as an amputee, I eventually came to the realization that in spite of the inherent stress accompanying my disability, my response to challenging circumstances has been decidedly focused towards formulating solutions. My ability to ignore most everything else and concentrate solely on the immediacy of the situation has served as an effective coping mechanism. However, my single-minded approach ignored the inevitable anxieties resulting from such experiences.I rarely depict a direct allusion to my disability; however when I have, the style and intent of the artwork changes very little. I am very deliberate in the continuous use of the lone man. When I lost my leg, I consciously knew that my life had changed completely. I soon realized and accepted that my friends would grow distant and ultimately leave me behind.

My intention is to convey a more subliminal approach to the content of the work and I do not directly address my feeling regarding being a cancer survivor. My abstract series best represents my feeling on surviving cancer. For me it seems a total miracle that I am a survivor, yet I have also seen friends and family not survive cancer and this fact has both troubled and humbled me. I often think about how things could have turned out and most every day I am reminded of my anomalous survival.

The sentiments I instill into my art link directly to my subconscious and help reestablish a vital connection to my inner emotions. The end result is a deeper understanding of the path that has shaped my art, and ultimately, myself.

plexiglass artist huan urban plight

Audatious Dualism

cinema experimental book form raw audatious insulting

raw audatious insulting

I must say, it has been quite a while since I have come across a “in-your-face” site in a very long time. I may not agree with the a 100%, but definitely more intellectual idividuals who aren’t afraid to express themselves are certainly needed in this world…

The Dualism is the artist’s view that the world consists of two fundamental  principles that co-exist together whether they conflict or compliment each other in all life’s aspects . The Dualism Photography Book caused much argument & controversy due its ambiguous, sensuous and conceptual photo content.

 “..a frisson of something dangerous and unexpexted, dangling in the air…” a certain BBC journalist…

Tim Jones…hyper psycho surrealism of the everyday…

 surreal psychosis sculpture soft
Common everyday familiar object suddenly transformed into your worst subconscious nightmares…

A contemporary artist who specializes in dreaming up creatures that could be considered “freakish”, “malformed” or generally abnormal. I often focus on combining opposite characteristics such as innocence and menace in an effort to achieve a uniqueness in my characters and creations, and hope that I can achieve a somewhat comfortable halfway point between cute, sad, humorous and damn right terrifying.

 i make weird things

david eisenlord…beauty in tangible craft

classical photography emphemeral alndscape zone sytem
In the digital age we often hear that a new media will soon erase the previous. Painting was supposed to be killed by photography, never happened…digital photography will displace classical techniques. NOT. It enhances, adds another medium to artists disposal and never fades away, more often than not it’s reigning beauty shines brighter…

Although I began photography many years ago, my serious pursuit of the landscape began in 2000.  My interest in the landscape stems from my unabashed love of the world’s wild and natural places and my desire to preserve them.

Being in the wild and photographing helps me find peace and solitude and is my spiritual time.  Growing up around the Great Lakes I’ve always been attracted to water and big skies. I now live within a few hours of the greatest of the lakes, Lake Superior, which is a constant inspiration.

Like many photographers of the natural world, I photograph at the boundaries of the day.  It’s those times of day when the light and atmospheric conditions are changing and the scene becomes transcendent. Literal and metaphorical “boundaries” are the basis for much of my work,  I’m drawn to the boundaries of space, time and being.

I consider myself a printer, in addition to a photographer.  Although I embrace new digital technologies my heart is with traditional 100+ year old handmade wet  processes such as Platinum, Palladium and Gum Dichromate. The broad and rich tonal range of the platinum process creates a unique beauty. Platinum prints are renowned for their luminous mid-tone grays, as well as their rich shadows and delicate whites. The platinum metals (platinum and palladium) are very stable, and platinum prints are perhaps the most archival process in photography.


Elena fom Kyiv, Ukraine

photo female kiev ukraine
… “Nothing has yet been erased…” are the words of Julio Cortázar, from the short story “Graffiti” – I live every day of my life by this phrase. As long as I can see and capture the world in my memories and on film, then nothing is erased and it will continue to exist even though much of the visible reality is fleeting in existence and ceases just seconds following the click of my shutter.

At times I regret not becoming a painter, for they compose their own realm while we photographers are limited to that which has already come to be. Nonetheless, despite this inevitability and the envy which it spawns, I hang on to the hope within my soul that through my camera I will eventually capture that which I have been searching for – an alternate reality to that which surrounds us..

To those Don Quixotes who to this day believe that the world pines for truth and beauty – given that truth is not beauty – I salute the truth, and not beauty.

Regarding Photography and Myself:

Photography is what nurtures my love for this world and continues to make my existence within it worthwhile. It has called on me to reassess life – to arm myself only with my camera and leave the rest behind. With its help I began to learn how to love and understand those around me.

Photography challenged me to put down my phone, pick up my camera, and immerse myself into the life of either my own, or some other, alien city. As I disengage myself from the mundane, I dissolve into my fantasies seeking to find their reflections within the actual and to capture these reflections on film as proof of their existence. Believing in the alternate reality that is hidden somewhere beneath the smear of our awareness, I am euphoric when I am able to capture the moment when it reveals even a shred of its presence.


i sing the body beautifull…

photo figure nude gorgeous
Waclaw Wantuch is born 1965 in Tuchów. He is graduated of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts and he is working as a graphics artists and art photographer.
He wrote and design the book Kamien Wawelski (The Wawel Stone) in 1992. Besides his photography, he also worked as director of the stage performance “Kamien, swiatlo, dzwiek” (“Stone, light, sound”) in the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre in Cracow.
It is especially important when I am working on fine art nudes, important for my models when I can show them the effect right away. And finally important for me when I can quickly adjust the lights in the studio. 

sculptor brian craig wankiiri

figure scupture bronze cast
“Brian Craig-Wankiiri studied at the New York Academy and received his BFA from Pennsylvania State University. One of his life-size bronze sculptures was represented in the 2004 Lyme Academy College exhibition, Artists Talk, in which he also participated in a panel discussion. He is represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, CA.” 

It was a surprise but very positive event to meet up in cyberspace with Brian. Turns outwe have a common thread in the past, Tallix Art Foundry in Beacon, NY. I worked there as a metal finisher primarily, Brian was coworking there with Audrey Flack right after I departed for Seattle! Small world, but a very pleasant one at times like this!

brian craig wankiiri
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