For those not able to come see my work at Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago, it is now available online as well via 1st Dibs. It is a great site dedicated to art collectors. The images shown are currently at the gallery and here.
I wrote a blog post about ‘Allegory: Persephone’ that can be found here.
To learn more about the above picture The Trickster click here.
I wrote a post about the above painting that can be found here.
Above is a recent bust that I have finished titled “Concordia.” It is bronze with copper inlay lips and eyes of alabaster with lead irises. I modeled the bust in clay and retouched the wax and then completed all the chasing and finishing in bronze.
My choice of subject is inspired by the Roman deity Concordia. She is symbolic of social concord and representative of the Greek idea of Homonia. The visual expression of concepts fascinates me. In addition to being judged by our physical appearance our actions condition how we are percieved. Daily choices, usually guided by a personal ethical code, determine our public persona. Ideally we are living personifications of value systems we choose to follow. Concordia is an exploration of this idea.
Inside the statue I glued a series of notes that I collected from the Badia in Florence. They come from the New Testament and promote harmony and peace. This added level of meaning reinforces the formal aspects of the sculpture.
I have recently completed a couple of small bronzes. Equos was modeled from my imagination using other equestrian statues as references. Luckily, Florence is full of them. In addition, I studied the horses for the carriage rides in Piazza Signoria. It is my first amimal scupture and was completed during my bronze statuary class of 2014. I am definitely looking to creating more. Equos will be an edition of 10. Each piece is an original as I finish each bronze myself.
The second bronze is of L’Hiver or Winter. She was created from my imagination. L’Hiver will also be an edition of 10, each retouched and finished by my hand.
I enter my work into competitions quite regularly. The painting shown above has been selected to participate in the second round of judging of the Figurativas ’15 in Barcelona, Spain. The picture is to be sent off this week.
My sculpture Venus Pluvia has been selected to participate in the 82nd Annual National Sculpture Society show at Brookgreen Gardens in SC. The show opens in August. In recent history, the painting below passed the first round of judging of the BP awards only to be rejected in the second.
The sculpture pictured above was selected a finalist for the Art Renewal Center’s 2014-2015 Salon. The link can be found here. My painting Amore was also selected a finalist for the Figurative Category. That link to can be found here. I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners and all the participants.
I have recently finished a couple of busts of my children. The one pictured above is of Gabriel when he was about 14 months old. The second is of my daughter Marie Neige at about 10 months. Children grow very quickly and go through many physical changes. It is a fascinating study for a portrait artist to follow these developments that evolve yet not completely transform the underlying likeness.
The sculptures were completed from life over time with the aid of numerous drawings. However, most of the work was done from memory. Instead of posing the Gabriel and Neige, which is practically impossible considering their age, I studied and sketched them creating frontal, 3/4 and profile drawings. The busts were blocked in using water based clay and I would work on them in the afternoons after spending the mornings with Gabriel or Neige. My extensive experience and training in Sight size has only strengthened my visual memory. Darren Rousar’s excellent book on the subject goes a bit more into my process. You can find his book here.
As a result these works do not just record a moment in time but capture, in a very small way, its passage. That is very evident in the marble bust of Gabriel due to the lengthy process required to carve it. The final piece is very different from the initial plaster model and even more different than his actual physical presence at the time of its completion. That will be the subject of a future post.
The results from the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Member’s Only Competition have been released. Two of my works received recognition. The drawing shown above was awarded the 9th Merit Award for a Commissioned Portrait. The bust below was given the 1st Honorable Mention in Sculpture. I have written other posts about these works here and here, discussing the drawing and sculpture respectively. More information about this year’s competition can be found on the PSOA’s facebook page.
My second article for the Epoch Times Art Speaks feature comes out today in the New York city edition. It is about the Dancing Faun of Pompeii. If you are not able to pick up a print copy the pdf can be found here.