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Opening and Award Ceremony for Modportrait 2016

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Tonight is the award ceremony and opening of the Modportrait 2016 at the Museo IAACC Pablo Serrano in Zaragoza, Spain.  My painting Enchanted (shown above) will receive a Honorable Mention.  The show will remain up until the end of July before it moves to the MEAM in Barcelona.  A link to a nice article in Spanish about the show can here.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the event this evening.  I would like to personally thank Jose Enrique Gonzalez, director of Galeria Artelibre, and jury for recognizing my picture.  The Galerie Artelibre together with the MEAM under the leadership of Jose Manuel Infiesta have greatly contributed to the reawakening of a sincere appreciation of figurative art in Europe.

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Honorable Mention at ModPortrait 2016

 

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Enchanted, oil on linen, 110cm x 180cm

My painting shown above, Enchanted, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the traveling portrait show and competition, ModPortrait 2016.  Sponsored by Galerie ArteLibre, the competition/show will first open at the Museo Pablo Serrano in Zaragoza, Spain on April 7th. It will then move the Museo MEAM in Barcelona where it opens on May 12th.

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Galeria Artelibre

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Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm

My work can now be seen online at Galeria ArteLibre.  Founded in 1999, it is a virtual gallery that promotes quality figurative art through its site, exhibitions and competitions.  It hosts the ModPortrait Contest and regularly collaborates with the MEAM museum in Barcelona.

My page can be found here.

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Apulian Girl, oil on linen, 40cm x 50cm

 

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A Couple of Recent Paintings and 2015

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Reverence, oil on linen, 50cm x 70cm

It has been a been a good year overall.  Life in general and that of the artist in particular is full of ups and downs.  Reconnecting with my hometown Chicago was a high point with a successful solo show, workshop, lecture and tv interview.  I also began the design and planning stages for a couple of affresco projects in Italy.  My painting Boreas was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition.  My sculpture Venus Pluvia was selected to participate in the National Sculpture Society’s 82nd Annual Award Exhibition.  In addition, I have the privilege to meet some wonderful new people like Matt Baron and Harold Rehs, wife, Julie Carpenter and everyone at the Oak Park Art League.  Continued support for my work from the director of MEAM and Artelibre in Barcelona has also been important.

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Stoic, oil on linen, 50cm x 70cm

I am very grateful for my family and friends.  It was my old friend Michael LaConte who organized my solo show at his very elegant gallery in Chicago.  He has believed in me from the beginning.  So many others, too many to list now, have had a positive impact on life.  I thank them all and most of all my family, nuclear and extended.

The paintings shown are a couple of recent picture that I completed before Christmas.  Wishing everyone all the best for 2016.

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Honorable Mention at the PSOA

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Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm

My painting shown above, Boreas, was awarded the 3rd Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition in the Non-Commissioned Portrait category.

The picture just returnd from Barcelona where it participated in the MEAM Figurativas 2015 competion.  It is mentioned in the filming of the jury process at the 9 minutes 28 seconds.  The link to the youtube video is here.

I will retouch the painting before sending it off again on its next adventure.

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A selection from “Boreas,” oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm
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Detail of the hand

 

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Various Competitions, Figurativas ’15 and the 82nd Annual NSS show

La Tramontana, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm
Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm

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.

Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)
Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

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.

James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm.  A recent head I did during the portrait course I taught this summer in Florence
Leaving Hereford, A Portrait of James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm.
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Virtual Tour Video of the MEAM

Mattia, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm
Mattia, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

The MEAM: Museu Europeu d’Art Modern has published 2 YouTube videos as a virtual tour of the collection.  My picture of Mattia is seen in the second video at 5:57  You can find the link to the full video here.  To jump directly to my picture the link is here.

I dedicated an earlier blog post to my picture in the MEAM that can be found here.

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MEAM: Museu Europeu d’Art Modern

Mattia, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm
Mattia, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

My painting ‘Mattia’ is currently being acquired by MEAM in Barcelona, Spain.  MEAM or the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern is a relatively new museum dedicated to contemporary figurative art.  It is run by the Fondacio’ de les Arts i els Artistes (Foundation of the Arts and Artists).  The site for the actual museum can be found here.

I explain a bit more about this painting in another post that can be found here.