When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chet Zar

Just in case any of you thought I might be getting too highbrow about this whole art thing here's some really great monsters.

"Shamanic Tendencies"

"My Shadow"

"Clown of Doom"


Oh, and just in case you missed it, his website is www.chetzar.com

James Hague

These are some amazing portraits. The artist has moved on to still lives with boards and buckets and such and what appears to be empty cans of Guiness. He's got good taste, clearly.
New work at http://www.jameshague.co.uk/
more portraits at http://www.jameshague.co.uk/portraits/home.html

untitled 2001

untitled 2001

"How and Why It Didn't Happen 2" 2006

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Linden Frederick

Again I am always drawn to night scenes. And he shares a name with my daughter, so there's that too. Now if only I had this much skill with a brush.
I really wish these files were a little bigger but even at this size I'm impressed. I can only imagine the impact of seeing the actual paintings.

"Yield" 2006, 26" x 26"

"Brakeman" 2006, 35" x 35"

"No Exit" 2005, 45" x 45"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Frank Webster

Reminds me of Charles Scheeler. I love the choice of subject in this first piece. An elegant design, completely abstract and completely real. You can't make that stuff up.
Also the scale seems very appropriate and must make for quite an impact in person.

"Sunset Park" 2007 72" x 54"

"Blue Highway" 2002 117" x 78"

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Amy Bennet

It looks like she makes models of a place (a neighborhood in these examples) and then proceeds to paint a series of stories about the people who live or visit there. Many of the paintings are relatively small and I imagine they perfectly convey the intimacy of her character's private lives. She also does some very small paintings, less than 2 inches square.
More at her website www.amybennett.com
There are some scenes from a summer at the lake at this gallery: www.richardhellergallery.com

"Someday You Will Long for This" 2006, 40" x 60"
Click on this one to see much more detail!

"Surviving Winter" 9" x14"

"Evening News" 8" x 10"

No surprise that my favorites are the night scenes

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Peter Archer

Masterfully executed landscapes that are sometimes deceptively simple and always filled with the artist's obvious love for the lonely atmosphere of his home in Cornwall. I really want to visit.

some more recent work can be seen at these two sites.

"Submerged Slipway II" 2004-2008

"Bend" 2000-2001

"Bath and Gate" 1992-1995

"Tree and House" 1988

Djochkoun Sami

Almost Abstractions with a very nice in-process feel to them. He also does these very strange pen and ink drawings.
To see more drawings you need to look at his work on

"Fauna Flash" 2005

untitled 2005

and I just love this drawing

untitled as far as I can tell.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chris Charlebois

Here are three pieces ranging from straight landscape to almost complete abstraction without ever losing the feel of the place. That place is the Pacific Northwest. British Columbia in this case. I love his focus on the more humble natural scenes that you might see anywhere. Even in the city.
There's a lot more at his gallery's website

"Tree Stand Near Terra Nova" 2007

"The View From Sarah's Window" 2008

"Undergrowth with Red Berries" 2008

Philip Ayers

Sometimes I have a hell of a time trying to figure out what to put on this site from a particular Artist. Tim Lowly was like that. This guy even more so. You absolutely must browse through his site to get an idea of the variety and intensity of this man's obsessions. It's a little scary.

Don't forget to click on the images to see them larger. Especially "Never Look Back"

"Dome" 2006

"Never Look Back" 1993

"Road" 1980