Monday, November 15, 2010
Some of the best painters out there have dawned the cover of this magazine. I definitely don't feel like I should be perceived as one of them. I have years and years to go before I'll feel like I'm putting down what I imagine in my mind, but this is a huge honor and I'm flattered that they picked my piece for the cover of the December issue. Thanks Artist's Magazine
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I met this person a couple years ago. She was making sandwiches up at the sundance ski resort. The hair. The skin complexion. I left a note telling her I was a painter and wanted to paint her face. I think she was weirded out. This is one of my favorite paintings to date. Right now it's part of the mirror mirror show up at Meyer Gallery in Park City.
Friday, July 16, 2010
There are so many aspects of this pose and composition that I like. I hope you do too. A lot of people keep asking me if I painted a cancer patient. If that's what you see in a woman with a shaved head then that is totally ok. If that can be inspiring to someone who has battled or dealt with cancer in some way then that is even better. That was not my intention initially. In this case the shape of the cranium without hair is just beautiful to me.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
yeah weird. I've never really attempted a real self-portrait. For various reasons I've never really wanted to. I dont like spending too much time in front of the mirror in the morning much less looking at myself for days for a painting. The Julie Nester Gallery in Park City invited me to participate in a group show of all self-portraits so I agreed. I like Julie and her gallery space, and she has recruited some out-of-state artists that I respect a lot like Zack Zdrale, Eric Zener, and one of her artists whose work I am a recent fan of, David Ochoa. This piece is the largest head I've ever painted. I figure if I'm going to analyze my own features I'd go all the way. The panel measures 28" x 28". That isn't super huge, but it's a lot bigger than I usually paint. Mark making is really fun at that scale. The show opens this Saturday night, June 12th, 6pm. Hope you can make it.
This is one of the latest of my wife's work, and I must admit it is one of my favorites. I get the privileged of living with her work on our wall before it gets sent off to various shows around the world. I love this painting. Its 4ft x 4ft of interesting tactful surface. Sunny's process enables a viewer to consistently discover attractive nuances in every piece. Sunny Belliston Taylor has a solo show opening at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake this Friday, June 11th, 7pm. She will be showing a number of her small three-dimensional paintings, and about four of these latest landscape paintings. You should really be there.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Well, its been a refreshing Spring season despite the two snow storms we've had in the past week. That's normal right? For it to snow at the end of April? Diediker is back from Australia which means camp fires and Chef's Table hook-ups. And I've actually got some sun on the face while doing a little plein air painting. NOT a strong part of my skills. plein air painting. But it is good to be outside again.
Anyways, There are 3 different shows I'm excited to participate in. This painting titled "pepper" will show at the Utah Museum of Fine Art beginning the first weekend in May. I like this piece.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I have been a huge fan of Walter Rane for many years now. This is actually the first painting I saw of his that caught my interest and hooked me on Rane's work. He is a master of composition, so intelligent with the figure, surfaces, and edges. I love his work.
He will be visiting the Bridge Academy April 22nd. All people are invited. 6pm.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Our class at the BRIDGE is working on a head drawing series. I'm really proud of the students. They've put together some interesting work. This is us critiquing Darci's series. She's found the best subjects. I cant wait to see it finished. I'll post some of them on the bridge blog when they're done.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I have a friend who has been dedicated to making music longer than I've been drawing skate-punks and cheese-monsters. He is a true "outlier" when it comes to the bass guitar. We both come from the west side of sin city where greasy pizza, slurpees, and 150 degree asphalt are the essence of a summer night. Brandon Campbell plays bass in a band called NEON TREES. They just released their debut album, HABITS. Its ONLY 7$ on itunes. Get it. If you are a lover of rock-n-roll you wont be disappointed. Even though I love my friend I would not recommend this if it wasn't good. Check it out.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I recently painted this piece to be included in an exhibit themed "Hard Times". This show is a collection of works by living painters that address the current worldwide financial problems we are all facing, and the socioeconomic environment we live in. Maynard Dixon's Forgotten Man was a catalyst for this exhibit.
For a couple years I've wanted to attempt a modern interpretation of Daniel Ridgeway Knight's "First Grief". Never was I really shooting for the level of naturalism that Knight was committed to, it's almost like apples and oranges, but I definitely gained an even greater appreciation for the nineteenth century painters.
For those in the local area, this piece will be included in a show exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art from March 15th - April 25th. You will not want to miss the opportunity. The show includes pieces from some of the country's most accomplished renowned realist painters. Some of my all-time favorite artists including, Steven Assael, David Kassan, Burton Silverman, Gary E Smith, Sean Diediker, Warren Chang, Trevor Southey, and David Linn. The reception is scheduled for March 24th, 6-9pm. After Springville, the show will travel to museums on the east coast.