Saturday, October 26, 2019

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 60 - With Footnotes

Christopher James
Chez Camille, Paris
Oil on Wood
14.2 W x 18.1 H x 0.2 in

Located along the route up from Place des Abbesses to Montmartre, next to the Bateau-Lavoir building where Picasso once had a workshop, Chez Camille has lost none of its charm. The tiny terrace and sprinkling of tables in this place perched high above the hubbub of the city are always keenly sought after. More on Chez Camille

"I was attracted to the look and character of this Parisian restaurant, which is often used by artists and musicians. I found painting the sidewalk and road interesting as well, as it was an strong contrast to the red of the restaurant..." Christopher James

Christopher James was born in County Durham, England. James has been a serious painter for over 25 years. He studied fine art at the University of Northumbria, though is mostly self taught. He has exhibited in London, Kent and Edinburgh and his paintings have attracted collectors from the UK and internationally. He dreamt of being an artist from the age of 12 and discovering biblical images by Rembrandt in a family bible had sparked an early fascination with dramatic light and form. His compositions of atmospheric street scenes, landscapes and figure studies are informed by a combination of oil sketches, photography and memory. Ultimately striving to create qualities of light, which reflect deeper memories, emotions and imagination. At the same time capturing sacred and timeless qualities of people, architecture and nature. ​ Many artists from early Renaissance to the present day have been an influence on his progress. Especially Andrea Del Sarto, Van Gogh, Sargent, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sickert, Joan Eardley, Gwen John, Marino Marini, Andrew Gifford, Peter Brown and many more. More on Christopher James




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Thursday, October 24, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 37

Hassan Sharif, (1951-2016) , EMIRIAN
GARDEN #1, c. 2007
Oil on canvas 
100 by 70cm.; 39 3/8 by 27 1/2 in.
Private collection

Hassan Sharif (1951-2016) made a vital contribution to conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East through 40 years of performance, installation, drawing, painting and assemblage. Prior to leaving the UAE to study in London in 1979, Sharif gained attention for his cartoons published in the U­AE press - ironic, outspoken critiques of the rapid industrialisation of the Emirates and political deadlock of 1970s Arab Nationalism. As an artist, he rejected calligraphic abstraction, which was becoming the dominant discourse in the Middle East at that time, and pursued instead a pointedly contemporary vocabulary, drawing on the non-elitism and intermedia of Fluxus and the potential in British Constructionism's systemic processes of making.

Sharif graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art in 1984 and returned to the UAE shortly after. He set about staging interventions and the first exhibitions of contemporary art in Sharjah, as well as translating art historical texts and manifestos into Arabic so as to provoke a local audience to engage with - or at least reject - contemporary art discourse. 

In addition to his own practice, he also encouraged and supported several generations of artists in the Emirates. Sharif was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and the Art Atelier in the Youth Theatre and Arts in Dubai. In 2007, he was one of the four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai institution for promoting contemporary Emirati artists. More on Hassan Sharif






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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 59 - With Footnotes

HERMAN PEKEL, (born 1956) 
Paris Evening 
Oil on board 
121 x 60cm 
Private collection

“The tactile quality of impasto oil paint, its smell, the feel, had me addicted when only twelve years old. Forty years later, the addiction has grown into an obsession. The subject for me, personally is less consequential than the simple matter of applying paint to canvas. As long as the shapes within the picture plane harmonise with one another the addiction can continue.” – Herman Pekel.

Herman Pekel was born in Melbourne in 1956 of Dutch parents. Herman’s first solo art exhibition was held in Melbourne at the age of 17 and was a sell-out success. Herman’s tonal works in oil and watercolour range from city to landscapes, to café and bar interiors, to dynamic industrial scenery. They all demonstrate the best of contemporary impressionism. Herman is a multi-awarded painter: a three-time winner of the coveted Camberwell Gold Medal Art Prize and a winner of the prestigious Alice Bale Award in 1989 and 1993. Herman is a longstanding member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. Herman is a painter with immense talent and insight, and continues to actively exhibit across Australia and internationally. More on Herman Pekel




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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 66 - With Footnotes

Jean Dufy, (1888 - 1964)
Montmartre 
Watercolor on paper
51 x 65 cm
Private collection

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. More on the Basilica

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy





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Saturday, October 19, 2019

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 52 - With Footnotes

Norman Alfred William Lindsay, 1879-1969
Woman Enchanting Man (circa 1932) 
Watercolour on paper
38.5 x 32.5 cm
Private collection

Norman Alfred William Lindsay (22 February 1879 – 21 November 1969) was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeller, and an accomplished amateur boxer.

In 1895, Lindsay moved to Melbourne to work on a local magazine with his older brother Lionel. In 1901, he and Lionel, his older brother, joined the staff of the Sydney Bulletin, a weekly newspaper, magazine and review. His association there would last fifty years.

Lindsay travelled to Europe in 1909. In Naples he began 100 pen-and-ink illustrations for Petronius' Satyricon. Visits to the then South Kensington Museum where he made sketches of model ships in the Museum's collection stimulated a lifelong interest in ship models. The Lindsays returned to Australia in 1911.

Lindsay wrote the children's classic The Magic Pudding which was published in 1918. Many of his novels have a frankness and vitality that matches his art. In 1938, Lindsay published Age of Consent.

Cartoons, by Lindsay, were used both for recruitment and to promote conscription during World War I.
Lindsay also worked as an editorial cartoonist, notable for often illustrating the racist and right-wing political leanings that dominated The Bulletin at that time.

Lindsay influenced numerous artists, notably the illustrators Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta; he was also good friends with Ernest Moffitt. More on Norman Alfred William Lindsay





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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 36

Safwan Dahoul, B. 1961, SYRIAN
UNTITLED 
Oil and gold leaf on wood 
25 by 20cm.; 9 7/8 by 7 7/8 in.
Private collection

Safwan Dahoul, born in 1961 in Hama, Syria, Dahoul was initially trained by leading modernists at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus before travelling to Belgium, where he earned a doctorate from the Higher Institute of Plastic Arts in Mons. Upon returning to Syria, he began teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts and was a prominent member of the Damascus art scene. In the span of a decade, Dahoul nurtured a new generation of artists as an active mentor whose evolving aesthetic often ignited new directions in painting. Given the trajectory and status of his painting style, Dahoul’s career is regarded as a crucial link between modern and contemporary Arab art.

Since the late 1980s, Dahoul’s ongoing Dream series has explored the physical and psychological effects of alienation, solitude, and longing that punctuate the human experience at various stages in life. Partly autobiographical, this seminal body of work uses the formal properties of painting to recreate the subconscious sense of enclosure that surfaces during times of crisis. The artist’s recurring female protagonist facilitates this visceral experience through her contorted body, often-vacant eyes, and minimised yet monumental physicality. Depicted in the confinement of ambiguous settings, her presence is defined by the placement of various objects that seem to deepen the state of her disaffection, as even the familiar becomes a trigger of distress. More on Safwan Dahoul

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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
Vue aérienne de Paris: le jardin des Tuileries et la Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre/  Aerial view of Paris: the Tuileries Garden and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre
Gouache on paper
60.3 x 46.5 cm., 23 3/4 x 18 5/16 in.
Private collection

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy




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Saturday, October 12, 2019

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 51 - With Footnotes

Robert G. Harris, American (1911 - 2007)
LOVERS ON THE BEACH, c. 1941
Oil on canvas
20 ¼ x 44 ¾ inches (51.4 x 113.7 cm)
Private collection

Robert George Harris was born September 9, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. Harris studied at the Kansas City Art Institute since the age of fourteen.

In 1933 he left Kansas City and drove a motorcycle all the way to New York City. He opened an art studio in New Rochelle at 560 Main Street. 

His first published assignments were story illustrations for Street & Smith's Western Story. He went on to paint covers for Complete Stories, Double Action Western, Doc Savage, Pete Rice Western, Thrilling Adventures, Western Round-Up, Western Story, and Wild West Weekly.

In 1937 he was signed by American Artists Agency, which helped him to move up from the pulps to illustrating slick magazines. He worked for Cosmopolitan,Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Liberty, McCall's, Redbook, and The Saturday Evening Post.

During WWII he volunteered to join the USO Artists For Freedom Project, which was organized by the NY Society of Illustrators to bring together over 200 artists to draw thousands of portrait sketches of wounded servicemen recuperating in military hospitals. Harris visited hospitals in New York, Connecticut, Virginia, and North Carolina.

In 1953 he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and continued to work as an illustrator until 1961, when he began to concentrate on a new career as a portrait artist.

In 1970 he moved to Carefree, Arizona, and continued to paint important portrait commmissions until his retirement in 1989.

Robert Harris died at age of 96 on December 23, 2007. More on Robert Harris





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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 35

Rasha Amin, Egypt
Always remember
Mixed media on canvas
 55.1 W x 55.1 H x 0.1 in

"In the real world we find repetitive actions and experiences of violence, hatred, and loneliness. Unfortunately the reality became so connected to the digital world, especially with the rise of social media. As many researches has shown they make us more isolated, responsible for increasing of our negativity, violence, anger and hatred to grow within us.


I've been inspired by the Italian artist Caravaggio's Entombment of the Christ" Rasha Amin

Rasha Amin, an Egyptian artist earned a BFA in interior design in 2003 from faculty of Fine Arts in Helena university in Egypt. She has been working as a visual artist and a graphic designer. With time and practice, she has found an intersection point between them and subsequently developed her own visual and conceptual vocabulary. Her work mostly like connection dots game, as she makes a connection between things that matter in her world, and to build a dialogue with the viewers and ultimately create an open space for questions and thinking beyond the artworks themselves. More on Rasha Amin





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02 Paintings, Streets of Paris, Part 64 - With Footnotes

Emvienne Maria Anvers, France
Paris on the Roofs
Oil on Paper
14.2 W x 18.9 H x 0.4 in

"This painting is a part of my personal collection of art works dedicated to the Parisian rooftops, and as the rest of them a tribute to the their strange beauty, reflecting centuries of life unfolding under them."



Elizabeth Elkin, Canada
Paris Wall
Oil on canvas
36 W x 36 H x 0.9 in
Private collection


"City of Light, Paris is one of my favorite city in the world. I like to paint the rooftops and view above."

Elizabeth Elkin is a renowned professional artist with an international reputation and over thirty years of experience. The true innovation of her work lies in the power of her vibrant colors, her museum quality works of expressionist art. Elizabeth has exhibited her work both locally and internationally for many years. Since 1990, she has shown her work in numerous galleries, juried group shows and solo exhibitions throughout North America. Her works has also been featured in several publications. In 2014 her work was published in the West of the City magazine and in 2002, one of her painting was chosen for the poster of The Association of Canadian Women Composers in Chamber Music Festival and received personal recognition from Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson. In 2001, she was a featured artist in Ottawa Life magazine. Elizabeth has had a life-long dedication to visual arts. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Colour and Form Society and Ontario Society of Artists. Elizabeth’s paintings can be found in the collections of MBA Ottawa University, Government of Ontario Art Collection and 300+ private collections around the world. More on Elizabeth Elkin 




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Thursday, October 3, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 34

Hosni Radwan
Jerusalem #6, c. 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 1/5 × 44 1/2 in, 102 × 113 cm

Hosni Radwan was born in Baghdad in 1955. He studied fine arts at the University of Baghdad specializing in graphics. He held a number of solo exhibitions in Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Japan and Palestine. Radwan took part in international biennales including those of Berlin, Cairo and Sharja. He left Baghdad in 1979 and headed to Beirut where he worked in graphic design and journalism while continuing to draw and paint using his talents to express his position vis-à-vis the cause of his people.


He has exhibited widely and his solo shows have been held in cities including Tunis (1993); Tokyo (1985); Nicosia (1983); Ramallah (2003 ,2002 ,1997, 2017); Baghdad (2001) and Kuwait (2008). Radwan currently lives and works in Ramallah. More on Hosni Radwan



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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 63 - With Footnotes

Christopher James
Chez Camille, Paris.
Oil on Wood
14.2 W x 18.1 H x 0.2 in

"I was attracted to the look and character of this Parisian restaurant, which is often used by artists and musicians. I found painting the sidewalk and road interesting as well, as it was an strong contrast to the red of the restaurant.."

Chez Camille, Paris, is a typical Parisian brasserie, Camille offers authentic and traditional French cuisine. Especially paid tribute there are French staples in a welcoming woodwork, zinc and stone setting, you are sure to have a wonderful time. On sunny days you can even enjoy a table set up outside to enjoy the stunning views in one of the busiest streets of the Marais between the Place des Vosges and Archives. More on Chez Camille

Christopher James was born in County Durham, England. James has been a serious painter for over 25 years. He studied fine art at the University of Northumbria, though is mostly self taught. He has exhibited in London, Kent and Edinburgh and his paintings have attracted collectors from the UK and internationally. He dreamt of being an artist from the age of 12 and discovering biblical images by Rembrandt in a family bible had sparked an early fascination with dramatic light and form. His compositions of atmospheric street scenes, landscapes and figure studies are informed by a combination of oil sketches, photography and memory. Ultimately striving to create qualities of light, which reflect deeper memories, emotions and imagination. At the same time capturing sacred and timeless qualities of people, architecture and nature. ​ Many artists from early Renaissance to the present day have been an influence on his progress. Especially Andrea Del Sarto, Van Gogh, Sargent, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sickert, Joan Eardley, Gwen John, Marino Marini, Andrew Gifford, Peter Brown and many more. More on Christopher James





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