Recently Lauren and I were able to visit the incredible exhibit "Women of Abstract Expressionism" at the Denver Art Museum. The show consists of work by women that helped to shape the art movement known as Abstract Expressionism in the 1940s and 1950s. The artists featured are: Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Ethel Schwabacher, Deborah Remington, Mary Abbott, Perle Fine, Sonia Gechtoff, and Judith Godwin.
Here are just a few of the amazing pieces in the show, which will be up until September 25.
Ethel Schwabacher's Antigone I, oil on canvas, 1958
Helen Frankenthaler's, Fire, oil on canvas, 1961
Elaine de Kooning's Bullfight, oil on canvas, 1959
Lee Krasner's The seasons, oil and house paint on canvas, 1957
Joan Mitchell's Evenings on Seventy-third Street, oil on canvas, 1956-57
Sonia Gechtoff's The beginning, oil on canvas, 1960
The Opening Games of the 2016 Rio Olympics begin tonight, so I am taking this opportunity to announce the release of my new drawing series "OLYMPIANS" - honoring the champions of the ancient Olympic Games.
My work has always been influenced by the potential of the human body. Athletes, in particular, are an inspiration to me - as they were to the ancient Greeks - in that they embody that perfect synthesis of body and mind. Their determination, focus, and prowess elevated them to a level of semi-divinity in the early days of the Olympic Games.
The athletes portrayed in this series hailed from Alexandria to Athens, and represent the 1st to 7th centuries BC. The ancient competitions of the stadion (short foot race), horse racing, wrestling, boxing, pankration (a mixture of the previous two events), and the pentathlon (5 separate events: short foot race, javelin throw, wrestling, long jump and discus throw) are depicted. Below you can find a sampling from the series:
Hieron of Syracuse, charcoal on paper, 14 x 17", 2016
Hieron of Syracuse was the 476 & 472 BC winner of the horse racing event.
& enjoy watching and celebrating our modern day athletes in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio!
Xenophon of Corinth, charcoal on paper, 9 x 12", 2016
Xenophon of Corinth was the winner of the pentathlon, which involved the discus throw, in 464 BC.
My good friend, Paul Mouser is a real-life Hercules. Being a personal trainer, himself a strongman competitor as well as the Strongman Corp West Virginia State Chairman, and retired pro wrestler are more than enough to qualify him for this status. Recently, when working on my painting "Hercules breaking the bonds of Prometheus", I consulted Paul on the mechanics of how one would go about breaking a chain. Paul's no stranger to these types of feats, as you can see in the video below.
Paul performing one of his many strongman feats -
bending a 60 D galvanized steel timber tie.
To the left, you can see examples of the timber ties before and after the bend in relation to his big size 12 shoe.
He informed me that the object would need to be kept close to the body. A small, but powerful range of movements would be used, instead of grand, exaggerated ones. You can see in this previous post, how I started with one pose and ended with a slightly different version.
So there you have it. A real-life Hercules helped in the process of this piece! Enjoy!
Hercules breaking the bonds of Prometheus, latex and acrylic paint on canvas, 36 x 48", 2016