Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Alexander Krivosheiw, Amour II, 2014
bronze, 32 x 27 x 20 in.
Krivosheiw's sculptures are mesmerizing, dynamic and curvilinear with a sophisticated balance between representation and abstraction. They seem timeless with their organic movement and musical forms. Alexander joins traditional hand-fabricated craftsmanship with innovative, iconoclastic concepts realized in bronze and aluminum. The reflection of the surrounding on the polished surface of metal gives an entirely new life to the piece and creates a strong connection with it's environment. Krivosheiw draw inspiration from varied sources including industrial design, ancient Greek cultures, and modern design aesthetic and is intrigued by the fundamental nature of metal's longevity and strength, as well as its inherent elegance.
Alexander was born in New York in 1976. Received his B.A. with Honors in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While enrolled at School, he embarked upon an intensive seven-year apprenticeship with sculptor Kevin Barrett, where he developed and honed his welding and fabrication skills for large-form sculpture.
His work is in many museums and private collections such as: Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation. He exhibited at Soho Grand Hotel, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, Dave Parsons Studio all in New York and many other reputable galleries nationally and internationally.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Joseph McGurl, Journey through Time and Space, Plein Air Italian Landscapes
oil on panels, 49 x 58 in. (each panel 9 x 12 inches)
"Journey through Time and Space, Plein Air Italian Landscapes" is a nine painting collection by Joseph McGurl, a leader in the current American landscape school. McGurl is one of the few contemporary realists who does not include the use of photography in his art. He is a devoted plein air painter which allows him to connect with the landscape on a personal level and gain a deeper understanding of his subject. Rather than relying on photography, McGurl often works on site, exploring the light, form, space, and color through paint.
In the picture below, you can see his site size painting method and how when his drawing and colors are accurate, it blends into the scene. He doesn't always follow what he sees this closely, but sometimes there is not much about the subject that needs changing.
Joseph McGurl was born in Massachusetts in 1958. He grew up working with his father, James McGurl, who is a muralist and his most influential teacher. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a dual major in painting and education and also studied in England and Italy. After college, he worked for a period of time as a yacht captain, sailing the east coast from Maine to the Caribbean. In search of a more solid training in drawing, he sought out Robert Cormier, a devotee of the French Academy methods, and for two years he studied figure drawing under him. Joseph synthesizes academic figure drawing skills with sight-size landscape painting resulting in a new and unique approach to addressing the landscape.
Mr. McGurl's paintings have been included in several museum exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, California, and Rhode Island as well as being exhibited in numerous group museum exhibitions which travelled throughout the country. He has had retrospective solo shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Saint Botolph Club of Boston. The Arnot Art Museum's Representing Representation, a survey of the most significant representational work being done today, included his work as an example of contemporary landscape painting. He is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Mellon Collection, The Forbes Collection, Sen. John Kerry, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. McGurl has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center in New York. He has been elected to the Guild of Boston Artists, was a Copley Master with the Copley Society of Boston, and is a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America. His many awards include the Guild of Boston Artists Gold Medallion, The Art Renewal Center's International Salon First Place in Landscape, American Fine Art Magazine Award of Excellence, and the John Singleton Copley Award for Artistic Achievement.
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