September 26, 2018
This weekend we will be opening up loftgallery, a home gallery in our loft apartment in downtown Corsicana. The first exhibit is of recent work mostly from the West of Center Series. The Opening will be on Saturday the 29th from 6-9pm.
September 21, 2018
Four Dogs on White Background I, Gaylen Hansen, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas, 36×43 inches. Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Today is the 97th birthday of painter Gaylen Hansen. Hansen is still painting as he has done for the last half dozen decades in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. He’s a great inspiration as a painter and as an old painter. I hope to be painting 90 inch canvases when I’m 97.
Hansen was an abstract painter earlier in his career. But he moved to the Palouse, 4,000 square miles of rolling wheat fields and windswept hills, and started painting regional subjects. He employed rough, scumbled brushwork leftover from his abstract days, a kind of naive whimsy which was entirely new. (It doesn’t take long to discover more than a little menace in the paintings as well.) Gayle Hansen worked big on huge canvas. And he still does.
Here’s a photo of Hansen back in 1990.
Photo by Gordon Brown
Buffalo and Trout, 1988.
September 12, 2018
Anger, Ben Shawn, 1953. Watercolor and Ink on Board, 25×21 inches.
Today is the birthday of painter Ben Shahn, born 1898, died 1969. American Painting 1930s and 1940s? He’s your man.
Sure, there’s Beckmann but Beckmann never stopped being German in the way that Shahn stopped being Lithuanian and became American. Shaun became early midcentury American Painting, and his drawings, book covers and posters, and portfolios made him the illustrator and soul of that period’s off-kilter struggling urban American angst. Work shoes and a cigarette. Before Abstract Expressionism.
September 8, 2018
Buster, 2018. Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 32 inches.
September 5, 2018
Sam Houston was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas on this date in 1836. Cheers.
September 4, 2018
Untitled (Rodeo Series), 2018. Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas, 32 x 26 inches.
September 2, 2018
Today is the birthday of artist Romare Bearden, born 1911. He was a fine painter but is recognized mostly for his work in collage. Here are two examples.
Pittsburgh Memory, 1964, Tate Museum
Three Folk Musicians, 1967, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Bearden died in 1988.