Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vacation via a painting--the work of artist KELLI KAUFMAN


At different points in life the feeling of wanting to be anywhere but here, wherever here happens to be at that moment, is so real and strong that I feel it with every bit of my being. Life, very real life, has been intense over the last few weeks and the desire to escape to more pleasant ground has been palpable. Fortunately, I work with talented artists and receive images of beautiful paintings on almost a daily basis. And so the escape happens exactly when it seems I most need it when an email comes in with an image of a completed piece that takes me on a little vacation in my mind.

I can always count on one of those moments of respite anytime I open an image by Louisiana painter KELLI KAUFMAN. And it seems that art collectors receive the same gift from Kelli whenever they connect with a piece and know that it has to live in their home to take them on a peaceful trip every time they look at the piece.

So thank you, Kelli Kaufman! I needed some time this morning to just be in a few of your paintings to meditate and hit the pause button to soak in the peace that comes through them.

Here are a few of my favorites that are currently in the inventory of the galleries that represent this incredibly talented artist. Enjoy.....


KELLI KAUFMAN 
Light As Air
Oil and Wax on Wood Panel, framed
30" x 40"
$ 2,200.00
available from Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA



KELLI KAUFMAN
 
La Mer II
Oil /Wax on Board, framed
16” x 20”
$ 750.00
available from VIEW GALLERY, Ridgeland, MS



KELLI KAUFMAN
Wade in the Water
Oil/Wax on Panel, framed
9” x 12”  
 $ 275.00   
available from VIEW GALLERY, Ridgeland, MS



KELLI KAUFMAN
Gulf Waters
Oil/Wax on Canvas, framed
30" x 48"
$ 2,150.00
available from OASIS, Destin, FL


KELLI KAUFMAN
Providenciales
Oil/Wax on Canvas, framed
40” x 60”
$ 5,200.00
available from PERCH.home, New Orleans, LA

Be sure to spend some time browsing the website of Kelli Kaufman, www.kellikaufman.com, and feel free to contact me with any inquiries or for more information on the paintings by Kelli Kaufman.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Artists of Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting at LOUNGE GALLERY, January 2014


Thanks to foot surgery in November, the last couple of months have been rather unpleasant at times. I am looking forward to the New Year with lots of exciting work with artists and projects and posts that I will be doing!

I am starting the New Year off with a bang with the opening of "The Artists of Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting" Show at LOUNGE GALLERY in Lafayette, LA. During Lafayette's 2nd Saturday Art Walk next Saturday, January 11th, new work by eight artists will be shown. 

I am very fortunate to work with many talented artists and this show includes Jacob Broussard, Page Jones Davis, Kelli Kaufman, Caroline Chunn McCarthy, Anne McLeod, Connor McManus, Linda Moncla, and Laurence Young--artists from Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and Massachusetts.

Here are two pieces by each of the artists. This is just a preview of the fantastic paintings in the show. If you are in Louisiana next Saturday, be at LOUNGE GALLERY on Buchanan Street in downtown Lafayette for the opening reception which is from 5:30-8:30. And, as always, if you would like more information or additional photos of any of these pieces, let me know. If you cannot make the opening but would like to see the show in person, please contact me to make an appointment.

Wishing you a very happy 2014 filled with great art!

KELLI KAUFMAN
Lafayette, LA

 
Kelli Kaufman's "Marsh Sunset", Oil/Wax on Canvas, 36" x 48"





Kelli Kaufman's "River Light", Oil/Wax on Canvas, 16" x 20"


 JACOB BROUSSARD
Carencro, LA



Jacob Broussard's "Women and Boy II", Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"


Jacob Broussard's "Figure Study",  Oil on Canvas, 10" x 10"


LAURENCE YOUNG
Provincetown, MA


Laurence Young's "Lady With Fan", Oil/Wax on Canvas, 24" x 18"
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Laurence Young's "Laid Back", Mixed Media on Paper, 20" x 17"


ANNE McLEOD
Metairie, LA


Anne McLeod's "French Blue Sky I", Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 24"


Anne McLeod's "French Blue Sky III", Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 24"



PAGE JONES DAVIS
Spartanburg, SC

Page Jones Davis's "Spring #2", Mixed Media on Canvas, 40" x 40"
Page Jones Davis's "Spring #3", Mixed Media on Canvas, 40" x 40"

LINDA MONCLA
Lafayette, LA

Linda Moncla's "Sailing", Watercolor on Paper, app. 20" x 11 1/2"



Linda Moncla's "Clouds Over the Beach", Watercolor on Paper, app. 38" x 24"

CAROLINE CHUNN McCARTHY
Mobile, AL


Caroline Chunn McCarthy's "Oakleaf Hydrangea", Oil on Panel, 24" x 24"



Caroline Chunn McCarthy's "Contemporary Still Life", Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"


CONNOR McMANUS
New Orleans, LA

Connor McManus's "Flowers Falling", Ink on Paper, app. 24" x 36"



"Roots" by Connor McManus, Acrylic on Canvas, 32" x 48"

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Figure, The Face, The Body: Part 1

Being at The Jewish Museum in New York two weeks ago to see the "Chagall: Love, War, and Exile" show brought back memories of the last time I was at the museum. And that led to memories of another show. A powerful show will do that. The Chagall show is incredible--moving and haunting-- and I will write about it on another day. If you are in New York between now and February 2nd, be sure to see the show.

Meanwhile, back to the shows that I have been revisiting in my mind after being at The Jewish Museum........


The experience of seeing "Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier" at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, was everlasting. Ten years later and I wish I could stand before those pieces and have that feeling again, the moment of exhalation in front of a piece after recovering from the first glance which had taken my breath away. 

book from the National Academy exhibition-available via  Barnes & Noble  here

About the show, the National Academy published:

"Between spring and fall 1909, Picasso produced more than 60 portraits of his companion, Fernande Olivier, in a variety of formats and mediums. In its intense devotion to a single subject, the series is virtually unprecedented in the history of portraiture. Powerful and melancholic, these portraits are among the most compelling in the history of modern art. This exhibition brings together some 50 of the related works, revealing Picasso's exploration of cubism and his radical reformulation of human physiognomy."

KEY WORDS: "radical reformulation of human physiognomy". Experiencing the beauty of another human, a woman loved by the artist, presented in this style was new to me and a bit uncomfortable at first. Breathtaking yet uncomfortable and then mesmerizing, beguiling, wonderful.


Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Fernande, Horta de Ebro
OIl on Canvas

Pablo Picasso
Standing Female Nude
Watercolor on Paper


Pablo Picasso
Bust of a Woman
portrait of Fernande Olivier 



I remember where I was, who I was with, and what I said when I saw this piece:




"WHOA! She's so beautiful. Is it Jackie Kennedy?" Completely taken, I listened as it was explained that this was by Alex Katz and the woman is his wife, Ada. The sight of "Ada in Hat" was shortly after the National Academy Picasso exhibition visit. 

In 2006, The Jewish Museum in New York mounted an unbelievable show, "Alex Katz Paints Ada". Again, just as in recollection of the Picasso show, my memory is so clear as I recall spending a couple of hours in the museum taking in each piece.  Standing back, moving closer, focusing on a small portion of a painting, then all of it. 


exhibition catalog of "Alex Katz Paints Ada" available from The Jewish Museum here

About the show, The Jewish Museum's statement said:

"For almost fifty years, the American painter Alex Katz has painted a series of portraits of his wife, Ada. These paintings have attained an iconic status and are unprecedented in their focus on a single figure over so many decades. Katz's portraits of Ada also raise fascinating questions about his methods and intentions: How much do these paintings reveal and how much do they conceal about their subject? How does the artist convey such vitality on his canvases? And how does Katz's work fit into the history of portraiture and the art movements of the 1960s and beyond? 

This fall The Jewish Museum will present Alex Katz Paints Ada, an exhibition of 40 paintings dating from 1957 to 2005. As the art historian Irving Sandler wrote in 1998, Ada "is woman, wife, mother, muse, model, sociable hostess, myth, icon, and New York goddess." The exhibition includes formal portraits, group scenes, and small paintings depicting Ada with husband Alex and son Vincent, and Ada in social and outdoor settings. To view this enthralling body of work is to understand the cycles of daily life and and the continual self-examination and reinvention of the relationship between a great artist and and his lifelong muse."


Alex Katz
Ada and Vincent, 1967


Alex Katz
Blue Umbrella #2, 1972


Alex Katz
Black Scarf, 1996


Whether cubism or realism, the love of figurative work and portraiture was born. And it continues.

Sometime soon after experiencing the Katz show, I saw this image in Elle Decor:


Steven Stolman's Palm Beach condo with Sally Michel painting over the sofa-image via Elle Decor
The room is well designed, interesting, pretty. But it's the painting to which my eye is immediately drawn. I learned that the artist is Sally Michel, the wife of Milton Avery. Neither cubism nor realism, this piece of a woman lounging with her bushy tailed cat is whimsical. Colorful, bold, abstract with the face left unfinished. 

Here is an example of another Sally Michel piece:

Sally Michel
John at Tea Time
Oil on Panel
24" x 18"
via Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL
www.loucksgallery.com
And somewhere along the way, Elizabeth Peyton's work was introduced to me. LOVE. Major love. 
A piece from the permanent collection of MOMA:


Elizabeth Peyton
John & Jackie
Lithograph
from permanent collection of MOMA, New York
image via moma.org

and an image that I know nothing about except it is fantastic:

Elizabeth Peyton painting--image via Habitually Chic blog


In July of 2010, I visited the studio of Provincetown painter Cynthia Packard and saw these figurative pieces. HELLO! Moody. Deep. Dark. Seductive. And by an artist whose work I can specify for a client. And I did. "My Room" lives in the study of a Lafayette, LA, client.







"My Room" by Cynthia Packard. Mixed Media Figurative Collage. Now in collection in Lafayette, LA.

More on Cynthia in part 2 of this post.

That same Summer in Provincetown, I met Laurence Young. I loved his work and selected a piece for the same Lafayette client who has Cynthia Packard's piece. I met with Laurence at his studio and was immediately blown away by this piece:


LAURENCE YOUNG
Back Stitch
Oil/ Wax on Canvas, framed
24" x 18"
$ 2,000.00
available from Laurence Young
www.laurenceyoung.com

The colors, that back, the detail. Wow. And this:

LAURENCE YOUNG
Lady With Fan
Oil/Wax on Canvas, framed
24" x 18"
$ 2,200.00
available from Laurence Young
www.laurenceyoung.com


Again, colors, texture, depth, composition. AND, Laurence Young studied with Cynthia Packard. I knew I had to do something with this artist. I knew his work would have an audience outside of Provincetown and the Northeast. And now both VIEW GALLERY in Ridgeland, MS, and GREGG IRBY FINE ART in Atlanta, GA, have figurative pieces by Laurence Young.


LAURENCE YOUNG
Leave Me Alone
Mixed Media on Paper
18" x 24" matted
$ 275.00
available from VIEW GALLERY-Ridgeland, MS
www.viewgalleryart.com


LAURENCE YOUNG
Take My Hand
Oil/Wax on panel, framed
12" x 12"
$ 900.00
available from VIEW GALLERY-Ridgeland, MS
www.viewgalleryart.com




LAURENCE YOUNG
Strike A Pose
Mixed Media on Paper
18" x 24" Matted
$ 325.00
available from GREGG IRBY FINE ART-Atlanta, GA
www.greggirbyfineart.com



LAURENCE YOUNG
Seated Woman Suite
Mixed Media on Paper
18" x 24" Matted
$ 325.00
available from GREGG IRBY FINE ART-Atlanta, GA
www.greggirbyfineart.com
Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) currently has Laurence Young's "Veiled Portrait" on display in the annual members juried show which is hanging at PAAM through January.

LAURENCE YOUNG
Veiled Portrait
Oil/Wax on Canvas
30" x 30"
$ 2,900.00
available from Laurence Young, www.laurenceyoung.com



Known for her landscapes, Kelli Kaufman created a series of nude figurative pieces after studying with Laurence Young in 2010 and Cynthia Packard this past Summer. About painting nudes, Kelli wrote:
"I enjoy painting them because they are new to me.  It’s been a process of exploring new territory, out of my usual comfort zone, and that’s exciting to me."

For Kelli there is a release, a freedom, from painting landscapes. And an entire show was devoted to figurative work.
"Silhouette" opened at Kelli Kaufman Studio and Gallery in Lafayette, LA, in September of this year and received great praise. 




Four of the galleries that represent Kelli Kaufman have figurative pieces in inventory:

KELLI KAUFMAN
Blue Solitude I
Oil/Wax on Panel, framed
16" x 20"
$ 750.00
available from VIEW GALLERY-Ridgeland, MS
www.viewgalleryart.com


KELLI KAUFMAN
No Man is an Island
Oil and Wax on Canvas, framed
18" x 24"
$ 750.00
available from PERCH-New Orleans, LA
www.perch-home.com


KELLI KAUFMAN
Wade in the Water
Oil/Wax/Pastel on Panel, framed
9" x 12"
$ 225.00
available from OASIS-Destin, FL
www.oasisrugandhome.com


KELLI KAUFMAN
Repose
Oil and Wax on Canvas, framed
16" x 20"
$ 750.00
available from OASIS-Destin, FL
www.oasisrugandhome.com


And then there is Jacob Broussard, a 20 year old art major at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. When a gallerist saw Jacob's work earlier this year, she said, "this isn't learned. It is innate in him." Phyllis Geary of VIEW GALLERY in Mississippi was talking about Jacob Broussard's incredible command of the human figure and flesh and facial expressions and capturing life in a painting.

Often working from archival photographs from his family's stash of 1940s and 50s photos, Jacob brings a familiar moment in time to today. So much so that the viewer feels connected to the figure, the man, the woman, who has been elevated to receiving full attention and focus in Jacob's paintings.

"Elmo Jun" captured Best in Show at the 2013 Big Easel Art Show in Lafayette. About this piece, Jacob Broussard wrote:

"it's a 1947 image of my grandfather with his biker gang as a child. It's been part of an investigation I've developed this past semester, I was looking for different ways towards approaching flesh with paint; as I was researching different artists, I was thinking of a spiritual sense of flesh, family lineage, reincarnation, different flesh, but same spirit sort of work. Since looking at old photographs and reproducing many copies, I wanted that to become incorporated within the painting, so I duplicated the faces and hands, almost a literal interpretation of reproducing yourself from your ancestors. My grandfather is a paraplegic now, he lost his right leg 7 years ago on my 13th birthday. I wanted his leg to be a focus, exposed area of the painting, being that he lost flesh on a day of significance, a day of reproducing of his own flesh (my birthday). This commemorative painting addresses boyhood, domestic life, the age of lost innocence."

JACOB BROUSSARD
Elmo Jun
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" x 48"
SOLD

For a recent fundraiser for CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana), Jacob created "Couche Couche" based off of a photograph of the artists great grandfather and his relatives sitting at the kitchen table eating the classic Cajun dish called Couche Couche.


JACOB BROUSSARD
Couche Couche
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
SOLD


Galleries representing Jacob Broussard currently have some great piece in inventory including:

STUDY ON BICYCLE which is based off of "an original 1940s photograph from Scott, Louisiana, including the artist's grandfather and some of his childhood friends. Duplicated handlebars and arms suggest the process of recreating an image, old with time and creating 'flesh' in a sense, making it real, rebirthing the memory of these children."
JACOB BROUSSARD
Study on Bicycle
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 48"
$ 1,350.00
available from VIEW GALLERY-Ridgeland, MS
www.viewgalleryart.com
Have an image of family members or ancestors that you would like to see brought to life in a painting? Consider Jacob Broussard for a commissioned piece.



JACOB BROUSSARD
Figure with Blue EyeOil on Canvas, framed
16" x 20"
$ 200.00
available from EDWARD DARE GALLERY-Charleston, SC

Finally, from a series that Jacob did last year, Orpheus: Doubt Comes In.

About this piece:
"The Orpheus painting is an interpretation of the Grecian mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice; I wanted to have the Underworld and the river Styx almost as this rundown, pull apart junk yard, very southern slums. I have Orpheus walking forward, leading Eurydice out of the Underworld, trying not to look back at her; Eurydice is out of the picture frame, making the focus Orpheus. I wanted to capture the shift in glances as he becomes doubtful of her presence and turns to see if she even exists, and ultimately, leading to her downfall.”
JACOB BROUSSARD
Orpheus: Doubt Comes In
36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
$ 750.00
available from PERCH-New Orleans, LA
www.perch-home.com




If you didn't already, I suggest clicking on each image to see the detail in the pieces. Who are your favorite figurative artists past or present, attainable (i.e.-affordable) or not? Leave a comment or shoot me an email. I would love to know about more incredible artists.

For more information or photos of any of the pieces by Laurence Young, Kelli Kaufman, or Jacob Broussard, please email me at jefferymccullough@hotmail.com.