Seven score years ago I too walked the Way from Burgos to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
Art in Place.”, curated by Juri Koll, Director of ViCA (the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art) opens Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3 to 6pm. The exhibition continues through December 2017 by appointment and is located at the Newberry Lofts, 433 Pine Ave., Long Beach California 90802. Selected artists include KuBO, Renee Tanner, Gloriane Harris, Cosimo Cavallaro, MB Boissonault, Theodore Svenningsen, Ron Therrio, and Reginald Van Langenhove, and works from the collection of ViCA by artists such as John Baldessari, Sam Francis and Edmund Teske.
The Heritage Chair is a chair designed by the multi-faceted Kimberly Maclean, who owned and operated her own company Druids Woodworking in Saint-Louis. The frame is solid mahogany and the panels are African padauk.
As the panels had suffered from sun damage, Ms. Maclean asked her husband, Reginald Van Langenhove, Flemish oil painter, to turn in into a work of art using a mix of family photographs and 100+-year-old pictures taken from the Library of Congress.
The Heritage Chair, with its 24 small oil paintings, is a patchwork of powerful memories of African American children in days gone by, a kaleidoscope of sweet brown faces, some happy, some sad, some cheeky, some mad.
I am happy to say that I recently had two works in an art show in Chinatown in L.A., curated by my new friend Juri Koll.
As of today I have two works in this art show in Chinatown, Los Angeles, curated by Mr. Juri Koll. Do visit!
My wife Kimberly and I went to the closing event and had a blast:
(Image: Portrait of Egon Schiele by RVanLangenhove)
I’ve been influenced by so many artists that I’ve fairly lost count. I only recently remembered my very first favorite artist (because there are so many) and that was the incomparable de Toulouse-Lautrec, who might have been small in stature, but who was a grandmaster in craftsmanship. I paint and draw every single day and hope to one day reach the same level of excellence.
I love to work with paint straight from the tube onto the canvas, without mixing, giving my work an almost fauvist look, which is unrealistic in color, brutishly rendered and full of emotion.
I’m working towards a style of painting, which is both strong like Max Beckmann’s and at the same time graceful like El Greco’s.
Why do I paint people? Because we are so great at simultaneously being appalling and exalting, which makes for an exhaustive spectrum.
Why do I paint in oils? Because they are the most versatile. By changing techniques one can convey almost any emotion with them.
And why do I paint at all? Because I must. Because it makes my blood sing.