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American Art Collector, June 2012

My exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery is featured in the June 2012 issue of American Art Collector magazine.

You can read the interview here (it’s a 3.7mb pdf file).

Clear Thinking
42″ x 32″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012
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Antique Candle Stick Phones
24″ x 24″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012
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Back to Back
24″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012
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The Vanishing American
24″ x 24″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012
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Ad in American Art Collector (June 2012)

Check out this ad designed by Michelle Satterlee, gallery director at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. I think it was exactly a year ago that I mentioned that I appreciate her design skills. This ad is featured in the June 2012 issue of American Art Collector magazine.

I’ll share the article in the coming week, along with more info on the show.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Here is another round of progress photos of a few paintings I’ve been working on and some details on upcoming shows.
20+ new paintings will be exhibiting at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California for the month of June. I’ll be sharing the completed paintings in a few short weeks.

After that I’ll have 3 paintings in a group exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, starting in August.

In September I have an exhibition of several of my book paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

And finally, in late November I’ll have another solo exhibition in Los Angeles. I’ll share more details about these shows as they near. In the meantime, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Some recent progress photos…

I’d like to share some recent progress photos.

I’ve been in the studio every single day for the last 2 months, working on numerous paintings. My exhibition schedule this year is busy, to say the least. I am participating in four exhibitions, three of which are solo shows.

The first solo will be my fourth annual June exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California. I’m proud (and a little astonished) to say I’m working on painting number 15 of the 20 that will be in that show.

I’ll share more info about the other three exhibitions in the coming months. But first I have to focus completely on painting.

So in the meantime, I’m going to disappear from the world of social media again and stick my nose back up to the easel.

I’m starting to wonder if my neighbors are aware that I rarely leave the house.

If it wasn’t for my wife, I’d have no social life at all.

Group Show – George Billis Gallery, LA

Happy New Year!

I’m starting the year participating in a group show at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles from January 7 – February 11, 2012.

Antique Books I
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011

Antique Books II
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Find the gallery — click here for a map. If you are in the LA area, please check out the gallery and paintings.

I am showing five new paintings featuring books. The two paintings above depict 17th and 18th century historical essay and natural history texts. Below are primary school texts from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Equality, The World of Today
18″ x 36″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Brave and Bold, The Early Modern World
18″ x 36″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Anything Can Happen, Down The Road
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Antique Swedish Telephone

This past summer, I received this magnificent early Swedish telephone as a gift from a long time collector in California. It’s a fantastic telephone and a great addition to my growing collection. I think it would look great painted along side some other telephones in a larger painting.

Antique Swedish Telephone
24″ x 20″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Red Dot Fair – Miami

I will have three paintings showing at the Red Dot art fair in Miami from November 30 – December 4, 2011.

The first is with the George Billis Gallery out of Los Angeles:

Anything Can Happen, Down The Road
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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As well as the two Coke paintings that were recently showing at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta:

The Stars Will Always Shine
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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In Perfect Harmony
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Quint Magazine & Two New Paintings

I recently did a brief interview with quint, a new arts and culture magazine out of Dubai. You can view and read the magazine (issue 9) online and see the 15 images they generously shared.

There are also two new paintings at the Elliott Fouts Gallery — a fan and a study of some new (old) books.

Zero
20″ x 16″ | Oil/Canvas | 2011
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Vintage Book Study – “Here And There”
20″ x 20″ | Oil/Canvas | 2011
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Vintage Rotary Phones

The annual Still Life Invitational group exhibition is on view at the Elliott Fouts Gallery from October 1 to November 2. Below are two more contributions I have for the show.

Say, have you noticed how many people use the vintage rotary phone ringtone on their smartphones? Remember the patience and concentration required to dial a long distance number?

Yellow Rotary Phone
24″ x 24″  | Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Red Rotary Phone
24″ x 24″  | Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Two Group Shows

I’m participating in two group shows in the coming weeks. The first I was invited to opens this Friday, September 16th at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia. The show is called “The Real Thing” and several artists are contributing Coca-Cola themed paintings to commemorate Coke’s 125th anniversary.

I took my inspiration for the Coca-Cola paintings from a few classic ads. The first is from the early 1970s, the song is “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”. A perfectly naive and optimistic song for the time. The second is from the early 1990s, “Always Coca-Cola”, another up-beat pop song that drilled itself into your brain.

In Perfect Harmony
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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The Stars Will Always Shine
30″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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The second show is at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California, and opens at the beginning of October. I am again humbled and flattered to participate in a group show with several top notch painters.

Anything Can Happen I
18″ x 36″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011
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Anything Can Happen II
18″ x 36″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2011

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Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some progress photos of paintings I’m working on for yet another group show in Los Angeles in January 2012.

What Next?

I had a great time in California. I met some long-time collectors and had several fantastic culinary experiences.

The show has been received very well, but now I have to seriously start thinking about what comes next — both exciting and intimidating at the same time. But I feel confident and up to the task. I just need to focus, lock myself in the studio for about 6 months and paint, paint, paint.