Dil Hildebrand: Exploring Parallels Between Creating Structures and Building Images

Dil Hildebrand, A-201 - 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 228 x 183cm

Dil Hildebrand, A-201 – 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 228 x 183cm


Dil Hildebrand’s work revolves around a study of architectural formations, exploring the parallels between creating structures and building images.


Dil Hildebrand, Treehouse  -  2011, oil on canvas, 193 x 148cm

Dil Hildebrand, Treehouse – 2011, oil on canvas, 193 x 148cm


In a recent Studio Beat interview, that you can read it its entirety here, we see the artist at work in his studio, gorgeous works in progress leaning against walls. Dil Hildebrand describes to his interviewer and readers how he creates, saying– “In a regular classical painting of a vase on a table, there is pretending. However, what I’m trying to do is have the work physically pretend to be the thing.”


Dil Hildebrand, And so on and so forth  -  2013, acrylic on linen, 240 x 290cm

Dil Hildebrand, And so on and so forth – 2013, acrylic on linen, 240 x 290cm


Canadian painter Dil Hildebrand has received much critical acclaim since 2006, when he quit his job as a theatre set painter and went back to school for an MFA. Reviews of Dil Hildebrand’s paintings appeared last year in Canadian Art  and Blouin Art Info. Lengthy essays on Hildebrand’s work appear on the artists book publisher YYZ Artists Outlet site, linked here and here.

View more images Dil Hildebrand’s work on his website here.

Urban Outfitters Takes Artist’s Artwork Found Online, Prints On Mini Skirt–Without Artist’s Consent!


Artist James Soares aka Spires, sells his art prints and art designs printed on 3-D items in his store on the e-commerce site Society 6. Spires created the above side-by-side comparison of his artwork obviously used on the Urban Outfitters mini skirt.  On his Tumblr blog the artist is asking others to reblog his story and share. The Huffington Post wrote this article about the design printed on the mini skirt without the artist’s knowledge, permission, any licensing contract, or payment. The Village Voice published an article on the mini skirt design yesterday. In the comments from readers of the Huffington Post article, one artist wrote, “It’s happened to me. I had my painting “Arizona Sunset” turned into a print for a dress . . . flattering and maddening at the same time.”

According to other artists, and other news stories, Urban Outfitters has copied more than one jewelry design. A necklace in the shape of New York State with a heart cut out, that was designed by Etsy artist Stevie Koerner and available in his e-commerce Etsy store as part of his United States of Love line, appeared in a new Urban Outfitters line of the same name. Steve Koerner wrote, in part, “The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job.  They even stole the item name as well as some of my copy.”  The story of this design theft appeared, with photos, in the Huffington Post article Urban Outfitters Steal and on the artist’s Tumblr page as Not Cool Urban Outfitters.

Some non-artist commenters on the recent Huff mini skirt article bring up questions of originality. Are these original designs– a map of New York state, the heart shape, a landscape of an Arizona sunset in a painting, or the geometric triangle pattern in the artist’s print (the one obviously copied and used on the mini skirt)? Haven’t we seen these things before and aren’t they part of our collective consciousness owned by all?  Another question, does Urban Outfitters work with another company, BamBam, and are they responsible for the ripped off artist’s design on the mini skirt? Yet, it’s also reported  by The Brooklyn Paper, and in an article in The Village Voice that an Indie jewelry designer selling at a Brooklyn flea market found her designs sold as very similar items by Urban Outfitters. Are such artworks and designs deliberately searched for, copied and used by large companies for the very reason that they doubt small business owners have the resources to fight back? Can these artists prove loss-of-income or originality of design?

It is time-consuming for artist-owners of small businesses to pursue matters legally,  yet one artist that we featured in our blog last year did just that. She received a check in payment, compensating her for the unauthorized use of her artwork on three album covers. The lawyer she worked with was available free of charge via Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

I’ve always found the Huffington Post to be artist friendly–publishing artist news  and featuring quality art news columns by several writers. Is Huffington Post the largest news source to cover these matters for artists? The Village Voice supports artists with reports on these artist rip-offs as well.

I can’t help but wonder how many times they get away with it? That is, how many times do such infringements go unnoticed in relation to the few instances companies are caught in outright copyright infringement?



Art Term: Superfiction

Superfiction 8, Roslishan Ismail, Art KL-itique

Superfiction 8, Roslishan Ismail, Art KL-itique

According to Wikipedia, “a Superfiction is a visual or conceptual artwork which uses fiction and appropriation to mirror organizations, business structures, and/or the lives of invented individuals (Hill). The term was coined by Glasgow-born artist Peter Hill in 1989. Often superfictions are subversive cultural events in which the artwork can be said to escape from the picture frame… into three-dimensional reality.”

The practice of intentionally blurring the boundaries between fiction and fact has many precedents. Perhaps the best known is Orson Welles’ adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds which was broadcast in the style of a breaking-news report in October 1938.

A few months ago, we published a feature blog post on Moke Li’s superfiction contemporary art installation Hana Island Super Agency.

In 1989 Peter Hill created his fictive Museum of Contemporary Ideas on New York’s Park Avenue and sent press releases about the museum to news agencies such as Reuters and Associated Press and magazines, newspapers, museums, critics and specialist journals. With its “Encyclopedia of Superfictions”, Hill’s Web site is something of an information hub on methodically related artworks.

Aurora Borealis and Other Night Photography Subjects of Eileen Counihan

Milky-way Airstream, photograph by Eileen Counihan

Eileen Counihan travels across North America in an airstream travel trailer making her night photographs. The light effects in her images are all created in-camera within a single frame. Eileen never uses post-production manipulations of any kind.

“With my night images, I constantly search for new ways to incorporate the paradox of darkness and light into my work. First, I look for the perfect canvas: the blackest night sky, with little or no moon. Then I literally “paint” the night by illuminating the landscape that is hidden in the darkness, while simultaneously capturing the distant stars. My photographs are pure, not digitally manipulated. What we see is what my camera captured – the real night around us. I hope that as people see the world through my photographs, they feel that “realness” and see how the darkest nights can give us the brightest moments,” stated the artist.

Northern Lights 1, photograph by Eileen Counihan

Northern Lights 1, aurora borealis photograph by Eileen Counihan

Eileen was very fortunate to be in Alaska during one of the peaks of Auroral activity in recent years. Her photographs from the middle of March last year caught many aspects of this amazing phenomena. (Many taken on March 17 – the luck of the Irish? )

Northern Lights 7, photograph by Eileen Counihan

Northern Lights 7, photograph by Eileen Counihan

Many of Eileen Counihan’s photographs are available as limited edition prints. Visit her website http://www.eileencounihan.com/

Eileen Counihan is represented by A Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Palm Springs, California.

Paying Artists Campaign to Launch May 17th

The new Paying Artists campaign by a-n UK is set to begin on the 17th of May and is about encouraging diversity and creating equality of opportunity for all artists. The campaign will launch a new website and public relations strategy to reach out to and seek to influence the arts-interested public, government and legislators and extend into the communities that artists directly engage with. Many people beyond the arts sector will have a chance to take part in conversations with professional artists, to become aware not only of the realities artists face, but also to experience and understand how artists can enrich society and create well-being.

With over 18,000 members, a-n/AIR brings a big artists’ voice to making the case to transform the contemporary visual arts – for artists, for galleries, for funders and for the wider public.

National and international partners are streaming in to support this vital campaign. Included is Arts Development UK, the membership body for arts managers, who said: “Many of our members work with disadvantaged communities, and the arts can make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that everyone should have a right to participate and enjoy the arts and that artists should be paid an appropriate wage and valued for offering their services.”

Artists, arts organisers and cultural commentators are invited to lend their weight to the campaign at www.a-n.co.uk/subscribe. To host a campaign debate and presentation contact AIR Communications. Follow the conversations on twitter: #payingartists




Artist Marketing Resources Success Story: One of Our Artists Makes it Big Via Our Efforts!



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Yes, we’re tooting our own horn and our client’s too! Artist Marketing Resources obtained a first, smaller, art licensing contract for our client William Montgomery, who received hundreds in artist royalties each month the first year. Now, his new major contract with the top fine art publisher McGaw is a game changer and a career maker for William. We obtained this contract for the artist via our services. If you are an artist and would like more information on our services, contact Marie Kazalia via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

For artists taking a DIY approach, learn from our experience and expertise in our ebook, the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions available here.

In addition to the ebook guide, Artist Marketing Resources provides continually researched and updated resource lists for making submissions–these are enormous time saves for artists! Our PDFs of hundreds of pages of clickable links include our International Art Gallery PDF available here, Art Licensing companies, artist agents and artist representatives PDF available here, the Directory of Art Consultants PDF available here,  1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art PDF available here, 2014 Photographers Resources: International Photography Reps and agents, galleries, print sales + much more PDF available here , our Resource list of Art Magazines, art blogs and site for artists to submit to increase their online presence–get the PDF here.


Australian Artist Invents the New ARTristic Easel

ARTristic easel Mark 4 with canvas in horizontal position, April 2014

ARTristic easel Mark 4 with canvas in horizontal position, April 2014

For the past four years, Tony Barber, Australian artist, critic, teacher, and member of the 1960’s rock band Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, has been working on a new easel design. Encouraged by his fellow artists and students to develop this new easel, Tony Barber has been specifically designing it to eradicate the symptoms artists suffer from long hours of work, such as lower back pain, neck pain, sore arms, aching shoulders or weary legs.

ARTristic Easel from back with medium size canvas attached, 2014

Mark 4 ARTristic Easel from back with medium size canvas attached, 2014

His latest and vastly improved Mark 4 version has just been completed. He named it the ARTristic Easel, and judging by the comments and testimonials coming from both experienced and beginner artists lucky enough to have painted with the easel, it certainly appears to be able to do what its inventor claims it can, and so much more!

Designed around the principle that if you remove all the physical and visual impediments and barriers that traditional A and H frame easels place in the way of artists and their work, the benefits combine to such a degree that it allows artists of all mediums to discover and reach their full creative potential.

ARTristic easel rotated so all 4 edges can be painted

ARTristic easel rotated so all 4 edges can be painted

Tony Barber is a man of many talents. He considers himself to be proficient as an artist/painter/illustrator, as a sculptor in paper, as a sculptor in fabric, and as a designer/inventor. Tony is well aware that not all artists are receptive to change. But when art teachers, gallery owners, student and professional artists who used his new easel make bold statements such as … “My art abilities instantly took a giant leap forward.” “Since painting with this easel I have won two art awards.” “There is simply no turning back. This easel has changed my life.” “I wanted an easel I could attach drawing boards, wood panels and stretched canvas to. For me this easel ticks every single box.” “The versatility of the easel is truly revolutionary, taking artists into the 21st century with its ingenious but practical design.” ……….they endorse these words spoken recently by an artist of a different kind. “I respect and have learnt from the traditions of the past, but I’m not going to let them stop me exploring future ones.”  Mick Jagger. Singer. Rolling Stones Rock n Roll band. For more information and to order one or more of these amazing easels for your studio, visit the ARTristic website: http://www.artristic.com/ Questions and enquires to Tony at Email: easyarteasel@gmail.com  For more from the artists who have used the easel, watch this video– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9W6BZHSuA

ARTristic easel Mark 4, arms fully extended for large canvas to be attached

ARTristic easel Mark 4, arms fully extended for large canvas to be attached

Canadian Sculptor Birgit Piskor Open House

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Dear friends, colleagues and art enthusiasts,
I am hosting a special showing of my latest work and invite you to come!

With this current work, I continue to explore the concept of transformation and more deeply examine the path of surrender, a path that embraces change and a graceful evolution. Everything changes. At every level. All the time. It is our response to these changes that reverberates within ourselves and within our communities.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing you!
Warm Regards,
Birgit Piskor
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‘ [ Piskor's ] work reveals the best of ourselves….This is the beginning of a long collaboration.’
Christine Ventouras
Director, Galerie Krisal
Geneva, Switzerland
A couple of extra snaps of sculpture hot off the creative press:
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Contemporary Art Channels

No matter where you live, keep up on contemporary art on YouTube. I began with James Kalm videos of exhibitions in New York City.

Watch the PBS series Art21 high budget video productions of artists in their studios on YouTube.

Artivi produces video interviews of artists in their studios.

View contemporary art exhibitions and interviews with contemporary artists on ArtPatrolTV 

First Look: New Art Online Exhibition + a whole gallery where you can draw or paint on the walls and floors

I worked with an artist a few years ago, who, in a series of performance events with her artist friends, placed a large blank canvas and paints and brushes in the event space on which attendees or audience members were free to paint what they wished. The canvas was then exhibited at the next performance and exhibition. This may have been idea circulating with young artists for some time, and which has now found its way into museum venues.  The New Museum in New York , which considers its spaces a leading destination for new ideas and new art, currently has the exhibition Paweł Althamer: The Neighbors,  which includes a whole gallery where anyone can draw or paint on the walls and the floors, and whatever you make becomes part of the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1gbRftO

The New Museum also has an online only exhibition series titled First Look: New Art Online,  a monthly series of innovative online projects and new commissions by the New Museum.

The New Museum wishes to become a hub of innovative artistic practice. The New Museum has also conceived the first museum-led incubator program called NEW INC. The NEW INC program, which will launch in the summer of 2014, will be a collaborative creative space with a lab-like environment for the development of new ideas and practices for creatives exploring cross-disciplinary  and technology based projects. The New Museum feels that because such creative individuals and artist groups are exploring work in still undefined cultural areas, that few resources and support systems exist for them, and so the NEW INC program offers a twelve-month residency to provide the needed space and resources. Find more on NEW INC here, including how to apply.


VIDEO—Deborah Grant at the Drawing Center: Whitehot Magazine

The Drawing Center in New York came into existence in 1977. In 2006, the Drawing Center’s artist registry application process and archive went online. Many artists applied and the registry increased to over 2,500 artists. Up until recently, The Drawing Center allowed artists to upload their artwork images for curatorial review and acceptance into this curated artist registry, which is open to use by curators and others art professionals. But now, the Drawing Center has redesigned their website and submissions program. They no longer accept new submissions for their artist registry. However, they encourage artists to apply to their newly launched artists’ platform, Open Sessions.  Open Sessions is a two-year program open to artists working in a variety of disciplines. Open Sessions will offer selected artists exhibition opportunities in The Drawing Center’s Lab Space and other venues, as well as studio visits, public programs, and informal gatherings.

Paul Rooms

The Skillful and Playful Watercolor Paintings of New York Artist Paul Rooms



Watercolors are the medium of New York artist Paul Rooms. He uses his skillful painting techniques to visually explore the human soul, meaning in metaphor, and his inner child. His subject matter and style are influenced by the painting traditions of his ancestral countries. “From the Flemish comes my surrealistic eye and to Italian art I owe color and construction”, says Paul, who was raised and educated in Italy.  He professed his ardent love for certain ancient and modern masters–from Vermeer to Magritte, from Bosch to Steinberg–as he worked over the years to develop his own personal style of painting. Paul Rooms has had several solo exhibitions and his artwork is in many private collections world-wide.

Paul Room’s website contains an online shop of very reasonably priced artworks, at: http://www.paulrooms.com

Il sogno premonitore 1

If I can't dance, dianne k webb

If I can’t dance–the paintings of dianne k webb

If I can't dance, dianne k webb

If I can’t dance, dianne k webb

In dianne k webb’s painting, If I can’t dance, female heads with yellow hair and calligraphic arms dance across a city skyline. “I believe that art is a dance, a communication between artist and viewer…” says the artist. “As I work, I want to find myself exploring new perspectives—I want to feel uneasy, jarred, contemplative, or reflective as images, colors, textures clash or meld. I am fascinated by the moment of “ah ha!” of “really?” My work seeks to capture those moments and translate them conceptually, abstractly on the canvas, into words or through theater.

The titles dianne k webb’s has chosen for her paintings are, not surprisingly, filled with the language of dance and theater. In addition to being a painter, dianne is also the director of the Next Iteration Theater in Houston, Texas. Interestingly, the logo image dianne chose for her Next Iteration Theater website, is her own photograph of headless sculptural forms inside an ancient church in Paris.

HEADLESS, dianne k webb

HEADLESS, dianne k webb

Next Iteration Theater is in its infancy, according to dianne. “I am just bringing together a few people who want to be part of this project and we are just setting up the “legal” pieces….figuring out our structure, which will be ensemble in how we operate with actors, and in general. I am teaching acting classes here in Houston and building up some interest that way. I believe that actors need affordable classes so they can work on skills when they are not performing and hone their craft, after all as an artist I spend hours every day in the studio.”
Dianne also directs for several small theaters in Houston and loves working with new playwrights. She is interested in “casting across races and ethnicities and changing how we “see” traditional pieces…something I do not find in many theaters here, in spite of the vast diversity in Houston.”
El Malecon, dianne k webb

El Malecon, dianne k webb

The tiny human figures in dianne k webb’s painting titled El Malecon appear to be traversing the globe, while the forms in her painting titled But You Thrive seem to be pure abstract movement.

But You Thrive, dianne k webb

But You Thrive, dianne k webb

Also recurring in webb’s paintings, the viewer will find handwritten text as visual element. Refer back to the Next Iteration Theater logo image and note that the headless sculptural forms are holding books in their arms. And so we see the recurring visual elements of the artist’s themes of text, the writing of the playwright, human figures, movement, and abstract forms in motion as they seem to move into place to suggest form, connect, and disperse to dance again on a stage. Or, as the artist herself wrote, her paintings are– “a statement laid bare until picked up and incorporated into a new narrative.”

Constructively, dianne k webb

Constructively, dianne k webb

Let Go Again and Again, dianne k webb

Let Go Again and Again, dianne k webb

Visit dianne k webb’s artist site www.diannekwebb.com

Next Iteration Theater website www.nextiterationtheater.com

Follow dianne on Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekwebb

and on Facebook  www.facebook.com/diannekwebbarts

A gallery of paintings by dianne k webb

Unlocked, Doors Banging, dianne k webb

Unlocked, Doors Banging, dianne k webb

Love Wide Open, dianne k webb

Love Wide Open, dianne k webb

Learning To Love, dianne k webb

Learning To Love, dianne k webb

Concretely 72, dianne k webb

Concretely, dianne k webb

Wide Open, dianne k webb

Wide Open, dianne k webb

Differently is Hard, dianne k webb

Differently is Hard, dianne k webb

Moment By Moment, dianne k webb

Moment By Moment, dianne k webb