You can commission your own high quality yet affordable portrait in a variety of styles from one of several African artists– find the details here.
Read our previous article Startling New Faces From the African Portrait Project Artists here.
Patrick Painter is an American art dealer who in 1991 began Patrick Painter Editions in Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong. He is also the owner of Patrick Painter Inc., which he opened in 1997, that includes two art galleries in Santa Monica, California.
Last month, Patrick Painter launched his Facebook fan page as a Public Personality–find it here.
Early in his career, Patrick Painter was mentored by famed art dealer Leo Castelli and curator Walter Hopps. According to Wikipedia,…” Patrick Painter Editions was established in a depressed market, [yet] he managed to build his business upon the success he had turning editions. Fine art prints, or multiple editions, were looked down upon at the time by many critics and collectors; Painter created a unique approach to the market. In 1996, 20 galleries worldwide had shows of exclusively Patrick Painter Editions.“
Click here to view Current exhibition at Patrick Painter gallery.
Martín Ramírez is widely known as one of the preeminent self-taught masters of the twentieth-century. Ramirez was born in Mexico in 1895, relocated to the United States in 1925, and spent most of his life in Auburn, California at the Dewitt State Hospital. During his stay and until his death in 1963, he created some five hundred complex and compelling drawings and collages. His early art he worked primarily in crayon producing works characterized by their clean yet brazen draftsmanship. His art imagery is both suggestive and nostalgic as he merged his own life experiences– Mexican madonnas, animals, cowboys, trains, and landscapes– with scenes of American culture. Compositionally, he renders space into multi-dimensional almost theatrical layouts using sharp geometric forms with strong linear qualities. Later in his life, he began creating collages using newspaper clippings and his previous drawings for additional depth and texture.
Ramírez’s talents were recognized in small exhibitions as early as the 1950s. Today his work has been the subject of numerous museum shows, including the retrospective “Martín Ramírez: Pintor Mexicano,” at the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, in 1989, and two major exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC: a traveling retrospective titled “Martín Ramírez” in 2007, and “Martín Ramírez: The Last Works” in 2009. In 2010, the 20th century master was the subject of a comprehensive exhibition curated by Brooke Davis Anderson at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reína Sofía, in Madrid, titled “Martín Ramírez: Reframing Confinement.”
Martin Ramirez | USPS Dedication Ceremony and Opening Reception | Thursday, March 26th 6-8 pm | RICCO/MARESCA GALLERY | 529 West 20th Street
The current exhibition: Martin Ramirez: Forever, is a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Ramirez. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the United States Postal Service and the release of a set of 5 commemorative “Martin Ramirez” Forever stamps. This momentous occasion is the first time an Outsider artist and Mexican-American artist has been featured on a USPS Stamp — a testament to the public’s growing appreciation for the field of Outsider art.
On behalf of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, Flowers Gallery and the US Postal Service, I would like to cordially invite you to the Dedication Ceremony and Opening Reception of Martin Ramirez: Forever. This event will mark the release of a set of five Martin Ramirez forever stamps and will be held in conjunction with a solo exhibition of Ramirez’s artwork. The reception will be held on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor.
In February, we announced the launch of African Portrait Project and you can read that article here. We also published an article on unconventional portraits and included work by African artists. Read the article, The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness here.
The African Portrait Project has grown to include even more accomplished artists from several African countries. Many have fewer resources than most of us are accustomed to, such as cell phones only to photograph their art and to connect with the rest of the world via social media. Therefore these African artists have elected to join together in a group on Facebook to share images of their work and offer portrait commissions with the assistance of Dr. Keith McFarlane. View the Facebook page and more art here.
Dr. McFarlane’s African Portrait Project seeks to provide these African artists with an income from patrons in more affluent nations, by offering art lovers outside of Africa opportunities to commission portraits at extremely affordable prices. A win-win for all and when you participate by commissioning an artist, gives you an original fine art portrait of yourself or your family members.
These commissioned portraits are real fine art, one-of-kind, and may be hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper, an oil painting, or expressive painting in other fine art materials.
Portrait artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries will be happy to consult with you one-on-one to determine the best options for your portrait.
You can also read more details on commissioning a portrait here.
If you have questions, or wish to find out how you can commission your first portrait, contact Dr. Keith McFarlane via email: email@example.com Please remember that Dr. McFarlane is based in Amsterdam, and asks you to keep in mind that Amsterdam time is about hours ahead of your time zone in the USA. Here is Dr. McFarlane’s phone number: +31 20 89 32 791
Commissioning a foreign artist for a portrait, and the artist accepting foreign commissions involves a high level of trust on both sides. Recognizing this, Dr. Keith McFarlane, scientist and owner of the Amsterdam based company Negative Entropy and the owner and creator of the ArtWorld app available on iTunes, created this commission service. He will safeguard the payment while assuring quality and delivery of the commissioned artwork, and will only take a 5% commission to cover international transaction fees, currency exchange rates, bank transfer fees and like expenses.
Lighthouse, above, an abstract painting by Randall Marmet’.
“This painting feels like a lighthouse to me, with the water splashing up from the rocks below,” says Randy Marmet’.
Face of Me And My Art, 41 cm x 30 cm, 2014, painting, graphite and charcoal on paper by artist Gideon Fasola of Ibadan, Nigeria, Africa.
The artist Gideon Fasola offers commissions of original fine art portraits capturing elements of you in combinations symbolizing your personality, profession, passions, collections, fantasy life, cos-play roles and creative activities in a visual yin-yang.
To discuss a possible commission from the African artists here, as well as other, and review their fees and details click here.
The unconventional portrait below, of a woman with her eyes closed, conveys her interior– thoughts, feelings, her mood– and gives us a glimpse into her inner sensuality.
The remarkable portrait below, by an artist that goes by the name Theopencil (his full name Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong), from Accra, Ghana, Africa is a demonstration of his accomplished photorealism rendering techniques used to depict this image from the artist’s imagination.
Artist D.A. Metrov was recently invited to conduct a public portrait session at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Marinella Senatore’s highly-acclaimed Building Communities exhibition. The event was a huge success. Portraits from the exhibit definitely fit the category of the unconventional–
Metrov is known for his uncanny ability to capture his subject’s “spiritual essence.” “It’s not something I try to do, it’s simply what comes naturally. Some have called it a psychic ability,” says Metrov, an artist living and working in Santa Barbara, California.
Artist Julien Touchard sent us his Video: Rainbow Bethlehem Israël & Palestine.
“It’s my new art concept , your hand can become a pixel of the creation…” says Julien.
View more of his work on his website Julien Touchard.
Artist Marketing Resources features artist videos each Sunday. If you have a video you’d like us to feature and share on social media–Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr–send the YouTube or other link to us via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
California artist Metrov’s thirty minute film METROV: A Life in the War Zones of American Art has received accolades from such greats as Robert Zemeckis and others.
“Metrov is an American Treasure. He courageously bares his soul in this amazing and powerful film. A must-see for anyone interested in the Arts.” Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award winning director of BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY.
“Riveting… a great story!” Michael Lantieri, Academy Award winner, JURASSIC PARK.
“A fascinating, enjoyable film. I particularly enjoyed the unexpected humor.” Mark Johnson, Academy Award winning producer of RAIN MAN, BREAKING BAD.
Over the past month, we’ve made first gallery contacts for Metrov sending e-postcards of his wall art. Several gallerists replied positively and each time we reported back to Metrov . In the weeks to follow, Metrov decided to take an excursion to visit these galleries and launch in-person relationships with the gallerists. Metro reported back to us–
At Gallery A, Metrov met a nice, elderly woman gallerist with “a nice space and some cool art.” She also has since accepted Metrov’s Facebook friend request and he plans to follow-up further.
At Gallery B, which Metrov described as a great gallery space, Metrov just missed the gallery owner. But one of the gallery curators suggested emailing the owner, which Metrov will do.
At Gallery C, Metrov met the gallery manager; “a very cool dude. We agreed to keep in touch. Later, when Metrov got home, he send a Facebook friend request to this gallery owner who accepted. Now that they are friends on Facebook they can continue to interact with images and notes.
At Gallery D, Metrov met the gallerist who had replied to our e-postcard. Metro described him as “A very sweet man with a brand new (although quite small) gallery and a great show”. Metrov told him the report he had gotten from his “Marketing Director, Marie Kazalia” from the e-postcards sent. Metro said of this meeting, “You were right! He likes my work. He was very pleased to meet me in person and we agreed to keep in touch. The courting has begun!” It was a good time to stop in, just before the opening that evening and Metrov stayed a while but then had to get going on his long drive back home.
“These are all viable spaces for my work,” Metrov said, “and once I get to know the owners a little more I will propose exhibits to all of them. Whoa! I didn’t really want to make the 2.5 hour drive to LA (traffic is often nightmarish), but it was well worth the trip! Made me realize how important it is to meet people in person.”
Find out about our E-Postcard Marketing Service for Artists here.
|THE FEMINIST ART PROJECT PRESENTS A DAY OF PANELS AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGNSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No registration needed.|
| The Feminist Art Project (TFAP), now in its ninth year of successfully shining a spotlight on feminist art and its impact on art and culture worldwide, announces the schedule for a special symposium at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. With an impressive list of participants, The Feminist Art Project will present a diverse set of panels that will be of interest to anyone curious about contemporary art and ideas. The 2015 Day of Panels will take place on Saturday, February 14 from 9am – 5pm at MAD. The panels, entitled Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice, are organized by Damali Abrams, Artist; Jenn Dierdorf, Artist, Co-Director of the Fellowship Program and Development, A.I.R. Gallery; Kathleen Wentrack, Art historian, City University of NY,Queensborough. The symposium will focus on Collaborative working methodologies and how women’s collectives have been crucial to feminist art practice since the 1970s. As feminist practice continues to evolve, collaboration and collectivity continue to provide an alternative to the patriarchal ideal of individualism. This day of panels will explore both a communal approach to working in a variety of media and group support structures for women artists both historical and present day. Panels and Participants:*Collaboration and Collectivity: The Past or Future of Feminist Exhibition Making - Chair:KalliopiMinoudaki (Independent Art Historian) Panelists: DorisCaçoilo (_gaia), LaurenDenitzio (Artist; For the Birds), KateWadkins (Writer/Curator; For the Birds); Dr. Maura Reilly (University of Sidney),Ridykeulous (curatorial collective).* Roundtable: A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G – Co-Chairs: Susan Bee (Pratt Institute; University of Pennsylvania) and Mira Schor (Parsons, The New School) Panelists: Joyce Kozloff (Independent Artist) Sheila Pepe (Pratt Institute), Kara Rooney (Independent Artist, The Brooklyn Rail), Alexandria Smith (Independent Artist).*Gatecrashing: Feminist Collaboration and Institutional Intervention – Co-chairs: KatGriefen (Rutgers University), and Meredith Brown (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Panelists: A.K. Burns (Artist and Educator), Jorge DanielVeneciano, (ElMuseo del Barrio), and the collectiveHOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?.*When the Personal Becomes Political: Creative Activism/Collective Intentions - Chair: Nina Felshin (Independent Curator/Writer/Activist) Panelists/Collectives: Anjana Malhotra (SUNY Buffalo; Visible Collective); Mona Eldahry, (Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media); and Dread Scott (Postcode Criminals).
*Power, Collaboration, and Lies - Chair: Katherine Behar (Baruch College) Panelists: Stephanie Rothenberg (University of Buffalo); Jeff Crouse (Odd Division/NEW INC, New Museum); Larisa Mann (New York University); Sydette Harry (Body Ecology Performance Ensemble); Liz Flyntz (Smack Mellon/Extracurricular).
*Encouragements with Dave - Performance by J.R. Uretsky (Artist) and Emily Dix Thomas (Cellist)
*CollECtive NoW: Artists on the Collective Present – Roundtable – Chair: Dalida María Benfield (Vermont College of Fine Arts; Harvard University) Artist/Panelists: Salome Chasnoff (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Personal Hermitage Productions, and Beyondmedia Education); Celia Herrera-Rodriguez (Artist/Teacher); Davida Ingram (Seattle People of Color Salon); Jessica Resmond (MEI Collectiv); Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz (Beta-Local); Robert Sember (Ultra-red, and The New School’s Eugene Lang College); Sasha Sumner (Hungry March Band, Pratt Institute, and the Pedagogy Group).
For more information and to view the full descriptions and schedule, and location details visit
The Feminist Art Project promotes diverse feminist art events and education through its website and online calendar. Website visitors can find exhibitions, lectures, artist talks, films, educational resources, and other art related activities in their area or to include in travel plans. The website offers hundreds of links to websites of interest. The Feminist Art Project is a program at Rutgers University, and is a unit of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For more information about TFAP, please visitfeministartproject.rutgers.edu.
Find more magic realism photography designs, such as on the iPhone 6 case pictured, in the Joyce Dade Art shop here.
It’s great getting unsolicited feedback about our resources and services, such as in a tweet that we received from artist Joyce Dade regarding the $39.95 price of our International Art Galleries Directory. Joyce tweeted to us @TransArtGuide “A very decent price for such an art directory. Paid $100 years ago for Italian version. I forget the name of publisher.”
Artist Alexis Avlamis, an artist curated into the Drawing Center New York City and featured on the Art21 interview blog wrote to us, in part:
“About two months ago, I stumbled upon your websıte and bought both the Transmedıa Artıst Guıde to Makıng Artıst Submıssıons and the Internatıonal Art Gallery Dırectory Share Lıst. I found them very professıonal, well wrıtten, ınformatıve and eye openıng, especıally when ıt comes to untanglıng the mysterıes and meshes of the art world.”
This week an artist in Europe wrote in an email:
“Hi Marie, I just wanted to say thanks for doing a good job…” an except from an email we received after our submission got this artist a much-needed magazine feature, a requirement to obtain an artist via to the USA. We are also assisting this artist in completing the USA Artist Visa application.
Plus, last week we received a thank-you gift of an original art piece in the mail from an artist we work with!
Artist Marketing Resources would like to thank all the artists who sent such positive feedback. We’d like to make this a regular monthly feature on our blog. So if you talk about us online, please let us know, and you could get mentioned along with an image and link to your site.
Click here to find the International Art Directory, Artist Guide ebook and other resources for artists mentioned above, plus details on our e-postcard marketing services.
An artist in France, Zalez, creates a wide variety of work. Zalez sent us this video of a trip to Los Angeles. You may or may not appreciate wheat paste art or street art, but we decided to share this Zalez video with you today. Video length: 3:27
We’d like to make Sunday our video feature day. If you are an artist and would like us to feature your video here, plus share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest– send your video to: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
“I am constantly looking for a heartbeat in the stillness of a photograph,” says photographic artist Thea Juliette Stevenson. In her series of works she calls Abandoned (the Alley Ways of Our Hidden Dreams), the artist gives us glimpses into what she calls “urban degradation” –images of stark little-traversed city pathways and human landscapes with an absence of humanity.
In a new set of imagery, she continues the themes of urban degradation, yet breathes life into the scenes with the introduction of dancers. This series she calls COMBUSTION.
While author Vicki Amorose was at work writing her article on how artists use Twitter, she contacted me for a quote. I complied, sending her an entire list of ways I use Twitter, never realizing that her request would result in a full-page feature of my painting in Professional Artists Magazine– on page 34 with credit caption text on facing page 35.
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“Sometimes having a good start to a painting can be like a springboard, launching you forward in the process,” artist Allen Bentley wrote in a recent post on his blog.
“Other times the good start creates stress as you try to hold onto the strength of the initial drawing instead of allowing the painting to develop on it’s own. The beginning gesture of a painting is my favorite part of the process. Those first few lines can tell you if you have a fight on your hands or a really good ride. The whole painting can be found in the first few marks.”
Allen Bentley is making his mark with images of swimming couples, dancers made of quick, energetic touches and a bedroom series the artist calls Pillow talk.
Allen Bentley received his Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and his Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Western Carolina University in 1996. Bentley was represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from 2001 to 2013 and is currently showing with F.A.N. Gallery, both in Philadelphia. He has exhibited across the country, with solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and San Diego. He has shown in the Philadelphia International Airport and in Artworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2009, Bentley had his first solo museum show at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. Bentley lives in Montgomery Village, MD with his wife and children.
Breaking the Habit of Seeing, Rod Jones
I know on the surface this may be a bit unsettling to the Visual Artist. Consider that artists spend a lifetime being inspired by visual impressions and the interpretations thereof. What you see and what ultimately ends up in a work of art is invariably not what many artists intend. It’s comforting that you can always fall back on “I meant to do that” or “This came out better than I imagined, I must be a genius”. The reality is often a blend of all three.
For me I was extremely lucky. Vacillating between painting and photography at a very young age, I not so quickly determined that a camera presented a better future for someone with my personality and traits. Having the gift of gab, which I now understand made up for my now fashionable Dyslexia seemed to be a natural genesis of photographing people and objects for money. Commercial Photographers need to know how to sell. Most of the time your ability to communicate visually comes in second place.
Making the transition from Photographer to Brush Artist created a serious dilemma. For years I saw images. In fact, to this day I have to be somewhat careful as to what I expose the minds eye to. A real torment is television news. I can hang onto those images for a lifetime. Not a good thing. I take great comfort in visiting an art gallery, zoo, leisurely walk in the desert or by the ocean. But this in itself is laced with its own visual trickery.
What was your inspiration for that painting? It’s fun to be asked and even fun to explain. But to me this is the curse of really true originality. If you want…and this is not for every artist…you may embrace…Breaking the Habit of Seeing.
Give it a go…stop seeing with your eyes and try to develop visual thinking from within. Let your mind do the dictation. I’ve heard the pioneers of Modernism espouse this mantra. But as I’ve studied their work, more often than not, they were just smearing colors into shapes giving these works an esoteric title. I give Pollock credit for at least saying he was being directed by his sub-conscious mind when he was in the zone. Even he was surprised to see what ended up on the floor canvas. It’s not his work that I necessarily admire, although it’s quite good, but the fact he was forced to give a deeper meaning to his creations and managed to pull it off.
You will know when you pass the inspiration zone and start developing work that is purely inner brain driven. At first you will play hell trying to interpret what messages you’re receiving. The trick is to not be analytical but work at reception. Be prepared for a specific theme to emerge. Depending upon what’s going on deep within your psyche you can pull this off in a matter of months. For me this was a happen-stance. I started out painting what I saw, and I quickly realized that other than technique there was virtually no originality.
Don’t be judgmental of your creativity and never allow others, no matter their level of expertise to judge your work. Let it flow naturally…no time constraints or urgency. Hemingway would write every single day in his Moleskine notebook and commented, “This is crap.” But he also knew where those snippets of creativity were taking him. For every hundred paragraphs of disjointed words, he would give birth to brilliant prose…and he recognized it when he saw it. We can all benefit from the daily flexing of our creative muscles.
Be original…don’t play follow the follower. I realize that this method can improve technical skills but you will be better off in the long run paying less attention to what medium or color palette to use. If you need inspiration clear your mind in front of a blank canvas and be prepared to make many trips to your mind’s ether. During my journey the only reality was the style or name I gave my work. I call it Receptive Abstract Patternism because that is exactly what my history served up from the deepest and rarely visited niches of my mind.
Yesterday morning, just 16 followers away from reaching 10,000 followers on my @Artzon Twitter account, I put out the call to follow. Artists helped me reach my goal a few hours later at noon. This blog post is a special thank you to just some–I’ll be featuring more of those artists in future posts.
YK Hong is my 10,000th follower– in Brooklyn, New York, Y K Hong is revolutionary, artist, anti-oppression trainer, author, activist, techie, urbanbuddha, troublemaker, awesome–the link to her art site is http://www.ykhong.com/ykart
Watch YK Hong’s TED Talk :
Linda Klein is our 9,999th follower @Artzon follower. Shop hand-painted silk scarves in the Linda Klein Collection Etsy shop here.
Thanks to Anne Bevan aka @wncpainter for her tweet:
and Betty Esperanza @esperanza4hire
Dil Hildebrand’s work revolves around a study of architectural formations, exploring the parallels between creating structures and building images.
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.”
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.