Opportunity to Collectively Purchase NYC Artist Studios

 

This opportunity is getting shared around the web, and in case you missed it, we wanted to re-post these details for artists looking for studio space:

Artcondo: Opportunity To Collectively Purchase Nyc Work Space

ArtCondo (www.ArtCondo.com) is a NYC real estate initiative founded and run by artists, that helps creative individuals purchase raw commercial workspaces and live/work lofts in a new way. ArtCondo gathers creative people together to form buying groups to leverage their collective buying power and cultural capital to purchase space collectively. Each building becomes a haven protecting artists and producers from future displacement, and connecting them to surrounding communities. Fine artists, writers, dancers, musicians, designers, architects, research scientists, teachers, artisans, non-profits and more are all invited to participate. Learn more and Sign up at www.ArtCondo.com Contact: artcondo2013@gmail.com

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The Figurative Paintings of Richard “Dick” Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

 

The title of this painting Intrusion (Portrait of Sarah Z.) hints at an interruption in the contemplative mood of this young woman sitting and casually eating fruit. What is the intrusion? Her gaze directs us toward the answer to that question– in the shiny surface of the pot holding flowers we see a reflection of a man opening a door.

Weeks ago, I was privileged enough to view an early stage of this painting (below). You can see how the artist, Richard Shook aka Dick Shook continued to develop the painting, completing it very recently.

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook

 

To take it further, we are wondering if perhaps the intrusion or intruder in the painting is the artist himself entering Sarah Z.’s private world? Or the intruding man in the door may be a metaphorical reference to represent interruptions in the artist’s contemplative painting practice– such as those he experiences on a daily basis that take him away from his work.

“I’ve been very focused on finding “myself” and refining my craft in terms of color palette and process, ” says the artist Richard (Dick) Shook.  “The new piece is the best one, at least for me, so far.  I suppose that’s always the case in my world.  I keep after the idea that there is always something “more” in the way of something like a religious mystery.  I do five or ten things that I like, but don’t blow me away.  It’s that next one that I’m looking for.”

 

Richard (Dick) Shook has also been at work on a series of paintings of dancers, saying–“Dance provides some of the most interesting figurative possibilities.” The artist also has plans to paint a large-scale multi-figure painting of dancers.

Dance--Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Dance–Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

 

He let us know about his plans, and informed us of his process by saying–“As far as the dancers go, I’ve been working on a group painting of twelve dancing princesses. Only recently did I get sufficient reference photos from my sessions with the dancers to take that a little further. My first idea with this was to make it huge, I was going to try to raise the funds to do it (the twelve dancing princesses) for our public library, but as so often happens they’ve been stuck in non-deliberation.  In any case, I like to do large paintings.  It’s been hard to get me into the small range.  So I’m always on the lookout for venues that can accommodate the bigger things.  I do pretty well, though, in the 30 x 40 ish range, in part because they are the easiest to haul around.”

Weightless, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Health Dept

Weightless, oil painting on linen, 48 x 72 inches, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa

 

S.Richard (Dick) Shook has completed several multi-figure public art paintings, including the painting of swimmers in a pool, above, titled Weightless– the second in a series of three paintings that he created for the Healthy Living/Healthy Life Art Initiative for the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

 

Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Dept of DesMoines, Iowa

Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa

 

Bike Club was painted for the Polk County Health Department–completed in 2012–this, the first of the artist’s three large paintings to promote healthy lifestyles.

“I, too, enjoy the paintings with more figures.  I like them all tangled up and in interaction because, that’s life and it’s more fun that way.  I’m anxious that my future work have a good home, or that I can afford to have a place to store it.  No more room in my studio and house.  But the biggest thing for me is to keep after my muses, to get these things out of my head and into the real world. where people can enjoy them.”

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk Country Health Dept, Des Moines, Iowa

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa

 

You can find out more about these paintings on the artist’s website www.dickshook.com and view many more artworks by this wonderful artist.

 

Featured Artist: Lela Tabliashvili

Begonia, artist Lela Tabliashvili, gouache, pastel, pencil, painting on fine art paper, $700

Begonia, artist Lela Tabliashvili, gouache, pastel, pencil, painting on fine art paper, $700

 

Gypsy Dance, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm,  $3500

Gypsy Dance, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm, $3500

 

Carnaval, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 90 cm,  $3000

Carnival, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 90 cm,  $3000

 

Dance in Moonlight, Lela Tabiashvili, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $2500

Dance in Moonlight, Lela Tabliashvili, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $2500

 

Dancing in The Strawberry Field, Lela Tabliashvili, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $2500

Dancing in The Strawberry Field, Lela Tabliashvili, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $2500

 

Children (We are from Heaven), Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

Children (We are from Heaven), Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

 

Viruka (Donkey), Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

Viruka (Donkey), Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

 

Street Dogs, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, $2000

Street Dogs, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, $2000

 

Zebras, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

Zebras, Lela Tabliashvili, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, $3000

 

Rose Begonia, Lela Tabliashvili, gouache, pastel on paper. $700

Rose Begonia, Lela Tabliashvili, gouache, pastel on paper. $700

Lela Tabliashvili, an artist in the Country of Georgia, is a member of the Artist’s Union of Georgia and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Find Lela on Facebook here.
The Featured Artist series of Artist Marketing Resources presents the work of another artist every Saturday. Our first featured artists are members of our Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIn group and Flickr group.

Dancers of Creation Against Urban Decay in the Photographic Fine Art of Thea Juliette Stevenson

sixty eight, photography by Thea Stevenson

sixty eight, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

“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.

A Home Stood I, Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

A Home Stood I, Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

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.

JUMP, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her  COMBUSTION series

JUMP, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

According to the artist, the dancers symbolize creation against the urban destruction and stand as symbols for the continued rhythm of life.
Broken Remembered, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

Broken Remembered, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

Thea Juliette describes her photographic imagery as coming from both memory and from dreams– “The work is an embodiment of the absence and presence of dreams and fractured memories. Dance stands as a metaphor for the movement through Time.”
FALL BACK, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

FALL BACK, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

Thea Juliette further states, that her “aim in art is to create phenomenological art work that can be experienced and embodied rather than just viewed.”
Velvet Walls Have Names, photograph by Thea Juliette Steveson, from her Abandoned series

Velvet Walls Have Names, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

The images presented here represent a small selection from the body of work found on the artist’s website .
Follow the development of these photographic series in the images that Thea Juliette Stevenson posts to her Tumblr blog.
Contemplation, photograph by Thea Juliette Steveson, from her COMBUSTION series

Contemplation, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

fifty five, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

fifty five, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series