Revitalization of Rhopography in the Oil Paintings of PJ Mills

Watermelon and Christmas lights, oil painting on canvas, 51 x 64, PJ Mills

 

The oil paintings of Miami, Florida based artist PJ Mills present everyday objects such as a toy, spiritual items, food, and personal possessions of the artist, all realistically rendered in still life scenes.  The artwork objects may be contextually placed in a still life setting or within more ambiguous spaces. At first glance this subject matter may seem to have little importance— yet these paintings make viewers take another look at these ordinary items perhaps previously taken for granted. As the artist PJ Mills says,” These paintings focus on those personal possessions that I find curiously engaging.”  And we agree–there is a substantial presence in each of these images. Some of the canvases are as large as 51 x 64 inches and as small as 12 x 12 inches, with each study holding its own as an artwork.

Paper Crane, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

Steak, oil painting on canvas, 18 x 18, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills is art historically connected to the practice of painters of the past in that his painterly examination may represent or symbolize the artist’s ideas or the items may have metaphorical implications. Still life painting of such common everyday objects is often referred to art historically as “rhopography.”  According to The English Oxford Dictionary  the art historical definition of rhopography, is a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, insects and the like.

 

Rabbit’s Foot and Communion Hosts, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

Pinned Beetle, oil painting on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills subjects of interest for his paintings may include the contemporary, such as Polaroid photos, as well as objects present through time such as things that maintain religious or supernatural characteristics– divining rods, masks, or spiritual fetish articles. The artist is also very aware of how a simple juxtaposition of two or more objects will express far more complex meanings.   The juxtaposition of objects arranged by visual artists is similar to how many poets lay down verse. It is not the words per se that contain the power, but the unknown image that arises from what was created by the juxtaposition. Defined as the “imago ignota,” it is the combination of words which elevate them beyond the language of the obvious. “I contend that this holds true for images, as well,” says the artist.

 

Polaroids, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

“In the last few years,” says PJ Mills, ” I have started to isolate and focus on personal effects that relate specifically to personal consumption and identity. A woman’s compact may be an aid for the adjustment of lipstick but also holds the secrets of her self-absorption snapped shut in the tidy compartment of her purse. Risque and subjective photographs (Polaroids) may be titillating, they are also quite personal and speak of privacy as well. Jewel like insects, the tiny treasures of boyhood fascination or even the food we eat raise questions of adult obsession with consumerism. Issues of identity and consumerism all stem directly and indirectly from strange as well as obvious places in our lives. These visual investigations of isolated objects and/or juxtapositions of personal effects, represent the seemingly obvious. But also the often enigmatic, and yet always metaphorically pregnant meanings.”

 

Clown & Thorns, oil painting on canvas, 51 x 64, PJ Mills

 

“My approach to painting is highly personal and intuitive. During the creative process I try to think as little as possible about this work and let the subjects surface from my subconscious. The result is quite suggestive by its contents and symbolically loaded with historical references. This material develops from entirely personal experiences and through obsessions I have with objects and my musing regarding the human condition as it relates to identity issues. The personal subjectivity of this work is not a grand philosophical statement. It is instead more closely related to a genre sensibility characteristic of the mundane used as metaphors for larger ideas.”

 

Monster, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

“Common Still life painting that was popular in the 17th century Dutch and Flemish often contained hidden allegories such as the Christian Passion, Resurrection or the transience of things in life. They were little paintings with big ideas. The paintings during this time that concerned themselves with life, death and transient events between were often referred to as “Vanitas” paintings. Not in the sense of vainness or conceit; “Vanitas” often a latin term used to describe a notion of evanescence of earthly possessions and the life linked to the work. The meanings in these paintings were conveyed by the use of objects, mostly familiar and everyday items and were given a symbolic connotation. My paintings are similar in the sense that they isolate a particular object or group of objects containing a history of symbolic references. Within the body of my work, historical reference and symbolic references are typically ignored and the object is valued for purely personal reasons. The result often has an element of cognitive dissonance if not absurdity to the reasons behind its selection. I find the confusion intriguing.”

Then the brilliant artist PJ Mills simply sums up his work by stating– “I depart from seventeenth century concepts and slip in contemporary wackiness.”

 

Captive Bolt Pistol & Toy, oil painting, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills received his MFA degree in painting from Cornell University and has exhibited in numerous US art galleries. You can view more paintings on the artist’s website here.

Follow the artist PJ Mills on Instagram here.

Visit PJ Mills’ Facebook page here.

 

Wishbone, oil painting on canvas, 12 x 12, PJ Mills

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Photorealist Paintings of Comic Books, Coke Bottles and Candies

 

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth’s first five fine-art oil paintings were shown (and sold out) at Art Basel in Miami in 2011.

Photorealist artist Doug Bloodworth enjoys overhearing visitors to his shows—in galleries from Zurich to Key West to South Beach to, yes, Disney World—say that they “love the photos.” When he tells them that they are actually looking at are oil paintings, “their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a very long time.”

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

Viewers are enthralled with Bloodworth’s depiction of such beloved and familiar touchstones of Americana as Keebler fudge stripe cookies, M&Ms candies, Coke bottles, Monopoly games, Batman comics, and The New York Times crossword—in mid-attempt—all blown up to giant 4-foot-by-5-foot size.

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

These hyper-real depictions of pop culture items that touch all of our lives is the major appeal of this artist’s work, according to David Muller, president and curator of Photorealism, a Boca Raton–based dealer in solely photorealistic art.

“It’s a combination of, number one, the actual technical skill involved in the works,” says Muller. “I’ve been in his studio and sat there for three hours watching him complete three square inches of a candy wrapper. Watching it appear from a white canvas is totally amazing. Then you have the addition of nostalgia. When one sees the actual works, it takes you back to another time.”

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Other galleries that feature the photo realism paintings of Doug Bloodworth include the Russeck Gallery on Palm Beach Florida’s Worth Avenue and in Soho, New York City. He shows at the Miami Beach, Effusion Gallery, next door to the Versace Mansion.

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Bloodworth feels honored to have celebrity collectors such as the American rapper and song writer Lil Wayne.

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Traditional photorealistic who’ve had an impacted on Doug Bloodworth include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole.

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth refers to his work as photorealism, as opposed to pop art or hyperrealism.

Galleries that deal in the photorealistic genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery.

www.photorealism.com

Doug Bloodworth’s photorealistic oil paintings appear in a feature article in Xposy Multimedia Magazine–view the article here.

Walt Curlee *Americana* Prints in Our Amazon Store

Springtime On The Farm,   Walt Curlee

Springtime On The Farm, Walt Curlee

 

Walt Curlee is now offering his Giclee prints from his original oil paintings, in our Amazon store.

Springtime on the Farm, the first in this season series is available here.

 

Turkeys In The Hills, Walt Curlee

Turkeys In The Hills, Walt Curlee

 

Get artist Walt Curlee’s Giclee print, Turkeys in the Hills here.

 

Shucking And Storing The Corn In The CornCrib, Walt Curlee

Shucking And Storing The Corn In The CornCrib, Walt Curlee

 

Find out more about Shucking And Storing The Corn In The CornCrib here.

 

Taking Pumpkins To Market , Walt Curlee

Taking Pumpkins To Market, Walt Curlee

 

Find the autumn print Taking Pumpkins To Market available here.

 

Rural Winter Landscape, Walt Curlee

Rural Winter Landscape, Walt Curlee

 

Rural Winter Landscape available on Amazon here.

 

 

 

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Elegantly Gold, Hena Tayab Photographic Fine Art Print in Limited Edition of 50, framed and matted (click image)

Elegantly Gold, Hena Tayab Photographic Fine Art Print in Limited Edition of 50, framed and matted (click image)

Farmlands, Lynne Friedman, oil painting on canvas 36 x 48 inches, Inspired by the farm land on Long Island near the Parrish Art Museum shipped flat unframed

Farmlands, Lynne Friedman, oil painting on canvas 36 x 48 inches, Inspired by the farm land on Long Island near the Parrish Art Museum 

 

Periphery, Emily Puetter

Periphery, Emily Puetter (click image for details)

 

A Poet’s Forest, Kathryn Arnold, Limited Edition Print of 100, signed and numbered, Image Size  approximately 12 x 12

A Poet’s Forest, Kathryn Arnold, Limited Edition Print of 100, signed and numbered, Image Size  approximately 12 x 12 (click image to purchase a print)

5 New Framed Floral Still Life Oil Paintings on Amazon

We’ve added five new oil paintings to our A-mazon.com store.

Peonies, Teacup, Fan & Chinese Vase, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

Peonies, Teacup, Fan & Chinese Vase, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

 

Peonies, Teacup, Fan & Chinese Vase is an oil painting on linen on panel 20×16 inches, framed in a gold (wood) plein air frame that adds 3 inches (7.6 cm) all around.  This painting is dated and signed by the artist on back. This artwork ships with a digitally registered Certificate of Authenticity. Buy it here.

Tea & Crabapple Blooms, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

Tea & Crabapple Blooms, oil painting of  by Gray Jacobik

Tea & Crabapple Blooms, oil painting on linen 12×12 inches( 30×30 cm) framed in a 3-inch wide gold Plein air frame that increases the dimension to 18×18 inches. Buy this painting here.

A Spill of Mock Orange, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

A Spill of Mock Orange, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

View detail photos and find out more about this painting here.

Tea Roses, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

Tea Roses, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

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A Thirst For Knowledge, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

A Thirst For Knowledge, oil painting by Gray Jacobik

Review the full details for the painting A Thirst For Knowledge here.

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The Human Figure in Motion: Couples Pillow-Fight, Dance, and Swim Together in Energetic Play in the Paintings of Allen Bentley

 

Sweet Nothings, Allen Bentley

Sweet Nothings, Allen Bentley

 

“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.

Pillow Talk, Allen Bentley

Pillow Talk, Allen Bentley

“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.”

Leverage, Allen Bentley

Leverage, Allen Bentley

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.

Catch a Tiger, Allen Bentley

Catch a Tiger, Allen Bentley

His work focuses on the dynamics of the relationship of a couple at play underwater, in the intimacy of pillow fighting, and through the vitality of dance.  All these bodies of work rely on motion, energetic brushwork, and strong color. You may view images of his work on Allen Bentley’s website: www.allenbentleystudio.com
Rolling Through, Allen Bentley

Rolling Through, Allen Bentley

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.

Release, Allen Bentley

Release, Allen Bentley

Bad Habits: Erotic Humor and Food in the Portrait Paintings of Nadine Robbins

Eggsistencial, Nadine Robbins

Eggsistencial, Nadine Robbins

Peel back the layers in the images and titles of Nadine Robbins oil paintings to find multiple meanings (double entendre) of subtle erotic humor–a theme that she carries thought out her work.

Nadine  grew up in France, (with a mother who was an artist) and attended an impressive array of fine art schools.  Nadine’s work has twice been featured in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters show in London.

Golden Gown, Nadine Robbins

Golden Gown, Nadine Robbins

Her portrait The Golden Gown, while on display at the Brill Gallery, was hailed by art critic Keith Shaw as  “the best nude oil painting I’ve seen in the Berkshires outside The Clark [Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute]. Critic Shaw went on to say that, ”Nadine Robbins is developing into a superb figure painter, and her double portrait, The Golden Gown, is an American masterpiece, both technically and artistically.”

Moxie, Nadine Robbins

Moxie, Nadine Robbins

Nadine’s reach also extends to Chicago, where renowned collector Howard Tullman has added her portrait “Moxie” to his impressive array of nudes.

Nadine Robbin’s work will hang in the exhibition Fixation 2014, curated by Sergio Gomez & Didi Menendeza show in a Chicago gallery that will focus on physical or psychological obsessions with objects or subjects.

Mrs. McDonald, Nadine Robbins

Mrs. McDonald, Nadine Robbins

Besides her clever and skillful renderings of the human face and form, Nadine has a passion for oysters.  Four of her still life paintings of oysters are featured in our sidebar gallery. Click on any image to go the artist’s website. Or click this link: http://nadinerobbinsart.com

Bad Habit, Nadine Robbins

Bad Habit, Nadine Robbins

Wine and Food Still Life Oil Paintings by Penelope Moore In Our Live Online Art Auction Nov 4th

Original oil on canvas, 24×18″ – Framed in a Black Floater Frame, Wine Painting by Napa Artist Penelope Moore
in live online art auction Nov 4th. Ships same day of payment.

This oil painting still life of a wine and seafood dinner is currently on display at SIMI Winery in the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California, USA. If you live in the Northern California area or will be in the California wine country anytime soon, bid on and buy this painting and pick up the painting in person and meet the artist Penelope Moore. She will be happy to make arrangements to meet you at the winery for a private tasting for four!

Attend our live online art auction on November 4th, 2012 to bid!.

RSVP today and you will be notified one hour before the auction starts at 11:00 a.m. EST

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Wine On Wall, oil painting by Penelope Moore, 1 of 3 paintings by the artist in our live online art auction Nov 4th

My Thoughts, oil painting by Penelope Moore

Penelope’s paintings are a reflection of her passion for food, wine and joie de vivre. They are contemporary in style with an emphasis on color, mood and light. Through her subject matter, Penelope portrays a unique twist on life’s simple pleasures. Penelope’s exhibits her work at wineries throughout Sonoma and Napa Valley. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Staglin Family, Ehlers Estate, Benziger Family, Eric Ross Winery, Malibu Family Winery, Thomas Arvid, Robin Quivers and Danielle Steele. http://www.penelopepaintings.com

joie de vivre |ˌ zh wä də ˈvēvrə| noun exuberant enjoyment of life. ORIGIN French, literally ‘joy of living.’