august!

I just finished delivering several new paintings to Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, and RO2 Art in Dallas! Both galleries have special events on August 10th, so if you’re around either city you should drop in and check them out. Below is a small selection of the works delivered to each gallery and information about the events:

New Orleans: Dirty Linen Night

Dallas: Chaos 7!

visit my website, or contact Graphite or RO2 for more information.

new paintings

It’s October and both of the exhibitions my paintings were in have come to an end. The Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and Art Melt at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge were well attended and filled with an impressive collection of Louisiana artists.

I’ve included images of a few newly completed pieces, including a small diptych. More information will appear on my website.

Be on the lookout for upcoming exhibitions and more new pieces. You can subscribe to my blog, email list, or just bookmark my web page.

two exhibitions in August

 

Friday, July 23 thru September 3: Art Melt
Forum 35’s Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Now in its 13th year, Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, and performing arts. The winners of the 2016 Art Melt will be announced at the Art Melt Preview Party on Friday, July 22, 2016. Doors open to the ticketed event at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $85/individual or $150/couple. Catering will be provided by Ruffino’s, with music by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The Preview Party will also be the first opportunity for the public to view the exhibit and purchase artwork. Saturday, July 23, 2016 will be the exhibit’s official opening night and is free to the public. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Saturday will also feature an outdoor festival with cultural and musical performances, an arts marketplace, a children’s section and food options by local vendors. Following opening night, viewing of the gallery will be available during regular museum hours and included in the regular museum admission fee until September 3, 2016.

August 6 – September 18, 2016: Louisiana Contemporary
June 8, 2016 (New Orleans) -The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, with support of The Helis Foundation, will once again produce the exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, opening on Whitney White Linen Night, August 6, 2016, and on display until September 18, 2016. The annual, state-wide, juried exhibition was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, to provide exhibition space for the work of living artists, and to engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.
In other news, here are three newly finished pieces:

nothing is funnier than unhappiness, acrylic on wood panel, 45x35

nothing is funnier than unhappiness, acrylic on wood panel, 45×35

 

why is it never enough? just enjoy, acrylic on wood panel, 45x35

why is it never enough? just enjoy, acrylic on wood panel, 45×35

 

intended mainly for separation, acrylic on wood panel, 10x14

intended mainly for separation, acrylic on wood panel, 10×14

Other places to see my work:
Graphite Galleries, New Orleans, LA
Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA

 

new work, new show

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been, acrylic on paper on wood panel, 38×38

The piece above will be on exhibit at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia until May 14th. It’s part of The New South : Juried Works on Paper Art Exhibition. With 200+ artists submitting over 1,000 artworks, The New South features 69 national artists (and one from Sweden) each exploring the contemporary Southern experience through the versatile and dynamic medium of paper. Kai Lin Gallery was selected by internationally renowned Wallpaper*Magazine as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Cultural Destinations, chosen as a top 5 gallery in Atlanta by Haute Living, voted Best Gallery in Atlanta by JEZEBEL Magazine, Best Gallery by Georgia Voice 2011 and 2013, and Best Gallery by Fenuxe MagazineKai Lin Art is the only local contemporary art gallery located in the vibrant Westside District of Midtown Atlanta.

Last week I sent several new pieces to Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana. There’s a great review of the gallery and interview with Taylor Lyon (gallery owner) in April’s issue of St. Charles Avenue. If you’re headed to Jazz Fest, be sure to stop by the gallery.

you’re welcome to stop by

Saturday, December 12 from 11-6 : Heart the Art – Bizarre Street Party

BAC and Flying Heart Brewing will offer live music, food trucks, art vendors, and activities! Join us throughout the day to taste great food, hear a variety of music, and see an eclectic mix of local art. I’ll be in my studio so you’re welcome to drop in, say hello, and see what I’ve been working on.

BAC will be screening “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” outside at 5 pm. Camp out on the lawn with the entire family to enjoy this classic holiday comedy.

If you can’t make it, be sure to stop by Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, The Agora Borealis in Shreveport, and Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge. The holiday season is upon us!

i wish everyone was as happy as me, gouache on paper, 22x30

i wish everyone was as happy as me, gouache on paper, 22×30

 

a permanent public home

I’m happy to announce that the Masur Museum of Art recently purchased for their permanent collection “a man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him” 

a man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23, 2015

a man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23, 2015

It is part of the “Recent Acquisitions & Favorites” exhibition (July 15 – February 20). The exhibition includes art by Ron Adams, Robin Bernat, John James Audubon, Richard Buswell, Mary Cassatt, Joshua Chambers, Clyde Connell, Samuel Corso, Salvador Dali, Bruce Davidson, Alexander Drysdale, Jenny Ellerbe, Michael Elliot-Smith, Frank Hamrick, Albino Hinojosa, Jim Isermann, Peter Jones, Ida Kohlmeyer, Eugene Martin, Robert Motherwell, Greely Myatt, Ed Pinkston, Alberto Rey, George Rodrigue, Vitus Shell, Ann Shields, Julian Stanczak, Bill Viola, Bob Ward, Douglas Weathersby, and others.

A small exhibition of some my newest work will be on display in Bossier City at the Donna Service Gallery. The show will run September 16 – October 28 with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Be sure to drop by the Donna Service Gallery, Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111. Normal Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

we drifted out of touch shortly after he lost his arms, acrylic on wood panel, 47x35

we drifted out of touch shortly after he lost his arms, acrylic on wood panel, 47×35

 

Remember to check out these places as well:

The Agora Borealis: Shreveport, LA

Ann Connelly Fine Art: Baton Rouge, LA

Graphite Galleries: New Orleans, LA

good things are coming

Production is back in swing and new paintings are coming out of the studio this month. There are three exhibitions opening in the next two months so be sure to visit one of these three venues:

the next step, therefore, was to enable, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45, 2014

the next step, therefore, was to enable, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45, 2014

July 24th: Art Melt at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge. The festivities will be kicked off on Friday, July 24th  at 7 pm with the Preview Party which is a classy affair with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and, of course, art.  The Preview Party includes an awards ceremony that recognizes the 2015 Art Melt winners and honors the 2015 Forum 35 Art Melt Louisiana Art Legend.  Attendees of the exclusive Preview Party include our 2015 artists and sponsors as well as a select group of industry professionals. Additionally, a very limited number of tickets will be reserved for members of the public who would like to get a sneak peak of the art, before the event. Traditionally, all of the artwork is sold at this private event, so if you’re interested in purchasing an original piece from Art Melt 2015, we recommend you hurry and secure your tickets as space is limited and tickets go fast!

 

 

love is real, so is loneliness, acrylic on wood panel, 23x30

love is real, so is loneliness, acrylic on wood panel, 23×30

August 8th: Dirty Linen Night at Graphite Galleries in New Orleans. Several brand new pieces will debut this night. This year’s DLN takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. in the 200 to 900 blocks of Royal Street. The Vieux Carré thoroughfare will be closed to traffic as usual, providing a promenade punctuated by roughly 50 participating art galleries and shops.

 

 

 

 

 

it seems to get more and more difficult, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

it seems to get more and more difficult, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

August: Summer Splash Exhibition featuring emerging artists at Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge. The Gallery has been a leading part of the regional artistic community, representing national and local emerging and mid-career professional artists. Artists associated with the gallery hold a range of academic and prestigious awards in painting, sculpture, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Ann Connelly Fine Art continues to focus on fine art placement in residential design, corporate consultancies, and specialized procurement services.

change is a good thing

I have a new studio space, and even though I have retained my studio space at home, this new space has sparked some positive changes. The new space is much larger, which means I’ll be able to make some larger sized paintings and work on more of them at a time. I’m still at the mercy of shipping and transportation costs, so don’t expect Julie Mehretu sized work any time soon. To christen this new space I’ve been working on twenty-two new paintings on panel. Several of these pieces will be on exhibit at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, Lousisana during the month of April. I’ve been making some changes with how I treat the space within these paintings and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. Here are four of the works:

 

all the while working himself tighter into life's snare, acrylic on wood panel, 39x39

all the while working himself tighter into life’s snare, acrylic on wood panel, 39×39

 

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been, acrylic on wood panel, 39x39

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been, acrylic on wood panel, 39×39

 

at that moment I realized my time had passed, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

at that moment I realized my time had passed, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

you don't act like you like it, acrylic on wood panel, 60x30in

you don’t act like you like it, acrylic on wood panel, 60x30in

New work, and where to find it.

Happy Holidays! Here are images of some new paintings. Some of them are leaving the studio this month. Six pieces are headed out to galleries, and one has been accepted for exhibition in Surreal Salon 7. Here are the pieces leaving this week, and where you can find them:

 

Graphite Galleries:

the time of dreaming had come to an end / i can find my story in yours, acrylic on wood panel, 71x45, 2014

the days of dreaming had come to an end / i can find my story in yours, acrylic on wood panel, 71×45, 2014

conversely any potential difference will be immediately equalized, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45, 2014

conversely any potential difference will be immediately equalized, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45, 2014

do you like you? acrylic on wood panel, 35x45, 2014

do you like you? acrylic on wood panel, 35×45, 2014

 

Ann Connelly Fine Art:

i'm sorry, gouache on paper, 22x30, 2014

i’m sorry, gouache on paper, 22×30, 2014

in it everyone knows everyone else, gouache on paper, 22x30, 2013

in it everyone knows everyone else, gouache on paper, 22×30, 2013

at night he would park in the lot across the street and watch her rock their world to sleep, gouache on paper, 22x30, 2014

at night he would park in the lot across the street and watch her rock their world to sleep, gouache on paper, 22×30, 2014

Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art (Jan. 4 -29):

nice is better than good, acrylic on wood panel, 35x23, 2014

nice is better than good, acrylic on wood panel, 35×23, 2014

My Studio:

i wanted to say what i hoped you'd say back, gouache on paper, 22x30, 2014

i wanted to say what i hoped you’d say back, gouache on paper, 22×30, 2014

echoes of the most distant objects, gouache on paper, 22x30, 2014

echoes of the most distant objects, gouache on paper, 22×30, 2014

You can find my work at Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, and The Agora Borealis in Shreveport.

I’m sorry for my tardiness

Wow, umm . . . yeah, so my last post was in April. I knew I had been neglecting the blog, but good lord, that is a long time. Okay, I will catch everybody up to speed.

The WAM event with the Bossier Arts Council went well. It was a great night with a healthy number in attendance. The food, wine, and music were fantastic. I appreciate all of you who attended.

I have been working like crazy building panels in May, and painting in June. I have finished out the month of June with 15 new paintings on panel. My total number for the year so far is 61. Here are a few of them, but the rest will be posted on the website.

the separation efficiency can be improved, acrylic on panel, 14x16, $400

the separation efficiency can be improved, acrylic on panel, 14×16, $400

a similar separation can be produced in a centrifuge, acrylic on panel, 14x16, $400

a similar separation can be produced in a centrifuge, acrylic on panel, 14×16, $400

almost equal, acrylic on panel, 23x23, $700

almost equal, acrylic on panel, 23×23, $700

their nature was unknown to him and he accordingly referred to them as the latter, acrylic on panel, 35x45, $1500

their nature was unknown to him and he accordingly referred to them as the latter, acrylic on panel, 35×45, $1500

 

I’m excited about two upcoming exhibitions. The first on the calendar is the opening of The Agora Borealis. The owners of this new venue have some fantastic plans for their store and I’m flattered that they have selected a couple of my pieces to have on show during their grand opening. It’ll be nice to have a space here in North Louisiana that will have some of my work on a regular basis. I can’t wait to see the effect that they have on the art market in Shreveport.

The next exhibition in line will be a group show curated by Robert Pincus featuring Taffie Garsee, Rachel Stuart-Haas, and myself. Pincus is an accomplished art critic and I’m excited to see how he pulls all of our work together. Once the exhibition opens August 7th, it will be followed by a critic’s symposium on the 8th and 9th featuring some prominent figures from the art world. I’ll divulge the parties involved once the official announcement has been made. If you’re around the area during those dates you should really take the time to attend the symposium. I’m sure it will be interesting.