Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Featured Painting – Brook




My little idyllic painting, Brook, depicted a thin stream snaking through a quiet grove, seen through imposing placed black trunks in the foreground, and enclosed by delicate silhouettes in the background, behind shimmering bright light like a liquid curtain. The sedate creek, painted impasto, with paints dragged downward rough bottom edges, as if a living creature planting its roots or sinking its teeth into the meadow; meanwhile, its varying somber colors, and the impossible spatial relationship between the tree trunks and the seemingly floating creek forks, simultaneously ups and downs, and in front of and behind those tree trunks, created a sense of disorientation, uneasiness, and otherworldliness.

Brook / 溪流 / Bach
Brook
Oil on Canvas
20” x 24”
Completed in 2018


Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Glimspse of Salesforce Transbay Center in San Francisco

DSCN2848 _ Transbay Transit Center

Several weeks ago, the multiple-billion dollars Salesforce Transbay Center in San Francisco opened with great fanfare. On August 25, I took a transbay bus and caught a glimpse of the wonderful building, and the rooftop garden, before two cracks on steel beams forced a hopefully temporary closure two days ago.

The most dominating part of the complex was the slick and phallic Salesforce Tower, which was actually not part of the terminal, but did provide an interesting contrast to the delicate, veiled exterior of the horizontal Transbay Center.

DSCN2845 _ Transbay Transit Center

IMG_9229 _ Transbay Transit Center IMG_9205 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2841 _ Transbay Transit Center

IMG_9228 _ Transbay Transit Center IMG_9209 _ Transbay Transit Center

Our bus came to the center via an exclusive bus bridge, at an extremely low speed.

IMG_9207. _ Transbay Transit CenterJPG

IMG_9206 _ Transbay Transit Center

Once entered the building, we had another view of the lattice façade from inside. Intriguing.

DSCN2832 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2829 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2836 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2910 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2909 _ Transbay Transit Center

IMG_9198 _ Transbay Transit Center

There was a certain "public art" inside the terminal building, such as the LCD display, and the tower itself.

IMG 9203   Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco, August 25, 2018

IMG_9195 _ Transbay Transit Center

The best part of the complex was the rooftop public space - gardens, walkway, theater, etc.

DSCN2843 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2842 _ Transbay Transit Center

What a shame that two cracks of the supporting steel beams at SF Transbay Transit Center forced its closure. Hopefully, it would be deemed safe soon. But, could we ever trust it? Just as the troubled San Francisco Bay Bridge.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Featured Painting - July Meteors

July Meteors / 七月流火 / Juli Meteoren, Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16", Completed in 2014

The title of this painting, July Meteors, originates from a Chinese phrase, 七月流火, which means that in July, when stars move westbound, cooler weather arrives soon; I have always been drawn to the mystic and somewhat fatalistic image of this concise yet profound phrase, without much understanding.

Right before the Fourth of July this year, suddenly there was some unexpected disturbances took place in my life and I was mostly assailed by shock and dismay, out of all things, and soon I was enveloped in a chill, much colder than the already too cool San Francisco summer.

It was the realization of abrupt and decisive change caused me much alarm and disquietness and then I suddenly understand the meaning of that phrase, and the helplessness sedimented through thousands years of valiant and often futile struggle, and composed this rather evocative abstract piece, to channel my compound feelings.
 
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Glittering Exhibition - "Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters" at Legion of Honor


DSCN2754 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first major international exhibition to assemble works by England’s nineteenth-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with the medieval and Renaissance masterpieces that inspired them. Important loans of paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts from international collections, as well as works drawn from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, demonstrate the Pre-Raphaelites’ fascination with Italian masters, including Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, and Paolo Veronese, as well as northern Renaissance painters such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.

-- Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
Though weary of the stilted beauty of the Pre-Raphaelites paintings, I came away enchanted by this well-curated, and sparkling exhibition, which juxtaposed the Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters, relating the connections between these two groups, in the timeline of the artistic development of the Pre-Raphaelites. The amazing achievements of the Old Masters were self-evidence; while the Pre-Raphaelites impressed with their virtuosity and romantic beauty, however mannered they could be.

First group:

DSCN2741 - The Virgin and Child with an Angel, St George and a Donor, Hans Memling, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Virgin and Child with an Angel, St George and a Donor, Hans Memling

DSCN2621 - Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels, Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels, Master of the Saint Lucy Legend

DSCN2630 - Madonna and Child with Two 
Angels, Followers of Adriaen Isenbrandt, The Pre-Raphaelites & 
the Old Masters
Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Followers of Adriaen Isenbrandt

DSCN2631 - Virgin and Child, Dieric Bouts and or workshop, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Virgin and Child, Dieric Bouts and or workshop

DSCN2626 - The Annunciation, Jan van Eyck, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Annunciation, Jan van Eyck

DSCN2636 - Mariana, John Everett Millais, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Mariana, John Everett Millais

DSCN2705 - The Annunciation, Jan van Eyck, The 
Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2710 - Mariana, John Everett Millais, The 
Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2628 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2629 - Portrait of a Man, Lucas Cranach the Younger, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Portrait of a Man, Lucas Cranach the Younger

DSCN2632 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2634 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2622 - The Ransom, John Everett Millais, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Ransom, John Everett Millais

Group 2:

DSCN2639 - The Holy Family, Perino del Vaga, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Holy Family, Perino del Vaga

DSCN2638 - Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist, Piero di Cosimo, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist, Piero di Cosimo

DSCN2641 - Copy of The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Cesare Mariannecci, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Copy of The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Cesare Mariannecci

DSCN2643 - The Meeting of Saints Dominic and Francis of Assisi, Fra Angelico, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Meeting of Saints Dominic and Francis of Assisi, Fra Angelico

DSCN2657 - A Crowned Virgin Martyr (Saint Catherine of Alexandria), Bernardo Daddi, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
A Crowned Virgin Martyr (Saint Catherine of Alexandria), Bernardo Daddi

DSCN2650 - The Nativity, The Baptism of Christ, Christ and the Woman of Samaria, Noli me Tangere, Perugino, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Nativity, The Baptism of Christ, Christ and the Woman of Samaria, Noli me Tangere, Perugino

DSCN2642 - Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

DSCN2645 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Dante's Dream

DSCN2647 - Valentine Reproaching Proteus for His Falsity, William Holman Hunt, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Valentine Reproaching Proteus for His Falsity, William Holman Hunt

DSCN2648 - Lorenzo and Isabella, John Everett Millais, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Lorenzo and Isabella, John Everett Millais

DSCN2655 - Beata Beatrix, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Beata Beatrix, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Group 3:

DSCN2661 - Idealized Portrait of a Lady, Sandro Botticelli, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Idealized Portrait of a Lady, Sandro Botticelli

DSCN2715 - Idealized Portrait of a Lady, Botticelli, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Idealized Portrait of a Lady, Sandro Botticelli

DSCN2719 - Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Sandro Botticelli, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2721 - The Virgin and Child, Workshop of Sandro Botticelli's The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Sandro Botticelli & The Virgin and Child, Workshop of Sandro Botticelli's

DSCN2722 - Portrait of a Lady Known as Smeralda Bandinelli, Sandro Botticelli, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Portrait of a Lady Known as Smeralda Bandinelli, Sandro Botticelli

DSCN2663 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2725 - Flora, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2717 - Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Flora & Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

DSCN2662 - Love and the Maiden, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Love and the Maiden, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

Group 4:

DSCN2668 - Self-Portrait, Raphael, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Self-Portrait, Raphael

DSCN2670 - Lucretia, Veronese, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Lucretia, Paolo Veronese

DSCN2672 - Portrait of a Young Man with a Green Book, Giovanni Cariani, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
 Portrait of a Young Man with a Green Book, Giovanni Cariani

DSCN2675 - A Young Woman Holding a Mirror with Her Servant, Parus Bordone, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
A Young Woman Holding a Mirror with Her Servant, Parus Bordone

DSCN2748 - The Pre-Raphaelites & 
the Old Masters

DSCN2674 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2673 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2677 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
La Pia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

DSCN2676 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters 
Lady Lilith, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

DSCN2731 - Bocca Bacciata - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Bocca Bacciata - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

DSCN2680 - The Heart of the Rose, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Heart of the Rose, Edward Burne-Jones

Group 5:

DSCN2679 - The Passing of Venus, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Passing of Venus, Edward Burne-Jones

DSCN2684 - The Entombment, Parmigianino, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Entombment, Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola)

DSCN2678 - Cupid's Hunting 
Fields, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old 
Masters
Cupid's Hunting Fields, Edward Burne-Jones

DSCN2753 - The Wheel of Fortune, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2699 - The Ascension, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Wheel of Fortune & The Ascension, Edward Burne-Jones

DSCN2735 - The Tree of Forgiveness - A Mosaic in Rome, Edward Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
The Tree of Forgiveness - A Mosaic in Rome, Edward Burne-Jones

DSCN2687 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters DSCN2690 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters
Flora & Pomona, Edward Burne-Jones

DSCN2692 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2688 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2695 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters

DSCN2736 - The Pre-Raphaelites & the Old Masters


Exhibition ends on September 30, 2018.


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