Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Fresh Works VII" Juried Exhibition in Pleasanton

My oil painting, The March of Time, was accepted to a juried exhibition, titled "Fresh Works VII" in Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton.

The March of Time / 時光的流逝 / Der Lauf der Zeit

DSCN8846 _ Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton DSCN8842 _ Independent News reporting Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8688 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

The opening reception on May 6 attracted many visitors, eager to see many wonderful works, several by local artists.

DSCN8837 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8871  _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

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DSCN8845 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8829 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8870 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

IMG_2276 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

During the opening reception, my work was awarded an Honorable Mention Award, by the juror Ryan Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Art at Santa Clara University. Reynolds talked about the difficulty of choosing included works and winner from many submissions, and elaborated on the criteria he used for his decisions. He was looking for works demonstrating unique and well thought-out visions or ideas, and artist's ability to execute and present such ideas.

DSCN8858 _ Gallery Handing Award Certificate to Artist, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
Gallery Director Julie Finegan handed out award certificates

DSCN8856 _ Juror Ryan Reynolds, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
Juror Ryan Reynolds

IMG_2329 - Fresh Works VII, Honorable Mention Award, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton IMG_2327 - Fresh Works VII, Honorable Mention Award, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton

DSCN8867 _ "The March of Time", Matthew Felix Sun, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

The gallery sponsor, Nancy & Gary Harrington recognized a work with their special "Nancy & Gary Harrington Award" for a wonderful portrait, "Alice" by Pamela Mooney.

DSCN8852 _ "Alice", Pamela Mooney, Nancy & Gary Harrington Award, & "Kitty G.", Pamela Mooney, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Alice" and "Kitty G." by Alice Mooney

Some Merit Awards were give to these accomplished works:

DSCN8819 _ "Hushed", Carolyn WarmSun, Merit Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Hushed", Carolyn WarmSun

DSCN8824 _ "Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Thought", Dave Peterson, Merit Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Thought", Dave Peterson

DSCN8821 _ "In the Garden of Time", 
Karen Kramer, Merit Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse 
Arts Center, Pleasanton DSCN8859 _ "Mr. Chavez", Dmitry Grudsky, Merit Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"In the Garden of Time" by Karen Kramer & "Mr. Chavez" by Dmitry Grudsky

DSCN8823 _ "Robin 2.17", Thomas Cory & "FO", David Casterson, Merit Awards,   _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Robin 2.17" by Thomas Cory & "FO" by David Casterson

Besides my painting, other Honorable Mention Awards winners were these wonderful works:

DSCN8820 _ "Monterey Fog", Lynne Shephard, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Monterey Fog", Lynne Shephard

DSCN8815 _ "Father and Son", Robert Huberman, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Father and Son", Robert Huberman

DSCN8814 _ "Waiting", Grant Clark, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Waiting", Grant Clark

DSCN8816 _ "Persephone", Leonardo Cuervo, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Persephone", Leonardo Cuervo

DSCN8848 _ "Bedlam (San Jose)", Jeff Ishikawa, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Bedlam (San Jose)", Jeff Ishikawa

DSCN8807 _ "Samidare", Jill Stevenson Ritter, Honorable Mention Award, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Samidare", Jill Stevenson Ritter


I was impressed by many works, award winning or not, such as these interesting works:

DSCN8833 _ "Dr. Seuss The Dark Side", Kurt Fehlberg, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton DSCN8843 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Dr. Seuss: The Dark Side", Kurt Fehlberg (left)

DSCN8849 _ "Morning Comtemplation", Lisa Rigge, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Morning Contemplation", Lisa Rigge

DSCN8847 _ "One Potato", Sherri Kelcourse, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"One Potato", Sherri Kelcourse

DSCN8822 _ "Barn Owl", Melissa Snider, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Barn Owl", Melissa Snider

DSCN8850 _ "Grandmother's Reflection", Alani Susan Taira, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton DSCN8811 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Grandmother's Reflection", Alani Susan Taira (left)

DSCN8844 _ "Romeo's Siesta" Christine Bourg, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Romeo's Siesta" Christine Bourg

DSCN8828 _ Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8817 _ "Alone with a Palette Knife", Julia Watson, Fresh Works VII Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton
"Alone with a Palette Knife", Julia Watson


Fresh Works VII ran from May 6 to June 3, 2017. In concurrence to this juried exhibition, there was a one-person show “View Beyond the Gate” in the lobby areas of the Firehouse Arts Center, featuring works by Glenn Carter (May 3 to June 10, 2017), whose work was,”rooted in the intuitive response to materials and mark making.”

DSCN8803 _ Glenn Carter, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

DSCN8804 _ Glenn Carter, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton DSCN8806 _ Glenn Carter, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton


Quite an inspiring exhibition and I am honored to be part of the show.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Monet: The Early Years" at San Francisco Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum

The forever popular French impressionist painter Claude Monet made his somewhat unusual appearance in San Francisco Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, in an exhibition titled Monet: The Early Years (February 25, 2017 through May 29, 2017), featuring his mostly engaging early paintings, some of them were already in the realm of later famed impressionism.

The first piece or pieces to greet the audience amazed us by the unusual shape of the wok(s). The ensemble had two framed pieces of different sizes, cut from the same and much larger painting. The square one on the right side, centering on two seated people at a picnic, was collected by Musée d'Orsay in Paris, titled 'Luncheon on the Grass, Central Panel' (1865–66), while the slender and tall panel on the left side, featuring back view of three people at the perimeter of the picnic, hailed from a private collection. What a fascinating family reunion. I also wondered where the "right" panel might be.

DSCN8536 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor

The rest of the exhibition was organized in chronological order, well suited to demonstrate the development of Monet as an artist. Here, I will largely follow this arrangement, with some re-grouping according to subject matters.

In the first room, we saw some landscapes, and one can see their affinity to the works by early French greats such as Corot, and Courbet. These landscape were much weightier and earthier than his more celebrated later pieces.

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The Pointe de La Hève at Low Tide, 1865. Oil on canvas, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

DSCN8513 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion
 of Honor

Next were some winter scenes, a genre quite different from typical impressionism works closely associated with often colorful domains under joyous and sunshine. However, even in winter, the shifting lights were clearly a main contributing factor to the sense of drama, though somewhat subdued.

DSCN8491 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur (1865), Musée d’Orsay

DSCN8496 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor

DSCN8497 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor - The Magpie
The Magpie (1869), Musée d’Orsay

There were some paintings depicting scenes in cities, painted while Monet visited the Netherlands and UK, and those works had similar characteristics of his early landscapes.

DSCN8520 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor

But, some of the brushstrokes Monet employed had become noticeably looser and more fluid.

DSCN8522 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion
 of Honor
Hyde Park, 1871, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

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DSCN8519 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
The Pont Neuf in Paris (1871), Dallas Museum of Art

With water, Monet had his most solid footing, and the results were dynamic and engrossing. Immersed in a room full of such paintings, one felt the strong need to hold breath, in case the splashing water entered one's lungs.

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DSCN8499 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
The Green Wave. (1886) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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DSCN8503 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor

One of my favorite pieces in this show was the "Fishing Boat" below, which was rich in texture and subtle in tonal variances, and almost reached the state of abstract, which caused its rejection by an exhibiting salon, yet a virtue in the later era.

DSCN8501 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor - Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats

Monet's water scenes with people was always very interesting, especially the way he portrayed the slight melancholy, and the endlessly shifting patterns of water. His ability to depict still or slightly rippled water bodies was astounding, despite the fact that such way of painting had inevitably lost its novelty.

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DSCN8515 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868)

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 of Honor

DSCN8511 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor - On the Beach at Trouville
On the Beach in Trouville

DSCN8512 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor

Monet didn't frequently paint people as pure portraits — most of his people were immersed in outdoor or indoor settings, and became part of the fabrics — a few such pure portraits from his early period were included in the show, and I was very taken in by a portrait of Camille Monet, who stood in snow, in her bright red shawl, turned her upper torso slightly, and timidly or inquisitively peered into the closed French door. An intriguing scene, worthy of Chekhov or Ibsen.

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The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Camille Monet (ca. 1868-1873), Cleveland Museum of Art 

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The Cradle—Camille with the Artist’s Son Jean (1867, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

DSCN8493 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
Jean Monet Sleeping (1867–1868, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen)

DSCN8524 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion
 of Honor

There were also some still life paintings in the exhibit, probably as answers to friendly challenges lobbed from some accomplished painters. Or rainy day consolations for the sun-obsessed Monet.

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DSCN8533 _ Monet - The Early Years, Legion of Honor
Still Life with Melon (1872, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon)


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