Friday, November 2, 2012
Three Honest Artists
Over my many years of making art I've always had styles of art that I liked much more than others. Not that my favorite styles didn't change drastically over time. But I also found that I always got surprised. I'd often see something in a style I didn't like and find that I liked the art nonetheless
Eventually I found a common denominator. The art I liked, regardless of style struck me as honest. I can't define what I mean by that or give anyone else any clues as to how they might define 'honest' art. I hate to think that the art I think 'honest' could be found 'dishonest' by others and vice versa. Still it may be true.
I mention this because after spending 4.5 hours yesterday helping to hang the 3-person show, 'Wild at Art' opening at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center this Sunday I left with the feeling that this was a very good show. Why? I think it is all honest art. Above are three works by Lynnette Shelley and two of my own linocuts.
Above a view of a short wall that includes my 'Two Little Blue Herons at Morris Arboretum" acrylic painting as well as two recent watercolors of mine and two more works by Lynnette.
And finally four paintings by Melanie Fisher, with a deliberate nod to Charles Burchfield, and more of my own linocuts.
I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. Any attempt to photograph more than one single work runs into problems of inadequate light, distracting reflections on glass, and numerous other problems. In this case the labels are still on work and need to be removed and transcribed onto price sheets. And some final straightening could be done.
But I think it does give you a sense of what is there. It is, in my humble opinion, a collection of very strong work, all based in nature and particularly in animals.
Hope to see you there this Sunday. It's difficult to find wildlife or animal based art in Philadelphia. This is your chance.