31 July 2014

le monde des hommes

I painted this at the height of the Balkens War in July, 1994, when I felt so disgusted with what men were doing to other men in ex-Yugoslavia. Twenty years ago almost to the day, incredible! 
And today it the same kind of hate between Arabs and Jews.
Its a rather crude painting, I admit, but I too, was also at war but with myself at that time as it was two years before I stopped drinking. I was also leaving Nature behind and delving into an invented kind of picture plane.

I made some other very dark pictures at this time. And thus, I find myself limited by what I can take, and what I must leave behind. I could not bring myself to destroy many of these things because although they make little sense to anyone else, there are such a large part of my story.

20 July 2014

the hesitant man (Edgar Oliver)

"I am  a hestitant man. It seems to me that I have spent my life half lost in some rapturous dream I dreamt as a child from which I have never awakened. Perhaps I don't want to wake up. If I woke I would find that I have failed to live."

from Edgar Oliver in his prologue for his one man show at the Axis Theatre in New York.

18 July 2014


This night, last flight
Of the butterfly
Across the road.

13 July 2014


Inside the grey sky
Is a painting 
Of the grey sky.

04 July 2014

Siena (circa 1986, l'été)

I am moving from one country to another, and despite the  unpleasant task of it all one does finds old friends. This from my days out painting in the sweltering Tuscan landscape.

20 June 2014

Foucault and Chomsky

I watched a wonderful documentary on Michel Foucault last night. I confess that I have never read his books nor knew much about his philosophy but I did have a kind of blind idea that somehow he was responsible for much of the thinking behind Contemporary art.
This, of course, gave me the willies and I put him into a place high on the bookshelf where I would probably never have to read him. And yet, to my great surprise, he was portrayed as a fascinating man full of life with an innate intellectual grasp of the difficult lines of thought in Philosophy and the contemporary life of humankind. This is but a teaser with the renowned thinker and philosopher Noam Chomsky. Its a great portrait of the (70's)? 
More to be revealed...

16 June 2014

Wonderful Leica Madness! (Thorsten von Overgaad)

Thorsten Overgaard Workshop 2014 from Thorsten Overgaard on Vimeo.

And his delicious photos....
(Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.)

Wistlawa Szymborska (1923 - 2012)

This is one of my very favorite poets. 

13 June 2014

Christian Martel (artist crazy for kites)

ai wei-wei (by the way)

Of course, he is one of the biggest art stars currently on the planet which doesn't say boo to me because I only look at the works of an artist, not the name. And I find this wood sculpture compelling, and quite moving in a way which cannot be qualified except that I simply like it very much.

05 June 2014

successful artist! #2 (Julian Schnabel) and Paulo Veronese

In London last week I went to see the latest show of Julian Schnabel of whom I wrote  after seeing a nice little film of him on Vimeo. But, after being so diplomatic, I have to confess that I came away from this exhibition with a few conclusions; but I shall be kind and simply wonder: What was he thinking?
I left shaking my head as I headed down to the National Gallery where there is currently a show of the great Paulo Veronese. Such magnificent things on the huge walls there that immediately erased the distaste from the previous show.

And Paulo Veronese, what a difference 450 years make!

27 May 2014

successful artist! #2 (Julian Schnabel)


Find the link (above) to a nice shot little film about the very larger than life Contemporary painter Julian Schnabel.

Regardless of what people think, (and it is a very diverse landscape of opinion) he is a prolific artist who has created a successful career. Despite that he irritates so many, perhaps by his success, and/or hubris, he is nonetheless, an American artist with Brobdingnagian proportions. And, Americans have big imaginations, and they make big things with them. It is even so today, (but maybe not in China's tomorrow) that this nation is still pushed and pulled by the notion of Manifest Destiny which gives artists the right to work with that same giant desire for accomplishment. In America so many museums are monumental as are becoming the galleries, and they expect work which reflects those scales.

So, Schnabel fits in. In fact, he is an incarnation of that Manifest Destiny in the American Art world of today. He is a worker, ceaselessly pushing the boundaries of his materials personal ideas. In fact, he seems to have modeled himself after Picasso in many respects, especially so by saying "Yes!" to everything he does. That neither of them have ever seemed to throw anything away may be their biggest problem however. One cannot say 'yes' to everything, else Life has no meaning. Whether I 'like' or 'dislike' their work is almost irrelevant. In any event, this is a lovely little film.