Monday, April 23, 2012

Windy City Autumn

I just wrapped this piece up of the skyline of Chicago during the autumn. It's a 38" x 26" acrylic on canvas painting. The Willis Tower / Sears Tower dominates the background with fall foliage on the trees in the foreground. Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas.

I visited the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Arkansas recently and was very impressed with the collections there. I have posted a few images of some of the pieces that moved me, but there are so many there to be inspired by. Works from the Colonial era, 19th Century Art, Modern and Contemporary Art. There is something there for everyone to enjoy. For this caliber of museum to be located in Bentonville, Arkansas is a gift to everyone who is fortunate enough to be able to visit the museum and see the works that so many people don't have the privilege of seeing in person.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Iconic Painting 'The Scream' Expected to Fetch $80 Million at New York Auction

Marisa Krystian | Apr 12, 2012 1:36pm EDT | 3min:14sec

It's one of the most iconic images in art history and popular culture and now 'The Scream' is up for sale - to anyone with a spare 80 million U.S. dollars.

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted four versions of the famous image in the 1890s. Three are in a museum, the other has been in Norway's Olsen family for 70 years, until now.

The father of current owner Petter Olsen was a friend and patron of Munch and the proceeds from the sale will be used to create a new gallery in Norway dedicated to the artist.

The painting, on display at Sotheby's in London, was done in 1895 and is the most colourful of Munch's four scream compositions. It's also the only one to feature a hand-painted poem by Munch on the frame.

Sotheby's Senior Director Philip Hook said it's the most important work the auction house has handled.

"It's the beginning of man sort of looking in on himself as opposed to painting the outside of himself - i.e. nature and it is the ultimate first image of angst and anxiety," adding, "It's the alienation of modern man. Actually, it's the face that launched a thousand therapists."

When it comes to famous paintings, many in the art world consider 'The Scream' second only to the Mona Lisa.

It's expected to attract significant interest from elite art buyers and reach it's expected 80 million USD price tag, when it goes to auction in New York on May 2.

"It's certainly going to appeal to someone who wants one of the ultimate images of our history and is going to have the opportunity to own the only version that is not in a museum," Hook told Reuters.

Two of the three versions in museums have been targeted by thieves in the past. One, in Norway's national gallery, was stolen in 1994 and recovered three months later. Another was stolen from the Munch museum in Oslo in 2004 and found two years later.

Hook said great pains have been taken to provide security for the painting which has never been shown in London before and hasn't been on public display since 1979.

"Well I think we're always concerned about the works of art that we sell and particularly so with this one because of its rarity and because of the sheer fame of the image. It has in the past been attractive to theft but we're confident we've got measures in place that will protect it."

Works from other famous artists will be auctioned alongside 'The Scream', including paintings by surrealist Salvador Dali.

'Sleeping Girl' by pop artist Roy Lichenstein is expected to sell for 30-40 million USD and Andy Warhol's 'Double Elvis' is expected to go for between 30 and 50 million USD.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Autumn in Amsterdam

I just finished this 20x26 landscape painting of a canal scene during the autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is wonderful city to visit in the fall. Beautiful, peaceful canals, quiet streets and alleyways shrouded with bright autumn foliage. Amsterdam is a great city to visit and a fun city to paint. I hope you enjoy this piece.