I came across this little video on the Tuen Tony Kwok on YouTube. It features a great look at Pierre Alechinsky’s painting over the years, without any accompanying words to get in the way. I’ve long admired his delightful, fluid and imaginative paintings.
I envy painters who can consider a block of work, plan it out and execute it as some kind of linear process. A friend once showed me a drawing he had done, a preparatory sketch for a large painting, on which he indicated all the… Read More
Do the Math is oil on masonite. It’s about 13 inches tall and it floats about 3/4 inch out from the wall. It will be in my October exhibition at Yumart, here in Toronto.
I’ve just read a fascinating, eccentric, sometimes frustrating, and very passionate book called What Painting Is by James Elkins. Mr. Elkins is an art critic and historian based at the Art Institute of Chicago. The sub-title of What Painting Is is: How to Think about… Read More
I’ve been a painter for a long time, but I never get used to exhibiting my work. Making paintings is a very private thing for me. I don’t normally bring people into my little basement studio, and I feel very uncomfortable showing people unfinished paintings.… Read More
I envy painters who can make a drawing then translate that drawing to a painting. In all the years I’ve been painting, that approach has been foreign to me. In fact I don’t make many drawings at all. For me it’s all one. When I’m… Read More
It’s been quite a while since I’ve exhibited my paintings. At some point along the way I think I lost faith. For most of my adult life I’ve been a very disciplined painter, but I decided I would put it aside for a while. I… Read More
The Job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery – Francis Bacon I’ve been painting for many years and still the whole business is a big mystery to me. Sometimes I look around in my studio at paintings I’ve done and I wonder,… Read More
I was living in a storefront studio on Ossington Ave back in the mid-eighties, half a block up from Queen. It was set up with a painting studio at the front and a couple built-in bookshelf dividers behind which was my little living area.Then back… Read More
Helen Frankenthaler, painter. Dead at 83. RIP