We’ve got the show hung

Rosemary and I spent today hanging our show in Provincetown at 444 Commercial Street, site of the Gallery Voyeur, and we’re ready to open tomorrow, Thursday 18th at 11:00. We’ll be there through August 30, so don’t miss it. It looks Fantastic!

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But today was literally just the beginning.  We both have good feeling about this adventure. Please come see the show if you can, we’d love to see you!

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Pop-up show in Provincetown

August 17 – August 31, 2016 will find yours truly and erstwhile companion                 Rosemary Broton Boyle exhibiting at the Gallery Voyeur, 444 Commercial St, Provincetown. There will be a public reception to meet the artists on Friday, August 19 beginning at 6 PM. 

This will mark the return of OZ Gallery, which the two of us ran from 2002-2007.

Each of us will be showing a variety of styles charting the past 9 years, more or less. Rosemary will be bringing abstractions ranging from large scale constructions,

Pinwheel 2

Pinwheel 2  2012  acrylic/oil on canvas 48″x 48″

summer playtime sunbathers, and many smaller, more intimate pieces.

FSA #2

I will be showing paintings and sculpture showcasing my four-year infatuation with the story and legend of Don Quixote,

 

Blue Byways

King Of The Blue Highway  2016 oil on canvas  24″x18″

Gallant Madman

 

 

which in turn led to my own Cubist fictional character studies,

"Dulcinea, from Don Quixote,

A Woman Of Interest     2014, 40’x 30″ acrylic on canvas

a few large Pin-up Girls,

Blonde In A Yellow Sky

Queen Of The Heartland 2010 oil on canvas 72″x 48″

and a train or two.

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Future Gone 2010 acrylic on paper 30″x 22″

 

If you’re planning a trip to Provincetown this summer, our exhibit coincides with Carnival Week, a colorful and flamboyant time including the always entertaining Carnival Parade on Thursday afternoon August 18.

We hope you can come see the show!

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From Colorado

 

I am currently in Colorado, in my home town, in the house I grew up in, staying with my brother. (His name is Dennis but as a kid he got the nickname Smokey).  If I said  this place, this town, this house are the source of who I am it wouldn’t be completely right, but there is definitely a lot of truth in it.

The Wilson Family, 2013

The Wilson Family, 2013

 

Storm clouds coming in from the East, 6/23/2015

Storm clouds coming in from the East, 6/23/2015

Below is a new ceramic earthenware, painted first with underglaze, which faded dramatically when it was fired the 2nd time. Much more than the first two. So I took it home and painted it with oil paints. I prefer it over the underglazing.

The Impostor         ceramic painted with oils

The Impostor
ceramic painted with oils

This is a Don Quixote, but not in the “normal,” sense – notice the Dandy-ish hat. This is the Don Quixote who appeared in the illegitimate “Part 2” of Don Quixote of LaMancha, which was not written by Cervantes. After the popular reception of the original book, some scoundrel wrote a sequel pretending that it was written by the original author. Well, Cervantes did write a Part 2, in which Don Quixote meets the  impostor in a tavern and confronts him, forcing him to admit to his fraud.

 

This  is the drawing that was the basis for the three recent ceramic pieces:

Dandy Drawing, 2015

Dandy Drawing, 2015

 

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I’m back

Here I am again. It’s been a busy spring and I have not been able to sit down to write. But it’s my job so here goes…

I haven’t left off Don Quixote as a subject, nor have I stopped painting cubistically,

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although I’ve been told that I am being repetitive, “stuck in a rut,” that it’s “time to move on” and so on. But I don’t see it that way. I have not exhausted the possibilities yet and I keep coming up with new ideas of how to make a new way of presenting this one subject.

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As an artist I feel required to pursue ideas and images I am compelled to do, regardless of their consequences. In fact I feel it’s an artist’s job to seek out those ideas and images in search of ones that won’t let you go, and to confront them. To wrestle with an image idea, to form it and build it by creating the images that keep coming back; that’s my job. To paint them until I can’t paint them anymore whether it takes three weeks, three months or fifteen years. Then I can move on.

 

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Don Quixote as Hero?

How much of DQ’s timeless appeal has to do with his

self-appointment as hero?

Hopes and Possessions

Hopes and Possessions

I have recently been considering Don Quixote in his role as “Hero”.  How much of his timeless appeal has to do with his self-appointment as hero?

Nobody asked him to “Save” them or to help them at all. The only ones to agree to his offers of assistance are doing it out of curiosity; to appease him, and to see what this odd person will do if given the chance to do his thing. And of course DQ bungles it every time. A mob of devils are merely a herd of sheep, the nobles, squires and princesses are an inn keeper and his wife and guests and of course monsters are only windmills. And DQ and Sancho get their asses kicked.

In the book, DQ takes on the attitudes and demeanor of a hero. His need to portray himself a romantic knight-errant is too great to be supported by the meager facts of his existence. What he sees as threats are delusions and misinterpretations. His response is rarely appropriate to these perceived threats, usually an outsized pouring of self-righteous anger and violence. His weapons are a joke and his armor and defenses are non-existent.

That is how I depicted DQ, setting his eyes looking in different directions to show his split personality, and giving his horse Rocinante an affable indifference to his circumstances.

Green eyes

Green Portrait (detail)

Welcoming Menace

Welcoming Menace (detail, To Have Lived A Madman and To Have Died Sane)

 

With his lance at the ready and his shield in place he assumes the stance of hero, but as we know, he’s not good at it. He is anything but threatening and doesn’t even seem able to protect himself, with his arms wide open in a gesture of welcome as opposed to attack mode.

Yet there is something about heroes in all this that I want to put my finger on. (That’s usually how it is with art: first comes the artwork, after which the meanings reveal themselves.) DQ is not a hero to anyone but himself, no matter how much he has convinced himself that that is who he is: self-definition is not the same as self-actualization. The results of his heroic acts show the farce that he is but he can’t see it.

Don Quixote, "Our Invincible Knight"

“Our Invincible Knight” oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″, 2013

 

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A few of my favorites so far

"Dulcinea, from Don Quixote,

“A Woman Of Interest” 2014, 40’x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Cubist portrait of a man

“Man With A Hat In His Head”
2014, 22″x15″ oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

Don Quixote, "Our Invincible Knight"

“Our Invincible Knight” oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″, 2013

 

 

 

Don Quixote, "When Madness is the Coin"

“When Madness is the Coin” oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″, 2012

Don Quixote, "Cubist Portrait"

“Cubist Portrait” 24″x 18″, oil on canvas, 2013

Don Quixote: To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane

To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane
2014 oil on canvas 40″x 30″

 

 

Don Quixote, "Virtuous Hopes"

“Virtuous Hopes” wood, paper, string, polymer, paintbrush
19″x 14″x 16″ 2014

 

DonQuixote: Hopes and Possessions

“Hopes and Possessions”, 2014
Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint
27″H x 20″L x 15″W

Don Quixote: Hopes and Possessions

“Hopes and Possessions”, 2014
Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint
27″H x 20″L x 15″W

"Hopes and Possessions" detail

“Hopes and Possessions” detail

Don Quixote: An Ingenious Gentleman

“An Ingenious Gentleman” wood, paper, polymer, paintbrush
22″x 15″x 14″

Don Quixote: An Ingenious Gentleman

An Ingenious Gentleman
paper, wood, polmer, paintbrush
22″x 16″x 13″

 

 

 

 

 

Don Quixote: An Inventive Victory

An Inventive Victory
wood, paper, plaster, paint
31″x 20″x 16″

Don Quixote: An Inventive Victory

Wood, paper, plaster, acrylic paint
31″x 21″x 16″

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