Saturday, January 31, 2009

truly tiny - portraits by Craig Hood

I was thrilled when I heard that my former professor Craig Hood was willing and able to participate in TT4! Craig's work is amazing - examining the role of the human figure as a narrative image in landscapes. "His graphite drawings are a blur from a distance, like a foggy dream or the memory of a black and white photograph."

Craig dropped off some truly tiny portraits - they are the tiniest of the teeny tiny - some measuring 1"x1" square!

Craig Hood lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. He has taught painting and drawing at The University of New Hampshire since 1981. He has a national exhibition record and has won a Ford Foundation Grant, been a finalist for the Rome Prize in Painting (1987), and was nominated for a Louis Comfort-Tiffany Award (1999). His landscape paintings have been exhibited in many venues from Portland, ME to New York City and Naples, FL. In recent years he has focused more exclusively on the figure-in-landscape images he has made since the early 1990s. In Sept.-Oct. of 2006 one of his works in this genre was included in an important exhibition at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Figure in American Painting and Drawing, 1985-2005.

You can preview these and other works from the show here.

Web site review!

I was delighted to open this week's Spotlight to read: "Web site review: John Shore gives his first perfect score"! Thanks so much John!! (I'm not worthy)

The review is especially satisfying because I've been working very hard to teach myself web skills, endless tutorials and exhaustive google searches - I actually began designing my website three years ago in Microsoft Word, cutting and pasting (it looked awful!) ... so this review is a HUGE compliment. Read the review here.

a bit of a stretch...

The Teeny Tiny Art Show #4 is less than a week away! Small packages containing tiny art are coming in from all over the country - I just received some new work from Bailey Saliwanchik, her recent portraits are a refreshing departure from her "playful portrayals of traditional female archtypes reflecting on themes of spirituality, sexuality, beauty and a gentle relationship with nature".

Here is a tiny preview of her "Distortraits"...

"Bailey Saliwanchik hails from the deep woods, swampy fields and blue skies of Maine, emerging with a belief in plant magic and the enchanted female. Her subjects are borne from a process of intuitive visual construction and combined interests in contemporary illustration, fashion illustration, classic figurative painting, ancient ideologies, goddess worship and fantastical female characters : gypsies, princesses, witches, mermaids, cowgirls, nuns, dancers queens and mediums. She loves big hair, books by Tom Robbins, ambiguous symbolism, gin, curls, and pumpkin muffins. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY."

Friday, January 23, 2009

teeny tiny preview: Nicole Maloof

Coming soon to a Teeny Tiny Art Show near you:

Ravenous beets ...

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your ... noodles!?

... a tale of knightly virtues, honor and courtly love.

You can see the other drawings from this series by Nicole Maloof, along with other works from the upcoming Teeny Tiny Art Show #4 here!

Nicole Maloof was born in 1983 in Seoul, South Korea. She received her BFA with a concentration in Painting and her BA with a concentration in Chemistry from Boston University in 2006. She currently resides in Boston, MA.

*Nicole has participated in all four tiny art shows and she has a solo show at Three Graces scheduled for June 2009.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hail to the New Chief!

Happy Inauguration Day! The entire world has the highest hopes for Obama right now. Public expectations for his performance in office far exceed those for any president in a generation. I am going to watch his highly anticipated speech at the Music Hall in just a bit...

...before I go, I thought it would be appropriate to share another teeny tiny preview: Jodie Baehre (who exhibited a fabulous series of "saints" in the TT3 in September) has been working on a series of portraits of figures from pop-culture!

Above is of course, our President Elect Obama and below - Bono!

"As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both." ~ Bono

The series is based on influential people of this century. Some of the other portraits include: michael phelps, tina fey, sarah palin, robert downey junior, hillary clinton, the hudson hero, bush, dalai lama, brangelina, heath ledger, oprah, nelson mandela, jesus...

Monday, January 19, 2009

tiny paintings by Kelly Vivanco

It's that time again! I just got an email from Kelly Vivanco with images of the paintings she will be sending for The Teeny Tiny Art Show! (This will be Kelly's third Teeny Tiny showing) Here's a sneak peak...

“Old photos, vintage things, quirkiness, decay, animals, colors and moods inspire me. I try to get a certain feeling going in the look and atmosphere of a painting so I naturally gravitate towards art that echoes likewise, even if it has an entirely different effect. I am seeing gobs of exciting work being produced by people today and I am always inspired by past masters like Hans Holbein and NC Wyeth, pre-raphaelites, Van Gogh and so on.” ~Kelly

Kelly received her BFA in Fine arts from the Laguna College of Art and Design. In addition to painting, printmaking and sculpture, Kelly has created a comic called “Patches”. She currently works and lives in Escondido, California.

You can preview Kelly's other works in this tiny series along with other works from the show here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

wee wax works by Robin Beaty

Another teeny tiny teaser - here are two images of new works for the Teeny Tiny Art Show #4 by Robin Beaty.

They are "Ode to my winter socks" ...

...and "Waiting Patiently"...

Robin concentrates primarily on the ancient wax base medium of encaustic paint, a molten beeswax mixed with resin and dry pigments, which she incorporates mixed media, vintage materials, textiles, metals and found objects. Her work has been described as a "compelling intersection between painting, sculpture and installation" and "deliciously collectable".

Teeny Tiny Sculpture!

It's time for another teeny tiny preview of what's to come in the fast approaching Teeny Tiny Art Show #4!

I have admired the work of Cassandra + Ernie Velasco, aka Doubleparlour, for awhile I was overjoyed when they both agreed to participate in TT4.

Above is "Mattie", one of six polymer clay sculptures that they will be sending. She is truly tiny - measuring 2.5 x 4 inches!

Doubleparlour, born in 2007, is a creative collaboration between Ernesto and Cassandra Velasco. Both are artists who like to explore a variety of subject matters with different mediums. Some works are done as a joint effort and others are solo works. They like to mix it up in a variety of mediums to create sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints.

Three Graces will also have a bunch of their prints available during the Teeny Tiny Art Show in February. *All works from the show will be available in the gallery and in our online shop!

Hop to it

As I was leaving the gym last night I picked up a copy of this week's Wire. I was delighted to read the review of Fleur's show written by Chloe Johnson. read all about it. Thanks Chloe!

...And while you're on the site check out the upcoming RPM challenge to music makers! You can also go directly to the RPM website. "This is the challenge: record an album in 28 days, just because you can."

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Rabbit World dreamy and absorbing..."

I was so pleased to pick up this week's Spotlight and see a review of "Fleur Palau:Rabbit World" by Ann Bryant!

"This "Rabbit World" is not just a collection of rabbits, but rather a place made more real by echoed landscapes. The window in "The Investigation" looks out on the same field and mountains where "The Secret" is told. A consistency of colors shows that even when landscapes are simplified, that we are looking at the same flora and fauna."

You can read the review in its entirety here. Thanks Ann!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Teeny Tiny Preview!

The Teeny Tiny Art Show (#4) is coming!! I was delighted when Elsa Mora said that she would be exhibiting some more of her papercuts in February's show - here is a sneak preview...

... from the series "Red Riding Hood"...

...and from her series "Bird Carrying a Friend"...

I was thrilled to hear that Elsa was willing and able to make 8 new papercuts for TT4, amidst her busy schedule. You can have a look at the other pieces here. (Elsa is also in the process of making a book about papercuts! You can read about this adventure and many others in her warm and inspiring blog)

Stay tuned for more teeny tiny previews. Cheers!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hopping into 2009...

Last night was the opening reception of "Rabbit World" recent paintings by Fleur Palau. Her whimsical theme of rabbits in Italian landscape verges on the surreal. Rich color and tone predominate, the compositions take on a dynamic tension as Fleur creates a world that evokes elements of the human condition. States of being and emotion are explored in a world that is real and unreal at the same time. It is an examination of our interior life set off against the antique world of cypress trees, empty houses and ambiguous paths of no return.

"The full meaning of these paintings is of course open to speculation and does not concern me, though I recognize the symbolism and irony that is the vehicle in which to reveal some useful message about ourselves. I would hope that in these rabbit portraits we may recognize the better attributes of our own nature, that of love, friendship, loyalty, and that the renewed recognition of this will at once empower and inspire."~Fleur Palau

Fleur Palau is an American artist, trained in both New York and Florence,Italy. Fleur has lived and worked in Italy for over 20 years where she maintains a home and working studio. She is currently living in New Hampshire, and is known for her work in landscape painting, rabbit theme, and stone carving.

"Rabbit World" is on view thru February 2nd. I will also be posting all of the images from the show to our online shop later today!

Happy New Year to all!