Monday, December 23, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I've seen a broad audience from folks that search for the depths... interspersed with some that just seem to like the colors. All are welcome and equally as appreciated. However, it reminds me of something Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull said in an interview, he mentioned that Aqualung is a favorite album of his, granted, but it's all the masses wanted from him... and as a singer/songwriter that evolves and wants to explore his own depths, becoming more sophisticated is one of the hardest processes, because he felt that you leave so much of your audience behind. Steven Spielberg also comes to mind... who said in an interview that he's always tried to do 1 film for him, for every 1 film he does for the masses. Some visual artists come to mind... for instance, H.R. Giger... clearly painted for himself, stories that reflect his own psychosis... is he one of the lucky ones that was able to paint for himself and later exploded into mass appeal? Rather than the opposite process that seems to be the general way of this contemporary society for an artist. Is that the ultimate journey?... Does it require selling your soul a little in this society to build an audience to view what you're really about later on? Or should you say "f" it and enjoy being broke creating brilliance alone and cold... to become appreciated after you die. How does one define "purpose"... how does survival balance with "purpose"... what are you going to "say" to make everything you believe in shine bright and change the world... or are you content "being in the moment" within your happy place on the mountain top...?
... Even a tree has to grow through the elements to get closer to the Sun... rooted in the ground, graceful in their acceptance... I would still bet, some effort is required.
Friday, July 20, 2012
by John Matthews
With illustrations by Matt Dangler and others
From the author of the bestselling book PIRATES and HOW TO SEE FAERIES (with Brian Froud) comes a wonderful interactive book about faeries. The book includes "hidden ones" of the British Isles as well as those of Scandanavia, Germany, North America, and even the Asian, Arab, and African worlds. The book is divided into 13 sections: among them a Brief History of Faeries; a Who’s Who of Faeries; Good Faeries vs Bad Faeries; Faerie Courts; Faerie Spells; Faerie Places: Faerie Sightings; Faerie Children; and Faerie Music. The book is illustrated with new art from talented fantasy artist Matt Dangler as well as other celebrated contemporary fairy artists alongside classic art by William Blake, Henry Fuseli, William Turner, and others.
To be published Spring 2013 by Abrams.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The goal for this show was simple: to remain present in the moment. Brush stroke by stroke a mantra was created… a meditative rhythm with no limits… opening windows that peer into conscious worlds, metaphors that explain awakening, suffering, euphoria… imagination created through unique filters. As my life situation unfolds, and my spiritual pursuit evolves… I search inward. Hidden between the mind's thoughts of past and future is a fierce presence of the moment. It's here I find the heart of Zen, a place beneath ego, a place of non identification… in fact, it's not a "place" at all, it's the presence we all are, the essence and energy our bodies all carry… the dreamer behind the thought… consciousness. It's here at the center where the flame ignites, burning light out of darkness, to create "being" out of nothing, and you'll "see" paintings in a whole new light… from the center flame.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
So as you can start to see in the image... I want to push the enchanting quality of the character, by placing him/her/it... in a healthy, natural environment... something fresh, lively... something that opens up all your senses... a little touch of flowers, although somewhat obscure, went a long ways.
As I do with most my character paintings, I blurred the background... it creates contrast and helps push the details of a character... if you want something to look hot, put it next to something cold etc. It's funny how these obvious little understandings can get overlooked when developing a painting... however, it makes a big difference.
Monday, November 7, 2011
These first 2 images are first the under drawing, and then have gone over that with washes of acrylic to establish the under painting. I like to keep this stage muted, lowly rendered and lowly saturated to give the Oil paint that will be painted in translucent layers on top some room to brighten and lively things.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Guest Curator: Jon Beinart
Chaos and ruin. Technological trends corrupting. Deformation, anatomical abnormalities, degradation and displacement. Whether related to the human body and spirit or the human environment, it is the 'anti' utopia.
The theme of this show, 'Dystopia', will place the viewer in a fictional world where personal and societal fears can be explored. Whether figuratively or more literally, the participating artists will present their own interpretation of 'Dystopia'.
Presenting the works of over 50 international artists including: Kris Kuksi, Chris Mars, Paul Booth, Chet Zar, Viktor Safonkin, Laurie Lipton, David Bowers, Dariusz Zawadzki, Peter Gric, Matthew Bone, Jean Labourdette Turf One, Paul Rumsey, William Hand, Heather Nevay, Ray Donley, Christian Van Minnen, Dan Quintana, Ben Tolman, Karl Persson, Beau White, Macsorro, Matt Martin, Sandra Yagi, Carrie Ann Baade, Stephanie Henderson, Heidi Taillefer, David Choquette, Scott G Brooks, Naoto Hattori, Michael Ryan, Leslie Ditto, Larkin, Chrystal Chan, Jeff Christensen, Cam De Leon, Christopher Ulrich, Matt Dangler, Brian Viveros, Chris Peters, Yu Sugawara, Santiago Caruso, Rachel Bess, Mark Powell, Brian Smith, Ivan Titor, Jason John, Jon Jaylo, Pamela Wilson, James Zar, Vincent Cacciotti, Pedro De Kastro & Jon Beinart.
Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton will be signing copies of their books at the opening reception.
Each artist has been selected for their ability to express themselves imaginatively with exceptional technique and uncompromising individuality. The beinArt Surreal Art Collective is testimony to a huge international movement of figurative artists who have resisted current trends in the art world and remained true to their artistic vision.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19th - 8:00 - 11:30 pm.
Exhibit runs from March 19th - April 9th 2011.
2525 Michigan Ave,
Unit T5, Santa Monica,
CA 90404, USA.
beinArt Collective: http://beinart.org
Friday, January 28, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This last weekend held a most interesting event. I met some really great people, as well as chatting with a few friends I hadn't seen for a while. Twas quite surreal having a conversation holding fort in the middle of the aisle, while Batman and Hellboy give dirty looks... in the midst of the many mostly naked teen girls, that seem to use the event to pick up 80 pound super heros. Thanks to Metro Orange Art for having me aboard, for quality prints and respect. Artist Leslie Ditto and her husband Gerry provided most of the great conversation and genuine support. If you aren't familiar with Leslie's work, you are certainly in for a treat. Oh yeah, and her prints nearly sold out at this Comic Con... so you're going to want to check them out before they're all gone.
I also have an awesome show coming up... curated by an artist I feel very fortunate to have befriended, Dan Barry. He put together an impressive line up of artists and has taken extra care to motivate and encourage the best out of all participants. You're not going to want to miss this one. I'll be painting a most gluttonous hoarder of honey for the show... revisiting my whacky enchanted blurred background style, but with a new level of imagination and detail. I'll also be sending out a few drawings and a fully oil painted polymer sculpture... stay tuned.
I've also delved deeper into the world of sculpture... ultimately preparing myself for a character design portfolio, ideally shooting for the film industry as well as video games etc. These 2 guys were put together in Sculpey and stand about 4" tall. I plan on fully rendering them in Oil paint using the same methodology used within my 2d paintings.
... Also, be sure to catch Jason Limon's show over at Bold Hype Gallery this month... he's really taken his world into a new more sophisticated dimension that I'm really fond of.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
... I've been fortunate enough to befriend some great people on the island, including the innkeepers of ( The Island Home ) where I stayed. If you're ever looking for a vacation nearby, whether for fishing, romance, or some relaxation... I'd highly recommend looking into it.
Friday, February 26, 2010
... So it's been a pretty long couple days here... the snow has almost literally trapped me inside... I needed to paint something for myself. I've been experimenting with different techniques, styles, mediums... really trying to explore the possibilities and making sure no stone is left unturned, besides the nagging void within... that reminds me there is something more... something that proves so far to be unattainable. But I pursue, much like today, experimenting with different approaches to layering Oil paint... different colored underpaintings, different brush strokes... different density... just to see if some kind of Eureka experience would prevail. No such luck... but failed experiments eliminate a huge chunk of what was seemingly limitless possibilities before college, since then I've managed to play with nearly every medium and technique I can imagine. Perhaps not so ironic... I always come back to my comfortable Oil Painting technique. Learning the steps is one thing... but it's the subtleties that make it work so well, at least that's how I feel.
... I'll admit though... painting... always feels like I'm searching for something an arm's length away... but unfortunately, it stays an arm's length away. It's frustrating... it's motivating... spiritual... confusing... as my good friend say's: "it's like crawling through a swamp" ... or in my case, snow.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
... better come see what all the hype is about. This Friday, May 29th @ Gallery 1988 San Francisco, 1173 Sutter St. (7-10pm)
- see you there