Archive for the ‘painting’ Category

between mental and physical realities   1 comment

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This is a fascinating glimpse into an artist, mostly self-taught, who recorded the world around him year after year after year.  David Byrd’s  home is full of canvases that were seen ‘publicly’ for the first time by Andrea Hull’s camera and in a show a neighbor and fellow artist, Jody Isaacson, helped bring about.  What particularly fascinates me here are the scenes Mr. Byrd painted from his years working in a psychiatric hospital, where patients were caught between their physical and mental realities.

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by David Byrd

You can watch the 10-mn video on the site of Seattle Art Zone, a PBS program devoted to the arts.  Link to the 4/5/2013 show and click on Art Zone Web Extra: David Byrd created by Andrea Hull.  You can also try this direct link (which sometimes works…).

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by David Byrd

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by David Byrd


Frames rule   1 comment

Slap a piece of wood around a painting, and you’ve created a border  — a signal that the viewer is leaving one kind of space and moving into another.  Carve and gild that border and you’re declaring that what is inside is special, very special.

And sometimes the frame itself can grow so exuberant, so loudly and proudly does it proclaim the specialness of what it contains that viewers have to work really hard to tear their attention away from the  border…to the special object it is framing.

Altar in a baroque church in Lecce -- is there any other kind?

Altar in a baroque church in Lecce — is there any other kind?

Wonders of Our Age….?   Leave a comment

Painting the Town Red 1996 17 x 29.3cm (6.7 x 11.5in) Poster colour, gouache and gold dust on mountboard Artist: Amrit K.D.Kaur Singh

Modern-day Mughal-style paintings by twins born and raised in Liverpool — what an unexpected treasure trove!  Amrit and Rabindra Singh explode the scale, ramp up the attitude, and set their sights on sports and politics, war and love… basically all the themes Mughal court artists tackled except that, instead of polo and hunting tigers, it’s football; instead of scenes from the 10th-century Shahnameh, we get Bush and Blair conducting invading Iraq, troops storming the Sikh temple at Amritsar….

Check out their on-line gallery and an article about them in Economist.

Are they the Wonders of Our Age?


Posted November 22, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Art, painting


Lalani Nan’s paintings are transporting — not sure I can tell you why I find them so; not sure I want to.  When words like color, texture, sensuality, abstraction start playing in my brain, I’ve moved away from the paintings.  So, instead, here they are on the Ricco Maresca gallery site.

Posted October 19, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Art, painting