Mark G. Pearce

26 06 2015

One could describe me as an artist immersed in the practice of law. That kind of sounds like I’m drowning and about to go under, doesn’t it? A good friend described me as a lawyer with the soul of an artist. I think that sounds better, although the former description might be more accurate. While I enjoy the law, I struggle at fulfilling my desire to help bring beauty to the world. Art is my best vehicle to do this (or life raft, if we want to continue the metaphor). I strive to make my often competing passions complement each other for the bread and for the roses. I’ll let you know if I ever suceed.

I like this social consciousness. Everyday life. Heroic and interesting figures.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

26 06 2015

This is the last sort of art that I think I would have entertained as interesting. But Basquiat’s work is interesting. He doesn’t paint pictures so much as tell stories. There is information in his work, data, impressions of anger and sadness. These are like cave paintings. Or the early bible creations of monks. They assault you with a collage of data. Impressionistic in a non-visual way. A lot of what I see reminds me of Picasso. The sad thing is that this artist is dead. And his life has been romanticized. Which means his work could take second place to people’s curiosity about the artist. With his relationship with Warhohl and Madonna, he has achieved a cult following.

Jean-Michel’s early years were spent with his middle class Haitian father, Gerard, who was unable to fulfill his son’s need for nurturing and recognition. To fill the void, Jean-Michel hit the streets of New York at a young age where art became an outlet for his anger and empty childhood. Also known by the tag “SAMO,” Jean-Michel’s unique brand of graffiti was found throughout Manhattan as early as 1976. “His work from the first consisted of conceptual, enigmatic combinations of words and symbols, executed with the curt simplicity of a late Roman inscription”, according to Henry Geldzahler, longtime curator of twentieth-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.’

I wrote about this artist a year ago. Upon reflection I like Basquiat’s work even more. There is of course a lot of courage in his work. If he’d been middle-class. But as a street kid I think he must have felt that this was the language he knew.

Sergei Vasiliev

28 02 2015

Photographed by Sergei Vasiliev. The photos of the tattoos of Russian Criminals. The images were messages. And some of them displeased different gangs. And the authorities. Who sometimes removed the tattoos. One can only imagine the techniques used. And they wouldn’t have been expensive. An example I think where art has a significance greater than life itself.

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George Grosz

21 02 2015

Over the years I kept running into the work of Grosz. He seems to have captured that Nazi gene on canvas that exists in too many people. Its that look of arrogance of power. And its brutality. I saw some of this influence in the early work of John Lennon. And some at work.

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Gertrude Käsebier

1 01 2015

Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934) was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century. She was known for her evocative images of motherhood, her powerful portraits of Native Americans and her promotion of photography as a career for women.

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Stephen Wiltshire

4 12 2014

Communication is taken for granted. Even by those of us who struggle with it. (Men in general). Remembering that our ancestors crawled out of a soup of DNA, there had to be a first touch. Warmth or cold I would think. And then the other senses. Millions of years pass by. And blobs become politicians.

Individuals who have autism have many frustrations. Communication amongst them.

And then there is someone like Stephen Wiltshire. “The Human Camera”. He has autism. But he also has a superior ability to remember and to draw. Watch the documentaries below. You will, I think, be both moved and then blown away.


Georges Dambier

2 11 2014

Georges Dambier was 20 when the Second World War came to an end, a moment when the social scene in Paris suddenly took off. Nightlife, subdued during the Occupation, exploded. Le Bœuf sur le toit, Le Lido, la Rose Rouge, Le Lorientais, Le Tabou : he frequented cabarets and jazz clubs in Saint Germain des Prés, where famous artists and celebrities organised glittering parties and balls. One night, he managed to take pictures of Rita Hayworth who had come incognito to a famous night club, Le Jimmy’s. He sold the exclusive images to France Dimanche, a daily magazine recently created by Max Corre and Pierre Lazareff, and won himself a job on the magazine as a photo-reporter. In his new post, he was sent to all over the world to cover current events. However, with his predilection for graphic design and aesthetics, his liking for refined mise-en-scene, and at the urging of many friends, such as Capucine, Suzy Parker, Jacques Fath, Bettina, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Barthet, he was lead towards fashion photography.

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Ryan Schude

11 10 2014

It’s right at that moment. The one where you are about to lose your balance. And fall. When you reach for the glass that is about to fall off the table. Listening to her tell you that it’s all…. That is the work of Ryan Schude. The pieces are like stills in a motion picture. Except they are life. Except they are staged. Like art.

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Arnau Alemany

29 09 2014

Odd when you read about artist who was born in the same year as yourself. Such is Arnau Alemany. His work has this odd appeal. It is very organic. As if urban rural life were one and the same. And dated. Something in the late 19th century. And naive. Not in its conception but its themes. Pastoral in quality the cities have none of the ugliness of most cities. Everything is tidy. Controlled. In sync. But where are the people?

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12 08 2014

I find this artist’s near obsession with black birds both unsettling and interesting. A friend of mine became obsessed with feathers and the coincidence of their appearances. Lalocabrujita.

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