Fabian Perez

15 02 2016

Anne-François-Louis Janmot

4 11 2015

Take away the Christian meaning of these paintings, and looking at them visually, they are very bizarre.

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (21 May 1814 – 1 June 1892) was a French painter and poet.

Janmot moved to Paris in 1861 after having been promised a commission for the Church of St. Augustine, but this project was abandoned three years later. In experiencing significant family and financial problems, Janmot accepted a professorship at the Dominican School of Arcueil. At that time, in his home in Bagneux, he made many portraits of the members of his family (only photographs are currently available).

After the birth of her seventh child in August 1870, his wife died in Bagneux. While the Prussian troops approached and occupied his home, he fled to Algiers with his stepfather and made landscape paintings. He returned in June of the following year in Paris and led a solitary life. His house in Bagneux had been looted. In 1878, he produced a fresco in the chapel of the Franciscans in the Holy Land, but this work was followed by any further order.

Faced with family and increasing financial problems, Janmot came to Toulon, and despite some orders (new Portrait of Lacordaire (1878, Museum of Versailles), Rosaire (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 1880), Martyrdom of St. Christine (Solliès-Pont, 1882), he lived a retired life. He finished the second part of the Poem of the Soul that the patron and former industrial Félix Thiollier was willing to publish.

In 1885, Janmot married a former student, Antoinette Currat, and returned to Lyon. He made charcoal drawings on the theme of the underworld, which can be regarded as a kind of continuation of the Poem of the Soul, including Purgatory (1885) and The End of Time (1888). In 1887 was published in Lyon and Paris an over 500-page book entitled Opinion of an artist on art and includes articles previously written by Janmot. He died five years later at the age of 78.

the three clowns

25 08 2015

The Three Clowns

Jose Parra

7 08 2015

Jose Parra was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, as part of the third generation of painters in the family. His grandfather was an artist and engineer in Tepic Nayarit. His father J. Parra “Parrech”, followed by his brother Agustin Parra “moved to Guadalajara to begin resume Costumbrista Mexican painting. The two brothers grew up in a few years, doing everything from painting and sculpture, to elaborate decoration pieces, inspired by the Ibero-American Baroque. Now Agustn is internationally known for having more than twelve chairs for Pope John Paul II, becoming the official supplier to the Vatican.

You can see the religious influence in these surreal (almost science fiction) paintings.


Florin Ion Firimita

20 07 2015

Back in the 1977, when I lived in Romania, I bought a few notebooks and started a journal. Typewriters were rare, but even if you were able to find one, you had to register it at the local police station. For years, I hid my writings in a sack of salt, in my parents’ pantry. Several thousand pages later, “The Salt Diaries” has become an artistic laboratory, a source for my mixed media artwork, photography, and fiction, including my novel “Reliquary”. In 2003, it became the basis for Brian Kamerzel’s documentary film, “The Art of Leaving”

I am sometimes made aware how fortunate I am not to be on some list. That I live in a country where sacks of salt are not necessary. Florin’s work is beautiful. He seems to have recognized certain patterns repeated in different images. And of course there are the religious icons. Although I’m not sure of their meaning.

Michael Shapcott

1 07 2015

Wonderful portraits. Michael Shapcott. They are mostly of children and children you’d expect to see “Charles Dickens'” London rather than at the local mall. I like them. They have a haunted look.

Kamil Vojnar

1 07 2015

There isn’t much information on Vojnar. His work has this wispy spiritual quality to it. Or maybe its just years of brown outs. I always find it strange to see how many artists who grew up behind the Iron Curtain have surreal work that deals in many ways in flight. Or escape. And the heavy religious images.

Kamil Vojnar was born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, in 1962 in the middle of the Cold War. He studied at the School of Graphic Arts in Prague. After he completed his military service as a tank commander he immigrated to the United States. He finished his education at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York.

For a period of 10 years he ran an image/design studio in New York, where he “created countless book and CD covers for a wide range of US-based and international clients.” His passion, however, was to be an artist and do his personal work. He found a quiet refuge in St. Remy de Provence in southern France.

Fatima Marques

16 06 2015

Fatima Marques. A blending of religious symbolism, surrealism, sentimentality, and romanticism. Always on the edge of tacky.

Rogier van der Weyden

10 06 2015

Any Flemish painter is worth investigating. Just look at the details.

Rogier van der Weyden (Dutch: [roːˈɣiːr vɑn dɛr ˈʋɛi̯də(n)]) or Roger de la Pasture (1399 or 1400 – 18 June 1464) was an Early Netherlandish painter. His surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits. Although his life was generally uneventful, he was highly successful and internationally famous in his lifetime. His paintings were exported – or taken – to Italy and Spain,[1] and he received commissions from, amongst others, Philip the Good, Netherlandish nobility and foreign princes.[2] By the latter half of the 15th century, he had eclipsed Jan van Eyck in popularity. However his fame lasted only until the 17th century, and largely due to changing taste, he was almost totally forgotten by the mid-18th century. His reputation was slowly rebuilt during the following 200 years; today he is known, with Robert Campin and van Eyck, as the third (by birth date) of the three great Early Flemish artists (‘Vlaamse Primitieven’), and widely as the most influential Northern painter of the 15th century.

Ed Kuris

8 03 2015

Because Ed Kuris is an old and dear friend of mine, I have been reluctant to be too effusive about his work, lest anyone think that it was my friendship that was speaking and not my judgment. But his work is a deep well of beauty, humor, and surprise. He has, in my judgment, been an overlooked treasure in the Canadian art scene. Pay attention to this artist, he will bring you joy.