I am really thrilled to say that I was juried into the Root to Bloom exhibit at the famed Principle Gallery in old town Alexandria (VA) by the amazing Teresa Oaxaca. There are so many great artists in this show that I feel humbled to have my painting, “Feedsacks” (above) included. I am told that they had nearly 1,000 submissions to the competition and only 73 artists were selected overall.
Last Friday I attended the opening of Jeremy Mann’s “The Realness” show at the Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria mostly due to his hype as American Artist Magazine’s, “25 Artists of Tomorrow”. And you know what I found out? He more than lives up to it!
Mann is what I would call a “painter’s painter”. His paintings completely seduce you with his play on textures, predominantly tertiary color harmony and lost & found edges, all while maintaining a strong level of realism. He is known for working with non traditional tools such a squeegees and brayers (that last one I wrestled out of him) as well as his brushes. Mann admitted to me that he likes to use which ever tool will achieve the most ambiguous mark as in “how the hell did he do that?” Personally I find his work extremely inspiring because getting more “painterly” with my technique is exactly what I am gunning for now. You can be sure I have already placed a couple of brayers in my Amazon shopping cart. I am sure Mann would be thrilled to know this.
I managed to take several detail photos of his paintings to share his brilliance with you (click on the photos to enlarge them). What I did not manage to do was write down any of the titles. Luckily the Principle Gallery’s website provides all those great little details! Want to see more of The Realness show than what I am showing you here? Then check out their link at http://www.principlegallery.com/artistView.new.pl?artist=155
“After the Storm”. 48″ x 48″. Oil on Panel. Artist, Jeremy Mann.
“Still Moments in Teal”. 21″ x 21″. Oil on Panel. Artist, Jeremy Mann.
Do you live in the DMV area and are itching to get out and enjoy a great new art opening? Then please come join me on Saturday November 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at ArtSpace Herndon for this year’s “Expressions Portrait Competition”. I am thrilled to announce that I am again a finalist–which is quite an honor considering the caliber of the artwork is always first rate!
My entry for this year is the “Independence Day” painting. Last year’s entry, my painting “Conner on Summer Break” took 3rd place honors and is gracing the front of the 2012 invitation.
For directions click on the ArtSpace link below. And please say hello if you do make it out!