Apr 30, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Eric Fortune was just interviewed on The Art Collectors. A very insightful look into his work...read on:
via TAC blog:
It’s not every day we spotlight a new artist, but Eric Fortune is eminently worthy of mention. In the recent past, Eric has been making excellent forward progress with his fine art career. With contributions to shows in several galleries, his most substantial offering to date is now up at LeBasse Projects, in a sold-out exhibition entitled “Lost In Light”. His renditions are sublime, with extremely adroit technique - products of an arduous process. We interviewed Eric about the present moment in his art and much more. Read on for our exchange with one of our favorite new voices:
Your technique appears very time-consuming. Can you explain your process?
Well, the technique is very time consuming. But there is a process that takes place before I even consider picking up the brush. First of all I need a good idea or concept. A good sketch. Once I have that I’ll do quick value/color studies to try and figure out a basic direction of where I want to take the image. Then there is reference. For a lot of background ref I just look online. For my figures I use friends and family because of easy access and they’re cheap After loosely transferring the sketch onto the watercolor paper I use my reference and apply the information in the photo while trying to retain the freshness and style of my original drawing.
I paint with acrylics watered down with…..water. I apply it in very thin washes, in a very watercolor based technique with some glazing and some scumbling here and there. Early in the painting I tend to do large wet on wet washes to establish a general tone and value in the piece. It takes many layers of paint to build up the desired affect. If I make a mistake and have to paint over an area the opaque acrylic looks very different from the rest of the transparent washes. So I have to be very careful. I’m still playing around with how much opaque paint I may want to have in the future. I try to plan out most of the painting. However, I also try to leave room for some spontaneity.
For the rest of the interview visit: TAC
Apr 9, 2009
Apr 8, 2009
We are getting ready for the first Solo Exhibition for Tessar Lo this Saturday and he has provided us with 100 signed and numbered copies of a show catalog/zine. Take a look at the video preview here:
You have to come to the show Saturday to get one...
Tessar Lo, "future perfect"
Saturday April 11, 7-10pm
Apr 6, 2009
Via Commandax' blog:
Those of you who follow along here may recall that last summer I became entranced by a Tessar Lo painting of some sort of epiphany on a starry summer night. Since then, I've had the good fortune to get to know Tessar pretty well, and we've had many a conversation about his work and philosophy.
One thing that distinguishes Tessar from many of his contemporaries is that he's dead serious about challenging himself to grow as an artist. "I am against working with a formula where images and ideas are readily accepted," Tessar once wrote. "When something is comfortable, it is dead – an image that challenges and draws is alive." In my opinion, that tenet should be a provocation to the viewer as well – as an artist's work evolves, our perception of it naturally must expand and mature.
"Up" and "Down"
Paul Gauguin said, "I shut my eyes in order to see." The best paintings show us not what can be observed visually, but rather the ephemeral yet universal ideas that arise in the realm of senses, emotions, dreams and visions, beyond the reach of the camera's lens. At its best, Tessar's work touches on the unknown and unknowable, sketches into being the nebulous reaches of the soul, and kindles the coals of buried memory. "I want my work to stand for the things that lie deep within each of us," Tessar said. "My work should be the fears and hopes of those looking at it, should tell people something about themselves."
For the rest of the interview visit: Erratic Phenomena
Apr 3, 2009
Tour Stop 1 of the "TKAA" tour opens tomorrow night in Philadelphia at T and P Fine Art. Check with the gallery for previews, and we should have some images posted here soon as well.
There are really some great young artists on the Tour and this year might be the last chance to grab paintings before they double in price.
Contact Gina @ TandP for the full show.
Apr 2, 2009
We are getting very excited for the upcoming show...Tessar Lo's first solo exhibition on April 11th. I have already seen all the work as we just dropped everything off to be framed and its going to be a real step in the growth of Tessar as a serious artist.
He has 3 mammoth paintings and a very intresting installation and story for his show. Plan on being there...
If you aren't an LA local email me if you want to be on his preview list.
Apr 1, 2009
The LeBasse Projects roster continues to go global. Nate Frizzell opens a four artist show in the UK this weekend at Bo.Lee Gallery in Bath. He is working alongside some great talents like Mercedes Helnwein, Gil Rocca and Jeff Beauchamp.
It looks to be a beautiful show, and Nate had contributed some very new direction paintings, which we were frankly jealous to send out.
4 by 4
Saturday April 4th, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until 2nd May
1 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE, UK