Les personnages peints par François Bard nous interpellent. Anonymes, silhouettes féminines, faux flics ou vrais gangsters, nous nous retrouvons face à une scène qui a eu lieu et dont les protagonistes semblent attendre nos témoignages. La peinture de Bard nous prend ainsi à témoin. De « l’Enterrement à Ornans » de Gustave Courbet aux toiles évanescentes des intrigues au Congo Belge dépeintes par Luc Tuymans, c’est toute l’histoire de la peinture que d’avoir su témoigner et nous questionner sur la scène décrite.
Winslow Homer started his career as a graphic reporter during the American Civil War, before going on to paint scenes of army life and the rural world with the Naturalist precision which then prevailed in American painting. After a stay in Paris, Homer used an Impressionist palette for a while then developed a personal style midway between Realism and Symbolism. Summer Night perfectly expresses this synthesis and may be considered one of the first masterpieces of American art still in search of its identity.
This nocturnal scene by the sea transcends observed reality through a keen sense of poetry and mystery. The light and shade effects blur shapes, while the ghostly silhouettes of two women dance on the shore. Although it may well have been influenced by Courbet's Waves, the lyricism tinged with mysticism expressed by Homer helped develop a feeling for nature that is peculiarly American.
Diebenkorn was a member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, a school that was came from a focus on figurative and landscape works, heavily influenced by earlier Realists and the Regionalism of the west, in an art world that had at present been focused on non-objective work. Originally influenced by Hopper, Diebenkorn actually became heavily influenced by the color field painters later on in his career, combining it with previous focus on figure and landscape in order to bring a kind of synthesis- images that weren't projections of the subconscious (like Still or Rothko) but rather deconstructions of the external world "in a style that bridged Henri Matisse with abstract expressionism". The Ocean Park series was a long-running series of paintings that compressed and broke down the external landscape to the point of almost complete abstraction.
Jillian Denby (b.1944) is an American painter that lives and works in upstate, New York. She is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her exhibitions have been the subject of several New York Times reviews, and can be found in private and public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
My paintings incorporate elements of both fiction and reality, and are brought to fruition through a varied means of production.
Recently, a significant focus in the work has been an exploration of the mediated image, and an investigation into the power of implied narrative. The architectural settings aim to situate the viewer in relationship with a domestic geography that is both recognisable yet hyperreal, offering a simulacra of the everyday. The scenes are furnished with patterns and motifs that serve to tropicalise the work and enforce the overall aesthetic of the fabricated image.
Once ascribed to Jacques Louis David, this engaging image of a young woman artist in a white dress is attributed to Marie Denise Villers. Although she is little known today, Villers was a gifted pupil of Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767–1824), and, if the present portrait is by her, it was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1801.
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection.
A recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and 2014 S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alum.
His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York '05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn '04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA ‘05, ‘13, ‘15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
His work can be seen in New York at Tilton Gallery; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; and Vigo Gallery, London.
An unscripted performance "Ask The President" uses the image of the dollar as the framework to reflect the monument/mountain while the artist animates the hectic duties of our leader presented as a lesson in how to apply the 5 W's we once learned as children. This performance is set to an original soundtrack entitled, The President’s March.
“Go Stand Next to the Mountain” is a live performance with a portable 5 sided sculpture and video projections presented at The Kitchen, NYC in 2010. This selected video component was presented as projected interludes between acts and borrows from a style mostly inspired by educational television programming. The performance compares man to mountain, mountain to monument and monument to monumental figure. The 5 short interludes: “GO,” “Stand,” “Next,” “M is for...,” and “Word Play”; reinforce the theme as well as deconstruct the concept of the performance.
Ralph Goings is a realist painter who has exhibited in the USA, Europe and Japan and is represented in museums and private collections here and abroad. He is recognized as one of the original members of the Hyper-Realist or Photo-Realist group of the late 1960’s.