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This is the first known painting by Michelangelo, described by his earliest biographers and believed to have been painted when he was twelve or thirteen years old!!!

https://www.kimbellart.org/collection-object/torment-saint-anthony

 
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italian (1475–1564)
15th century
1487 / Tempera on panel
18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm) Framed: 27 x 22 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (68.6 x 56.8 x 5.7 cm)

 

Michelangelo’s First Painting at age 13

DEAN DASS / ANIMALS & CLOUDS

September 10th  – October 15th 2016

Opening Reception – September 10th  3:30 to 6:00

Schmidt Dean Gallery

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Exhibition: Dean Dass @ Schmidt Dean Gallery

Most photographers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about constructing an image. Good painters on the other hand spend a great deal of time planning, sketching and sweating the composition and in Disiderio’s case meaning. For me this is what separates the realist painters; How they think about and express meaning in their imagery.  Vincent Desiderio is a great example of the amount of shear work, toil, sweat and thought that goes into the creation of one of his works.

Excellent Article On his legendary painting SleepUnfinished: On Vincent Desiderio’s ‘Sleep’ by Lawrence Weschler

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Catalog reproduction of Vincent Desiderio, Sleep, 2008 oil on canvas 52 x 252 inches

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Sleep in progress

 

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Detail of Sleep

 

Interview here: http://paintingperceptions.com/featured-interviews/interview-with-vincent-desiderio

 

 

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Nice article here: http://www.nccsc.net/legacy/vincent-desiderio

 

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The Work of Vincent Desiderio

 

Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

September 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

One  of our country’s greatest portrait painters passed away recently. Nelson Shanks was also Philadelphia’s own. Students came from all over the world to attend his school which was just a block around the corner from me.  A monumental mind with a monumental talent who touched everyone from dignitaries to students throughout his life. This self portrait was one of his last apparently.

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via http://www.studioincamminati.org/

 

There is no obituary that can possibly capture this man.  Here are a few that make a good attempt:

New York Times

Washington Post

Philly.com

 

Via Newworks.org

Nelson Shanks painting Margaret Thatcher in 1994 (Via Newworks.org)

 

 

 

Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

Once upon a time in the art world if you started your career selling your work at a home furnishing chain store it might have been a career killer. In the past year Restoration Hardware has opened an Art Gallery in Manhattan showcasing a large stable of artists. One of them, Samantha Thomas, is doing work far beyond her years and really reminds me of some of the works by the late, great artist Antoni Tapies ( see image below).

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OCRE I NEGRE AMB TELA ENCOLADA (OCHRE AND BLACK WITH PASTED ON CLOTH) by ANTONI TÀPIES (B. 1923). Image via Christies

Samantha Thomas has a more intimate relationship to fabric when sculpting it into bold, undulating abstract works that deftly and powerfully intersect the worlds of painting and sculpture in a series she calls: LandscapificationIf she keeps up this type of amazing output my bet is she will not be at RH much longer… 

 

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All images via RH Contemporary

 

The Art of Samantha Thomas