Friday, December 19, 2014

Portrait Show - 2014


Leonid Ossening

This is my favorite P&C portrait - in a long time - as I feel the presence of a very strong, though not especially pleasant, personality.  Like the early  portraits by Kokoshka,  the hands are very expressive -- but in the realistic tradition of the club, Leonid has  given them the full five fingers each.

Oskar Kokoshka, Rudolf Blumner, 1910

I  don't want to sit down for coffee with this man - except as a viewer of the painting.

As the images to the right attest, he is an architect.

 Andrew Conklin

It looks like this poor girl is as addicted to her computer (or game console?) as the cat is to absinth.

What a strange and beautiful world, evidently in a high-rise with light pouring in from high, unobstructed windows.

Love the chandelier - and the window's reflection on the picture frame


 Roger Akers

A self portrait from another century  - back before Roger's hair turned white.

More often seen doing sculpture now, Roger used to spend a lot of time in the painting studio


 George Clark

As inscribed at the lower left, this was done at the Figurative Art League, Evanston.

Like myself, George might be found anywhere a model is posing. I first met him in a storefront studio in Lincoln Park, about 35 years ago. But the Palette and Chisel now has more than enough model workshops for my needs.

A Botticelli face.

 Helen Oh

This girl probably lives in the same high rise that Andrew Conklin depicted above.


Linda White
(portrait of Zhiwei Tu)

A good portrait of the only P&C member who currently has a museum dedicated to his work.

Misha Livshultz

Abby, the subject of this fine portrait, is not Russian, but Misha has  made her feel like she grew up in Minsk.

Frank Chung

On the other hand,  this portrait of  Misha  seems to place him in the autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan.

Nancie King Mertz

Reminds me of a newspaper illustration - the frequent occupation of many early club members.

Richard Bloomfield

Another good illustration - though this one seems better fit for a magazine.

Stuart Fullerton

This one caught my eye when Stuart was working on it in the Wednesday night painting workshop, a week before this exhibit.

It really carries the force of the model's personality

Stuart Fullerton

This woman -- and this style -- seems to belong to another century -- maybe even the 18th.
She could be a character in "Pride and Prejudice"

Robert Tati

Robert has captured Lenin as the quiet, sensitive, dedicated English gentleman that he is.

Val Yachik

Such a  haunting,  spectral visage is rather unusual for our galleries

Michael Van Zeyl

This is the first time that I've liked Michael's taste for  the flamboyant.  This quiet, flat and thinly painted beautiful girl is wonderfully complemented by the rambunctious flowers.

George Zaremba

I doubt that this girl is a peasant -- or that George is a Communist -- but he could have been a successful revolutionary artist in some kind of people's republic.

George Zaremba

.... while this view of a face from below reminds me of  this famous painting at the Art Institute:


Unlike the now dominant academic art,  P&C artists do not query, they express. 
Unlike Chicago Imagists, they do not express a freakish world that's gone horribly wrong.
But other than that --- they really don't have much in common.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Harlan J. Burk Collection - Online

Carl Hoeckner
Harlan J. Burk is a coin dealer who's been collecting Modernist Chicago painting from the first half of the 20th Century.  Now,  a local art dealer has put his collection online  presumably to sell it off.
This post assembles pieces done by members of the Palette and Chisel

Gordon St. Clair, "Xanadu", 1915

Carl Hoeckner "Anno Christi 1918"

Carl Hoeckner, "Homecoming", 1918

Louis Oscar Griffith, "Chicago", 1911

Louis Weiner, 1946

Ramon Shiva, "Yellow Vaae", 1926

Rudolph Weisenborn, "Dancer", 1918

Rudolph Weisenborn, "Fritzi", 1950

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Exhibit: Visions III

I don't know whether Susan Anderson grew up on a farm - but she certainly takes ownership of this property as a prim and tidy homestead - rather than as a half-wild, romantic place as it might appear to city folks like myself.

Her paintings really glow - which means she has taken some effort to adjust the relationship of tones.

It's good to have multi-artist exhibitions - but of these "Visions III", it's Susan Anderson's vision of comfort and satisfaction that most attracts me.

The rest of the show
can be found here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open House Exhibition

Andrew Conklin

"Lake View" is the dominant theme of this year's Open House exhibition.

I love this one - possibly inspired by the large Magritte show at the A.I.C.
It's wonderfully painted.

Penny Feuerstein

A more conventional view 
 I often  bicycle along this stretch on my way to the club

Delicious areas of detail

Phyllis Brodny

Photographs are only allowed on the blog
when they look like paintings.
Phyllis specializes in taking shots from her windows,
so she has plenty of time to wait for unusual moments.


Helen Oh

Lake Michigan minimalism,
which reminds me of  this early Kandinsky
that showed in Milwaukee earlier this year:

Wassily Kandinky, "Tunis, the Bay", 1905

Obviously, Lake Michigan is more subtle and refined.

Helen Oh

Errol Jacobson

Errol's street scenes seem to be a "ghost's eye view"
And it won't be long before I'll be haunting them myself.

James Burrell
"Lorte Garden"

Urbs in Horto -- or vice-versa

Leonid Osseny





Exhibit: Quadrilogy

Lenin Del Sol

There's only a few artists who make painting at the Palette and Chisel a full-time job.

Lenin is one of them.

His work dominates this show - but he could easily fill the gallery several times over just with what he's painted this year.

With his interest in detail -- and setting his figures into appropriate settings - he's the kind of artist who accompanied expeditions of the  Field Museum back when they were exploring remote areas of the world.

This one would work well as the cover
of a steamy paperback mystery novel
from the 1940's.

This one reminds me of "The Five Senses" by Hans Makart

The stark poignancy of this  one reminds me of Mary Qian
who has also spent many hours painting on the third floor.

Nick Moscalink

In a few years of drawing at the club, Nick has really become quite a Classicist
with precision in both figure and design

Sue Kuc

Like Lenin's, these pieces also look like book illustrations - but the books are from the 19th instead of 20th century, and their subjects are less sensational.

Like Louisa May Alcott.

Blessing Akalaonu

Blessing has a wonderfully different sense of mise en scene.

This evening in Chicago reminds me so much of Joseph Tomanek's view of 18th and Laflin in the Vanderpoel Museum.

Tomanek (1889 - 1974) was an early member of the P&C