Just finished this little painting. Been wanting to do it for a while now, but kept feeling like the larger paintings should come first. This is the kinda stuff I really love to do and I think I'm going to bust out a couple more before I embark on some more bigger canvases.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Max Turner is an instructor at the California Art Institute; other faculty members include artists like Tony Pro, Glen Orbik, Ryan Wurmser, and many other greats. I first saw Max's work several years ago in his self-published book Faces. When looking at his charcoal head studies, I instantly thought they were reminiscent of Nicolai Fechin.
Max's world is all about faces. As a child, he would rummage through the trash, looking for the popular fashion magazines of the day, just to get a glimpse of the latest cover illustrations by Harrison Fisher or Jon Whitcomb. He was born in the small, and art baron, town of Bingham Canyon, Utah, and was a soldier in World War II, a printer, machinist, foundry worker, and eventually an instructor, artist, and sculptor.
There isn't much about Max or his work on the web, but after seeing the below photo on Tony Pro's Facebook profile, I was reminded of his drawings and set out to find his book and to see more of his work. His books, which now include Faces2, and Figures & Faces are not available through any means other than from him directly.
Without knowing any of his contact info, I stumbled across a site called Bonanzle which was selling some drawings and paintings under the name Max Turner. After contacting the seller, I found out that it was actually Max himself and I was able to purchase a book and a head study from him. The below image is a photo taken of my new drawing which I just got put in a frame.
It amazes me that Max, along with probably hundreds of other great artists are fairly unknown and unrecognized for their work. It may be the cost of being a teacher, and not a gallery artist, and perhaps they just live on through their students (Tony Pro, Jeremy Lipking, Aaron Westerberg and others in Max's case), but in any event, I wish they were more known and rewarded.
For me, my most influential teacher in art school was Brian Jekel. I can't imagine the sacrifices he has made just so young artists like myself could be set on the right path . . . I hope to someday make him and my other instructors proud by becoming the type of artist they dream of for their students.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I went to Arcadia Gallery this Saturday to watch a demo by Jeremy Lipking. There were at least 50 people crammed into the gallery for the 2 hour demo, and after almost the first hour being taken up by set-up, discussion, and the initial stages of painting, Jeremy was still able to get incredibly far with it (The photo below is the final painting).
In the crowd I also saw Michael Klein, Dorian Vallejo, and several other artists. If you haven't had a chance to view Lipkings current show, try and make it down to the gallery, or view the paintings at Arcadia's site by clicking the "current exhibition" link. Thanks to Steve and the rest of the team over at Arcadia for making this event possible, it was a real treat.
Friday, June 11, 2010
My painting July Serenade was a top 15% finalist in the Fine Art Studio's online painting competition. Check out all the great paintings here. Congratulations to the winner, Aaron Westerberg, with his painting Going Out. The Judge was William Wray, a really cool urban landscape painter that is also the illustrator responsible for that awesome Ren & Stimpy style and those "gross" detailed illustrations that I always loved seeing on the show.
Bill Wray (He goes by Bill as an illustrator)