Saturday, April 18, 2009


Ernest Blumenschein, a great illustrator, an astonishing painter. Today I am in Phoenix and going back a second day to the Phoenix Art Museum ( a darned nice museum) looking at over fifty paintings by a genius of the twentieth century.If you are a painter, go to the link, check the dates, GET ON A PLANE AND GO see the masterworks. He has absorbed the colors of the southwest, the design influences of early 20th century modernism, and melded them with classically trained drawing, composition and narrative to such a degree as to simply blow your mind with the power of the paint. The tiny jpeg does no justice.

http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/exhibitionrhythm.aspx

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Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

I mean it, GO! JUST DO IT! Color, brush and knife work excellent design. a rich exploration that absolutely does not show up in the catalog. It will change your studio life. I go home feelings electrified.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Le_fish said...

Thanks for the heads up. Hum... I see a plan forming for the semester break...

5:32 AM  
Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

I highly recommend it!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Grant said...

I was just looking at a book with his work.

Man I'd love to see this show!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

catalog sucks, spent half a day annotating it while standing in front of the paintings so that when I look at the book six months down the road I am not swayed.
GO! Hotel next door is good and cheap-ish.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

So, Grant, didja go yet?

9:39 PM  
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