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Monday, June 29, 2009
  Art Studio of Garric Simonsen
Here's another artist's studio. This is the workspace of American artist Garric Simonsen. If you like Cy Twombly or Willem de Kooning you'll enjoy browsing through Garric's work on his website.

Art Studio of Garric Simonsen

Artist's Studio of Garric Simonsen

Art Studio with Art Supplies

See Garric's paintings and works on paper at his Website Here.
See more Art Studio photos.
Friday, June 26, 2009
  Being in the Flow or the Zone
Here's an interesting quote from Robert Genn's latest newsletter called "Transartistic meditation," which is something like Transcendental Meditation.

"Studies of "flow" and "the zone" have been done using all stripes of artists. This is where the artist gets into a relaxed, intuitive state somewhere deep down in the lizard brain and the good stuff rains down like ripe pomegranates. Tired of rotten apples, I was curious about these concepts as well." Robert Genn

I have never been able to figure why artists would want to waste their time meditating as they drink from the same pond while they have their tools in their hand. It may be an active form of meditation, especially if you're an expressionist of any kind, but you're forced to hang out in places that zen monks would be comfortable in. Personally, I think it's why so many artists suffer from depression or are just downright wacky; as they can't handle being in that space. You have to look at yourself naked in silence, which is why television, radio, and any other distractions are so popular with society.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
  FBI Top 10 Art Thefts
Art crime is big business with an estimated $6 billion in losses annually! Here's a list of the FBI's Top 10 art crimes at the moment..

Iraqi Looted and Stolen Artifacts - The significant Statue of Entemena was recovered in 2006 but there are still many pieces missing.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft - Thieves stole as much as $300 million worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in 1990 with paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Manet being among them.

Theft of Caravaggio's Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco - Back in 1969 thieves stole Caravaggio's Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco from the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo, Italy.

Theft of the Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius - In 1995 the Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius violin worth $3 million was stolen from the violinist Erica Morini's New York City apartment.

The Van Gogh Museum Robbery - Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh called "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" and "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen" were stolen from the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam in 2002 and have never been recovered, even though the two thieves were caught.

Theft of Cezanne's View of Auvers-sur-Oise - Paul Cezanne's View of Auvers-sur-Oise was taken from the the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England in 1999.

Theft of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals, Panels 3-A and 3-B - Two Maxfield Parrish panels were cut from their frames in West Hollywood, California in 2002.

Theft from the Museu Chacara do Céu - In 2006 four paintings were stolen from the Museu Chacara do Céu, Rio de Janeiro. They included work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.

Theft of Van Mieris's A Cavalier - A self portrait by the Dutch Master Frans Van Mieris was stolen from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2007. It was taken in broad daylight, while the museum was open.

Theft from E.G. Bührle Collection, Zurich - The E.G. Bührle Collection in Zurich, Switzerland had 4 works stolen in 2008, with two important painting by Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas still missing.

The FBI top ten list has changed a little from back in 2005.

  Art Studios and Workspaces
I enjoy looking through artist studios so much that I decided to make it a semi-regular thing. So if you have a few photos of your art studio or workspace and would like to share them, please send them to me.

Make sure the images are under 1mb in size as they don't have to be MASSIVE and my inbox clogs up. Include a short paragraph about your space if you wish and your website address if you have one. Artist studios from all creative people are welcome and it doesn't have to be a beautiful working space.. it just has to work for you.

Here's the studios so far (listed alphabetically so that my studio is conveniently placed at the

Dion Archibald's Painting Studio - Working space of an Australian artist.
Jessica Burko's Artist Studio - Mixed media artist based in Boston, MA, USA.
Leith O'Malley's Art Studio - Australian painter based in South Australia.
Gail Sauter's Painting Studio - American painter working in Maine, USA.
Garric Simonsen's Art Studio - Studio of an American artist in Washington.
Do Hoang Tuong Painting Studio - Vietnamese artist working in Saigon, Vietnam.

I'll add to the list as artists send them in (I have a few other studios to add at the moment.. be patient if you have sent photos as I will post them)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
  Gail Sauter's Painting Studio
Here's another artist's studio. This one belongs to Maine artist Gail Sauter.

So many artists that I know have dogs hanging around their studios. Painters seem to be dog people more than cat people.

Artists studio of Gail Sauter

And little gems like this come out of her studio..
Painting by Gail Sauter

Update: Here's a few more photos of Gail's art studio (which was originally a Victorian Dry Goods Store) and her studio pooch. Gail says "I don’t get a lot of foot traffic here in Kittery, but that allows me to work and hanging out my welcome flag does draw in a sale now and then. I do think that we, as artists, are largely invisible to the public and that it is good to have open studios etc."

Artists studio of Gail Sauter

Artists studio of Gail Sauter

Artists studio of Gail Sauter
Outside view of the studio with the welcome flag out.

See more paintings by Gail Sauter at her website here and/or read her blog here.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
  Jessica Burko's Art Studio
Jessica Burko is an artist based in Boston, MA, USA and creates photographic mixed-media works on wood, and is currently working on a series of paper quilts called "In Stitches".

She has kindly sent in a few photos of her studio. It looks much cleaner and more ordered than my studio.

jessica burko's artist studio

jessica burko's artist studio

jessica burko's artist studio

jessica burko's artist studio

To see what comes out of Jessica Burko's artist studio see her website here.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
  Artist Studios
I have been spending quite a bit of time in the studio lately, which is one reason why I haven't been updating the blog as much (the other reason is laziness). I'm painting a bit of everything with no real focus, but I'm having fun which is the most important thing. I counted the paintings I'm working on at the moment and found that I have 21 pictures in various stages of completion, so I'm definitely not starting any new ones until I start finishing a few!

What does your studio look like? If you send me a few (smallish) photos of your art studio I might post them. I love seeing other artist studios, it's like reading the artist's diary.

Here's a few pics from this afternoon..

painting studio
T-bone steaks, mince meat and potatoes.

artists studio
Paintings and easel.

paint brushes
Paints, brushes, and phone.

dog in studio
Tiger comes down to check on me and remind me that I have to feed her while her owner is away.

landscape in studio
Landscape, Melbourne scene and meat.

self portrait in studio
Self portrait (in need of a shave).

portrait in studio
Portrait and box of canvases.

painting studio
Sydney cityscape.

Here's some of my older paintings online.
Friday, June 12, 2009
  Madonna Nude
Nude Madonna PaintingThe nude Madonna and Guy Ritchie painting by Peter Howson ended up selling this week. It failed to sell at a recent contemporary Scottish art auction by McTear's Auctioneers in Glasgow but has since been sold for more than the £15,000 reserve price.

McTear's employee Brian Clements told the BBC "We were very confident we would find the right buyer for 'Madonna and Guy' and we are delighted to have secured such an excellent price for the painting. Although we cannot divulge the name of the buyer, we can confirm that the painting will be leaving Scotland."

The 2005 nude portrait of Madonna and her ex husband Guy Ritchie is one from a series of the famous singer by Peter Howson. It's not what I would call a flattering naked portrait of Madonna. She looks like a transvestite with funny fingers if you ask me.

Also in the UK, in Brighton, England the Impure Gallery (which calls itself "a naughty little gallery") is showing some nude photographs of the young Madonna from 1979. New York Photographer, Martin Schreiber got Madonna to pose naked for just $30. I'm guessing that he would have to add at least a few zeros to that price to get the now super-famous Madonna to get naked.

Madonna Nude Photos
Madonna Nude by Martin Schreiber

Madonna Naked Photos
Madonna Naked by Martin Schreiber
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
  Top 200 20th Century Artists?
The Times and Saatchi gallery have compiled 1,461,523 votes from the public to come up with a list of the 200 top artists of the 20th Century. It's a method that has flaws as some artists will be missing and other artists will get more attention than they really deserve, but any list compiled by anyone is flawed as lists are an art rather than a science. They're not meant to be taken too seriously.

1 Pablo Picasso 21587

2 Paul Cezanne 21098

3 Gustav Klimt 20823

4 Claude Monet 20684

5 Marcel Duchamp 20647

6 Henri Matisse 17096

7 Jackson Pollock 17051

8 Andy Warhol 17047

9 Willem De Kooning 17042

10 Piet Mondrian 17028

11 Paul Gauguin 17027

12 Francis Bacon 17018

13 Robert Rauschenberg 16956

14 Georges Braque 16788

15 Wassily Kandinsky 16055

16 Constantin Brancusi 14224

17 Kasimir Malevich 13609

18 Jasper Johns 12988

19 Frida Kahlo 12940

20 Martin Kippenberger 12784

21 Paul Klee 12750

22 Egon Schiele 12696

23 Donald Judd 12613

24 Bruce Nauman 12517

25 Alberto Giacometti 12098

26 Salvador Dalí 11496

27 Auguste Rodin 8989

28 Mark Rothko 8951

29 Edward Hopper 8918

30 Lucian Freud 8897

31 Richard Serra 8858

32 Rene Magritte 8837

33 David Hockney 8787

34 Philip Guston 8786

35 Henri Cartier-Bresson 8779

36 Pierre Bonnard 8778

37 Jean-Michel Basquiat 8746

38 Max Ernst 8737

39 Diane Arbus 8733

40 Georgia O'Keeffe 8714

41 Cy Twombly 8708

42 Max Beckmann 8690

43 Barnett Newman 8643

44 Giorgio De Chirico 8462

45 Roy Lichtenstein 7441

46 Edvard Munch 5080

47 Pierre Auguste Renoir 5063

48 Man Ray 5050

49 Henry Moore 5045

50 Cindy Sherman 5041

51 Jeff Koons 5028

52 Tracey Emin 4961

53 Damien Hirst 4960

54 Yves Klein 4948

55 Henri Rousseau 4944

56 Chaim Soutine 4927

57 Arshile Gorky 4926

58 Amedeo Modigliani 4924

59 Umberto Boccioni 4918

60 Jean Dubuffet 4910

61 Eva Hesse 4908

62 Edouard Vuillard 4899

63 Carl Andre 4898

64 Juan Gris 4898

65 Lucio Fontana 4896

66 Franz Kline 4894

67 David Smith 4842

68 Joseph Beuys 4480

69 Alexander Calder 3241

70 Louise Bourgeois 3240

71 Marc Chagall 3224

72 Gerhard Richter 3123

73 Balthus 3090

74 Joan Miro 3087

75 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 3084

76 Frank Stella 3078

77 Georg Baselitz 3048

78 Francis Picabia 3046

79 Jenny Saville 3034

80 Dan Flavin 3024

81 Alfred Stieglitz 3017

82 Anselm Kiefer 3010

83 Matthew Barney 3005

84 George Grosz 2990

85 Bernd And Hilla Becher 2980

86 Sigmar Polke 2966

87 Brice Marden 2947

88 Maurizio Cattelan 2940

89 Sol LeWitt 2926

90 Chuck Close 2915

91 Edward Weston 2899

92 Joseph Cornell 2893

93 Karel Appel 2890

94 Bridget Riley 2885

95 Alexander Archipenko 2884

96 Anthony Caro 2879

97 Richard Hamilton 2878

98 Clyfford Still 2864

99 Luc Tuymans 2862

100 Claes Oldenburg 2843

101 Eduardo Paolozzi 2839

102 Frank Auerbach 2836

103 Dinos and Jake Chapman 2827

104 Marlene Dumas 2827

105 Antoni Tapies 2825

106 Giorgio Morandi 2824

107 Walker Evans 2823

108 Nan Goldin 2819

109 Robert Frank 2818

110 Georges Rouault 2818

111 Jean Arp 2817

112 August Sander 2809

113 James Rosenquist 2808

114 Andreas Gursky 2804

115 Eugene Atget 2802

116 Jeff Wall 2790

117 Ellsworth Kelly 2789

118 Bill Brandt 2787

119 Christo And Jeanne Claude 2782

120 Howard Hodgkin 2781

121 Josef Albers 2781

122 Piero Manzoni 2777

123 Agnes Martin 2771

124 Anish Kapoor 2768

125 L.S. Lowry 2761

126 Robert Motherwell 2754

127 Robert Delaunay 2747

128 Stuart Davis 2742

129 Ed Ruscha 2731

130 Gilbert & George 2729

131 Stanley Spencer 2720

132 James Ensor 2719

133 Fernand Leger 2718

134 Brassai (Gyula Halasz) 2717

135 Alexander Rodchenko 2715

136 Robert Ryman 2711

137 Ad Reinhardt 2709

138 Hans Bellmer 2700

139 Isa Genzken 2699

140 Kees Van Dongen 2698

141 Weegee 2698

142 Paula Rego 2695

143 Thomas Hart Benton 2689

144 Hans Hofmann 2684

145 Vladimir Tatlin 2679

146 Odilon Redon 2653

147 George Segal 2619

148 Jorg Immendorff 2611

149 Robert Smithson 2435

150 Peter Doig 2324

151 Ed and Nancy Kienholz 2293

152 Richard Prince 2266

153 Ansel Adams 2262

154 Naum Gabo 2256

155 Diego Rivera 2239

156 Barbara Hepworth 2237

157 Nicolas De Stael 2237

158 Walter De Maria 2229

159 Felix Gonzalez-Torres 2228

160 Giacomo Balla 2225

161 Ben Nicholson 2221

162 Anthony Gormley 2218

163 Lyonel Feininger 2216

164 Emil Nolde 2213

165 Mark Wallinger 2211

166 Hermann Nitsch 2209

167 Paul Signac 2209

168 Jean Tinguely 2209

169 Kurt Schwitters 2209

170 Grayson Perry 2208

171 Julian Schnabel 2208

172 Raymond Duchamp-Villon 2208

173 Robert Gober 2208

174 Duane Hanson 2208

175 Richard Diebenkorn 2207

176 Alex Katz 2207

177 Alighiero E Boetti 2206

178 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 2206

179 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy 2205

180 Jacques-Henri Lartigue 2205

181 Robert Morris 2205

182 Sarah Lucas 2204

183 Jannis Kounellis 2204

184 Chris Burden 2204

185 Otto Dix 2203

186 David Bomberg 2203

187 Fischli & Weiss 2203

188 Augustus John 2203

189 Marsden Hartley 2203

190 Takashi Murakami 2203

191 James Turrell 2202

192 Isamu Noguchi 2201

193 Robert Mangold 2201

194 John Chamberlain 2201

195 Charles Demuth 2200

196 John Currin 2200

197 Alberto Burri 2200

198 Arnulf Rainer 2200

199 David Salle 2200

200 Hiroshi Sugimoto 2199

Find out more about the top 200 20th century artists over at the TimesOnline and at Saatchi.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
  A Guide to North American Birds by Matt Sesow
Before I went on my recent road trip I received a painting by Washington, DC. artist Matt Sesow called "A Guide to North American Birds." I have a thing for birds and a thing for quirkiness so I really like the painting. I also buy art that I couldn't or wouldn't paint myself, so I end up buying bright, bold and colorful paintings which are in contrast to my own paintings that are almost colorless.

American Birds Painting
Guide to North American Birds - Matt Sesow

I bought these smaller works from Matt too..

Expressionist Painting
Traumatized - Matt Sesow

Cardinal Painting
Cardinal - Matt Sesow

Matt Sesow's website can be found Here. I also mentioned a video by Matt Sesow earlier.
Friday, June 05, 2009
  Art Jobs Board
ArtInfo's jobs board is now online. They're listing art jobs, internships, artist residencies, artist opportunities, artist calls for entry and more.

Here's some more info from Art Info..

"One of the strengths of ARTINFO is our network and our commitment to institutions and individuals within the art world. Because we realize the months ahead will continue to be challenging, we extend this offer to you to post your opportunity free of charge.

ARTINFO has a targeted audience of engaged art world individuals who interact on many different levels and within many different regions of the world. We have a global focus, but advocate a localized point of view. During this time, we would like to help you - our network - connect with potential opportunities"
View their art jobs board here.
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