Archives for category: Painting

Artist Michael Carson creates large paintings that are a cross between Norman Rockwell and the moody Prada ads of the late 2000s.  His long-legged, gamine figures wear the visage of modern disaffected youth while trapped in a time period not quite our own.  The effect is mesmerizing.  Carson says, “I paint people because I have always had a serious addiction to watching people.  I try to get that feel in my paintings.  As if I am just watching people doing everyday things in my work.”  You can view Carson’s work at the Richard J. Demato gallery in Sag Harbor, New York or online here.

Barely Interested by Michael Carson

Breeze by Michael Carson

Michael Carson

Man in Jacket by Michael Carson

For more galleries exhibiting his work, click here or here.

-Jayme Catalano

In his Mixed Media collection, L.A. based artist Alex Gross found vintage portraits and re-imagined the Victorians as superheroes and villains.  The crazy costumes notwithstanding, the effect contemporizes the solemn faces of Civil War veterans, society matrons, and school boys with our modern, pop-culture obsessed world.  I’ve always felt remorse for the long-forgotten people in those discarded photographs in the bins of dusty antiques stores but now at least some of them have been rescued from obscurity.  Gross has released a book called Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings, available on Amazon, that includes photos of the original images before their transformations.

Mordo by Alex Gross

Peter by Alex Gross

Scarlet Witch by Alex Gross

Max by Alex Gross

For more information, please visit the artist’s website.

-Jayme Catalano



Dutch painter Kees Goudzwaard’s paintings  are meticulously planned, smooth-surfaced oil paintings exploring geometric forms neatly arranged and connected by tape.  After first working on a paper, foil, and tape prototype, he reproduces the model in thin, even layers of oil paint.  The three-dimensional effect is the result of “multiplicity and accumulation of shapes rather than lines.”  Simplistic and yet extremely complicated in their composition, the paintings explore the idea of fragility, futility, and the minutia of everyday life.   A book, Kees Goudzwaard-Provisional Space, is currently available for purchase through the artist’s website.

Shielded (2008) by Kees Goudzwaard

Lightweight (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

Range (2011) by Kees Goudzwaard

Photograpm (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

-Jayme Catalano

GF Smith partnered with FIELD, a creative studio for digital art and generative design, to test their new printing technology.  FIELD was tasked with creating 10,000 unique digital paintings to test the technological potential of GF Smith’s latest printing presses.  Each painting features a different view of a hyper complex sculpture created through generative coding and creative intuition.  The resulting paintings captured “the energy of a dynamic process-caught in a timeless medium.”  GF Smith took the paintings and printed them onto 10,000 unique promotional sleeves to showcase their premium papers and printing capabilities.  A hybrid of human and machine creation, the paintings challenge the idea of what art is and where it is going.

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

For more on the project, visit GF Smith or FIELD.

-Jayme Catalano

Chris Buzelli is something of a modern day Hieronymus Bosch.  His paintings and illustrations often depict a future where the hubris and self-destructive tendencies of civilization have ruinous results.  Bosch warned against sexual immorality and sin and its devastating consequences in the afterlife in his colorful, whimsical, and horrific paintings.  Buzelli is more concerned with the environmental and social consequences of our actions.  In an illustration called “China’s Ignorance” for Global Brief Magazine, Buzelli takes on the topic of over-fishing and the consumption of resources; in another illustration called “Toxic Secrets,” a demon is depicted as having a smog-spewing factory for a head.  Like Bosch, his colorful palette and playful characters belie the dark messages being conveyed.  Buzelli’s work can be seen in exhibitions, publications, books, and advertisements throughout the world.

Children Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Buzelli

M-44 Wolves by Chris Buzelli

China's Ignorance by Chris Buzelli

Harbinger by Chris Buzelli

Click here to see more of Buzelli’s work.  For more information on Bosch, visit this website.

-Jayme Catalano


Until Olan Mills and the ubiquitous awkward family photography (click here),individuals commissioned painters to create an image for their mantlepiece, hallway, or grand lodge.  Those portraits, whether a formal oil painting of royalty or a child with his beloved dog, communicate something of their time and place and the personality of the subjects.  And unlike a flimsy photography, they are a lasting investment nearly guaranteed heirloom status, or at least the corner of a dusty antiques store.  Unfortunately, the art of portrait painting has somewhat declined in the last one hundred years.  Napa Valley artist Cathryne Trachok, a former illustrator and commercial artist, is out to change that.  Influenced by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer, Trachok creates contemporary portraits in a very classic way.  She calls art “communication across cultures, time and experiences” and creates quality, lasting pieces of art accessible to everyone, not just someone with a beach house in the Hamptons.  Visit her website to learn more about her work and commissioning a portrait for yourself.

Blue Scarf Brown Hair by Cathyrne Trachok

Rick by Cathyrne Trachok

The History Major by Cathyrne Trachok

Canary Public Relations is pleased to announce that they are representing Cathryne Trachok of  C.A. Trachok Studios.

-Jayme Catalano

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates the female Surrealists of the United States and Mexico.  According to the museum, “While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams, creating extraordinary visual images.  Their art was primarily about identity:  portraits, double portraits, self-referential images, and masquerades that demonstrate their trials and pleasures.”  Works by Frida Kahlo, Muriel Streeter, Remedios Varo are represented and the exhibition runs through May 6th at the Resnick Pavilion.

The Chess Queens by Muriel Streeter, 1944

For more information, visit the museum website.  If you cannot make the exhibition, you can purchase the book here.

-Jayme Catalano


Looking at Richard Diebenkorn’s geometrical, abstract paintings, one might assume he had been inspired by architecture and the straight lines of civilization and modernity.  His inspiration, however, came from the natural, rolling hillside he could see from his studio window.  As Susan Stamberg says in her NPR piece on the artist, “Diebenkorn, looking up at the Ocean Park hills through his studio’s big windows, didn’t paint the landscape; he painted the quality of light on the landscape, framed by the angled geometry of those windows.”  The Orange County Museum of Art is currently staging the first major exhibition of the artist’s celebrated Ocean Park Series through May 27th.

Ocean Park #79 by Richard Diebenkorn

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum website; for more on the artist, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

Steven Womack creates bold graphic prints that evoke the vibrancy of nature in motion.  He has partnered with Society6 to offer his work as skins and covers for iPhones, iPads, and laptops.  The images are also available in more traditional printed formats.

Circular Motion by Steven Womack

Scales by Steven Womack

Visit Womack’s website for more information on the artist.  Visit Society6 for more information on purchasing.

-Jayme Catalano

Chilean artist Santiago Salvador paints images of tiny, anonymous people often arranged in patterns reminiscent of traditional South American weaving.  “I think of my paintings and drawings as constructions.  I include recognizable elements in them and others that are not, creating a composition in a way loses a narrative logic, but maintains in itself a friendly and mysterious stability.  I think that painting and illustrations are a gateway to the recognizable, the intimate and the ambiguous that surround us.”

Santiago Salvador

Santiago Salvador

Santiago Salvador

For more of Salvador’s images, visit his Flickr site or his blog.

-Jayme Catalano