Day 341- Len Jessome- Need To Create

It’s Day 341 and I really had a great time with today’s painting.  I love the style and somewhat therapeutic effect it had on me.  Please join me in honoring Len Jessome today.  I couldn’t find a photo of him online so I decided to use a self portrait.

Autoportrait- Len Jessome

Autoportrait- Len Jessome

Jesus wouldn't like it - Len Jessome

Jesus wouldn’t like it – Len Jessome

Canadian artist , Leonardo Jessome was born in 1963 in Hamilton, where he lives and works. He left his career in 2000 to devote himself full time to his artistic activity.  Its very singular work is already present in many private collections in North America and Europe.

His work is based on the human condition and man’s place in contemporary society . He painted portraits of rare intensity in a unique graphical style .

His inner demons led him naturally to the raging street art but it’s

Almost Happy- Len Jessome

Almost Happy- Len Jessome

not the bomb attack that the artist but his canvases with brushes in a raw style , powerful and free.

Biography is from Galerie Sylvie’s site.

i have a manic need to create—my work is based on the temporality and fragility of life and all the experiences life may encompass. i use whatever medium is available to express an idea. sometimes i use house paint, industrial rust paint and / or mix these with artists paints, each has a unique property and express ideas differently.
 
I Love You- Len Jessome

I Love You- Len Jessome

flowing industrial paint achieves different results than artists oil. as in life not everything mixes as perfectly as one might hope, exceptions are made to the exclusion of others. as a result my work may patina and change over time.

It is the capturing of the idea that is key. the patina records the passage of

Darkness I Wish I Was Yours- Len Jessome

Darkness I Wish I Was Yours- Len Jessome

time. the style of my work changes often, expanding my awareness and perceptions.

i like that my paintings live in many parts of the world. snippets of my thoughts and feelings scattered around this earth that will remain when i am no longer here.
Len Jessome

Len Jessome

Above is from Len Jessome’s blog.

I hope you enjoy my piece for today!  I will see you tomorrow on Day 342!
Best,
Linda
Always Lurking...-Tribute to Len Jessome Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Always Lurking…-Tribute to Len Jessome
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Always Lurking...-Tribute to Len Jessome Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Always Lurking…-Tribute to Len Jessome
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Always Lurking...-Tribute to Len Jessome Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Always Lurking…-Tribute to Len Jessome
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Always Lurking...-Tribute to Len Jessome Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Always Lurking…-Tribute to Len Jessome
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Always Lurking...-Tribute to Len Jessome Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Always Lurking…-Tribute to Len Jessome
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Day Twenty-Six- William Baziotes- Subjects Revealing Themselves

Wow, I made it to Day Twenty-Six!  After yesterday’s artist everything seems just a little easier.  I was excited about today’s artist because when I first researched his art I immediately started getting ideas of what I wanted to paint.  It’s sometimes more difficult when I get a surrealist/abstract painter because I tend to over-analyze exactly what I want to paint.  It’s hard to get the style of each painting “just” right.  Today I present to you (who I believe is an under-rated artist…compared to his counterparts.  I will also include a link to an article/blog that goes more into that subject.) William Baziotes!

William Baziotes

William Baziotes

Eclipse- WIlliam Baziotes 1950

Eclipse- WIlliam Baziotes 1950

William Baziotes (June 11, 1912 – June 6, 1963) was an American painter influenced by Surrealism and was a contributor to Abstract Expressionism.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Greek parents Angelos and

Dwarf- William Baziotes

Dwarf- William Baziotes

Stella, Baziotes began his formal art training in 1933 at the National Academy of Design in New York City where he graduated in 1936.  He studied with Charles Curran, Ivan Olinsky, Gifford Beal, and Leon Kroll. Baziotes taught through the Federal Art Project in from 1936-1938 and worked on their WPA Easel Project from 1938-1940.

In the 1940s he became friends with many artists in the emerging Abstract Expressionist group. Although he shared the groups’ interest in primitive art and automatism, his work was more in line with European surrealism Later in his career he taught extensively. His first solo exhibition was at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in 1944.  With David Hare, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko, Baziotes founded the Subjects of the Artist School in New York in 1948. He also taught at theBrooklyn Museum Art School, People’s Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and at the City University of New York, Hunter College and New York University in Manhattan during the last ten years of his life.

Toy- William Baziotes 1949

Toy- William Baziotes 1949

Baziotes and his wife Ethel, whom he married in 1941, lived in the Morningside Heights area of northern Manhattan until his death from lung cancer in June 1963, aged 50. During his lifetime, he and his wife shared a love of ancient Greek art and sculpture as well as the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Many of his paintings are inspired by the latter’s poetry as well as by ancient art.

Some of his famous works are AquaticDusk, and The Room, all of which are in the

Beach Shadows- William Baziotes 1947

Beach Shadows- William Baziotes 1947

Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Biography from wikipedia.

Here is an excerpt from a wonderful blog entry about Baziotes called Art Before Sleep that I stumbled across.

I never tire of looking at the paintings of William Baziotes. His works are so simple and perhaps because of that are always so fresh, no matter how many times I’ve seen them. It’s interesting to see the evolution of his work—a continual distillation to basic forms.

“Each painting has its own way of evolving…when the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself,” Wm. Baziotes

Night Form- William Baziotes 1947

Night Form- William Baziotes 1947

I also learned about surrealist automatism when I researched Baziotes…and realized that I used that technique while doing my own art!  Here’s the wikipedia description of that art form.

Automatism has taken on many forms: the automatic writing and drawing initially (and still to this day) practiced by surrealists can be compared to similar, or perhaps parallel phenomena, such as the non-idiomatic improvisation.

Surrealist automatism is different from mediumistic automatism, from which the term

Cyclops- William Baziotes 1947

Cyclops- William Baziotes 1947

was inspired. Ghosts, spirits or the like are not purported to be the source of surrealist automatic messages.

I tried to keep this in mind while creating my tribute to Baziotes…I kept wanting to pull out the pencil and sketch something before painting, but I mentally slapped my hand and started painting on a completely blank canvas.  I hope you enjoy my piece dedicated to this wonderful artist!

The Flesh Eaters- William Baziotes

The Flesh Eaters- William Baziotes

And now I present to you my Baziotes tribute and then it’s onto Day 27!  Wow, getting closer to the end of the month.  Maybe I’ll do some sort of round-up at the end of each month.  For now my art space is running out of wall space and I’m loving it.  Thanks for reading and come back soon…like tomorrow!  xoxo, Linda

The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas

The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas

Side-View The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Side-View
The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 1 The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 1
The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 2 The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 2
The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 3 The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Close-Up 3
The Second Moon- Tribute to William Baziotes
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas