Monday, June 20, 2011

Henri Matisse and Me

There is a wonderful exhibit right now that explores the relationship of Picasso and Matisse's in San Francisco work called the Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde.

While I know I'm nowhere in the league of these two giants I think that it's important to know art history and to acknowledge and incorporate art historical sources into ones art work.  So, in my continuing series of posts discussing this I thought it might be cool to discuss this.


The paper cut out collage by Henri Matisse called the Parakeet and the Mermaid has always had a powerful allure for me.  I love Matisse's use of color and his beautiful sense of design.   I have a postcard of this hanging in my studio and I had this idea to incorporate the way Matisse's work makes me feel.  To this end I used some acid free colored pastel paper and made use of Matisse's forms as a partner to some of my portraits that I have in my show in San Francisco at ArtHaus Gallery at 411 Brannan Street.  Here are the two pieces:


Morry Eale  
20"x16" collage, oil paint, 
and graphite drawing on masonite
Read some stories about this character here:
http://kenney-mencher.blogspot.com/2011/03/write-story-about-morry-eale-and-win.html 


Eddie Currents 
20"x16" collage, oil paint, 
and graphite drawing on masonite
Read some stories about this character here:
http://kenney-mencher.blogspot.com/2011/02/write-story-about-eddie-currents-and.html  

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3 comments:

  1. art collection are at times strange

    some are isolated

    in korea there is a collection, largely not viewed by a writer named Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer, of water colors

    interesting

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  2. GOOOOGLED ON HENRY MILLER -

    DAUGHTER 'VERONICA' HAS WEB PAGE ON HIM WITH SOME OF HIS WORKS, PAINTINS THAT IS

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  3. top comment on the talks of abolish book go video

    art must be communicated not formated

    face to face, armpit to armpit, must be only way to communicate; yes find closeness, build not barriers

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