05th Oct 2013

Daniel Barkley, Allegorical Figurative Painter, Quebec

I am always telling the kids that there is nothing new under the sun, it is you and what you bring to it that will make it new again.

28th Sep 2013

The Quietest Moments: Thirty days of destruction

What are the characteristics of love, after all? Attention, care, affection, eros, mystery, joy, comfort, fear, unity, possession, passion, sincerity. And yes, these are all characteristics of the emergent experience of great art. And the artist’s hand which shapes with care shares all these things.

31st Aug 2013

Odd Nerdrum’s Crime and Refuge

The artist exiled from his home created a theatre of characters in his imagined world, armed, beaten, and alienated, caught in conflict, ritual, love and rest; the afflicted and exhausted; these abandoned self portraits of a bloodied Nerdrum, cast as criminal, then as a weary man whose companions are outcasts, mutilated and war-torn, abandoned to the stern, severely beautiful landscape. We find the dead and the dying here, the victims of the aftermath, a record of the conflict between survivors and their struggle against despair.

17th Aug 2013

Metalheads: Brad Kunkle, Brooklyn, New York

"It's the most controversial element in the history of mankind. It also implies love and spirituality. The spiritual implication comes from it's use in organized religion. But if we look at gold outside this context, we can see why it has been used to inspire our spiritual senses, which for me is the way it reflects light."

03rd Aug 2013

Metalheads: Pam Hawkes, England, UK

My figures are still, icon-like, but often trapped within luxurious, decorative patterns. There are narratives of love, desire, disappointment, cautionary and celebratory going on here; it all depends literally on the viewer's standpoint.

03rd Aug 2013
Steven DaLuz

Metalheads: Steven DaLuz, San Antonio, Texas

I think there is a kind of yearning that we have, as humans ~ to know that we are not alone in this vast plane of existence. I try to pull the veil back just a little to reveal just a glimpse of something that could be.

29th Jun 2013

What’s on Dino Valls’ Mind?

Making a quick dismissal of Valls’ work because it seems a bit kinky and a little disturbing would be to wildly underestimate these paintings, which are much, much, deeper than superficial erotica.

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul

Political philosopher, Hannah Arendt defined artworks as “thought things,” ideas given material form to inspire reflection and rumination. Dialog. Sometimes even discomfort. We know that art matters. But the question posed by modern philosophers such as Roger Scruton, of Oxford University, is, How do we want it to affect us?

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul, Part II

"We cannot reach a consensus on the definition of beauty, any more than on the definition of other such volatile terms. But we can reach a consensus on the importance of beauty, and its place in our lives. The test of time is important, but the important time is now. And that is why we must educate children in the love of the beautiful and the capacity to distinguish the true from the phony examples." ~ Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, Oxford University professor