Archive for April 11, 2010

Artist Jack Levine…..

Jack Levine was born in 1915 and still practices art today. His work is a mix of caricature and realism. Painting mostly an aristocratic crowd at parties or large social gatherings, a social commentary and satire all in one. Among his favorite subjects mobsters and politicians.  In one of the articles about him he mentioned how he rarely if ever uses a model, rather relying on his memory and exaggeration to get his message to the viewer.

Born to Jewish Lithuanian parents Mr. Levine grew up in the south side of Boston. He attended Harvard and from 1935 to 1940 was part of the Works Progress Administration. He first exhibition in New York City was at the Museum of Modern Art. In this period of the late 30s to early 40s his career was forged on paintings that spoke about the corruption and scandal of local politicians and his very unique satirical way of painting was born.

In 1989 a film documentary was made of him called Feast of Pure Reason. This artist is one of my favorite of all time as he has taken something that is usually so serene and somber, a portrait of an aristocrat, and given it life and vitality by exaggerating parts of figures for a certain affect.  Also painting older/ long dead persons like Napoleon if he were alive today, so unique! Please take some time to research on your own this great american master.

Keep those pencils and brushes moving!



Artists who use letterform… Robert C. Jackson…

Robert C. Jackson is perhaps best known for his use of old crates with easily recognizable names of soda pops. He finds them at antique flea markets and the like. He is very creative and uses balloon animals or apples and sometimes even toys in his whimsical still life adventures rather than using people.

Mr. Jackson was born in North Carolina in 1964 and graduated from college with a degree in electrical engineering working for Motorola for 5 years after finishing school. He then quit engineering and worked as an associate pastor in Maryland for 6 years. He gave up this vocation in 1997 turned to painting full time and has been in exhibitions from coast to coast.

Please visit his own website and if you visit Denver check him out at Gallery 1261 (street address) on Delaware a few blocks away from the Museum.

keep learning and painting!