Archive for February 17, 2012

Awesome Acrylic Painters Series…..Peter Ford Young….


I wanted to remind you if you are in downtown Denver from 1pm to 3pm tomorrow head to Meiningers Art Supply on Broadway. There will be a live painting demo featuring David Griffin. The artist paints fantastic landscapes in acrylics. The last demo I attended here was Homare Ikeda, I arrived 5 minutes to one and had to sit far in the back. There are several cameras and a mirror is used to that you can see all the moves the artist’s makes.  This is a free demo so I encourage you to take some time out of your day to watch someone else create!

I received an email from Robischon Gallery in Denver and they are having an Abstract Expressionist painting Expo including artists like Robert Motherwell. Before the demo I had planned to go to Clyfford Styl’s Museum so I thought why not just make an abstract expressionist day of it! I would like to point out that Ab Ex was in vogue in the 1960s,  even Robert DeNiro’s father was a well known Ab Ex painter. Just because someone paints an abstract piece doesn’t mean that is all they painted. This was evident to me when attending the Vance Kirkland Museum in Denver, which had some wonderful realism based works. While looking thru the major art magazines I saw a portrait of the artist done by himself in a realistic style. Styl was a fascinating artist who painted many works of art, then rolled them up and stored them. The paintings are in great condition but since they have been rolled up they must be laid flat and allowed to stretch out.

So today I wanted to feature a painter than paints mainly in an abstract style.  I enjoy looking at his abstract pieces that have repeated patterns that remind me of when I was a little kid and I used to look at kaliedascopes. This was before videogames, cell phones, and smartphones.  A great use of color as well in these works that keeps the viewer’s eye moving around. Some of his works are done on a very large scale, some longer sides reaching 76 inches in length.

The artist was born in 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA . He just had his birthday recently on January 2nd. He lives in Arizona now.

Has had more than 40 solo shows and more than 100 group shows.

In the 60s and 70s was included in important shows at the Whitney and Museum of Modern Art. Was featured for the first time in Art Forum magazine in 1971.

Try going to an art show out of your normal genre that you like. If you like the figure, go to a landscape show. Look at mediums you haven’t explored yet. In order to grow its important to leave your comfort zone every now and then!

Happy painting!