Above: Pierre Lefebvre, Collines (Hills), 2011, Oil on panel, 48 x 60″ (detail)
My friend Kim, whom I haven’t seen in many months is coming over in just 30 minutes or so. She’s invited me to attend a vernissage at Gallerie de Bellefeuille on Greene avenue, which is just up the hill from me, to see the work of an artist who is the friend of a close friend of hers, as she’s been wanting to introduce me to both the friend and the friend of the friend, who is apparently a hermit like me, though I’ve no idea why she thinks this is a good idea, because I’ve never heard of hermits getting along together particularly well. But I’ve seen Pierre Lefebvre’s work online and he is very talented, so should be interesting to see it and he in person at least. Also, Kim has always encouraged me to promote my art and live from it somehow and this gallery is very well known and I think she imagines I could eventually be represented there too somehow, even though I haven’t picked up a paintbrush in at least a couple of years now and have maybe all of 1.5 finished paintings to my name, and unsigned ones at that… I guess miracles are known to happen, and it’s nice knowing there are people who believe in my talent as possibly leading me somewhere eventually, even at this late stage and with the little energy I do have.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1931, Huguette Caland is the only daughter of the first president of the Republic of Lebanon. She began painting at the age of 16 under the private tutelage of Fernando Manetti, an Italian artist who resided in Lebanon. She then studied art at the American University of Beirut, lived in Paris for 17 years, and spent some time working in New York. Huguette eventually settled in Venice, California in 1987 where she currently lives and works. (From huguette caland, found by way of hakutou garden)
These two paintings speak to me. They also make me think of some of my favourite paintings by Paul Klee, who is another endless source of inspiration.
Above: Dahlov Ipcar, Four Greyhounds, 20″ X 35″ Oil on Canvas, 2004
She might be new to me, but Dahlov Ipcar has been at it for a long time. As her wikipedia page states: “In 1939 at the age of 21, [Dahlov Ipcar] had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, called Creative Growth, the first of many solo shows over the next forty years.” I have my friend Claudia from LibraryThing to thank for introducing me to this artist’s work. Claudia, being a resident of Maine, as is Ipcar, says her work is ubiquitous in that state and has admired her paintings for a long time. Now 94, Ipcar is still as dedicated to her work as ever. As stated in a Bangor Daily News article: “It’s a rare morning if Dahlov Ipcar has not had a chance to paint. After all, that’s how Ipcar usually starts her days.” The article goes on to point out that many of the 30 children’s books she has written and illustrated during her career have been re-released in recent years. A retrospective of her work, called The Art of Dahlov Ipcar was also published in 2010 (click on the link to see previews). For those of us getting a bit (or a lot) of a late start in life as artists, it’s encouraging to know it’s never too late… Continue reading →