Tag: Peter Walker

Alice Neel: American portrait painter

July 20, 2016

Alice Neel was born on the 28th January 1900 in Pennsylvania and died in New York in 1984.

Arguably Americas best portrait painter of her time. Alice painted mainly psychologically acute portraits that record the social and economic diversity of mid-twentieth century America. She painted everyday people that included lovers, poets, writers, art critics, friends, family members and those overlooked by society. Her works demonstrate a remarkable range of Neel’s oeuvre over nearly seven decades.

She had a singular artistic vision, a penetrating insight into the personalities of people she painted. Most of her portraits were done from life, a tough test in any artist’s language. Her early works were more tonal than her later works. She gradually moved toward more colourful expressionist works making portraits that could disturb and disorientate the viewer, without making use of extreme expressions or surreal proportions.

Alice worked quickly with a slightly underdone feel and finish to the work so as not to overdo technique and consequently kill the character of the person being painted. The image is my portrait of Alice Neel. Peter.


The Art of the Art business

June 3, 2016

An artists path forward as told by a New Yorker in the Financial Industry.

The writer was wandering around a gallery opening in New York where I met a man who’s business was in finance. We got talking about finance and art. That led onto artists making a successful career from art-in New York or anywhere else. I went back to my hotel that night and jotted down what he said…

Get in with a group of rich friends, business people in any environment, professionals, and find a good agent.
Well connected people who like your work will invite other well connected people. Get connected to get known, not just to an art environment or other artists. Art is a business.
In his opinion an average to good artist will go better with initiative than a really talented artist (with no initiative).
EMOTIONS ARE THE BIG DRIVER for people to do thing he says, right down to food, love and shelter. ( His business is based on it, although difficult to put into words.)
With his business he listens very carefully to his clients,- all along finding an emotional “lead” into what they say, including investing in art.
The high priced end of the art market he says sells better than the middle to lower end because of money and connections. Peter.

New York Art Galleries 2015

May 18, 2016

NEW YORK ART GALLERIES.Report from December 2015. If you browse through these galleries below you’ll get a good idea of how the art scene is at the moment. Nothing stood out as an art movement or even one media over another this time around. These galleries are the most consistent overall of the several visits I have made. They are mainly situated in the Chelsea area of New York. The List! Gagosian Gallery, David Zwirner, Michael Werner, Cheim and Read, Anton Kern, Forum Gallery, Jenkins Johnson, Mixed Greens, Jack Shainmann Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Nancy Hoffman gallery, ACA Galleries, Hauser and Wirth. These galleries are leading contemporary galleries, each showing a different style of work. To flex their muscles the big leading galleries have huge spaces to say “I’m important and I want you to know it!”. Not only do they want to make a big statement by the size of the work, they want to make a powerful emotional statement as well. The big galleries have guards or “pointers”, not so much to guard against anything that could be stolen, but to say on another level that the work is expensive. Very few galleries announce their prices on the wall next to the work, or for that matter have red dots for sold work. So, the only people who ask for the price of a particular work have the money to buy.  

But let me say just because these galleries and work is on a large scale, they’re the best. Not so. There are hundreds of galleries in New York and some small space galleries have equally good artists that haven’t hit the public imagination yet.