Andrew Verhoeckx’s Heading Home: Genre Defying Photorealism

  In his most recent work, Heading Home, Andrew Verhoeckx depicts New York City’s iconic Grand Central Station through his Photorealist lens.  Though the work is not yet complete, it managed to win first prize in a recent competition.  However, despite the accolades that Verhoeckx and other Photorealist painters have received, the genre has an […]

Alfred G. Villeneuve’s Algonkin Mosaic: The Canadian Plein Air

  Painting en plein air first developed as an alternative to the traditional style of painting, which relied on academic rules to impose structure on natural forms. In contrast, plein air is meant to represent the landscape in its natural state, or as one sees it.  This theme of rejecting artificial rules and boundaries is […]

Lizzy Love’s Ecocritical Oddball Art

  Whenever viewing art, there is an innate temptation to categorize it.  Is it modern?  Post-modern?  Impressionist?  Expressionist? Surrealist?  When exploring the oeuvre of Lizzy Love’s Oddball Art, this tendency to categorize is especially tempting given the highly stylized nature of her work.  The wide-eyed heroines that people her paintings remind one of Margaret Keane, […]

Carter Ratcliff’s John Singer Sargent: A Review

  John Singer Sargent was perhaps the most popular portrait painter of his time, certainly the most popular among American painters, and may have been the last painter to earn fame through the genre (I don’t count Chuck Close since he paints photographs, not portraits).  Given that Sargent was a relatively prolific painter, it is […]

Andrew Wyeth: Recognizing Voices

  As a realist painter, Andrew Wyeth likely couldn’t have found a more unforgiving era in which to start his career.  The Modern and Postmodern movements were tearing down the old schools of thought, and many thumbed their noses at those who held on to more traditional modes.  It was through form, rather than content, […]

A Review of Kandinsky, by Hajo Düchting

When speaking of Wassily Kandinsky, art critic Nikolai Punin wrote that he was “not only a bad craftsman… but simply a vulgar and thoroughly mediocre artist” (58).  OUCH!  That is pretty brutal.  But such is the kind of response one is bound to get when they challenge convention.  In his monograph Kandinsky, Hajo Düchting explores […]

Why Do We Hang Jackson Pollock’s Paintings?

  By Brittni Ann Carey, host of Zannova In Ink.   “A method of painting is a natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.” -Jackson Pollock, 1950   Jackson Pollock painted with his canvases unstretched, raw, and unrolled on the floor of his studio. He used […]

A Reviews of The Complete Paintings of Manet, with Phoebe Pool

Édouard Manet is like the Ben Jonson of the art world.  There was a time when Manet was the name in the art community, just as Jonson was in the Jacobean theatre, but just as Jonson loaned his name to the works of Shakespeare only to see Shakespeare’s soar above Jonson’s, Manet loaned his celebrity […]

A Review of Beckmann, by Reinhard Spieler

On one of my recent trips to the Detroit Institute of Art, I happened to notice a self-portrait by German painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950), which I must have seen before but had never really noticed.  Though not a work that was technically awe-inspiring, it had something in it’s style that reached me, so when I […]

The Gender-Bending Norman Rockwell And His Latent Feminist Tendencies

  Norman Rockwell, though recognizable to many Americans, has often been ignored by the ‘fine arts’ world.  His work has been dismissed as kitsch by many, and it can certainly be seen as overtly and sometimes painfully patriotic at times. Its iconography and messages are often obvious and there is a mass appeal to them […]