Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best-of-the-Rest from Barebrush 11/11

Hot Shoulder — In 2009, New York artist Cindy Sibilsky uploaded one of the earliest portraits on Barebrush, Edie Sedgewick: Pop Goes the American Dream. It has been showing on the Barebrush website with little fanfare for over two years. Victim of the recession, Barebrush was severely impacted. Plans to launch new calendars for six genres: portraits, clothed people, landscapes, animals, still life and abstracts took a back-seat to merely hanging on for dear life. Art for these genres slowly trickled in from artists, some also struggling. Finally, having enough art to launch a single calendar series with all the new genres together, Barebrush founder and CEO Ilene Skeen selected the art for the first non-nude calendar, Best-of-the-Rest. Ms. Skeen notes,
Barebrush Artists have waited long enough. I’ve waited long enough. It’s time to take control. Nothing could be better from Barebrush and Barebrush artists than a hot shoulder and defiant attitude toward the gloom and doom of the country. It’s time for a positive springboard to the future, in which nude and non-nude artworks are easy for artists to show and viewers to enjoy. Soon these works (both originals and prints) will be available for sale directly from the Barebrush website.

Portraits and clothed people predominate in this calendar. Long-time Barebrush Featured Artist, Jean Marcellino of New York shows off her solid technique and composition with a brutally rigorous oil painting, Reclining Robert. Jacqui Morgan, also a Barebrush Featured Artist from New York presents two accomplished watercolors: Julie & Dirty Having Fun and Eternal vs Fleeting. Still another New York artist, Jon Rettich, shows a delightful drawing, Tank Happy and a ringing endorsement of the New York art-making locale, with Spring Studio which he describes as “Best studio ever.” Participating from afar are Robert Nizamov from Moscow, Russia with two landscapes, Boats and City, Featured Artist Roger Cummiskey from Malaga, Spain (and sometimes Ireland) with Joyce the Pluralist, Featured Artist Chuck Miller of Corsicana, TX with an oil of his wife sleeping, entitled Sunday Afternoon and Featured Artist Jacqueline Saunders from Burke, VA with a series of watercolor heads called Band of Brothers.

Two artists are making their calendar debut: Jeff Caramagna from Beacon, NY and Justin Austin from Graham, NC. To round out the thirty artworks in the first-ever Best-of-the-Rest, New York artist Geoffrey Stein ends the month with the dean of double-speak, Alan Greenspan, in a collage portrait featuring a well-deserved paper “black-eye.”

The 30 artists represented in November, 2011, in day order are: 1 Cindy Sibilsky, 2 Justin Austin, 3 Cynthia Angeles, 4 Damian Huntley, 5 Jeff Caramagna, 6 Jean Marcellino, 7 Will Ellis, 8 Ione Citrin, 9 Guadalupe Herrera, 10 Jon Rettich, 11 Chuck Miller, 12 Tai Lin, 13 Jacqueline Saunders, 14 Pacifico Palumbo, 15 Roger Cummiskey, 16 Brian Crede, 17 Robert Nizamov, 18 Jon Rettich, 19 Hannah Davis, 20 Bruce Erikson, 21 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 22 Jacqui Morgan, 23 Penelope Przekop, 24 A. Galban, 25 Terry Tayler, 26 Jacqui Morgan, 27 Gil Conradis, 28 Haydee Torres, 29 Robert Nizamov, 30 Geoffrey Stein.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar. Viewers can also vote for “The People's Choice,” a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in The People's Choice win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced December 1st.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

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Thank you all for your interest and participation in barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the world.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PhotoArt N*des from Barebrush 11/11

Lookout World! — Launching the first PhotoArt N*des calendar is Naked Sky Captain by Barebrush Featured Artist, Angelique Moselle Price of Tennessee. Price’s piece has attitude, style and composition, which says it all.

Price is an accomplished painter as well and her work can be found in many of the original N*des-of-the-Month calendar series. Other Barebrush Featured Artists participating in the launch of PhotoArt N*des include: Guenter Knop, William Thierfelder, Dan McCormack and Janet E. Gorman from the New York area. Kentucky photographers Joseph Mays and T.F. McDonald are also Featured. The record holder for participation is Tony Lee of Panama, a consistent prize winner since his first calendar entry in May of 2007. As veteran viewers of Barebrush know, Featured Artist status is invitational only. These photographers have shown interest, enthusiasm and support for the Barebrush concept. Most have appeared in many of the calendars in the original series.

Each of these artists has a distinctive style and oeuvre. Knop specializes in highly polished art-deco beauties, deliciously posed. Tony Lee is known for his emotional male nudes in at peace or war with the world around them. Dan McCormack has resurrected pin-hole photography to a high art with his scenes women at home and literally in the field. Joseph Mays’ work is instantly recognizable for his series called Alien Twilight, carefully composed nudes, sometimes with body paint, glowing out of the darkness. William Thierfelder often composes to a theme with variations, sometimes adding much hand work (where the art would be appropriate for the original calendar), and other times leaving the photograph pristine.

Participating from further away are Corrie Ancone of Sydney Australia and Gabriel Sanchez of Mexico. Making his Barebrush calendar debut is George McClintock from Purchase, NY.

After five years of showing photography with our original N*des-of-the-Month calendars, it was time for photography to come into its own. Ilene Skeen, Barebrush founder and CEO, selected the art. Ms. Skeen states,
I am proud at last to showcase the photography nudes at Barebrush in their own calendar series proving that even in the photographic medium, art of the nude can be tasteful and delightful (or arresting and provocative), while having nothing to do with prurience and pornography.

The 30 artists represented in November, 2011, in day order are: 1 Angelique Moselle Price, 2 Tony Lee, 3 Tony Lee, 4 Tony Lee, 5 Tony Lee, 6 Dan McCormack, 7 Dan McCormack, 8 Corrie Ancone, 9 Joseph Mays, 10 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 11 Dan McCormack, 12 Guenter Knop, 13 Peter King, 14 George McClintock, 15 Gabriel Sanchez, 16 Dan McCormack, 17 William Thierfelder, 18 Joseph Mays, 19 William Thierfelder, 20 Joseph Mays, 21 Gabriel Sanchez, 22 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 23 Matthew Smith, 24 Guenter Knop, 25 Guenter Knop, 26 Joseph Mays, 27 Janet E Gorman, 28 Michael Seif, 29 Guenter Knop, 30 William Thierfelder.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar. Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite PhotoArt N*de,” a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite PhotoArt N*de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced December 1st.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

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Thank you all for your interest and participation in barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

N*des of the Month from Barebrush 11/11

My Turn — Shimmering with life and movement, this calendar art was selected by Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen. Veteran Barebrush guest curator, Mikaela Sardo Lamarche selected the Curators’ Choice nominees. Ms. Skeen remarked,

After more than five years of carefully watching Barebrush guest curators as they struggled to select the art, I said to myself, ‘It’s my turn.’
It was a lot harder than I thought. So much good art and even some great art. I have to admit, I gravitated toward well-designed art from artists who diligently maintain their gallery on Barebrush. I want to show site viewers wonderful art from a wide variety of artists. I hoped to make a calendar filled with life and fun. I think November 2011 N*des-of-the Month calendar has both.
The calender launches with an oil, Study of Man #3 by David Schulz of Middletown, CT. Ms. Lamarche selected this painting as Curators’ Choice nominee, and Ms. Skeen was happy to place it on November 1, noting “The attitude is arresting, the composition is satisfying and the skill is evident. What could be more important?”

Ms. Lamarche also nominated Repose, an oil by Chuck Miller of Corsicana, TX. This large work could be a lesson for all artists. With a minimum of detail, the figure is solid and the ground is solid as it appears to move away in space: a masterful performance. Artist Tools #2 by Donelli J. DiMaria, located in New Mexico, is also an oil. DiMaria gives us a nude in the guise of a still life, filled with humor, color, and showing off his love for art.

Two nominees are graphite. Ms. Lamarche chose On The Bed by Eddie Torres of New York, NY whose diagonal composition is intriguing in its simplicity and expression. She also chose Leaning Nude by Hannah Davis of Brooklyn NY, also diagonal, emphasizing the femininity of the model’s lines and curves.
Two artists are making their calendar debut at Barebrush: Darryl King from Pensacola, FL and Malcolm McCoull from Perth, Australia.

One artwork is retiring: Entwined by John Luce Lockett of Northampton, England. Other artworks in this calendar of special note are: Markos by Brian Crede for its design; the unusual ceramic, One Long Lazy Afternoon by Marsha Karagheusian; Daniel Maidman’s conceit, Self Portrait as Hockney. In addition, the shocking attitude of Embrace by Terry Hinkle is beautifully executed, as is the fanciful exuberance of Defiant Angel by Rebecca Venn, and finally, ending the month with another masterful representation of space, N*de St*dy 2011 WB1 by C. Charles Wang.


The 30 artists represented in November, 2011, in day order are: 1* David Schulz, 2 Hector Olvera, Etor, 3 Brian Crede, 4 Chanit Roston, 5 Carmine Santaniello, 6 Merrill Brace, 7* Chuck Miller, 8 Lynne Levin, 9 stephanie Fuller, 10 Marsha Karagheusian, 11 Paul Rybarczyk, 12 Emily Stedman, 13 John Luce Lockett, 14 tim woodhouse, 15 Daniel Maidman, 16 Terry Hinkle, 17 Betsy Podlach, 18* Donelli J. DiMaria, 19 A.D. Cook, 20 Leslie Lambert, 21 Sara Swan, 22* Eddie Torres, 23 Rebecca Venn, 24* Hannah Davis, 25 Darryl King, 26 Gil Conradis, 27 Gary Paul Stutler, 28 Tina Johnston, 29 Malcolm McCoull, 30 C. Charles Wang.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes.

Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,” a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite N*de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced December 1st.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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