Julie Filipenko’s “Lucid Dreams” at Hellion Gallery.

Opening Thursday, July 2nd at Hellion Gallery in Portland, Oregon is artist Julie Filipenko’s solo show of new paintings “Lucid Dreams.”  The Tel Aviv based artist incorporates hallucinations and reality into her stylized paintings that come together as wonderful dreamscapes.  Learn more on Hellion Gallery’s Website.


Bold and Beautiful Work by Erik Jones

Erik Jones (aka theirison) is an American artist from New York.  His work is bold and luscious with large chunks of color that frame his subjects. The overall effect is high tech and eye popping,  with a glitchy sensibility that resonates with pop culture references.  You can see more of Erik Jones’ portfolio at his deviant art site.

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Hashimoto Contemporary’s Summer Group Show.

Opening tomorrow - July 2nd, 2015 - is San Francisco, California gallery Hashimoto Contemporary’s summer group show.  Hashimoto is one of the best galleries in the San Francisco area and the line up for this show is pristine.  Artists include (above): Erik Jones, Jessica Hess, Shawn Huckins and Erin M. Riley plus work by (not pictured) Aaron De La Cruz, Brett Amory, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Derek Weisberg, Drew Leshko, GATS, Joel Daniel Phillips, John Wentz, Lucien Shapiro, Nychos, Ravi Zupa, Scott Scheidly, Tracey Snelling, and 1010.

Profile: James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Gray: Portrait of the Painter, c.1872, oil on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts. Source

Realist painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1843-1903) was born in Massachusetts, but he primarily worked in London and Paris throughout his career. He was one of the key artists associated with the development of Tonalism, a style of landscape painting that involved blending hues to create a powerful, intense atmosphere. The titles of Whistler’s works were inspired by musical language; words such as ‘symphony’, ‘arrangement’, ‘harmony’ and ‘nocturne’ are frequently used to introduce compositions.

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother, 1871, oil on canvas, 144.3 x 162.5 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Source

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, c.1875, oil on canvas, 60.3 × 46.6 cm, Detroit Institute of Arts. Source

Though his most famous piece is Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother, Whistler should probably be more known for suing the art critic John Ruskin over criticism made towards his Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, a highly controversial painting at the time of its execution. Though the artist triumphed at court, the trial left Whistler bankrupt, and he never really recovered.