Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stanley Bielen

Paeonia, Oil on Panel, 26 x 20 inches

White & Crimson, Oil on Panel,
18 7/8 x 13 1/4 inches
We are very excited about our September show which will feature the still life paintings by Philadelphia artist Stanley Bielen.

Bielen’s work honors the European heritage of still life painting with high color, lush blossoms placed against almost velvety backgrounds.  His small, intimate oils capture floral elegance with sweeping brushwork, portraying the momentary beauty of a flower in full bloom.

Stanley Bielen, born in Poland, emigrated to Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1980. Bielen is currently a faculty member at the Fleisher Art Memorial of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; he also teaches painting workshops throughout Philadelphia and New England.

In 2006 when the Thomas Jefferson University wanted to sell Thomas Eakins’s“The Gross Clinic”, Bielen organized a demonstration that drew some three dozen Philadelphia artists to help in the fight to keep the masterpiece in it’s hometown of Philadelphia. Today, the painting is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Visit to Hale Johnson's Studio

As part of our summer events, Hale Johnson hosted a studio visit, opening up his studio in Colrain, MA to collectors and admirers of his paintings.

Johnson's studio is a true reflection of himself : a warm space that is both welcoming and interesting. Filled with books and wooden ships on the shelves, model airplanes suspended from the ceiling, photographs, old ceramic signs, and paintings collected on the walls.

It was a delightful and inspiring afternoon that let visitors explore the artist and the inspiration behind the breathtaking paintings we love.