Saturday, March 17, 2018

A New Global Agenda: Book Launch

Here is my wife, Diana Ayton-Shenker at the book launch event for "A New Global Agenda" at the New School in NYC on March 1st, 2018.


Monday, February 26, 2018

The Books Have Arrived

Just delivered by the UPS guy...Diana's new book, "A New Global Agenda" arrived this morning. It's always exciting to hold the actual item in your hands...makes it more real, and has the new book smell (printer's ink, mostly).

A New Global Agenda edited by Diana Ayton-Shenker

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A New Global Agenda book launch poster

Below is the poster for my wife's book launch event at The New School in NYC on March 1st, 2018. The poster, designed by The New School, contains 2 of my drawings which appear as section dividers in the book (there are 3 in total). I also did the cover painting for the book (see blog sidebar to the right of this post).

Links:
The New School
The New School book launch event
A New Global Agenda (publisher's page)
A New Global Agenda (on Amazon)

A New Global Agenda book launch poster

Saturday, February 03, 2018

The Entrance to the Otherworld

This is from a new series of middle-sized (for me) acrylic paintings on plywood. It's a symbolist-leaning piece (reminds me a bit of Böcklin, with its inky sky and shrouded figure). The portal/tomb structure is actually influenced by a recent trip to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico (the three windows at the top come from "El Castillo" in Tulum). The pomegranates (or apples or whatever they are) are for Persephone. It's twilight, and the open door beckons.

The Entrance to the Otherworld, 2018, acrylic on plywood, 20" x 16".

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Maid of the Mountains / Frozen in Time

After having spent the last month or two (or three) reading the Walter Isaacson "Leonardo da Vinci" biography (which I can recommend, more on that anon), I find that whenever I spend a significant period of time in the company of another artist's work, I start to absorb a certain amount of the sensibility of said artist. Which brings us to the work presented here, which is obviously a little more than a nod in the direction of the Mona Lisa (I was thinking of titling the piece "Anom Asil", for example), but I think I caught a little of the essence of the original, whilst bringing something different to the table...you can decide...

The Maid of the Mountains / Frozen in time, 2018, acrylic on plywood, 16" x 12".

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Coils of the Gorgon

I'm working on a small scale due to the fact that it's cold & snowy & expensive to heat my studio right now. I have a stack of sepia card I'm working through, putting the best results on various web sites (my own, Flickr, etc.). Here's an updated version of Medusa, influenced in part by the Leonardo book I'm reading (more on that anon).

The Coils of the Gorgon, 2018, ink & acrylic on sepia card, 11" x 8.5".

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Caught in the Storm / Facing the Future

My first drawing (heightened with white acrylic paint) of 2018. A week ago I was in Mexico (Mayan Riviera/Playa Del Carmen/Tulum/Chichen Itza) & now I'm back in the frozen wastes of Rhinebeck New York. The weather doesn't necessarily want me to make art, but I felt I had to start today & this was the first piece that surfaced...

Caught in the Storm / Facing the Future, 2018, ink & acrylic on sepia card, 8.5" x 11"