Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Febland at Fraser

One of my favorite New York painters on the planet is David Febland, and this Friday he has an opening of new paintings at Bethesda's Fraser Gallery.

When I was with the gallery Febland was usually our best selling painter, and over the last couple of years his work has rocketed due to major success in Germany and London solos and the European art fair circuit.

An opening reception for the general public will be held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk on Friday, September 12 from 6pm - 9pm.

Ted Reed at the Art League

Ted ReedI think that DC area painter Ted Reed is one of the supreme masters of the technical aspect of classic realism.

They don't get much better that Reed when it comes to delivering superbly crafted portraits and representational work at the height of realism.

But technical wizardry is not all that makes a great painting (although it is damned well ahead of whatever is in second place), and Reed also has the mastery of many other tools that a successful painter needs: composition, creativity and that arcane ability to grab something from the subject beyond just its likeness.

The vast majority of contemporary art critics seem to have an agenda that does not include contemporary realism in its portfolio; I'm not one of them.

The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA, will hold a solo exhibition of Ted's recent works, entitled "Presence." The show features both portraits and paintings with broader narrative content and a wider emotional range than most portraits but that still focus on people as subjects. The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 11, 6:30 - 8:30PM and the show goes through October 6, 2008.

Ted will also present several oil-painting demonstrations in the Gallery on:

o Saturday, September 13, noon - 3:00 pm

o Saturday, September 20, noon - 3:00 pm

o Sunday, October 5, 1:00-4:00 pm

The Opening Reception on Thursday, September 11, coincides with the Old Town Alexandria's Second Thursday Art Night gallery hop, when most Old Town art galleries remain open until 9:00, many restaurants offer deals, and there's live music. Click here for more details.

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If it is somehow possible to photograph “the Germans,” (or any other nationality)then I am told that Stefan Moses has done a pretty good job. Nobody can really describe what “German-ness” is, but to glimpse one photographer’s interpretation, stop by the Goethe-Institut Washington September 10 – October 31, 2008 to view “German Vita”, a selection of fifty of his photographs.

Sprouse opens in Delaware

Michael SprouseFormer DC artist Michael Sprouse opens in Delaware's Philip Morton Gallery (in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) with an opening reception on Friday, September 12 from 5-8PM.

Michael Sprouse worked in DC in the 1990s and early 2000s, and he and his partner ran the eklektikos gallery in Georgetown and then on 7th Street before they moved to Delaware where Sprouse has continued to paint and grow nationally.