Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The book that saved my art life

The number one spot in my top ten most influential books (on me) of all times has been occupied since 1977 by The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe.

I think that this book should be required reading for all art school freshmen across the nation, as it will prepare and armor them against all the bull that the art world will be about the heave at them. If you have not read it, please do.

Below is the text of a review of the book that I wrote for Amazon:

Can I start by saying that this book "saved my art life"?

Let me explain. In 1977 I started art school as a not so impressionable 21 year-old with a few years as a US Navy sailor under my belt. But in the world of art, there's a lot of molding and impressions being made by a very galvanized world. And although I was a few years older than most in my class... I was probably as ready as any to swallow the whole line and sinker that the "modern art world" floats out there.

Then I read this book - it was given to me by Jacob Lawrence, a great painter and a great teacher --- although I didn't get along with him too well at the time. I read it (almost by accident and against my will --- it was a get-a-way "love weekend" with my then-girlfriend - it went sour). And this book OPENED my EYES!!! It was as if all of a sudden a "fog" had been listed about all the manure and fog that covers the whole art world.

I used it as a weapon.

I used it to defend how I wanted to paint and feel and write. And it allowed me to survive art school.

And then in 1991 - as I prepared to look around to start my own gallery - I found it again, in a gallery (of all places) in Alexandria, VA. I read it again, and to my surprise Wolfe was as topical and effervescent and eye-opening as ever!

Wolfe has a lot of bones to pick with the art world -- 25 years ago!!! He destroys the proliferation of art theory, and puts "art gods" like Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, and Leo Steinberg (who have ruined art criticism for all ages - by making critics think that they "lead" the arts rather than "follow the artists") into their proper place and perspective. He has a lot of fun, especially with Greenberg and the Washington Color School and their common stupidity about the flatness of the picture plane.

Here's my recommendation: If you are a young art student or a practicing artist: SAVE YOUR LIFE! Read this book!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Studio space available

As of July 21st, 2021, 1/2 of studio 17 (in section B1 by the galleries) will be available for lease on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, Maryland. This 1/2 studio share rents for $195/month. Get in touch now for jurying to reserve!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

What's a print? What's a reproduction?

The most misused word in the world of art is the word "print," as used in defining work as "limited edition print," etc.

In the narrow, but true art definition of what an original art print is, a print is a work of art produced from an image worked by the artist on another material, usually a metal, plexiglass, wood, linoleum, plastic plate, etc.

Everything else is a reproduction.

And lawsuits will happen if suddenly a collector discovers that their "print" or "original" is in fact a reproduction.

So if an artist paints or draws an image on any medium, and then has multiple images made from that original by an electro-mechanical or mechanical process using photographic or digital images (such as Iris or Gyclee), those images are reproductions - not prints.

However, because it would really be hard to market an artist's work as "limited edition, signed and numbered reproductions," the word "print" has been kidnapped by the marketers of art to apply to any set of multiple images - regardless of how they came to be, or what part the artist played in its creation.

It gets a bit murky when it comes to digital art - that is artwork that is created from scratch through the use of a computer or a photograph taken with a digital camera.

Once the file is done and finished and saved, then one can say that the image that comes out of the printer is the "print" in the true sense of the narrow art definition - much like the negative in traditional photography produces the photographic print.

However, a photograph that is taken, developed, printed in the darkroom and then scanned so that Giclees or Iris "prints" can be made from the photographic image means that those are reproductions made from the original photograph. 

But a photograph taken with a digital camera and then has Iris/Giclees or any other digital prints made from the digital image in the memory card is a "real" print!

So a digital medium like Giclee/Iris can be either a reproduction or a real print - it all depends on what the original source of the image is!

Printmakers are especially sensitive to the misuse of the work "print" to market reproductions of artwork. One of the best places in town to buy true prints from very talented printmakers is the Washington Printmakers Gallery in the Dupont Circle area.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Shiri Achu virtual exhibition

41inPrint:Worldwide

A VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION

By Award-winning International Artist SHIRI ACHU

SAT. APRIL 10TH – MON. APRIL 19TH 2021

_________________________________

April 10th - Private Zoom Opening party

April 11th – 18th - 41InPrint Virtual Exhibition (7:00 pm – 7:30 pm daily)

April 19th - Virtual book launch.

From my good friend Shiri Achu:

Tune out and Zoom in from the comfort of home with a glass of wine to the Opening party of 41InPrint:Worldwide on Saturday 10th April at 7pm EST. Following the Zoom Opening Party, again, tune in, this time on YouTube and Facebook where the International artist Shiri Achu will be hosting DAY 1 of her first ever online exhibition entitled, 41InPrint:Worldwide. This 8 day long Virtual Exhibition will be opened to the public - WORLDWIDE - from Sunday, April 11th 2021 through to Sunday April 18th 2021, starting each day at 7:00pm EST. Each day of the exhibition will have its own theme and will be presented by one of four seasoned hosts; Diane Daiga of Ddtalks, Gwendoline F.D of Gwendy Media, Nico Kang and MC Chaz. The program will also have a daily special guest for the ‘4+1 talk’, interview segment. This is not an event to be missed!

Born in Cameroon, raised in London, and now residing in Washington DC, this marks the 6th of such ‘InPrint’ exhibitions. With her ‘InPrint’ annual series of exhibitions, Shiri selects a focal destination city to exhibit her art and to showcase and expose the African culture to its citizens. The first of the InPrint series, 35InPrint:LONDON took place in April 2014 at The Strand Gallery in Central London. 36InPrint:DC took place in May 2016 at Gallery A in Central Washington DC. 37InPrint:AUSTRALIA took place in July at Mama Jambo in Australia. 38InPrint:JAMAICA took place in August 2017 at The Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. 

39InPrint:TORONTO, took place in November at Ariilon, Toronto, Canada.

This time, because of the Worldwide Pandemic, the gallery comes to you in an intimate series of daily online unveilings of skillfully crafted depictions of everyday life and culture throughout the continent of Africa. Shiri Achu’s fluid yet grounded style creates layers of dimension and emotional depth that allow the viewer to truly enter into the earthy yet colorful lives of everyday lives all across Africa. The online exhibition will also feature a host of special guests daily including, Famous American Soul Singer Angie Stone, renowned Jamaican Dub Poet Mutabaruka, Nigerian movie industry pioneer, actor Zack Orji and revolutionary Cameroonian musician Witty Minstrel among many others. During the ‘4+1 TALK’ time, Shiri talks about ‘art’, the pandemic and other topics with each of her special guests.

All art pieces unveiled during that day of the exhibition will be available on her website www.shiriachuart.com immediately after the exhibition for purchase. The last piece on day 8 will mark 41 pieces exhibited throughout the 8 days. On Monday April 19th, Shiri Achu will launch a Virtual book, an anthology collection inspired by her art.

Everyone (art lovers, supporters, fans, where ever you are in the world etc) can register for the exhibition on her website www.shiriachuart.com and receive a 20% discount on all art purchased throughout the exhibition. Registered persons will also receive the Private viewing ‘Opening party’ zoom link. During the 8 daily exhibition broadcasts, a secret number or letter will appear in the live stream, and the first three people who correctly guess the secret word or phrase will be eligible to win some awesome prizes.

Wherever you are in the world, you are cordially invited to 41InPrint:Worldwide. Take a journey through the motherland and enjoy the daily unveiling of fresh, bold African inspired art.

41inPrint:Worldwide

8 Days Exhibition & Special Guests on ‘4+1 TALK ’

Day 1 - Sunday 11th - Bishop Darlingston Johnson & Pastor Chrys Johnson

Day 2 - Monday 12th - Witty Minstrel

Day 3 - Tuesday 13th - Jessica Mbangeni

Day 4 – Wed. 14th - Naomi Achu & Myra Maimoh

Day 5 - Thursday 15th - Blick Bassy

Day 6 - Friday 16th - Mutabaruka

Day 7 - Saturday 17th - Angie Stone

Day 8 - Sunday 18th - Zack Orji

Friday, March 19, 2021

Michelle L. Herman at VisArts

Michelle L. Herman will be showing her work at the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts in Rockville from April 2–May 14 as part of the MICA MFA in Studio Art 2020 Thesis Exhibition. 


Michelle L. Herman is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans theoretical and philosophical research, feminist and disability politics, comedy, and conceptualism. Herman’s work broadly traverses the margins between ability and what is beyond our reach: particularly the limits of perception, attention, connection, and categorization in the digital age. Through installations, sculptures, and video Herman investigates the ways in which we negotiate and push these boundaries every day. Herman has shown nationally in both group and solo exhibitions at locations such as the Hillyer Art Space, Arlington Art Center, Visarts, the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Kennedy Center. Herman’s work has been written about and featured in Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, NPR, and East City Arts. Herman is an alumna of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA, 2020) and the Sparkplug artist collective sponsored by the DC Arts Center.


Read the essay by my good friend Kristen Hileman here.  

Thursday, March 18, 2021

How to sign artwork

 One of the most curious things that I have puzzled about in the many decades of making art, presenting art, selling art and dealing with both artists and art collectors (as well as art dealers), is how often artists anguish over a signature.

There are gazillions of ways to screw up a work of art with a signature - the most common one is where a work of art is marred by a giant signature in glow-in-the-dark silver color marker or some hideous color like that.

Even a tiny and elegant signature can distract from a work of art if placed in the wrong area of the work. Imagine an elegant abstract, such as a Mondrian, with a signature in the middle of one of the color geometric shapes.

And, the real truth is that if you care at all about art as a commodity, then I will tell you that most collectors, especially the savvy ones, will always ask about the signature, if one is not apparent at first inspection. You can give them all the certificates of authenticity on the planet, but they want that siggie somewhere.
"A Picasso with a signature may be worth twice as much as one without a signature," said Mark Rosen, former head of the print department at Sotheby's, which sells approximately thousands of prints per year with prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $100,000. "Chagall did a series of prints called 'Daphne and Chloe' and those that are signed are worth 10 times as much as those that are unsigned. Otherwise, they are the same prints."

By now you're itching to yell at me: "Lenster! What is this? Damn if you and damn if you don't?" 

Nope - it's just damn if you don't; just do it in the proper place(s).

Some easy to remember DO NOT Rules when signing artwork
  • Never sign with a gigantic signature; a normal signature (or even smaller than normal) will do fine.
  • Never sign anywhere on the surface where it interferes with the composition.
  • Never sign with that glows, shimmers, is metallic or will fade.
  • No need to put the little "c" inside the circle "copyright" sign by your signature. You already own the copyright no matter what!
  • If you sign on the back (verso in Sothebyse), make sure that it doesn't bleed through!
  • Don't sign using inks that will fade in time, or worse, separate, such as "Sharpies" do after a few years, when they acquire a yellow border around the faded black ink.
You want to know where to sign, right?

Cough, cough...

By the way... I'm meandering all about signatures on two dimensional work; you sculptors are all on your own, as long as you don't pull a Michelangelo on the Pieta stunt.

Where to sign two-dimensional work
1. On the back (make sure that it doesn't go through and can be seen from the front); in fact, the more info that you can put on the back to help art historians of the future, the better.

2. On the lower margin of the piece (usually the right margin, but that's up to you).

3. Photographs can either be signed (and numbered in a small edition, cough, cough) on the verso (there's a million "special" photo-signing pens for all you photo geeks; they "write" on photo paper and dry in nanoseconds and don't smear, etc.) Or you can sign them if you leave a white border all around the printed photo. Even signing the mat in the lower margin in pencil was in vogue in the last century and is OK.
If you don't believe me about the power of a signature, then just go online and research the difference in price between a signed Picasso (most of them) and the two dozen or so fully validated, authenticated and documented unsigned Picassos (the ones that he gave to one of his ex-wifes that he hated).

That will learn y'all a lesson about signatures and art, Jethro...

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Art Fair Types

As we approach (we hope) the end of The Covidian Age, and art fairs (hopefully) make a come back, and as we prepare to do art fairs in NYC, Miami, Houston, London, and maybe Seattle, I thought that this would be a good time to republish this post from 2004:


One of the more eye-opening things in attending an art fair is seeing the dynamics that go onto the decision to buy a piece of art. Put together a few thousand people, paying an entry fee to enter the fair, an assortment of dealers, and a huge diverse variety of offerings and it's an education in people watching.

The married couple: 

"Do you like it?" 
"Yeah, I like it- it's just what we've been looking for." 
"Where would we put it?" 
"We have a couple of spots that it'd fit."
"Do you really like it." 
"Yeah, how about you?" 
"Yeah, I kinda of like it." 
"Should we get it?" 
"If you want it." 
(five minutes later) "Let's think about it." 
"OK" 
[To me] "Do you have a business card?" 

The couple (not married): 
Her: "Do you like it?" 
Him: "Sssoright" 
Her: "Where would we put it?" 
Him: "Dunno." 
Her: "Do you really like it." 
Him: "So'OK.. Yeah, how about you?" 
Her: "Yeah, I kinda, sorta, really like it." 
Him: "Dunno though" 
Her: "What? You don't like it?" 
Him: "If you want it." 
(five minutes later) Him: "Let's think about it." 
Her or Him: "OK" [To me] "Do you have a business card?" 


The Single Woman (SW) with a Woman Friend: 
SW: "WOW! Now, I really like this!" 
Friend: "Yeah... it's nice" 
SW: "It's exactly what I've been looking for!" 
Friend: "I have a friend who does work just like this..." 
SW: "I am really drawn to it!" 
Friend: "Are you really sure you like it?" 
SW: "Uh - yeah!... why? Don't you like it?" 
Friend: "Yeah... it's OK" 
SW: "I think it's really good... I think it's the first piece in this whole show that I really like." 
Friend: "There's a few more booths we haven't seen." 
SW: "I think I'm going to buy this." 
Friend: "Are you sure?" 
SW: "Uh - yeah!... It's a good price too.... why? Don't you like it?" 
(five minutes later) SW: "Do you have a business card?" 

The Single Woman (SW) with a Man Friend: 
SW: "WOW! Now, I really like this!" 
Friend: "Yeah... Cool" 
SW: "It's exactly what I've been looking for!" 
Friend: "I think it's a lithograph" [it's actually a charcoal] 
SW: "I am really drawn to it!" 
Friend: "Are you really sure you like it?" 
SW: "Uh - yeah!... why? Don't you like it?" 
Friend: "I have something like it... I got it cheaper though..." 
SW: "I think it's really good... I think it's the first piece in this whole show that I really like." 
Friend: "You like lithographs?" 
SW: "I think I'm going to buy this." 
Friend: "Are you sure?" 
SW: "Uh - yeah!... It's a good price too.... why? Don't you like it?" 
(five minutes later) SW: "Do you have a business card?" 

The Single Focus Dream Buyer: [Walks straight up to one piece, never looks at the rest of the work in your booth] "I'll take this" 
[Me] "Thank you... it's a very striking charcoal drawing - will be that be a check or charge?"
 "Charge
[Me] "I can send you more information on this artist..." 
"That will be great - I love this work - it's exactly what I'm interested in!"
[Me] "I have a few more pieces here, would you like to see them?" "
No, thanks..."  (He/She buys it and walks away)

The "I'm glad you're here guy (IGYHG)"
IGYHG: "Hey! I've been looking for you!" 
[Me]: "Hi, how are you?" 
IGYHG: "... been walking this whole fair looking for you!" 
[Me]: "Yeah... lots of dealers this year... glad you found us!" 
IGYHG: "Howsa been goin'?" 
[Me]: "Yes... quite good actually..." 
IGYHG: "Well, let me look at what you've got!" 
[three minutes later] IGYHG: "Well... I'm glad you're here... see ya next year!"

The "I Shudda Bought It Last Year Guy (Shudda)"
Shudda: "Hey! You're here again!" 
[Me]: "Hi, how are you? Yeah... It's our 7th year here..." 
Shudda: "... been walking this whole fair looking for you!" 
[Me]: "Yeah... lots of dealers this year... glad you found us!" 
Shudda: "Howsa been goin'?" 
[Me]: "Yes... quite good actually..." 
Shudda: "Well, let me look at what you've got!" 
[three minutes later] Shudda: "Where's that really good watercolor of the fill-in-the-blank?" 
[Me]: "Uh... I sold it last year - but I have a few more pieces by that artist." 
Shudda: "Ah! - I really wanted that one! Do you have another one?" 
[Me]: "Well, no... it was an original watercolor, and I sold it; but I have ---" 
Shudda: "I really wanted that piece; and it was a good price too..." 
[Me]: "Maybe you'd like some of his new work..." 
Shudda: "I shudda bought it last year" [Walks away] 
Shudda: "You gonna be here next year?" 

The "Where's That Piece Guy (WTP)"
WTP: "Hey! You're here again!" 
[Me]: "Hi, how are you? Yeah... It's our 7th year here..." 
WTP: "... been walking this whole fair specifically looking for you!" 
[Me]: "Yeah... lots of dealers this year... glad you found us!" 
WTP: "Howsa been goin'?" 
[Me]: "Yes... quite good actually..." 
WTP: "OK... last year I saw this piece... it was a fill-in-the-bank and I should have bought it then! " 
[Me]: "Yeah... that is a nice piece." 
WTP: "I've been thinking about it for a whole year" [Looks around the booth and doesn't see it]
WTP: "Do you still have it?" 
[From here there are two paths...] 

Path One - [Me]: "Uh... I sold it last year - but I have a few more pieces by that artist." 
WTP: "Ah! - I really wanted that one! Do you have another one?" 
[Me]: "Well, no... it was an original watercolor, and I sold it; but I have ---" 
WTP: "I really wanted that piece; and it was a good price too..." 
[Me]: "Maybe you'd like some of his new work..." 
WTP: "I shudda bought it last year" 
[Walks away] WTP: "You gonna be here next year?" 

Path Two [Me]: "Let me get it for you... I have it in the back!" 
WTP: "Great" [I bring it out and give to WTP] 
WTP: "Yeah this is it! It's great!" 
[Me]: "This artist has done really well this last year and ---" 
WTP: [Handing it back] "Excellent! I'm glad you still have it... until what time are you going to be here?" [Walks away...]

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Skies over Gig Harbor, Washington

"Skies over Gig Harbor, Washington", these are several 1980 watercolor assignments from the University of Washington School of Art.

They're in my daughter Vanessa's collection - and she needs to sell them! Contact her for details! Or send me an email to lennycampello@hotmail.com

Skies over Gig Harbor, Washington - 1980 Watercolor by F. Lennox Campello

Skies over Gig Harbor, Washington - 1980 Watercolor by F. Lennox Campello

Skies over Gig Harbor, Washington - 1980 Watercolor by F. Lennox Campello



Monday, March 08, 2021

Anatomy of another commission

More later on what this new commission for a nice Illinois couple will end up as - but here are the draft sketches... the last one borrows heavily from a Romantic period piece that I once saw in a museum (can't recall the artist).

Woman with Skull - Draft one for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 2 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 3 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 4 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 5 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 6 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 7 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 8 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 9 for a commission

Woman with Skull - Draft 10 for a commission


Wednesday, March 03, 2021

More get a thick skin ops!

 As I preach - artists need a thick skin!

Dear Florencio,

On behalf of the Washington Project for the Arts, I would like to thank you for submitting your work to the open call for our Collectors' Night 2021 benefit auction. And to thank you for your patience. With the extended deadline, we had many more submissions to review and consider in relationship to the auction's theme "Am I Altering Your Aura?" and the Audre Lorde quote. We regret to inform you that your work was not selected for inclusion in the auction this year.

We know that you invested time and energy in this process and that this might be disappointing news. If you are interested in remaining connected to WPA, we encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter or to follow us on Facebook or Instagram--if you haven't already. We post opportunities throughout the year and we review submissions to Open Call for Ideas on a quarterly basis.

As we come up on a year of the pandemic, we look to the future with hope and wish you all the best!

Sincerely,

Emily

Emily Fussner, Event Manager

WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Maremi Andreozzi and Wayson Jones at Adah Rose

 Awright folks - the Covidian Age is almost over (one hopes) - time to start getting back to visiting galleries, creating art, doing art fairs...

Start here:

"May You Live In Interesting Times" -- Maremi Andreozzi and Wayson Jones at Adah Rose Gallery


Maremi has created a remarkable and sensitive group of portraits of women entitled "History Adorned". Some of the women are famous, others have only recently begun to have their fascinating stories told.  They range from teachers to doctors, queens to courtesans, scientists to poets, couturiers to activists. Each is painted in silhouette, ageless and beautiful. Their adornments; brooches, lace, earrings, hats and dress are exquisite and give them each a wonderful uniqueness.

Maremi grew up and lives in Alexandria Virginia. She earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Clemson University. She was an artist in residence at the International Artist Residency in La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, Italy. She has exhibited at the Tephra Institute for Contemporary Art, the Smith Center, the Rachel Schlesinger Art Center/NOVA, the Torpedo Factory, Radford University, Glenview Mansion and the Howard County Council for the Arts. Her work is in many private and public collections including Marriott Corporation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This is Maremi's first show with Adah Rose Gallery.


The paintings of Wayson Jones are a mere six by six inches, yet each has a monumental presence. They are tactile, lavish, alluring and modest. The physicality of paint is explored in each painting and the beauty of color. Some of the paintings have a rich impasto with bold gestures and energy. Other works are smooth as silk. Wayson has a background in music and each painting performs in wonderful and powerful ways.

Wayson is a painter, musician, and spoken-word artist. He received a degree in music from the University of Maryland and later went on to perform with the renowned poet Essex Hemphill, as part of Washington DC's burgeoning Black gay and lesbian arts scene of the 80's and 90's. The two performed at DC Space, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), LACE (Los Angeles) and LaMama Theater (NYC) They appeared in works by filmmaker Isaac Julien and Videographer Marlon Riggs. Wayson's visual art is informed by his performance experience and an exuberant approach to materiality and process. He has exhibited at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, Arts/Harmony Hall, Northern Virginia Community College and DCAC. 
Wayson received a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the MGM National Harbour. This is Wayson's first show with Adah Rose Gallery.

March 3- April 10, 2021

Open by Appointment Most Days

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave

Kensington MD 20895

301-922-0162

www.adahrosegallery.com

Friday, February 19, 2021

Thick skin

 I'm always preaching that artists need to have thick skins... 

Dear Florencio,

 Thank you for applying for an Independent Artist Award (IAA) from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). Unfortunately, panelists did not recommend your submitted work for an IAA this year. Please know that this decision in no way diminishes the fact that MSAC values the work of every artist in our state and honors your contributions to improving the quality of life for all Marylanders. A list of the 2021 MSAC IAA Panelists as well as a complete list of artists selected for 2021 awards will be posted on the MSAC website, msac.org, by May 15, 2021.

Information about MSAC’s regular grants and programs - including Creativity Grants that support independent artist’s projects and Professional Development Grants that support learning opportunities for artists - can be found at msac.org. Additionally, MSAC offers an array of online offerings, including professional development topics, which can be found on msac.org/events/virtual-events

We also look forward to launching our new website in the coming weeks, and invite you to create or update your Artist Registry profile so MSAC can showcase and promote your work for sale. Please keep an eye out for instructions to update your profile soon. To stay connected with the latest Maryland arts events, opportunities, and news, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @mdartscouncil.

Thank you again for participating in this year’s program, and we encourage you to apply again in the future. Should you have any questions, please connect with Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger or Laura Weiss for further information.

Thank you,

Maryland State Arts Council

Monday, February 15, 2021

They're coming!!!

Anderson with cicadas

The 17-year-cycle of cicada invaders is coming! That's Anderso when he was around 4 playing with a couple of the giant bugs!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan - 1979 pen and ink drawi g by F. Lennox Campello done while at art school
Nolan Ryan
1979 pen and ink drawi g by F. Lennox Campello done whila at art school

 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens - 1984 litho by F. Lennox Campello
Roger Clemens
1984 litho by F. Lennox Campello

 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Dan Marino

Dan Marino - 1983 litho by F. Lennox Campello
Dan Marino
1983 litho by F. Lennox Campello

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Tom Suever

 xx

Tom Suever, 1980 litho by F. Lennox Campello done while at art school
Tom Suever
1980 lithographh by F. Lennox Campello done while at art school


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Morrigan

 Just came across this print of The Morrigan being offered at a gallery in Virginia - see it here.  This work was done in 1999 as an homage both to the late, great Frank Frazetta as well as my obsession with Celtic deities.

The Morrigan - an homage to Frazetta by F. Lennox Campello
"The Morrigan"
1999 Edition of 10 signed and numbered prints
from an original drawing by F. Lennox Campello

The Morrígan or Mórrígan, also known as Morrígu, is a figure from Irish mythology. The name is Mór-Ríoghain in Modern Irish, and it has been translated as "great queen" or "phantom queen". In this Frazetta-like depiction, her powerful legs stamp upon the world. She is often seen as the goddess of battle and war and of sex.

You can buy it here. They have a lot of other 1990s works of mine for resale!