Artist Spotlight features Wisconsin native, Doug Hatch, best known for his realistic paintings of urban scenes. A full-time artist working from photographs in his studio, Hatch employs traditional methods of photo realism using strong diagonals, reflected surfaces, and transparent components to depict vibrant street scenes. In addition to these urban scenes, Hatch paints plein air landscapes of rural Wisconsin with deep vistas and spatial infinities.
John Wilde (1919-2006; pronounced “WILL-dee”) is regarded as one of the major figures of Wisconsin art. Wilde’s works are found in prestigious institutions across the nation and his surreal influence lives on in the work of contemporary heavies such as Fred Stonehouse.
Katie Musolff and Lynne Railsback are two watercolor painters who depict the natural world in delicate and intricate detail. Musolff’s paintings of butterflies, birds, bugs, and other creatures have an Audubon-esque quality. Railsback approaches her work with a botanist’s eye, creating a colorful canon of paintings of flowers, leaves, roots, and branches. This exhibition celebrates the organic world with precision and beauty.
Mulhern’s world is populated by figures (and a few dogs) that seem to float through various doings. It’s everyday stuff for everyday folks who shop, gossip and gather in various places. His is the painted land with no visible anchors, and in this land there is an air of freedom and eternal calm devoid of terror.
Fred Stonehouse is a quintessential Wisconsin artist who has been navigating his way through the art scene since the early 1980’s. Starting from a humble beginning in Milwaukee, Fred has found a considerable amount of success in the United States and beyond. He has dedicated a lifetime to creating, building a life around being a maker, and devoting his time to visual storytelling. Beautiful.bizarre had the honor of visiting Fred at his studio in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss his life as a college professor, his artistic journey, and his many inspirations that contribute to his strangely alluring, delightfully surreal paintings.
Influenced by traditional American scenes and Chicago Imagism, Michael Noland molds a vision that is uniquely his own. In his paintings, Noland creates vitality through exaggeration in form, repetition of line, and saturation of color. Common views and unique animals seem both darkly surreal and amusing. Flowers pulsate with life and colors reverberate with an electric charge.
Ben Grant, is an abstract painter based in Milwaukee. His work explores complex combinations of color, shape and texture. Grant received a BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City and an MFA at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is currently a Lecturer of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and Parkside.
Paula Swaydan Grebel will demonstrate and illustrate the process that she takes in drawing inspiration from a work by a master artist and creating a painting in her own style. The artist's current solo show in the CAM upstairs galleries serves as a backdrop for her presentation.
We’re just one month away from the opening of a compelling solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Calendar” is the latest display of gorgeous oils by painter Craig Blietz, who’s best known for his depictions of cows.
Drawing on both the narrative and formalist aspects of painting, Blietz situates his animal subjects in lovely Midwestern landscapes and seeks to capture much more than external beauty.