July 11th, 2013 | No Comments
Over the course of his lifetime, Pablo Picasso made nearly 2,000 paintings — and approximately 48,000 other works — according to one estimate. Picasso was so prolific, we still don’t know for sure the total number of paintings, sculptures, sketches, prints, and other works he produced during his lifetime. The numbers keep changing, as undocumented works keep reaching the market, keeping authenticators busy.
Picasso’s lifelong relentlessness and tenacity for making new work has been on my mind a lot lately, as I recently achieved an important milestone of my own. The Paintings gallery of this site just reached the 200-painting mark, after I created pages for 13 more works.
Overall, I estimate that I have produced perhaps 250 paintings since I started in December 1994. Several paintings still need to be added to my site. And many don’t quite make the cut, unfortunately!
Regardless, the paintings I recently added — introduced below — span the Minimalism and Maximalism (Abstract) galleries of this site (what those terms mean is another blog post for another time), and have been produced 2010 onward.
Minimalism and Pattern Paintings
As I sit back and take a deep breath, all I can do is look forward to making another 200 paintings. Maybe one day I’ll reach the 2,000-painting milestone, like Picasso. But then again, Picasso didn’t have a web site to manage … and the glorious distraction of social media!
June 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
Showing in Origins in Geometry at Museum of Geometric and MADI Art Dallas:
Optical Odyssey. 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 16 x 20 inches; 41 x 51 cm.
I’m excited and honored to announce that I have been invited to show my work at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, in the upcoming juried exhibition Biennial: Origins in Geometry.
The painting selected for this show is Optical Odyssey, a vibrant geometric art work that I also displayed last summer in the Vivid Visions exhibition in Portland.
Biennial: Origins in Geometry will be on view from July 19 through October 6. The exhibition aims to “recognize excellence in emerging visual artists deriving inspiration from geometric abstraction.” A catalog will accompany the show.
The curator of Biennial: Origins in Geometry is Clint Willour, who has served as curator at the Galveston Art Center for the past 19 years and is active on boards of numerous arts organizations in Texas.
To see other works like Optical Odyssey, I invite you to visit the Maximalism gallery of my site’s Paintings section.
April 13th, 2013 | No Comments
Graphic geometric art
: New painting by Grant Wiggins, Omphems Reyall 1
Graphic geometric art is really what I love to make, and it’s really what inspires me to keep innovating artistically.
My take on, or version of, graphic geometric art places emphasis on geometry — dynamic, visually charged compositions — but affords room for negative space, to achieve a balance. The result is a balance between minimalism and design-inspired maximalism.
That said, the newest addition to my portfolio is a series of three graphic geometric art works titled Omphems Reyall. The first painting in this series measures 20 x 32 inches (51 x 81 cm). The following pair is of paintings each measure 10 x 16 inches (25 x 41 cm).
The invented word “Reyall” in the title is a pun and reference to Real Madrid football club, whose away jersey for the 2012/2013 season (below left; via realmadridshop.com) is the inspiration for this series’ color combination. As these graphic geometric art works began to take shape, the colors also reminded me of the paint scheme for the Subaru Impreza WRX rally car (below right; image via Ericd on wikipedia.org).
Hexagons, stripes, and geometric patterns — I just can’t get enough of them!
April 6th, 2013 | No Comments
There’s plenty of time to see the Beyond Minimalism art exhibition I’m a part of at Hudson|LINC Gallery. The show will be on view through Friday, May 3.
Opening night, held March 19, was well attended. Los Angeles artist and designer Sacha Baumann in a very nicely done blog post describes Beyond Minimalism as “really good — bright, playful, tactile,” and offers several interesting glimpses of my paintings on opening night.
Below are photos of my work in Beyond Minimalism:
From left to right, the paintings are:
Hudson|LINC is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building. More at hudsonlinc.com.
March 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Hudson|LINC Gallery is located within the 1.2 million-square-foot Pacific Design Center, which houses 15 art galleries and more than 130 design showrooms in West Hollywood, California.
My next group show is Beyond Minimalism at Hudson|LINC Gallery at Design Lab at PDC, located within the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California.
Beyond Minimalism opens March 19 and will remain on view through May 3. An opening reception will be held March 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Hudson|LINC curators Shannon LaBelle and Nick Lisica describe Beyond Minimalism as “a visually minimalist show incorporating works that utilize simplification and possess a straightforward quality. The pieces achieve a directness that allows the viewer to encounter the work in the immediate here and now. The show encourages the viewer to engage with work, whether classically minimalist or not, in a way that is uncomplicated and purely aesthetic.”
Including myself, six artists will show in Beyond Minimalism. The show’s roster also includes Robert Boyd, Doug Edge, David French, Victor Landweber, and Ryan McCann.
will be the first time in which I exhibit Meltdown
, a painting I made in March 2011.
I will be exhibiting five paintings in Beyond Minimalism:
Located on the second floor of the Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building, Design Lab at PDC is a collection of galleries that collectively provide “a platform to explore art that addresses the design center’s unique context of interior design, spanning a variety of disciplines and media.”
Hudson|LINC is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Learn more about Hudson|LINC at hudsonlinc.com.
I hope to share installation photos with you next week.
November 3rd, 2012 | No Comments
Paintings I will be showing at Parallax Art Fair New York
, November 16 – 18, 2012; see links below for details about these paintings.
I cordially invite you to view my work in New York this month, at Parallax Art Fair New York, held November 16 through 18 at the Prince George, 15 East 27th Street, Manhattan.
A private VIP viewing will be offered Friday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be open to the public the weekend of November 17 – 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For free passes to the weekend dates, visit http://parallaxartfair.eventbrite.co.uk.
I will be exhibiting six works at Parallax Art Fair New York:
You’ll be able to find my work in Gallery 25. Look for the fluorescent orange, pink, and chartreuse paint. You can’t miss it!
After hosting several art fairs in London, Parallax debuted in New York this past August, presenting works by more than 180 artists from 30 countries. For this upcoming edition of Parallax Art Fair New York, more than 200 artists are expected to exhibit between 2,000 and 3,000 works of art.
October 17th, 2012 | No Comments
Through November 19, I’ll be showing in Chaos Theory 13, an invitational art extravaganza organized by downtown Phoenix artist Randy Slack.
Held annually at Legend City Studios, Chaos Theory brings together 60 artists from Greater Phoenix. Each artist offers one work to exhibit. Randomness is the guiding parameter, yielding a remarkable order: While Slack might experience chaos during the installation process, he always finds a way for the work to fit together.
This is my fourth year participating in Chaos Theory. I am exhibiting Psychoactive Snack, a new abstract geometric composition that manifests my rootedness in neo pop art.
Sixty artists are included in this year’s edition of Chaos Theory, which opened Friday, October 6 in conjunction with the downtown Phoenix First Friday art walk. A second viewing opportunity will be offered Thursday, October 18 — on the Third Thursday art walk, from 6 to 11 p.m.
Additional viewing opportunities are available during regular business hours and during the Downtown Phoenix Chamber Series, held at Legend City Studios the weekend of November 17 – 18.
Legend City Studios is located at 521 W. Van Buren Street in Phoenix. View a Google map.
Phoenix New Times has provided extensive coverage of Chaos Theory 13:
Installation images of my work in previous Chaos Theory shows:
August 3rd, 2012 | No Comments
My current group show, Vivid Visions, opened in Portland last night. Above are the first images I’m able to share. Thanks to my good friend — and fellow Vivid Visions artist — Spencer Hibert for graciously furnishing these photos.
The complete collection of works on view in the show is now available at Compound Gallery’s web site. I sincerely invite you to check out this online catalog. In addition to my own six paintings, you’ll find an impressive collection of imaginative works by Arbito, Buff Monster, Oliver Hibert, Spencer Hibert, and Martin Ontiveros. Lots of tripped out colors and imagery!
I will be adding more installation photos of my work as they become available.
July 24th, 2012 | No Comments
Abstract acrylic art: Paintings I’m showing in Vivid Visions are decidedly pop art-inspired. Above, from left to right, are Psychoactive Snack; Information Overlord; The Future, Multiplied by Today; Purple Protocol; Active Receptor; and Optical Odyssey. The five framed paintings measure 12 inches square (30 cm), plus frame. The sixth is 16 inches tall by 20 inches wide (41 x 51cm). All paintings were made between May and July 2012.
The list of abstract acrylic art paintings I’m set to show in the upcoming group show Vivid Visions is now complete, and the paintings are on their way to Compound Gallery in Portland.
In all, six paintings are on their way to the show, which is curated by my great friend and fellow Arizona artist Oliver Hibert.
Compound in Portland features a ground-floor retail store that specializes in apparel, shoes, accessories, and housewares. Compound Gallery is located on the second floor.
Vivid Visions opens at Compound Gallery on Thursday, August 2. It will remain on view through September 1. Other artists exhibiting in Vivid Visions are Buff Monster, Jesse Hibert, Oliver Hibert, Spencer Hibert, Martin Ontiveros, and Pinky. Read more about the artists on compoundgallery.com.
June 23rd, 2012 | No Comments
For the past year and a half I have been exhibiting my paintings at Salon Jo-El, a progressive hair salon owned by Joel Porter — a loyal collector of my art and a good friend. Incidentally, it was Joel who invited me to show a few of my paintings at his home for the 2011 Modern Phoenix home tour.
Joel opened his salon more than a decade ago in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, at 4118 E. Indian School Road. He moved his salon to downtown Scottsdale midway into the last decade. Yet, this past May, Salon Jo-El returned to its original Arcadia location.
The new location offered me a fresh opportunity to display some of my newest work — and of course I’ve hung some in salon style. Joel’s salon very much looks and feels like a white cube art gallery, with white walls, a white tile floor and spacious windows that let in ample natural light.