Cathie Bleck
January 2008
Robert Hardgrave's work
Xenoglossy Acrylic on panel 12″ x 12″ - 21″ x 21″ framed
Here is a great little film interview on artist Robert Hardgrave

 Scroll down to Article 7.

I found his personal story really inspiring as well as how freely he works with brush to canvas.  There is something so beautiful in the fluidity and repetition of shapes.  Maybe someone can guide me how to do a direct link...sorry for being so cumbersome.  One of his influences in Sam Weber, who is truly an amazing artist/illustrator.  Can't we get him in this room?

his website:
Some paintings from the New Britain Museum of American Art
Liu Hung, Relic 12, 2005, oil on ccanvas and lacquered wood 66x66"
Leo, the works ranged in date from 1978 to 2007, and included 10 artists works which explored the themes and techniques of traditional Chinese art and how they have been retained and transformed in the 20th-21st century. The only artist that I noted was Liu Hungs work, so I guess I can't answer your question. The show as currated by Tita Hyland, who teaches history of Art at Trinity College in Hartford. Here is a link to a podcast of Liu Hung talking from her studio from the San Jose Museum site:
I thought I would post a few photos that I took over the summer when visiting this museum.  I was thinking about all of the Drawgers that would enjoy these, so hope it perks up your winter day.  I apologize for not knowing all of the names of the artists, but I am sure you all can all help me out.  I love the haystack detail from one of the Hudson collections.

Here is the museum's web site and info on my show is under Coming Up section.
Mr. Burckhardt, do you know this one?
This was a Russian born artist
T.P.'s Boat in Menemsha Pond 1934
A small Jackson Pollack, who was Thomas Hart Benton's most famous student.  He did this painting for Thomas Hart Benton's small son, T.P. Benton on Martha's Vineyard when he was babysitting him.  I can only imagine Jackson Pollack as a babysitter...
from the Hudson River Painters
Detail of the haystack
Rockwell Kent Painting on the right
They have a fair number of shows in their temporary galleries. This one was on Contemporary Chinese artists living in the U.S.
New Britain Museum exhibition
sketchbooks and limited editions
I'm gearing up for my upcoming exhibition at The New Britain Museum of American Art which opens Feb 8th.  The opening reception is Feb 24th, Sunday 3-5, the day after the Society opening.  The show runs until April 27th and I know that Wendell Minor has a few pieces in the museum collection as well as several other contemporary illustrators.
It is about a 2 hour drive or train from NY and it would be amazing if any of you ventured up to celebrate with me. This show is really special in so many ways.  My husbands grandmother Cari Jackson is 99 years old and she took painting lessons for 20 years with Sandy Low, the man who built this collection.  Grandma Cari is an amazing force in my life-an incredible woman.  I approached them with a proposal for this show over the summer when I was traveling out east and the timing was right as they were planning a wood engraving exhibition of Wanda Gag and Claire Leightons works.  Go figure, I am a girl and work in a wood engravers style.  This museum is a gem and one of only two exclusively American collections of Art. Correct me if I am wrong but the only other I know of is The Butler in Youngstown, OH.  The amazing thing about these museums is that they have bought and supported American illustrators works for a long, long time.  It is not uncommon to see a scupture by Paul Manship next to a Landacre piece.  This museum is known for their Thomas Hart Bentons murals as well as pieces from just about every famous American artist.  If you have not ventured to this museum, it is a real gem on the east coast.
Here are the pieces I am planning to show in the cases.
Here are some more working studies for the cases from the Mother Nature's Son series and the sketches from Dante's Divine Comedy
A detail from one of the recent paintings, "Flower of the Root"
I know this looks way too clean, but here are some of the works in the show and a few unfinished pieces in sketch and roughed out form for the next show at The Butler.  I promise to show some really messy pictures in the future, which is the reality.
Here is a photo of where the exhibition will take place.
Letters and book covers
Dante's Divine Comedy
I am out of the fire and back into Drawger after finishing this massive book for Barnes and Noble in December and a 25th anniversary trip with my husband to Egypt (will post more on that later) and then the holidays. I did the double page spread on the plane and in hotel rooms pretty much the whole time I was in Egypt. The stewardesses offered me drinks and ink and I cleaned up all of my dust as best as I could. Jo Oberowski was the art director and fantastic to work with. She had seen my book at a NY Book Fair that Murphy Design attended. It seems that jobs come from so many avenues these days. The book is a library edition, gold leaf embossment on the rays on a dark red leather and tip on color piece gets glued on the cover. It should be out later in the spring. Displayed here is a sketch and the various parts of the book. I only wish I could have done all of the interior drawings, which they scanned from Dore.
inside cover
sketch back
Tip on for cover

The sketch and notes to editor and art director

I am so glad they decided to carry the artwork to the back of the book. Tactile books in both hands is a sensation the reader deserves of this classic! The backside is my favorite always it type in the way.

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