Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brenda Boylan

Twilight on 23rd © Brenda Boylan
Name: Brenda Boylan, PSA
Bio: Growing up on the southern California coast, much of Brenda Boylan’s time was spent sketching outdoors as she discovered her surroundings either on the shoreline, in the desert canyons, or eucalyptus groves. She was taken under the wing of her neighbor, oil painter Robert Guise, when she was 11 years old. Brenda went on to take a Bachelor of Science Applied Art & Design degree, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1986. Boylan began her artistic career as a graphic designer for high profile sportswear clients such as Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Avia.  In 1994 she converted to a fine art career painting in pastel or oil, quickly earning her the distinction of Signature Memberships with the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society. She took a number of workshops in pastel with Kitty Wallis. Her biggest joy is painting in plein air including organized plein air events, as well as teaching pastel workshops. 
Her work has been displayed at The National Arts Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, Ohio, The Oregon Historical Museum, The Portland Art Museum, and the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Recently, Brenda has featured in numerous publications, including the Pastel Journal, December 2014 (cover feature),  Southwest Artist Magazine August 2013, Plein Air Magazine April 2012, The Best of America Pastel Series II and she was a Featured Artist at the 2nd and 3rd Annual Plein Air Conventions in Monterey, California. Boylan was the recipient of the President’s Award in the PSA’s 2014 annual exhibition.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative, Still life.
Style: Representational.
Technique: For urban scenes, Boylan likes the square format, working on a 24 x 24 sheet of Wallis museum sanded paper in white. An underpainting of complementary or slightly contrasting colours underpins the many layers of pastel that follow.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Plein Air; Urban; Landscapes (Studio); Figurative; Still Life.
Image View:  Thumbnails are labelled with medium and dimension on mouseover.; they enlarge in a viewer, where they may be viewed sequentially. They may be saved. Twilight on 23rd is 24" x 24", 547 x 550, 159 KB
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Blog: http://brendaboylan.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Patrick Cullen

Camel Passing, Jaisalmer © Patrick Cullen
Name: Patrick Cullen
Bio:  Patrick Cullen is a painter in oils, pastels and watercolours, known for his scenes of Tuscany, Andalucia and Southern France, in all seasons and weathers. Patrick studied at St. Martins School of Art 1972-73 before attending Camberwell School of Art from 1973-76.
Over the past number of years he has made a number of trips to India, painting and sketching in the streets and markets of Rajasthan and Gujarat, and culminating in major solo exhibitions at Indar Pastricha Fine Arts, London in 2010 and 2013 and a five man exhibition at the Tryon Galleries, London in 2013 along with Ken Howard RA, and Peter Brown.He has received numerous awards and prizes for his paintings: most recently the Chelsea Art Society Painting Award in 2012. In this same year and again in 2013 and 2014 he was a finalist for the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize.
He was elected to the New English Art Club (NEAC) in 1997.
Medium: Pastel, Oil, Watercolour
Subjects: Landscape, Portrait
Style: Representational
Navigation: Home page remains available on top of gallery pages.
Gallery: Landscapes and street scenes; Paintings of India; Portraits, figures and interiors.
Image View:  Images are presented as thumbnails, labelled with medium and dimension; they enlarge in a viewer, where they may be viewed sequentially. They may be saved. Camel Passing, Jaisalmer is 31" x 37", 587 x 500, 187 KB
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Cuong Nguyen

Ophelia © Cuong Nguyen
Name: Cuong Nguyen
Bio:  Growing up in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, Cuong was at a young age earning extra money for his family by doing street portraits, and was accepted into Saigon's Academy of Art while still in high school. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1991, where he earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer in Silicon Valley. He began participating as an artist at public street painting festivals, creating ephemeral artworks as large as 16' x 24' and soon established a reputation for painting lifelike portraits on asphalt. This activity brought him back to the studio to refine his techniques with more traditional media.
Cuong is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism, as well as having been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. His work has appeared at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California, and the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, as well as in both national and international competitions exhibiting from coast to coast. Cuong won first place in the Portrait & Figure category of the Pastel 100 in 2013, and was featured in Artists & Illustrators Magazine - October Issue, 2013. 
Cuong currently represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects: Figurative; Still Life
Style: Contemporary realism
Technique: Cuong works in both oil paints and pastels, though casual viewers may at first have trouble distinguishing the two media in Cuong's hands. Though he almost never blends his strokes, Cuong achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradations that is unusual in pastel paintings
Navigation: This is an easy website to trawl for images. But until you enlarge them I defy you to distinguish the medium!
Gallery: Painting; Drawing.
Image View:  Images are presented in sets of eight; they enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled with medium and dimension. They may be saved. Ophelia is 20 x 30 ins., 864 x 600, 77 KB.
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