The Art of New Beginnings, 2017

contemporary art, female artist

Moving into my attic studio for the winter, crowded with old discarded paintings and storage items.

Still, it’s a place to work, yeah. And it’s time for me to post new beginnings! Some from my pool-hall series, one attempt at a landscape, a continuation of my Family series.  “Valentine” is one of two companion works that are companions of my poem “Valentine” (widely published these days).

Last, but not least,

as always, a nudge from the angsty political landscape.

Gutelius, Coming Soon 39 x 22

“Coming Soon,” acrylic, 39 in. x 22 in.

Blonde Bait 38 x 22

“Blonde Bait,” 38 in. x 22 in.

Gutelius, Easy to Pick Up 19 x 39

“Easy to Pick Up” acrylic on canvas, 39 in. x 19 in.

Gutelius, 40 x 25, Demo

“Demo” acrylic on canvas, 40 in. x 25 in.

Land and Sea 28 x 22

“Land and Sea” acrylic on canvas, 28 in. x 22 in.

Family 38 x 39

“Family” acrylic on canvas, 38 in. x 39 in.

45 x 31 Valentine 2

“Valentine 2” acrylic on canvas, 45 in. x 31 in.

Charcoal 9 x 11

Untitled, charcoal drawing on paper

Paintings to round out 2016, Friends, Family, Dreamscapes, Costumes

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, figurative painting

Dear Dreamers, Liars, Truth-seekers, etc.,

Whatever the new year brings, let’s never stop creating…

Hereby, some latest efforts … friends and family and pets and all things lovable

12-x-46

“German Visitor,” acrylic, 46″ x 12″

40-x-39

“Tamed Radicals,” (Postdam), acrylic, 40″ x 40″

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“Hudson River,” acrylic, 45″ x 35″

25-x-45-overlook-winter-solstice

“Overlook” (Winter Solstice”), acrylic, 45″ x 25″

 

26-x-40-digital-street

“Digital Street,” acrylic, 26″ x 40″

23-x-40-overlook-summer-solstice

“Overlook,” (Summer Solstice), 23″ x 40″

40-x-20-family-discussion

“Family Discussion,” acrylic, 40″ x 20″

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“Matrix,” acrylic, 32″ x 28″

44-x-32

“Statue of Liberty,” acrylic, 44″ x 32″

Studio Visit, Q&A with me and Sarah Butler

acrylic paintings, art, contemporary art, figurative art, political art, studio visit

Athens Laundry


[[MORE]]STUDIO VISIT: JOSEPHA GUTELIUS
Studio location: A garage (without the car!) semi-attached to my house. The only natural light is west, which makes for interesting shadows, ideal for my purposes.
How long working here? I moved in early August...

STUDIO VISIT: JOSEPHA GUTELIUS

Studio location: A garage (without the car!) semi-attached to my house. The only natural light is west, which makes for interesting shadows, ideal for my purposes.

How long working here? I moved in early August this year, so the studio hasn’t been mucked up much. I’m still trying to keep it clean and neat. Give it a few months.

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THE SPACE

One advantage: I can paint large, larger, largest and cart the canvas out the garage door. Of course, having a new studio feels like a fresh start. I finally have more floor space—my method is to work on the floor, kneeling.

And I have wall space: that’s amazing! The first thing I did when I moved into the new studio, I hung up about 30 of my paintings, it was like seeing them for the first time.

Challenges: Electricity? Yes. But no plumbing: no sink, no toilet. So I do a lot of trudging back and forth.

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THE WORK

I tend to work on several paintings at once and revisit old paintings accordingly. And especially now with the fresh new context of the studio, I see everything differently. I’m thinking I want to go toward interior scenes. Figures, of course. But I haven’t done much with objects, and I plan to.

Recommended Reads?

Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris. Immensely detailed, with a sweeping perspective on what King calls “the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism.” King’s starting point is Meissonier, the Andy Warhol of the 19th century (and coincidentally Salvador Dali’s favorite painter). A brilliant illustration of the relativity of the canon.

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Another seminal book: Lothar Lang’s Expressionist Book Illustration in Germany, 1907-1927. I’ve pored over that book for years—the drama of the line, the black/ white contrast, the spare use of color as “gesture,” an art of protest. Raw and brutal stuff; those paintings can’t be tamed. The basics for me are content and drama.

And the inimitable Lucy Lippard, the art shaman. I don’t necessarily like the art she likes, but I love looking at art through her eyes. I See/ You Mean is a phenomenal novel.


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“Truth Out” art show and Wolf of Wall Street

contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, Uncategorized

One recent work “Wolf of Wall Street”

and installation photo from “Truth Out: current controversies, historical injustices”– group show curated by Rosary Solimanto and Jean Tansey, Unframed Artists Gallery, New Paltz, NY

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Installation view, “Truth Out”

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“Wolf of Wall Street” acrylic, charcoal, pastel, 49 x 34 inches

New work

acrylic paintings, art, charcoal drawing, contemporary art, female artist, feminist art, figurative art, portraits of women

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School Days

acrylic paintings, contemporary art

I used acrylic markers for most of these paintings…

Gutelius, 40 x 23

School Days (Museum Trip), 40 x 23

Gutelius, 28 x 17

School Days (Mirror, revised version), 28 x 17

Gutelius, 35 x 40

School Days (Dads), 35 x 40

Gutelius, 17 x 14 new

School Days (Going on 13) new version, 17 x 14

Gutelius, 20 x 16

School Days (Comicon), 20 x 16

Gutelius, 26 x 26

School Days (Wall), 26 x 26

 

Solo Show of My Paintings’ series “School Days”

acrylic paintings, contemporary art

This April, my first solo show, “School Days,” curated and presented by Paul McMahon, a pioneer of the the alternative space movement (Google him and you will discover many surprises).

Gutelius, Solo use

Gutelius, Solo show, partial installation view

Gutelius, Solo, Nina

Gutelius, Solo show with Nina