Summer Happenings

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, male portraits

Summer has come to the Hudson Valley and my hometown of Saugerties is celebrating the arts with a crazy amount of enthusiasm. Take a scenic drive to Saugerties, the “top ten coolest small towns in the U.S.,” according to Budget Travel Guide —  and see:

Sculptures on the sidewalks, paintings in the shop windows (Partition Street Wineshop is hosting one of my paintings — pictured below), a group show in the historic Dutch barn behind Kiersted House Historical Museum (my “Tudor” painting pictured below is included in the show), Saugerties Artists Tour (my studio is open to visitors August 11, 12), a kickoff to the Artists Tour at the magnificent Opus 40 Museum, plus, going into the fall, there’s “Saugerties is an Art Gallery” (a town-wide exhibition) and ShoutOut Saugerties in October… Yeah, Saugerties is very cool.

And I am deeply grateful for the honor of receiving a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for my series “Silence of Nowhere.” The check arrived in July and the first thing I did was order 12 cans of spray varnish. Thank you, Barbara Deming (1917-1984) — a feminist, lesbian, poet, writer, and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements. In 1975, when she founded the Fund, she said, “In my life I’ve been helped as a writer to do my work. I think it’s fair that I try to help others.” (quoted from the Deming website)

I’ve been working a lot in ink, combined with acrylic and pastel — reworked old paintings, started lots of new ones — ……. and depicting a lot of men.

Deming Award

 

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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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New work

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

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School Days (series)

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, figurative art
School Days (reflections), acrylic on canvas, 23 x 19

School Days (reflections), acrylic on canvas, 23 x 19

School Days (Diaspora), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 32

School Days (Diaspora), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 32

School Days (History), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 25

School Days (History), acrylic on canvas, 33 x 25

School Days (Corridor), acrylic on canvas), 34 x 37

School Days (Corridor), acrylic on canvas), 34 x 37

New Paintings

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, figurative art, Uncategorized
Gutelius, 26 x 19, Push to Open jpg

Push to Open, 26 x 19 inches, acrylic on canvas

Gutelius, 20 x 17, Watch

Watch, 20 x 17 inches, acrylic on canvas

Gutelius, 19 x 15, Marilyn at Walmart

Marilyn at Walmart, 19 x 15 inches, acrylic on canvas

Gutelius, 26 x 20, My Girl

My Girl, 26 x 20 inches, acrylic on canvas

Josepha Gutelius | Paintings

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, male portraits, portraits of women

Experiments … Take a look at the painting “Every Memory Is Older Than You ” — I scraped off the original image.

Gutelius, 20 x 16, Man in the Holocene

Man in the Holocene, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16

Gutelius, 24 x 18, New Car Smell

New Car Smell, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 16

Gutelius, Another Exit Plan

Another Exit Plan, acrylic on canvas

Gutelius, 36 x 24 Building in Chelsea

A Building in Chelsea, acrylic drawing on engineering paper, mounted on canvas, 36 x 26

Gutelius, 24 x 18 Bracelets

Bracelets, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18

Gutelius, 29 x 16 Learning to Swim

Learning to Swim, acrylic on canvas, 29 x 16

Gutelius, 16 x 23, Lingerie

Lingerie, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 23

Gutelius, 36 x 24, Every Memory is Older than You

Every Memory Is Older Than You, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24