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Tom Brady

Tom Brady, Borrelli's Chestnut Hill GalleryTom Brady, Cottman Bus People, oil on canvas, 40″ x 53″

Tom Brady, New Paintings

Join Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill GalleryOne East Gravers Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118 for an Artist’s Reception with renowned oil-painter, Tom Brady 10/7/17 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Exhibit 10/1- 10/21

Thomas G. Brady attended the Heatherly School of Art, London, England in 1972. He received a BA from Amherst College, attended the New York Studio School and received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1982. Tom has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the East Coast. He was the recipient of a painting Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Pew Fellowship Award and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2000. His work is included in the permanent collections of  the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, The Woodmere Art Museum, and the Mead Art Museum. His work is also in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the country including Widener University, Morgan Stanley, Lenfest Foundation, SmithKline, Saul Ewing, Drinker Biddle, Blue Cross and Core States Bank.

Tom Brady, Borrelli's Chestnut Hill GalleryTom Brady, Maggie’s Car Repair, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Tom Brady’s paintings differ from the antiquated 19th century Philadelphia tradition of realism, the aesthetic associated with the teachings of the Academy. They are instead in the tradition of the Blaue Reiter and Fauvist art movements. This aesthetic emphasizes painterly qualities and strong color more than realistic representation. The metaphor created by Brady’s work speaks to the experience of the moment and to the place where reality meets abstraction..

Group Show in Center Gallery

Don’t Miss the exceptional Artists in Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill Gallery during the month of October, as well.  Featuring Helene Halstuch, Judy McCabe JarvisDan Brewer and Betz Green.  Most will be on hand at 10/7 reception to greet and meet.  Please check the Gallery website for examples of their work.

Tom Brady, Borrelli's Chestnut Hill GalleryTom Brady, Through The Trees, oil on canvas, 28″ x 37″

Artist Statement

“Art always makes a political statement. Half of art is what you choose to paint, the other half how you paint it. I choose to paint workers, people on the streets, landscapes inhabited by family farmers invisible to the corporate life. I grew up the only son of a truck driver when unions equaled freedom and workers were crusaders in the cause.

On a chilly morning, I stand off to the side, color pastels and sketchbook in hand; people are huddled, waiting and watching; cabbies sip coffee; black suits rush by. The bus pulls up, the old guy stands, cane leading, he moves in line to board. The bus, the line, the man and the cane create the moment, and my frantic drawing begins.

In the studio with fifty colors and just as many brushes, music blaring, I attack the painting. All at once, creation in a moment, cover all the canvas, mark against mark, movement and counter movement, yellow always yellow, gobs of white, cans of turpentine, piles of rags. Paint over paint, colors upon colors makes new colors, sensuous and gestural. What are the essentials, what is real, what is important, what is true?

Two processes are intricately related, the initial inspiration of the street pastel and the physical transformation of the image into paint. These are simple processes as long as you are willing to throw out forty of the fifty initial pastels and from the few that are really are inspirational, willing to make fifty new preparatory drawings. Then you paint for 40 years, hope and pray and with a little luck, the culmination of the processes has magically taken on a life of its own.”

Check Out Tom’s Youtube channel for more samples of his work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB0O5O9GJbE&t=2s

Thank you to Tom Brady for the content of this post.

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Oils

PSC 154th Small Oil ShowTom Kohlmann, Portrait of Morales, 1st Place 153rd Annual Small Oils Show

Philadelphia Sketch Club 154th Annual Small Oils Show

Call for Entry: This is an open, juried competition for paintings where the principal medium is oil paint, acrylic, casein, tempera or other mediums used to represent oil painting. This is not a works on paper or water medium exhibition, although oil on paper is acceptable. Maximum size for any one dimension is 20″ (excluding frame). Paintings must be framed unless framing is not intended for the work. All items must be wired for hanging (no hooks, brackets or holes). Work must be original and not previously shown at the PSC. All paintings must be for sale.

Entry is by on-line submission at: www.sketchclub.org/exhibitions

Submissions: You can submit up to 10 works. Maximum Accepted Works Per Artist is 2.

Entry Fee: PSC Members: $1 entry for first piece, $10 each additional work. Non-Members: $20 for first piece, $10 for each additional work.

Online Entry Assistance: Saturday, March 18, 1:00 – 5:00pm at The Philadelphia Sketch Club. Bring your work and we will put it online.

Deadline for on-line submissions: Sunday, March 19, Midnight.

Enter Online at: http://sketchclub.org/psc-official-online-submission-site/

View the prospectus: SoS prospectus 2017

Show Co-Chair: Bill Patterson
Show Co-Chair: Joe Winter

On View Now: The School District of Philadelphia, Office of Arts and Academic Enrichment and the Philadelphia Sketch Club presents

The 33rd Annual Philadelphia High School Art Show

Reception and Awards: Sunday, February 26th, 2:00 – 3:30.

Exhibition Chair: Dorothy Roschen

PSC 33rd Annual High School Art Show

With over 150 years of artistic heritage, The Philadelphia Sketch Club has a mission to provide a community for visual artists, appreciation of the visual arts and visual arts education. America’s oldest club for artists. Since 1860 the PSC has served as a meeting place, forum for ideas, and a vital bridge between the creators and supporters of art. Past luminaries have included such American masters as Eakins and Anshutz. Present luminaries could include you.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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Snowflake

Snowflake Salon @HBHQ

Snowflake @HBHQ : Fourth Biennial Invitational Winter Show

EXHIBITION: Saturday, January 14, 2017 through Friday, February 24, 2017

Heavybubble is pleased to present our fourth biennial winter invitational. Artists are invited to contribute up to two pieces of their work and to invite an artist they respect to participate. Artworks are no larger than 16 x 16 inches. See the works of more than 60 artists.

Reception + art party + sale: Saturday, January 14, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Closing TEA PARTY + sale: Saturday, February 25, 2017 4 – 6 pm

Participating artists:

Alice Austin
Kristin Balmer
Sara Bakken
Nancy Barch
Richard Begbie
Rosalind Bloom
Sarah Bloom
Agustin Bolanos
Elena Bouvier
DoN Brewer
Keith R. Breitfeller
Kevin Broad
Therese Brown
Corliss Cavalieri
Damini Celebre
Rachel Citrino
jacintha clark
Amanda D’Amico
Brian Dennis
James A. DePietro
Marie Elcin
Terri Fridkin
Mike Gamble
Rebecca Gilbert
Mary Gordon
Marjorie Grigonis
Naren Gupte
Marguerita Hagan
Kala Hagopian
Vikki Hall-Webster
Nina Hopen Klein
Gregg Krantz
Andrea Krupp
Pam Lethbridge
Fred Lisaius
Robert Magana
Laura Marconi
kellianne mccarthy
Angela McQuillan
Lesley Mitchell
Michael Moffa
Nanette Noone
Alexis Nutini
PD Packard
dolores poacelli
Amie Potsic
Diana Prescott
Donna Quinn
Amy Ralston
Susan Richards
Maryann Riker
Colleen Rudolf
Kristin Schattenfield-Rein
Christopher Smith
Lisa Sparling
Brian Spies
Pierre Trombert
Stella Untalan
TJ Walsh
Ashley Wick

Snowflake Salon @HBHQ, DoN BrewerTiberino Odalisque, oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″, 2016, $300.00, DoN Brewer

Painted last Summer at the Tiberino Sunday art workshop, Tiberino Odalisque is one of my favorite paintings. Completed in five hours, the painterly quality and atmospheric naturalism is my goal when I paint. The environment at the Tiberino Museum in West Philly is so accepting, vibrant and creative and represents the world I live in; a world filled with art, companionship, encouragement and love.

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Syd

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West PhillySyd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Written and photographed by Laura Storck

On March 12th, I was fortunate to attend the opening reception of Syd Torchio’s exhibit sponsored by Sarah Theilke and Stephanie Slate of Gush Gallery at Jinxed West Philly. Luckily about 10 minutes early, I had a few private moments to speak to the artist himself about his work, artistic process, training, and to spend a few moments to get better acquainted. Syd was very affable and looked very charming as he wore dark attire with his signature black fedora. Besides practicing as a painter for the past 25 years, I learned that he initally began his artistic training in ceramics in the years prior. In addition, Syd is also a musician who plays French Horn for the West Philly-based band Taupe – a true Renaissance man!

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Mr. Torchio’s gouache portraits are created with very deliberate and colorful strokes, almost as bold as the countenances they honor. Some individuals portrayed in his expressive paintings are family and friends, but several are the free-spirited, nonconformist, eccentric characters that exist on the fringes of humanity’s Venn diagram – in other words, my kind of people. These revealing images are a decisive dichotomy of the lachrymose and joyful. Although raw, edgy, and somewhat maudlin, these gorgeous and lush paintings translate well his choice of purposeful polarity as they also elevate and flaunt the essence of a human soul. The intimate gaze masterfully expressed initiates an irresistible narrative between the visage and the viewer.

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio’s beautifully candid works can be found displayed in the far end of the store, with framed portraits gracefully adorning the walls, and several centrally-located prints available scattered amongst other store ephemera for sale. It’s definitely worth a trip — come see this amazing work on exhibit at Jinxed through the end of March.

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio at Jinxed West PhillySyd Torchio at Jinxed West Philly

Syd Torchio’s website: http://hairylegs.com/sydtorchioart/

Jinxed West Philly, 4521 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19143, (215) 921-3755, Open daily:11:00am – 7:00pm http://www.jinxedphiladelphia.com/

“Jinxed began in the 1990’s in Philadelphia as an art-based t-shirt company. After spreading around the country via tattoo conventions and retail stores, we decided to open our own retail location in the summer of 2004. Since then, we’ve expanded to five retail locations in downtown Philadelphia. Now, in addition to t-shirts, we are known for the best vintage furniture and housewares you can find at hassle-free prices. We are also committed to the local art and small business community to bring you variety that you can’t find anywhere else!

Thank you for supporting who we are and what we do!” – Jinxed West Philly

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Oil

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small OilsMaria Kurtzman, Winter Quadriptyck, oil on board 152nd Annual Small Oils Exhibitions First Award

The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings

The Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings will run April 8 – 30, 2016 in the Sketch Club’s historic main gallery located on 235 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings affords an opportunity for today’s artists to connect with many of the great artists of the past. Artists can have their work exhibited in this prestigious exhibition, just as Eakins, Anshutz and N.C. Wyeth did.

The 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, presented by The Philadelphia Sketch Club, represents one of the longest running and most prestigious juried exhibitions in the country. This year’s show runs from April 8 through April 30 with a free public reception with awards presentation on April 17 from 2 to 4 PM. The exhibition will feature over 150 works by prominent and emerging artists.

The exhibition awards are not just certificates and cash, but also the R. Tait McKenzie Small Oils Medal. Dr. McKenzie was not only an artist who created Olympic medals, he was also a physician who developed many of the modern theories of physical therapy. He designed a medal specifically for this exhibition. In addition to the three Best in Show awards, there will also be special awards for the best landscape, still life, portrait and abstract. Traditionally, the exhibition also features a work by each of the three jurors.

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small OilsR. Tait McKenzie, Small Oils Medal, bronze, 3″ diameter

This year’s Jurors are Alex Kanevsky, Alice Oh and Bill Scott. Originally, in 1863, this show was established to enable artists to display a number of small examples of their works, with the hope that a patron would order a larger painting. The size limitation on the paintings is no larger than 20” x 20”. Prior medal winners in this exhibition have included Paulette Van Roekens, John Folinsbee, Alice Kent Stoddard, Arthur Meltzer, Antonio Martino, Dorothy Van Loan, John Redmond, Doris Silk and Al Gury.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club is a volunteer driven organization, with local artists contributing time and resources toward its mission since 1860. Gallery hours are 1pm to 5pm Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free for the general public.

Founded in 1860, The Philadelphia Sketch Club is America’s oldest artists’ club. The mission of the Club is to support and nurture working visual artists, the appreciation of the visual arts, visual arts education, and the historical value of the visual arts community.

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