My Art in Professional Artists Magazine Article Wins Design Award

Last year, Vicki Amorose wrote an article on how artist use twitter for Professional Artists magazine, and included me + the mage featured one of my paintings as a full-page, and now I found out that the article won a design award– first place for best feature design in the trade/technical category for the Florida Magazine Association. Read about it here.

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two page spread from one year ago, in Professional Artist magazine  with one full-page reproduction of painting by Marie Kazalia
two page spread from one year ago, in Professional Artist magazine with one full-page reproduction of painting by Marie Kazalia

Painting by Marie Kazalia in Pattern Play exhibition in Culver City Helms Bakery District

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Co-curator Katherine Henning sent me an email:
“I’m very pleased to let you know that I have chosen your work to be featured in a digital display entitled “Pattern Play”. “
 
“Pattern Play” is a new exhibition of original art on digital display at Culver City’s premier design destination, Helms Bakery District. Curated by art advisors Katherine Henning and Jessica McQueen, “Pattern Play” features a selection of works by emerging artists from around the world who are part of the Saatchi Art community. Including painting, collage, and printmaking, the show highlights patterns and motifs that connect the worlds of art and design. Currently on view in Los Angeles through August 15th.
Here is a link to the show page: http://www.saatchiart.com/shows/pattern-play

 

Jessica McQueen Featured Me in Mid-Century Living Collection

On behalf of chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the Saatchi Art curation team, I’m very pleased to let you know that your work has been chosen to be featured in the Mid-Century Living Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Printmaking/Mid-Century-Living/685448/105785/view

 

Idiolect 3, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Marie Kazalia June 2014
Idiolect 3, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Marie Kazalia June 2014

New Bits I’ve Been Working On

Have you ever painted something that just doesn’t seem to fit in with anything you’ve done before, or what you are working on now? But then there they were, bothering me for weeks! So, I decided to go ahead and photograph them and then put them away.

Here they are:

Argot, painting on coventry rag, 23 x 30 inches, March 2015, Marie Kazalia
Argot, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, March 2015, Marie Kazalia

 

Circumvolv, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, March 2015, Marie Kazalia
Circumvolv, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, March 2015, Marie Kazalia

Painting on Canvas: line-pattern over fluorescent red/green

It’s difficult to get the camera to see the fluorescent paint the same way it looks to me.

Here is the painting, which I titled Prenomen, an overlay of abstract line work on fluorescent red and green quadrants.

Prenomen, Marie Kazalia, painting on canvas 32 x 24 inches, Jan 2015
Prenomen, Marie Kazalia, painting on canvas 32 x 24 inches, Jan 2015, $1,200USD

I adjusted the exposure to tone-down the glow of the fluorescent colors to more in-keeping with how they actually appear. Here is a cropped version of the same painting but allowing the camera to capture and exaggerate the fluorescent glow–(the painting really does not look this bright at all hanging on a wall).

Prenomen(detail) Marie Kazalia
Prenomen(detail) Marie Kazalia

Sale of Print on Metal via the Displate site

So, I’ve sold one. A print on metal on the Displate site. You can view my portfolios of art available as prints in metal on Displate here.

Here is a screen shot of the print that sold. Displate prints the image on metal, and adds a hologram sticker to the back to verify authenticity. They also include a magnet wall mounting device in the order shipped to the buyer.

 

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New painting using matte oil paint technique

astir, Marie Kazalia, January 2015, oil paint, fluorescent acrylic on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches
astir, Marie Kazalia, January 2015, oil paint, fluorescent acrylic on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches

In my latest painting, titled astir, I employed a chromatic black matte oil paint on a ground of a painted pattern of fluorescent green and fluorescent red acrylic paint. (Fluorescent paint is difficult to photograph and appears different in the photo than it does to the eye).

A couple of years ago, I watched the MoMA video (below) on how to make oil paint matte.  The technique remained in my thoughts. Then I watched the video again very recently and tried the technique.

(Usually, when I’m bothered by the shiny gloss of oil paint on my paintings I simply spray them with a matte varnish when they are dry enough.)

But this time I  made matte oil paint in my studio–first, I added oil paint (a mix of ultramarine + raw umber = chromatic black) to a jar along with a lot of turpentine, put the lid on and shook it up.  Then I allowed the jar to rest overnight so the paint would settle. The next day I poured off the turpentine floating on top and then worked with the oil paint sentiment that remained.

This matte oil paint method is a signature technique of Abstract Expressionist painter Ad Reinhardt, as demonstrated in the five-minute MoMA video AB EX NY: The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt: Abstract Painting, posted below for you to watch if you are interested in this technique for removing the gloss from oil paint.

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