Archive for December, 2010

What experience has shown me is that is takes your life to become an artist…

December 29, 2010

Eric Fischl

The Old Man’s Boat, the Old Man’s Dog, 1982

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him of one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He then spent some time in Chicago, where he was first exposed to the unconventional art of the Chicago Imagists. Fischl states, “The underbelly, carnie world of Ed Paschke and the hilarious sexual vulgarity of Jim Nutt were revelatory experiences for me.” In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he taught painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, before relocating to New York City in 1978.

Fischl’s suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content. His early work thus became focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said. Fischl had his first solo show at Edward Thorp Gallery in 1979, during a time when suburbia was not considered a legitimate genre for art. He first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life.

Fischl’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions and his work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten.

Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.

http://www.ericfischl.com/bio/biography1.html

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for the big one to come along. ..

December 28, 2010

Hugh Allen

 

File:WalfordDavies HughAllen CyrilRootham.jpg

Sir Hugh Allen (centre) in about 1932 with fellow musicians Walford Davies (left) and Cyril Rootham (right)

Percy Allen (23 December 1869 – 20 February 1946) was an English musician, academic and administrator. He was a leading influence on British musical life in the first half of the 20th century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Allen_(conductor)

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ..

December 27, 2010

Kahlil Gibran

 Gibran Khalil Gibran was born on January 6, 1883, to the Maronite family of Gibran in Bsharri, a mountainous area in Northern Lebanon [Lebanon was a Turkish province part of Greater Syria (Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine) and subjugated to Ottoman dominion]. His mother Kamila Rahmeh was thirty when she begot Gibran from her third husband Khalil Gibran, who proved to be an irresponsible husband leading the family to poverty. Gibran had a half-brother six years older than him called Peter and two younger sisters, Mariana and Sultana, whom he was deeply attached to throughout his life, along with his mother. Kamila’s family came from a prestigious religious background, which imbued the uneducated mother with a strong will and later on helped her raise up the family on her own in the U.S. Growing up in the lush region of Bsharri, Gibran proved to be a solitary and pensive child who relished the natural surroundings of the cascading falls, the rugged cliffs and the neighboring green cedars, the beauty of which emerged as a dramatic and symbolic influence to his drawings and writings. Being laden with poverty, he did not receive any formal education or learning, which was limited to regular visits to a village priest who doctrined him with the essentials of religion and the Bible, alongside Syriac and Arabic languages. Recognizing Gibran’s inquisitive and alert nature, the priest began teaching him the rudiments of alphabet and language, opening up to Gibran the world of history, science, and language. At the age of ten, Gibran fell off a cliff, wounding his left shoulder, which remained weak for the rest of his life ever since this incident. To relocate the shoulder, his family strapped it to a cross and wrapped it up for forty days, a symbolic incident reminiscent of Christ’s wanderings in the wilderness and which remained etched in Gibran’s memory.

At the age of eight, Khalil Gibran, Gibran’s father, was accused of tax evasion and was sent to prison as the Ottomon authorities confiscated the Gibrans’ property and left them homeless. The family went to live with relatives for a while; however, the strong-willed mother decided that the family should immigrate to the U.S., seeking a better life and following in suit to Gibran’s uncle who immigrated earlier. The father was released in 1894, but being an irresponsible head of the family he was undecided about immigration and remained behind in Lebanon.

On June 25, 1895, the Gibrans embarked on a voyage to the American shores of New York.

The Gibrans settled in Boston’s South End, which at the time hosted the second largest Syrian community in the U.S. following New York. The culturally diverse area felt familiar to Kamila, who was comforted by the familiar spoken Arabic, and the widespread Arab customs. Kamila, now the bread-earner of the family, began to work as a peddler on the impoverished streets of South End Boston. At the time, peddling was the major source of income for most Syrian immigrants, who were negatively portrayed due to their unconventional Arab ways and their supposed idleness.

In the school, a registration mistake altered his name forever by shortening it to Kahlil Gibran, which remained unchanged till the rest of his life despite repeated attempts at restoring his full name. Gibran entered school on September 30, 1895, merely two months after his arrival in the U.S. Having no formal education, he was placed in an ungraded class reserved for immigrant children, who had to learn English from scratch. Gibran caught the eye of his teachers with his sketches and drawings, a hobby he had started during his childhood in Lebanon.

Gibran’s curiosity led him to the cultural side of Boston, which exposed him to the rich world of the theatre, Opera and artistic Galleries. Prodded by the cultural scenes around him and through his artistic drawings, Gibran caught the attention of his teachers at the public school, who saw an artistic future for the boy. They contacted Fred Holland Day, an artist and a supporter of artists who opened up Gibran’s cultural world and set him on the road to artistic fame…

Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet, and artist.

Gibran’s works were especially influential in the American popular culture in the 1960s. In 1904 Gibran had his first art exhibition in Boston. From 1908 to 1910 he studied art in Paris with August Rodin. In 1912 he settled in New York, where he devoted himself to writing and painting. Gibran’s early works were written in Arabic, and from 1918 he published mostly in English. In 1920 he founded a society for Arab writers, Mahgar (al-Mahgar). Among its members were Mikha’il Na’ima (1889-1988), Iliya Abu Madi (1889-1957), Nasib Arida (1887-1946), Nadra Haddad (1881-1950), and Ilyas Abu Sabaka (1903-47). Gibran died in New York on April 10, 1931. Among his best-known works is THE PROPHET, a book of 26 poetic essays, which has been translated into over 20 languages. The Prophet, who has lived in a foreign city 12 years, is about to board a ship that will take him home. He is stopped by a group of people, whom he teaches the mysteries of life.

http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/gibrn.htm

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ..

December 26, 2010

Kak Sri

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree…

December 25, 2010

Roy L. Smith

 

Roy L. Smith wrote a series of bible studies approximately 1945. The series was called “The John Books / Know Your Bible” I have seen a copy of Study 11

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_was_Roy_L_Smith#ixzz197QRh0sm

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more…

December 24, 2010

Anthony Robbins

Anthony “Tony” Robbins (born February 29, 1960) is an American self-help author and success coach. Robbins’ books include Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Robbins

An artist is not paid for his/her labor but for his/her vision…

December 23, 2010

last nights fortune cookie

Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it’s letting go…

December 22, 2010

Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson (born March 6, 1936) is a singer, musician, music producer, and record label executive, most notably known for her work as founder/CEO of the seminal hip hop label Sugar Hill Records. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. The second was “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Robinson

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval…

December 21, 2010

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called “the Great American Novel”, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain was popular, and his wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”,[ and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”.

Today’s opportunities erase yesterday’s failures…

December 20, 2010

Gene Brown

Gene Brown, resident of LA, CA, a versatile artist, musician and internet marketing. Born and raise in South Carolina, migrated to the west coast seeking greater opportunities. Greater opportunities soon became more than imagined.

http://gene-brown.blogspot.com/