August Offerings – Part XXIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Glennray Tutor

In the words of one writer, “Glennray Tutor (born 1950 in Kennett, Missouri) is an American painter who is known for his photorealistic paintings. He is considered to be part of the Photorealism art movement. His paintings are immersed with bright colors, nostalgic items, metaphor, and with a complete focus on detail. Tutor is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and English in 1974 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 1976.”
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French painter Carole Bressan (born 1973) is a graduate of the University of Visual Arts in Rennes.
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From the Music Archives – Part I of IV: Rudy Lewis

Born 23 August 1936 – Rudy Lewis (born Charles Rudolph Harrell), an American rhythm and blues singer known for his work with The Drifters.

German art – Part I of II: Alfred Eisenstaedt

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German photographer and photojournalist, who died 23 August 1995.

Below – “Albert Einstein”; “Children at Puppet Theater”; “Winston Churchill”; “The Opera de Paris Ballet School Rehearsing for Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’”; “Drum Major and Children”; “Robert Frost”; “Marlene Dietrich.”

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German Art – Part II of II: Simone Bingemer

Here is the Artist Statement of German painter Simone Bingemer: “Resemblance lies in the eye of the viewer. There is no such thing – an exact similarity between image and model. Portraits are therefore always interpretations.”
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Spanish artist Celia Pais Mateos (born 1971) is a self-taught painter.

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From the Music Archives – Part II of IV: Keith Moon

“To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder.” – Keith Moon, English musician best known as the drummer of the Who, who was born 23 August 1946.

American Art – Part II of V: Holly Fischer

Ceramicist Holly Fischer earned a BA in Studio Art (Sculpture Concentration) from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and an MFA in Studio Art (Ceramic Concentration) with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.
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Turkish artist Zuhal Baysar (born 1976) earned a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the Department of Fine Arts in Hacettepe University, where she now works as a lecturer in the Painting Department.
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“To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.” – Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, biographer, dramatist, and author of “Spoon River Anthology,” who was born 23 August 1868.

In the words of one critic, “‘Spoon River Anthology’…is a collection of short free-form poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of a fictional small town of Spoon River, named after the real Spoon River that ran near Masters’ home town.” The first poem in the anthology – “The Hill” – serves as an introduction:

“The Hill”

Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter?
All, all are sleeping on the hill.

One passed in a fever,
One was burned in a mine,
One was killed in a brawl,
One died in a jail,
One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife —
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.

Where are Ella, Kate, Mag, Lizzie and Edith,
The tender heart, the simple soul, the loud, the proud, the happy one? —
All, all are sleeping on the hill.

One died in shameful child-birth,
One of a thwarted love,
One at the hands of a brute in a brothel,
One of a broken pride, in the search for heart’s desire,
One after life in far-away London and Paris
Was brought to her little space by Ella and Kate and Mag —
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.

Where are Uncle Isaac and Aunt Emily,
And old Towny Kincaid and Sevigne Houghton,
And Major Walker who had talked
With venerable men of the revolution? —
All, all are sleeping on the hill.

They brought them dead sons from the war,
And daughters whom life had crushed,
And their children fatherless, crying —
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.

Where is Old Fiddler Jones
Who played with life all his ninety years,
Braving the sleet with bared breast,
Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin,
Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven?
Lo! he babbles of the fish-frys of long ago,
Of the horse-races of long ago at Clary’s Grove,
Of what Abe Lincoln said
One time at Springfield.

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American Art – Part III of V: Kent Williams

In the words of one critic, “Primarily a figurative painter, Williams’ work explores, in both bold and subtle ways, and often through a suggestion of narrative and woven symbolism, the thread of life that ties us together as human beings. Embracing our virtues while not shying away from our faults, he shows us portraits of ourselves, intense and penetrating.”
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Here is one critic describing the artistry of Russian painter Victor Kinus (born 1957): “Victor Kinus is an accomplished Russian painter who has created a considerable body of work with musical themes. His cubist inspired paintings contain intertwined elements of representationalism and symbolic abstraction that capture the multidimensional way in which we experience music. The listener watches the performer and hears with their ears, their hearts, their memory and their dreams all at the same time.”

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Victor Kinus watercolor painting

Victor Kinus watercolor painting

Victor Kinus watercolor painting

Victor Kinus watercolor painting

Victor Kinus watercolor painting

Italian painter Sergio Turle lives and works in Milan.

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From the Music Archives – Part III of IV: The Beatles

23 August 1963 – The Beatles release “She Loves You” in the United Kingdom.

Died 23 August 1903 – Paul Gabriel, a Dutch watercolorist, painter, draftsman, and etcher.

Below – “Polder Landscape”; “In the Month of July”; “Farmhouse in an Open Field”; “Mill on a Lake”; “A Watercourse at Abcoude.”

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From the Music Archives – Part IV of IV: Ringo Starr

23 August 1964 – Ringo Starr first mentions publicly (on a British radio program) that he wrote “Don’t Pass Me By.” The song was recorded 5 June 1968 and released 22 November 1968.

Born 23 August 1922 – Paul Gauvreau, a Canadian painter.

Below – “Intention Put to Flight”; “The Sky Was Crying Tears of Nothingness”; “When Space Wants to Be The Word”; “Green Root of Generous Futures”; “Masked Tenderness.”

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Scottish Art – Part I of II: Hannah Frank

Born 23 August 1908 – Hannah Frank, an artist from Glasgow, Scotland.

Below – “Garden”; “Spirit of Delight”; “Our Sweetest Songs”; “And if the Wine”; “The Flower Once Has Blown.”

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Scottish Art – Part II of II: Graham Little

Scottish painter Graham Little (born 1972) studied at Goldsmiths College, London.

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“Insanity — a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.” – R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist and author of “The Politics of Experience,” who died 23 August 1989.

Some quotes from the work of R. D. Laing:

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”
“Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.”
“Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.”
“Few books today are forgiveable.”
“There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.”
“In a world full of danger, to be a potentially seeable object is to be constantly exposed to danger. Self-consciousness, then, may be the apprehensive awareness of oneself as potentially exposed to danger by the simple fact of being visible to others. The obvious defence against such a danger is to make oneself invisible in one way or another.”
“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years.”
“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.”
“Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a ‘dream’ is going crazy.”
“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.”
“We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.”
“Even facts become fictions without adequate ways of seeing ‘the facts.’ We do not need theories so much as the experience that is the source of the theory. We are not satisfied with faith, in the sense of an implausible hypothesis irrationally held: we demand to experience the ‘evidence.’”
“Human beings seem to have an almost unlimited capacity to deceive themselves, and to deceive themselves into taking their own lies for truth.”
“Human beings seem to have an almost unlimited capacity to deceive themselves, and to deceive themselves into taking their own lies for truth.”
“The Lotus opens. Movement from earth, through water, from fire to air. Out and in beyond life and death now, beyond inner and outer, sense and non-sense, meaning and futility, male and female, being and non-being, Light and darkness, void and full. Beyond all duality, or non-duality, beyond and beyond. Disincarnation. I breathe again.”
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American Art – Part IV of V: Carol O’Malia

In the words of one writer, “Carol O’Malia’s paintings depict ordinary objects and places we have seen and experienced. The subject matter is intentionally serene. The human presence is never far away.
These familiar objects and places summon ephemeral moments and feelings that are often forgotten in the rush of our everyday lives.
Carol was born in Boston and is a native New Englander. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. When not in her studio, she can often be found wandering in and around the woods and lakes of New Hampshire and Maine.”
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A Poem for Today

“Tree”
By Jane Hirshfield

It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.

Even in this
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.

That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books–

Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.
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American Art – Part VI of VI: Max Ginsburg

In the words of one critic, “Max Ginsburg’s paintings are about people, the people one finds on the streets of New York. Simply put, he finds beauty in unglamorous reality. His paintings explore the range of daily human life, concerned as much with life’s ironies and social injustices, as with its many joys. He paints people that he can identify with, real people with regular lives.”
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