September Offerings – Part XVII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Neilson Carlin

Painter Neilson Carlin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
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Italian Art – Part I of II: Marta Dell’Angelo

Here is one critic describing the artistry of painter Marta Dell’Angelo (born 1970): “Working in oils and pencil, her subjects are often women. She appears to have penchant for mixing subtle and bold colours to very good effect.”
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Italian Art – Part II of II: Renato Bertini

Painter Renato Bertini (born 1939) graduated from the Art Institute in Pesaro in 1956.
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One critic describes the work of Russian painter Vladimir Soldatkin (born 1949) as “romantic and lyrical.”
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“If you’re a Conservative, why aren’t you behind conserving the land?” – Ken Kesey, American writer and author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” who was born on 17 September 1935.

Some quotes from the work of Ken Kesey:

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”
“If grass were legalized, it would help our drug problem enormously.”
“There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.”
“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
“Nowhere else in history has there ever been a flag that stands for the right to burn itself. This is the fractal of our flag. It stands for the right to destroy itself.”
“People don’t want other people to get high, because if you get high, you might see the falsity of the fabric of the society we live in.”
“The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.”
“I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.”
“You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things.”
“Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.”
“The frontiers we broke into in the ’60s are still largely unexplored.”
“The Haight is just a place; the ’60s was a spirit.”
“The truth doesn’t have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.”
“When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn’t writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.”
“When we first broke into that forbidden box in the other dimension, we knew we had discovered something as surprising and powerful as the New World when Columbus came stumbling onto it.”
“You’ve got to get out and pray to the sky to appreciate the sunshine; otherwise you’re just a lizard standing there with the sun shining on you.”
“To hell with facts! We need stories!”
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English Art – Part I of III: Richard Brazier

In the words of one writer, “Richard Brazier is a figurative artist who is currently based in London. After graduating with honours in 1996 from The Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, he returned to London and began working from his studio in Battersea where spends his time either working on a variety of commissioned portraits or other figurative works.”
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English Art – Part II of III: Anthony Tewfik

According to one critic, “Anthony Tewfik’s work mostly depicts the human form, though seascape, landscape and still life are occasionally included in his compositions. Most of the works are made either by observation from life, photographs, or more often both. Some works are however made from imagination without references.
The naked body is his main preoccupation ‘I regard the true portrait of being the whole body, not confined to the details acceptable to be viewed in public.’”
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According to one critic, “There is poetry of perception expressed in David Brayne’s work that is informed by his earlier Minimalist training and his growing Classical concerns. His surfaces are chalky dry, reminiscent of early Renaissance frescoes, his colours while subtly English invariably have a warm vibrant Italian ochre singing out: creating a perfect harmonious palette. Land and sea appear blended together in a gentle linear exchange where there are no shadows – all as if in a dream – a lyrical memory. These compositions are often interrupted with figures and boats, juxtaposed as if in a delicate dance, exquisitely and quintessentially beautiful. The tender portrayal of the graceful women and men as they hold their fishing lines and nets, making improbable but graceful shapes. These are paintings that have a perfection of form, expressed with a beautiful and strange aesthetic.”
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Latvian painter Paulis Postazs (born 1976) graduated with a degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga.
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American Art – Part II of III: Tacha Vosburgh

In the words of one critic, “The figures of Tacha Vosburgh stand as sentinels to stories of people that have never happened, but are always happening. They are portraits of no one in particular, but of everyone. The artist is reaching for that strange, but somehow familiar place that we long to connect with, that place of grounding that we know about if we just take the time to remember. ‘There is a universality in these figures,’ Tacha explains. ‘People recognize something vaguely familiar about them. . Humans have always used myth to explain ourselves. This series is like a myth. With each interpretation, it gets retold and re-crafted through time.’”
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A Poem for Today

“Happiness,”
By Raymond Carver

So early it’s still almost dark out.
I’m near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren’t saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take
each other’s arm.
It’s early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn’t enter into this.

Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.
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American Art – Part III of III: Seth Haverkamp

Here is one critic describing the background and artistry of Seth Haverkamp (born 1980): “Seth Haverkamp graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carson Newman College and has studied with internationally-known artist Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminiati and renowned artist Robert Liberace. Known for his unique still lifes and portraits, Haverkamp derives his primary inspiration from beauty — color, form, and the drama of light and dark. His wife and children are a frequent subject of his work. As Seth says ‘The meaning? It is found in beauty. At the moment, that’s enough.’”
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