Sunday, July 02, 2006

A Couple More Donghi Images

Here are a couple more examples of the obscure, but important Italian painter named Antonio Donghi. They are from the out-of-print book, "Antonio Donghi", published by De Luca Editore.
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P.T. Barnum Clown

It's time for another hokum image. Check out this old-style clown from the P.T. Barnum Circus. He's a devilish and punked-out All-American pierrot.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Antonio Donghi, 1897-1963, Painter of Theater

I love the paintings of Antonio Donghi. About five years ago, my friend in Milan sent me an art book (which is now out of print), written in Italian, of Antonio Donghi's work.

Donghi painted during the time period of 1920 through1950- images of men, women and children on stage and behind the scenes. There are actors, singers, musicians, harlequins, jugglers, animal acts and pierrots. His style is refined with a subtle sense humor. There is a surreal, narrative quality to his work, yet he shows nothing out of the ordinary. This is the life of the theater and those who inhabit it and their relationships to each other. It's a quiet study of the people who perform for us.

Donghi, to me, is a kindred spirit. My book on this great, but obscure artist, is one of my most treasured possessions.

For more images: Antonio Donghi

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Durga in Montana" by Tricia Cline 2006
While I was down in Santa Monica this past weekend, I discovered a fascinating gallery near the Applegate Gallery on Main Street. It's called Obsolete. They had the most amazingly eccentric things such as antique mannequins from Spain and Italy and wooden artists' models from 18th century France. But, they also had contemporary artists showing there who had an innate sense of the old and whose work blended right in with the collectibles. Tricia Cline was one of them. Here's a sample of her porcelain sculptures.
Check out the website: OBSOLETE

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I Was a Teeny-bopper

This is what I looked like as a teeny-bopper in college.
I have that dreamy-eyed expression of a young girl
relaxing on her Florida spring break.
I was not a painter that year.
I was just a party girl.
My head was empty waiting to be filled.
There were no cats or pierrots.
I liked to dance all night.
I tripped over my flip flops.

Monday, June 12, 2006

"Summer Show"- Monkey Love

I will be showing "The Teaser", "The Nibbler" and "The Examiner" (all new paintings from the Monkey Love Series) in the "Summer Show" at the Applegate Gallery in Santa Monica. Here is the information for those who might want to attend the opening: