Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Car

Finally got the time to do a little bigger painting. This was in the parking garage at Nickelodeon. I liked the light from the walls outside. The suitcase is an added as a thought provoking element.

New Car 16x24 oil on wood



Is an artist Tony Peters introduced me to. A year ago he showed me the book where these images are from and I wasn't really blown away. I focused on things I felt were negatives about his drawing and didn't feel the totality of his work. Tony got us in to see his new work when we were in NY and I was won over. I strongly recommend the show. Seeing originals has a way opening your eyes, now I'm a fan.
April 28 - June 6, 2009

40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019


Blogger Unknown said...

I do the same thing! I keep focusing on the negative of everything! How do you get rid of that?

10:27 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

see the art in person.and remember often times when we don't "get" someing we think we don't like it.

11:02 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I love, love, love, Julio Larraz. I see what he technically learned from studying with Burton Silverman in his work... but then took it to a new level. The power of drawing from an inward source. And the paintings are usually massive in scale, yet they often have a graphic simplicity about them.

I know what Niki is saying about "focusing on the negative". Sometimes we get it in our heads that things should be "a certain way" in order to be worthy of our liking. I often hear people say, "I only like a loaded brushstroke and painterly paintings" just to give an example. But the fact of the matter is that a good painting is a good painting, whatever the current styles dictate. I guess we should keep ourselves open to the artist's contribution. It might take a degree of flexibility, or sympathy to really enjoy a work of art.

3:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Well I'm one of those painterly guys, but I can go for Rembrandt and Andrew Weyth. I like how JL is influenced by AW, but paints looser.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New car looks great!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Billy Guffey said...

First off...I love the reflected light on the car. Along with that stairwell, Bill.

And I like Tony's sentence; "It might take a degree of flexibility, or sympathy to really enjoy a work of art."

Totally agree.

6:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill-
Tony's opend my eyes to many things it's a sping winter bromance.

7:06 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Nice. I like your poignanat little scenes that require us to think a little more about what they're about.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely work Bill. I love that wall of light!

8:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG just lately I've been adding things... my first baby steps into fictionalizing my natative...

12:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Randy and Thor

12:16 AM  
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3:30 AM  
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11:40 AM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Eberhardt said...

muy buenos trabajos, voy a linkearte en mi blog

7:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

A Pox on Asian Spammers who got trash can blocking power! Blogger is helpless or doesn't care. You wonder why these scumbags think people will buy there product based on blog kidnapping. I hope I don't have to change to approved comments.

10:30 PM  
Blogger mondotrasho said...

Dear WW,
This reminds me, in some ways, of early Rothkos -- when he still had elements of figuration in his works (late 30s) but those ultra soft colour fields were already starting to enter into his consciousness and paintings. I wondered how "New Car" would look if it were 8'x12' and hung low off the ground. Seriously. These are the kinds of paintings which first drew me to notice and love your work e.g. Sierra Madre Car Port 2, Up Against the Wall, Closed, Mark Twain Hotel, Broadway Alley, $3 Parking, Santa Ana off al ... there is (as Rothko was fond of saying) a "sensuousness" present in the notans of those works. The irony is the reference to the Marlborough Gallery for the Larraz show. When Rothko died the then owners of that gallery were charged with and convicted of defrauding Rothko, Rothko's children and estate of paintings that would now be "valued" in billions. Yes, billions. (Ah New York, what is it about that city that attracts the best and the worst?) ~m keep on paintin'.

7:30 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Juan!

2:30 PM  
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2:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks for the flattering comparisons and nice comments about my work. You make me fell like I'm getting somewhere. While it disheartens, the insider info about Marlborough isn't that surprising. Lets face it being a dealer is a kind of shifty profession. Museum's are founded on theft and politics, but it the world we live in... Sigh...

2:47 PM  
Blogger rania123456 said...

Awesome post. I love stuff like this.


7:12 AM  

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