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Betty Goodwin

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I first saw her work today and was drawn to the figure….the fragility, the emotion.

Her work —Moved me.

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BETTY GOODWIN (1923 – 2008)

Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (1923 – 2008) is regarded as one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning. Read more.


Betty Roodish Goodwin, OC was a Canadian printmaker, sculptor, painter, and installation artist. Her work is represented in many public collections, including the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, … Wikipedia

BornMarch 19, 1923, Montreal, Canada
DiedDecember 1, 2008, Montreal, Canada


I love Barnett Newman and how he continued a specific style of painting. Wow to think that I was one when he painted the Onement I (1948). The painting’s title is an archaic derivation of the word “atonement,” meaning, “the state of being made into one.”

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Onement, I – Barnett Newman


Newman used a vertical band to define the spatial structure of his work. This band, later dubbed a “zip,” became Newman’s signature mark.

Newman’s paintings were wonderful fields of color and were a break with the gestural abstraction of his peers. He Created ZIP- an approach that avoided painting’s conventional oppositions of figure and ground. He created an area or line of color he called a symbol, the “zip,” which might reach out and pull the viewer into the image.

Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters

I never knew before that he looked like a detective. I love his mustache.

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I seem to stray all over the place. Like a lost dog sniffing my away along.

Nice article about Barnett Newman. The Art Story


“I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality.”


Newman shared the Abstract Expressionists‘ interests in myth and the primitive unconscious, but the huge fields of color and trademark “zips” in his pictures set him apart from the gestural abstraction of many of his peers. The response to his mature work, even from friends, was muted when he first exhibited it. It was not until later in his career that he began to receive acclaim, and he would subsequently become a touchstone for both Minimalists and a second generation of Color Field painters. Commenting on one of Newman’s exhibitions in 1959, criticThomas B. Hess wrote, “he changed in about a year’s time from an outcast or a crank into the father figure of two generations.”


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Always about art

Now it is 2014 and I am focusing more on learning and appreciating good art. Hopefully creating it as well. What a wonderful thing the internet and the ability to search. I call myself an abstract expressionist because it is this group of artists I seem to be drawn to. When I walk into a museum or gallery I seem to end up looking at the contemporary abstract work the most. Although, I continue to revisit my favorites. In December I had the good fortune to go to Honolulu. If you ever have a chance go there. Honolulu Museum of Art It is the only museum/gallery I have been to where you can still walk up to a painting and not be guided or blocked by a rope barricade. Seeing a Monet inches away how grand.


Tretchikoff Green lady

EXPRESS yourself, do what you love! NO matter what

“This is what life is about, it’s about finding something you love doing so much that you don’t even notice time passing, something that the thought of doing really makes you happy and then doing it no matter what others think you should do or even what you think you should do, no matter what setbacks you experience, no matter what challenges come your way. Simply do what you love no matter what.” TRETCHIKOFF

Tretchikoff (1913–2006) lived a life as colorful as his instantly recognizable paintings. Born to a deeply religious Siberian family, he fought poverty, tragedy, captivity and near death to become one of the most celebrated artists of his time. Loathed by the critics yet loved by the public, he enjoyed phenomenal success in Britain, Canada and the United States. At the height of his fame, reproductions of his work were hanging in millions of homes across the world–most famously, his painting popularly known as “The Green Lady,” one of the bestselling art prints ever. Though he subsequently fell out of favor, in recent years his pictures have been rediscovered by young, kitsch-hungry, retro-loving fans. Coinciding with the centenary of his birth, Incredible Tretchikoff tells the enthralling story of this flamboyant artist from his humble beginnings to the spectacular highs and lows of his later career.

“I believe most of us, if we answered this question honestly, follow our heads. We live in a world that honors the head over the heart…although that is starting to change. In recent times, we are waking up to the voice of the heart that wants to be heard. To hear the heart and live from her rhythm, her beat takes true courage.

Each of us has our own unique rhythm…our unique frequency…unique sound. Imagine if we all started to consciously flow to our own individual heart’s rhythm…each one of us on the planet…do you think we would create a harmony? A harmony that could/would heal our planet and subsequently generations to come. I do.” Read more



Nakanishi Natsuyuki..look inside

Nakanishi Natsuyuki was born in Tokyo in 1935 and after a life-long passion for art, he graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Nakanishi also presented his ‘Compact Object’, offering time as a confusing and precious entity by embedding bones, clock parts, watches, eggshells, lenses, and other delicate objects in a polyester egg shape, placing his name firmly on the map.

Show at McCaffrey Fine Art in Chelsea New York city

NN: Because I think painting is superior to performance and conceptual art. According to my idea, the real world is like something existing within a cave, in which we see things as if with a little light from outside or a very little light from a candle inside the cave. In other words, what we see are those shadows and our own shadows not the real world of ideas. The cave is shaped like a kind of cylinder. To see real things means going out of the cave. This means taking the light in. The way to get the light inside is to cut the cave, which is like a cylinder, in two halves. Then when you open up the cylinder the flat side appears, which is the canvas. Also this flat surface becomes the front when you see it, and I think that the reason why the flat surface was found was to emphasize and keep frontality. Cezanne said people are in the spectacle and painters show people what this is. The scene is the spectacle and the cutting of the cave in half is the painting. The outside light is excessively bright and the painting surface is to screen and catch this. Because of this, facing the painting surface is much more intense than any kind of performance.