Saturday, October 22, 2011

Demo at the National Art League in Queens, NY

I was honored to participate in the 2010/2011 opening class year at the National Art League in Queens, NY a while back. About 40 painters showed up, very well versed in the language of the arts and eager to challenge my mark making abilities.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Work from May-July

Here are some paintings I've done over the past couple of months. Not going to define them, just take each one as it is.







Thursday, March 4, 2010

Last of the dancers

Work from the winter season








Sunday, February 28, 2010

Review of Solo Show/Recent Work

It's been way to long since I've posted here. Why? Mostly because I am lazy with this stuff, but I suppose if you want to make it as an artist these days, you have to utilize the internet as well as the work. So what's been going on with me, what's the deal? Nothing, I spent all of 2009 skitting around the bush, painting subject matter that in the end, isn't all the important. the good news is I am working on a new series of work that is absolutely sensational, but it's too early to show any of it just yet. In the meantime, here are some photos of my show at Ven and Vaida gallery.








Friday, August 28, 2009

Women

Like many artists before me, I continually go back to the female figure when hard pressed for ideas. Here are a variety of paintings I have done that are painted in response to the female.









Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spring Series

After graduating from college over the winter, I spent the rest of the winter/spring making paintings that I consider to be more studies than actually bodies of work. The first painting "Girl Looking Over Shoulder" (18 x 24) was me painting without using any visual references.
As you can see, it came out very different than my usual work. One success of this painting is it's authentic re-creation of how I was feeling at the time painting it. The girl has all the tension, sadness, and grotesqueness I felt while also illuminating the scene with expression, vibrant colors and loose paint work. This is kind of life like, with sadness and ugliness trying to loom over the vibrancy of life and beauty that we cherish so much.
This painting here "Blue with Cross" (36 x 36) was painted in the moment. I was just agitated with all the headaches and confusions in my life and how it seemed my relationship with God through Greek Orthodoxy was constantly in conflict.


Overall I like the strong moods that are immediately recognized through the paintings, however these studies showed me that painting without reference may give me a certain freedom of expression, but lack the depth and appeal that I can achieve when painting from life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pancho

This painting is titled "Pancho" and measures 24x30. I painted it because at the time I felt Pancho Villa was an interesting cat, worth investigating through the paint. I really like this painting and it taught me a lot about myself and what I value in my work. The most prominent lesson learned here was that the spirit of the painting was developed the first few days working on it. I than spent hours upon hours, day after day, week after week putting in all these little details. Yet, after all that time, the painting didn't really change, or grow so to speak, rather the image just sharpened up a bit. Unfortunately, I am not concerned with how sharp an image is so much as I am with the kind of spirit I forge into it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Philly Art Scene Review 1

A Fresh Perspective
By Petros
The city of Brotherly love is emerging a small group of artists who both veteran and young are bringing a freshness and ability to art unlike any other group in the city. Called the "New Philadelphia School", they commemorate "The Eight" young artists of Philadelphia who one century ago came together to redefine modern culture in the City of Brotherly Love. Located in Old City on 162 N. 3rd Street, Knapp Gallery is the manor to this assemblage of artists.

One of the artists currently being exhibited is Adam Lee Farrell. An approachable artist who at first encounter seems almost too light hearted to bear the artist anxiety present in those who rush to the forefront of the ranks fighting to redefine au courant perception. "Through my primitive brushwork and self revealed interpretation I can penetrate the viewer while simultaneously comment on humanity", is not what Adam said himself, but what his work opened up to me while browsing the exhibit. Jeff Frederick, the curator as well as innovative force behind Knapp Gallery made note on how Adam has been experimenting for a decade with his painting process. What this reveals to me is that all the anxiety and over thinking that nestles into the hearts of just starting out artists has already been encountered, wrestled with and triumphed over by Adam. Overcoming this beast of uncertainty can be one of the most liberating victories for some artists. Perhaps this is why Adam is so approachable indeed; since his work is now the result of forging his process into the realm of the unconsciousness, his conscious demeanor can take on any form it wishes, without jeopardizing the artistic integrity of his process.

Adam Lee Farrell, Mummy in a Lawn ChairOil on Canvas, 5' x 5.5', 2008

R. Michael Walsh is the second artist exhibiting work at Knapp Gallery. His work lays heavy with formal elements such as color, shape and composition. By enticing the viewer visually, his work effortlessly engages the mind into a dialogue, exploring and extracting meaning. After the opening show, I had the pleasure of sitting down and having a lengthy discussion with Michael about his art. It was a great joy listening to Michael describe his work and allegorical references with a tough, almost New York cab driver like demeanor, while unintentionally giving himself away as a sensitive observer. When looking at Michael's work, the definitions of class and role we use to separate people become blurred, and what stands out most is the passive sadness that bridges the viewer with their spiritual antithesis, themselves.

R. Michael Walsh Saddle Bags Oil on Canvas36" x 36"
Part of the brilliance of Jeff's curating abilities is how Michael's somber work, highly contrasted with Adam's expressive energy, is arranged to work with the flow of the gallery, without encountering any breaks or tensions. As Jeff mentioned, "The exhibit is set up spatially to allow the viewer to connect the dots visually." The elements presented in the forefront of the room by Adam's primitive and intuitive brushwork triggers a specific visual curiosity that is investigated by Michael's allegorical compositions granted at the hindmost of the space.Recent Works by Adam Lee Farrell and R. Michael Walsh will be open to the public through March 1, 2009. For more information please visit knappgallery.com.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jewcy Christmas Party!

It's a little late in coming, but I wanted to go over the shabanga bang of how well Jews really do throw Christmas parties. The party was hosted by JEWCY MEDIA GROUP, which is an entertainment and media company devoted to helping Jews (and anyone else) find, use, share, and expand meaning and community. When Jewcy design team leader Tara Rice asked me to put together some work to display for their Jewish Christmas party, I was thrilled but also curious. I arrived at their location in a nice part of Brooklyne, NY, where setting up the art before the party began was a pleasure, working with a very professional, yet friendly staff. Free food, alcohol and nice little gift bags were provided for everyone who attended the party. The crowd all seemed to be enjoying themselves as music and mixed cultures filled the room with good vibes and positive beats. Overall, I had a very good experience and look forward towards working with Jewcy in the future.



Wednesday, December 3, 2008

First Gallery Exhibition



I will be showing some work in a group show this month at The FUEL Collection in Philadelphia. Info is below. Most of the work is older stuff already posted on my blog, but I have one new painting of a b-boy breaking in front of a huge tagged up wall. It's a nice piece. Come check it out!


Monday, November 10, 2008

My work was recently featured on jewcy.com.  Jewcy Media Group is an entertainment and media company devoted to helping Jews (and anyone else) find, use, share, and expand meaning and community. With its online site, theatrical productions, and steady diet of exciting events, Jewcy is a premier media and entertainment outlet for progressive free-thinkers.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Work From the Show

Here are some shots of the work I just showed in the recent Philadelphia city wide art show.