Monday, April 25, 2005

Artist of the Week 4/25/05

Although I'm not going to shy away from promoting my own artists on this blog, I'm also going to highlight and critique the work of other artists. Just because someone is selected as the "artist of the week" doesn't necessarily mean I'll have generous things to say about the work (and I'll encourage any commenters to take the same tough love approach). I will endeavor, however, to highlight the work of artists who are perhaps "underappreciated."

To get the ball rolling, I want to discuss briefly the work of a good friend of mine: Amanda Church. She's represented in New York by Michael Steinberg Fine Art and in Boston by Clifford-Smith Gallery.

Here's one of her paintings:Amanda Church, Joy Machine, 2003, oil on canvas, 60" X 96"

Here's another:

Amanda Church, Strange Days, 2004, oil on canvas, 60" x 48"

Amanda's work has been called psychosexual, so if you think you're seeing nasty things when looking at it, you're not necessarily crazy. Amanda's forms are abstracted from body parts, pop icons, kitschy images, and more recently text. Her greatest achievement, IMO, is her palette. Amanda's one of the most amazing colorists working today. Her choices are constantly innovative and her taste is flawless.

I bought a piece by Amanda at a benefit long before I met her. I now am the happy owner of several of her pieces, and one that resides at the foot of my bed makes me as happy as anything else in my collection when I contemplate it. There's a mature joy of life in this work and just enough silliness to charm me even in my darkest hours.

I have constructive criticism for Amanda when I visit her studio, but given she's a friend, I won't share that here. I will entertain any criticisms you may have though and give you an honest response.


Anonymous mky said...

Congrats Ed,

Looks great :)

4/26/2005 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Edward said...

thanks mky...but my gallery website is down, so it looks like there's a mistake.

4/26/2005 10:56:00 AM  

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