Artists Look in The Mirror



Everyone looks in the mirror. We watch ourselves as we brush our teeth, put on make up, comb our hair.  Artists, however who paint self-portraits, look much  deeper into that mirror. Self-portraits have been a preoccupation of artists since Rembrandt who depicted himself with sensitivity and insight at various stage of his life.  

At this time, 2018, when we as a nation  are having difficulty explaining ourselves to ourselves and people around the world, it is especially important to look through the artist’s eyes to reveal psychological truths.   

Portraits: Gwenn Thomas


Gwenn Thomas is an artist whose process integrates ideas which germinated in the 70s, evolved in the 80s and 90s and presents as a reinvented idiom in the present. It combines painting, photography, architecture, collage in abstraction geometry, color and black and white.

Gwenn’s work is consistently intelligent and formal at the same time and sources well known artists of various time periods: Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte, Lee Krasner, Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian and Velasquez. 

The work shown here is a photograph of a window backlit by nature in a frame which refers to Gwenn’s earliest painted framed photographs of streetscapes. …

Portraits: Looking Out and Looking In


Artists often choose famous people for portraits. Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol would be the first of the twentieth century artists that come to mind. Newton chose important figures in the arts and theatre as well as fashion. Warhol chose socialites and celebrities. Others choose friends and family as models: James van der Zee, David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Beauford Delaney, Faith Ringgold, Irving Penn, Alice Neel and Elizabeth Peyton to name a few.

Other artists like to do Self-Portraits.  Gilbert and George photographed themselves for their main subject matter. …

Women Artists from the 1960s - 1970s


The Feminist Artists Movement emerged in the late 60s-early 70s documented by the art historian Linda Nochlin in her essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists” of 1971 published in Art News.

At the same time as the women were finding their voice in art, the Vietnam war was raging and many men and women were demonstrating against it as their consciences were pushing them to march for civil rights and LGBT awareness.

The Feminists sought equal representation in galleries and museum shows and generally aimed to promote their visibility in the art world. 

Skulls and Skeletons


Skulls and Skeletons

Come October, children in America anticipate with glee the holiday of Halloween when goblins and ghosts a.k.a “spirits” are believed to come back and visit their descendants.  In Mexico The Day of the Dead is celebrated in homes and at cemeteries where relatives feast and welcome the spirits of their ancestors.  Bakeries are full of candies and cakes made in the shapes of skulls and skeletons which are happily devoured by the families.  Allegedly, it was common practice to keep skulls as trophies and display them during rituals to symbolize death and rebirth in middle American cultures going back thousands of years.

Francks F. Deceus

Francks showed a few of the Billboards in the Parallax Art Fair in May of this year.  It is a new body of work with no figures and very few words.  The paintings are acrylic on board and are simple but very elegant and use Francks’ warm, earthy colors.

Billboards are often found along a highway and advertise a product.  Some say they are used to highlight what’s hot or important.   Not these Billboards.  These show direction with arrows that silently lead you along the way.  One or two have the word “Dreams” written on them – a suggestion of another direction - one of our own thoughts, not someone’s attempt to influence us in a particular way.

Parallax Art Fair

Parallax Art Fair

I want to welcome you to my website, it has many works from the Parallax exhibition, recently mounted at the Prince George Hotel Ballroom.

Very fine works by Roberta Allen, Gulsen Calik, Billy Copley, Daria Dorosh, Francks Francks F.Deceus, Jill Enfield, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Yimin Huang, Cheryl Kaplan, Lauren Seiden, Gwenn Thomas and Kamar Thomas are shown individually as well as in the installation.

Jill Enfield’s fine art digital print is made from one of her wet collodion images from the forthcoming book and exhibition, New Americans.   Roberta Allen’s fine art digital print is not a flower but looks like one and was photographed on a trip to Honduras.  …

© Susan L. Halper Fine Art, Inc. 2018