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Salmon Sunrise

by bgarri , May 28, 2012—04:15 PM

Topics: Cubism, Salmon cubism, painting

A painting finished at the end of May, 2012, this work was echoes other salmon paintings I've done in the past--only this one is in my new style. It is more satisfying for me to paint in this way. I can show more vibrant colors, movement and the final result is something far more original than a conventional painting of a realistic salmon… Continue reading… 0 comments

Moonlight Becomes Her

by bgarri , December 14, 2011—12:00 AM

Topics: Cubism, Picasso, cubist portait

A woman in a hat drinks a glass of wine as she is enveloped in the moon's glow. Oil on panel with a quality frame. I painted this smaller work a couple years ago and have received many positive comments about it. Like always, I wanted to show how people can still paint using the Cubist style without worrying about copying Picasso or Braque. There are millions of artists who are or who have painted in the impressionist style. That avenue seems too well-trodden to me. I think cubism is a great jumping-off point. It leads down a road where interesting discoveries can still be made. It can lead to a better combination of the intellect and emotions--an artistic synaesthesia so to speak. I have many more cubist-style paintings planned and perhaps that's not even the proper word for them… Continue reading… 0 comments

My cubist paintings

by bgarri , December 12, 2011—12:10 AM

Topics: Cubism, Indians, Native American art, Picasso, Western art

When I was in college, I was fortunate to have an excellent professor named Otis Lumpkin. He taught an old master style of painting. I still use it to paint my more realistic paintings such as "The Swan of Tuonela." But he also taught a course in modern painting including impressionism, expressionism, abstract expressionism and cubism. I had already admired the work of Picasso and Braque so I found I was suited to cubism. To be sure, many dismiss cubism now as derivative...and anyone trying that style is accused of copying Picasso or Braque. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think of the thousands...no...millions of artists who have painted or still paint using the impressionist style. And all the realist painters? That's all been done before, too… Continue reading… 0 comments