Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Len Upin

Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents The Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature Len Upin who recently exhibited two of his incredibly detailed ink drawings in our Vulnerability vs. Strength show.

1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.

I’m Len Upin and live in a suburb Northwest of Chicago, Illinois. For the past eight years I have been drawing large portraits with pen and ink.

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The artist Len with one of his portraits

2) Are you self taught or did you formally study art?

I earned a BFA degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois and a MA degree in painting from Northern Illinois University.

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“Stroke and Beyond”
Ink Drawing
30″ x 40″

3) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?

I’ve always been interested in the human face. When I grew up there was always artwork, mainly portraits, in my parents home. My father was a very creative, self-taught person and my older brother, is a formally trained painter. Both of them choose to create portraits. There were also two walls filled with photos of generations of our family members. Portraiture was a ‘no brainer’ for me. It is just another extension of my make-up.

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“Helen”
Ink Drawing
30″ x 40″
Vulnerability vs. Strength
Linus Galleries 2014 Exhibition

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“Chediak”
Ink Drawing
30″ x 40″

4) Tell us about your process:

I work from photos and an opaque projector to enlarge my large images. I concentrate on the humorous and dramatic elements of the expressions. I crop the portraits showing extreme close-up views. The images cropped and oversized images is a powerful combination.

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“Cataract Wear”
Ink Drawing
Vulnerability vs. Strength
Linus Galleries 2014 Exhibition

5) Do you have any secret party tricks or talents unrelated to your art making?

I am a “Big-Time” gardener along with my wife. We have six different flower areas and two vegetable gardens on all four sides around our house. It can be a full time, around-the-calendar hobby. I draw mostly in the winter and on rainy days. When I start commissioned portraits, that becomes a priority.

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One of Len’s six flower garden areas surrounding the home

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Plants waiting for Len and his wife to find them an outdoor home

6) Tell us about your ‘aha’ moment, or any kind of artistic breakthrough or evolution you experienced?

I had a stroke in 2003. My aphasia disability forced me to take an early retirement as a teacher. For a few years I worked with a number of speech therapists to help me regain my art of language. At the same time, I enrolled in a local junior college and private art studios to keep my art skills fresh. My “Aha” moment happened when I was looking in the mirror playing around with a self-portrait. I started on a loose, continuous line contour and continued to fill in the fields of values using random scribble marks. The drawing was loose, fresh and well – therapeutic.

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A view into his workspace

7) Any parting advice for budding artists?

Over the years, I taught, mentored, coached, advised and parented more then 2500 budding artists. Most of my students just took my classes for fun, a break out of their academic schedule. However, many others were planning or realized they may be able to go beyond their young aesthetic experiences. I told them they need a solid academic training about the ‘classics’. At the same time, I pushed them to create new ideas and new experiences. Variety is important, yes, but continuity of individual styles and statement are key.

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“Ma”
Ink Drawing
30″ x 40″

 

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Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Toni Silber-Delerive

Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents The Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature aerial landscape painter Toni Silber-Delerive who has shown her unique graphic paintings in several exhibitions including Urban and Past, Present, Future.

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A portrait of the artist, Toni.

1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.

My name is Toni Silber-Delerive . I’m a painter and work in Manhattan, New York.

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An aerial photograph of Manhattan, where Toni lives. Image by Ibagli of Wikimedia.

2) Are you self taught or did you formally study art?

I received my painting BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and my Art Education Certificate from the Graduate Program at the Kean College of New Jersey. I also studied in numerous graphic and web design courses at the School of Visual Arts and  Parsons School of Design in New York.

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“Aurelie and Friends”
60″x41″
Acrylic on Canvas
Linus Galleries 2014 Art Exhibition
Past, Present, Future

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Toni Silber-Delerive’s view from her window

3) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?

Red.

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“Sushi”
16″x16″
Acrylic on Canvas
Linus Galleries 2014 Art Exhibition
Fork and Knife

4) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?

My aerial-view paintings represent various places and spaces of the contemporary landscape seen from an above ground perspective. The flattened surface planes convey the textures of abstract space enhanced by compositional aesthetics and skillful use of color. My images of cities and towns, factories and farmlands, power plants, suburban communities and highways are conceived with a distinctive angle on structures and a fresh visual vocabulary. The flattened plane reduces details to strong graphic images. I like the subject and its many aspects and possibilities.

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“Nysa City Suburb”
36″x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas

5) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?

Acrylics dry very quickly which is okay on the aerials since they are flatter in perspective. The figurative work has slightly more depth so quick drying needs retardants.

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Updated view of “Nysa City Suburb”
36″x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas

6) How do you consistently keep up with promoting your artworks?

I keep marketing my art through a newsletter and my Facebook fan page. They share the shows I’m in and any recognition I receive.

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Artist Toni Silber-Delerive working on another new aerial painting

Which describes you: Beach, Forest, Desert, Field, or City?

City.

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“Looking down from Building”
36″ x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas
Linus Galleries 2014 Art Exhibition
Urban

8) What musical artist or band are you currently listening to when you are creating?

Rock like Michael Bublé , Maroon 5, and James Blunt.

9) What do you think the future of your medium will look like?

My main goal as an artist has always been, and will remain to be, growth and exploring. I am currently working towards abstracting my style.

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“Self Portait”
22″ x 26″
Acrylic on Canvas

10) Any parting advice for budding artists?

To keep working and remain true to your vision.

 

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Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Jon Bøe Paulsen

Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents the Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature international artist Jon Bøe Paulsen. Jon recently displayed his talented skills with several pieces that have been featured in our online art exhibitions of The Senses, Figurative, and Traditions. Accompanying a few of the detailed pictures below are direct quotes from Jon speaking on his dedicated process.

1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.

My name is Jon Bøe Paulsen and I live and work in Oslo. Norway. My title includes ARCALM, or Associated Living Master, for the  Art Renewal Center in Port Reading. NJ.

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The Featured Artist, Jon Bøe Paulsen

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2) Are you self taught or did you formally study art?

I studied at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. I also attended the Norwegian State Art Academy and the Eksamen Artium, both located in Oslo, NO. I consider myself as an artist belonging to the group of new realists where the human being is looked upon in a new light and painted strongly figurative. The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian ‘chiaroscuro‘, is light in the darkness.

3) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?

My favourite color is Raw Umber.

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“Notice the Raw Umber color on my surface. This background is active during the whole process of painting because this is the same color as the shadow in the human body. “

4) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?

The difficulty of course is to draw or paint that chosen motiv the way I pictured it in my mind.

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“A mixture of black oil and transparent paint in several layers will give the painting a natural look.”

5) Which artist living or dead would you want to have a drink with? What type of beverage?

Francis Ford Coppola owned a serious vineyard the last time I checked. I would like to sit down with the man who made “The Godfather” and what is later called “The world’s fastest three hour movie”. And after that glass of red wine, I just simply leave his premises.

Francis Ford Coppola in action on the set of The Godfather in 1972

Francis Ford Coppola in action on the set of The Godfather in 1972

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“Like in a good chess game, it is important to quickly access all the participating figures and their relation to each other. Then I know that I have control within the picture-size and shape I have chosen.”

6) Do you have any hidden talents or secret party tricks?

Maybe. I said maybe I have a hidden talent in writing novels. Others are better qualified to answer that question though. I published a documentary novel once in the eighties.

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“Work on the skin and shadows with fan brushes or big flats. A mixture of black oil and transparent paint in several layers will give the painting a natural look. Dammar solution can also be used.”

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The Finished Painting
“Jernanger”
25.8″ x 38.8″

 

7) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject?

The subject that I often return to concerns human beings that are trying to look into their souls. I love that subject because it challenges my ability to tell a story with one simple painting.

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“From Her View”
20″ x 25.8″
Lithograph
Linus Galleries 2014 Art Exhibition Traditions

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“Dun”
10″x13″
Lithograph
Linus Galleries 2014 Art Exhibition The Senses

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Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Jason John

Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents The Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature American painter Jason John. John’s paintings were recently shown as part of our Traditions art exhibit.

1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.

My name is Jason John.  I am a representational painter that lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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A portrait of painter Jason John.

2) Are you self taught or did you formally study art?

I received my BFA from Kutztown University and I received my MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  During my time earning my BFA degree I studied privately at The Waichulis Studio, now called Ani Academy.

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Jason John’s painting ‘Fierce’ from our Traditions exhibition.
Oil on Canvas
40″x 30″

3) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?

I really love the color blue.  Although colors always need environmental colors to make them sing, I feel blue can be quite hypnotic.

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‘The Lookout’
Oil on Board
20″x 24″

4) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?

I think one of the most difficult aspects of being a painter is the historical weight of the medium. Sometimes it feels like you really have to use your long history to give a new message any credence. The medium can also take a long time to begin to master because of the aspects of drawing, color, space, and physicality of any good painting.

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A view of the artist’s studio.

5) Which artist living or dead would you want to have a drink with? What type of beverage?

I would love to share a drink with Peter Paul Rubens.  I hope Rubens likes beer.

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“My talent is such that no undertaking, however vast in size… has ever surpassed my courage.” – Peter Paul Rubens

6) How do you unwind?

I enjoy running, making beer, and reading.

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An in-process painting, as seen in his studio.

7) Describe your “aha” moment when working with your medium that made you make that leap into another level.

Every summer I teach in Italy.  I think the first time I taught in Italy, I came back from my trip with a new appreciation of the painters of the past.  I think this experience of looking at painters of the Renaissance and Baroque period helped my own work.   I noticed how each of these painters really used the medium of paint in such a fresh and new way for their own time.  I feel it gives painters today hope that painting can always be fresh and innovative in our present time.

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‘Singularity’
Oil and Wax on Linen
30″x 18″

8) Where do you create art?

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A view from Jason’s workspace.

I do create art alone in my studio at home, but in the fall I will be starting a residency at a local museum accompanying an exhibition.

9) What trends in art bother you?

Personally, I don’t dislike any trends but I do dislike selfish art.  I think selfish art is art made for sole gain of the artist alone.

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Jason John’s painting ‘V3′ from our Traditions exhibition.
Oil on Canvas
40″x 30″

 

10) Any parting advice for budding artists?

Be ambitious but a nice person.  I feel that a career in the arts involves more people than the one person in the studio.  I owe a lot to the people that were kind enough to support me financially and mentally.

 

 

 

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Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Elizabeth Bowler

Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents The Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature Elizabeth Bowler, a British abstract painter living in San Francisco. Elizabeth’s art was recently shown as part of our Vulnerability vs. Strength online art show.

1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.

My name is Elizabeth Bowler and I am a British artist currently based in San Francisco, working with a painting based practice.

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2) Are you self-taught or did you formally study art?

I will be graduating soon with a Masters Degree in Fine Art from San Francisco Art Institute.  I feel my learning began from a very early age painting with my Grandmother.

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“Drifter”
168 cm x 195 cm
Oil on Canvas
Exhibited in the Linus Galleries Vulnerability vs. Strength art show.

3) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?

As soon as the word color is mentioned my mind generates flesh tones and grey scale. Humans are the most prevalent part of my practice and exploring the subtleties within the color spectrum of the body enthuses me the most.

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An in-progress photo shows colors common in Elizabeth’s paintings.

4) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?

The subject of my paintings continuously develops from my life, investigating and exploring the implication of a sense of limbo – mar – existing between absence and presence. I love how other humans that I encounter end up as part of a piece, capturing the moment in an abstract way. This allows viewers to project there minds onto the work, creating a continuous cycle of reactions. There is very little I dislike about my subject matter. It can on occasion be terrifying to really let go and be true to myself, and to be true about how I’m reacting to a moment. I think it can be easier to contain and suppress uneasiness. To be honest to that moment, immerse yourself in it and output it into a piece is when the work comes alive.

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“…Grinding the jagged edge of memories, hammering the unspeakable into forms, threading single perceptions into narrative…”
(Enduring Love by Ian McEwan)
From Elizabeth’s 2013 series.

5) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?

I primarily make large-scale works, so the most difficult thing is moving them.

 

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Untitled
30 cm x 18 cm
Oil Paint on Chalk Gesso Metal
2014

6) What musical artist/band are you currently listening to when you are creating?

Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Bonobo, Blockhead, The M Machine, Foals, and Mimosa.

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Elizabeth paints on a large scale, as seen here in her studio.

7) Describe your “aha” moment when working with your medium that made you make that leap into another level.

My first major turn in my practice was when I increased the scale dramatically; all of a sudden my paintings were environments to be explored. The second major turn in my practice would be when I introduced the inner structural protrusions in the stretching of the canvas. My paintings had emotion, concept, an environment to be absorbed into, but the protrusions added tension and anxiety. It humanized the work.

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Untitled
61 cm x 60 cm
Oil on Canvas
2014

8) Where do you create art?

Mostly in my studio or in the woodshop I work in.

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A view into the artist’s studio.

9) How do you unwind?

I unwind practicing Yoga and exploring cities.

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An early morning view out of the studio window.

10) Any parting advice for budding artists?

Only apply to shows that either means something to you in reference to your practice, or you believe in the space and the people promoting that space.

 

 

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