Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Jim Baab

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 artist Jim Baab who recently exhibited one of his stunning figure studies and nude fine art portraits for our Undressed exhibition.

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Ripple Thief
by Jim Baab

 

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

Hello! My name is Jim Baab. My artistic practice is photography. I reside on Prospect Hill, in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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A portrait of Jim, who embraces using a camera phone regularly to make photographs.

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

I am self taught. I do not hold an advanced degree. My background is in film and video production and digital media technical support. Around the time I was in the third grade, along with a handful of my peers, I was introduced to the traditional, chemical darkroom process of developing and printing film by our school’s principal. But, I did not get to experience that magic again, until my last semester of college. I currently shoot with an 8 megapixel Olympus DSLR and an iPhone 4s – not high-end gear. About three years ago, I jumped head-first into photographing nudes by working with ZoeFest XI, an annual gathering of photographers and models coordinated by Figuremodels.org founder Zoe Wiseman. Since then, I have participated in two annual Somerville Open Studios events and taken three “human landscape” workshops offered by Karin Rosenthal.

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Forward and Back
2014 Undressed Linus Galleries Exhibition
by Jim Baab

3) What did everyone else think you would be when you grew up?

At 44 years of age, I have not grown up yet – both, a curse and a blessing. My father, a machinist, wanted me to be an engineer. After enjoying drafting and design in high school, it was decided that I would study residential architecture in college. I eventually switched to film production, knowing it was a form of communication that fed my creative side more than drafting and design.

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Jim’s pictures often highlight similarities between the human figure and landscapes.

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

The subject matter that appears most in my artwork may be the natural world, or humanity’s connection to it – birds, nudes in the landscape, nudes as landscape, fresh garden vegetables, vegetables as a nude human form. As an observer, I enjoy noticing the patterns, lines, shadows, alignments and pauses that occur in my surroundings. Magic, beauty and tragedy is happening everywhere but most people are too distracted to notice. As a human, I dislike that. As an artist, I can present unique perspectives that reconnect viewers with their surroundings.

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Vegetarian Nude
by Jim Baab

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

My chosen medium is not that difficult. There are technical hurdles and hidden costs. Accurately pricing artwork that is reproducible and easy to promote and steal digitally can be challenging. The most difficult part is knowing when digital work is done and when to move on.

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Separation
by Jim Baab

6) 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?

Blue. Blue skies. Blue jeans. Blueberries. Robin’s egg blue.

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Beautiful shadows mid-shoot

7) Which artist living or dead would you want to have drink with?

Ernest Hemingway. I’ve heard he was good at it.

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Contact
by Jim Baab

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

I know how to repair a slate roof and I enjoy cooking. I’ve never mastered anything. But, I enjoy being artistic in my approach to just about everything.

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

I listen to everything from Bille Holiday to Foo Fighters. When I shoot there is, usually, no music. If I’m editing photos in Lightroom on my computer, streaming Jazz happens a lot.

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Untitled
by Jim Baab

10) What do you think the future of your medium will look like for other artists or as a whole?

That’s a great question. Digital photography technology, on all fronts, is constantly improving as the Impossible Project’s Polaroid-friendly film, Instagram and similar mobile apps are making retro imagery fun again. But, as wearable cameras and devices become smaller and more integrated with the wearer’s vitals and activities, we may be seeing a stream of artwork that turns traditional subjects on their heads. I believe artists and hackers will still find ways to make the old new again, though.

My own focus, this year, has been submitting my work to calls for art and contests. So far, my photography has been selected for group exhibitions in Massachusetts, Vermont, Tenseness and California.  I was also recently chosen for ArtAscent magazine’s Volume 8 Gold Artist Award, which included the publication and review of new “human landscape” work. It has been a good year to learn the process of finding outlets for my artwork, including the production of two books that I will be submitting to a photobook exhibition, this Fall.

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Fountainhead
by Jim Baab

11) Any parting advice for budding artists?
Find inspiration in other artists’ work. Think about how they are producing what moves you. Find and explore your own process. Be open to failure, criticism and compliments – each is an opportunity to grow.

 

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Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery

2014 Artist Interview Series

Anthony Lazorko

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 Anthony Lazorko who recently exhibited one of his colorful, charming woodcut prints  in our Dream State exhibition.

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

I’m Anthony ‘Tony’ Lazorko and I am a printmaker living in Mesilla, New Mexico. Although I have made my living in commercial art all my life, the love of printmaking has always been a big part of my life. A few years ago I retired from my job as Art Director of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and have begun again to make prints.

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A portrait of Anthony Lazorko

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

I received four years of fine arts education, 1956-1960, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There I studied drawing, oil painting and printmaking under the tutelage of such prestigious artists as Morris Blackburn, Walter Stumpfig and Franklin Watkins. The focus of my work has always been to depict something about the American experience, no matter how ordinary, and to say it in an aesthetic manner with tactile surfaces, color and composition.

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“19 and nine-tenths”
Woodcut Print

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?

Maybe blue but green in all its variety.

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“Xmas Eve on the Avenue”
Woodcut Print
Linus Galleries 2014 Dream State Exhibition

4) Where do you create your art?

In my imagination, day dreaming and from what I see around me. My wife, Marguerite Biddle, and I purchased a small house and studio in Mesilla, New Mexico, where we are busy working. She and I were fellow students at the Academy.

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Printer Edgar Ivar Rincon assists Anthony “Tony” Lazarko.

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

Errors are time consuming to resolve. My woodcuts are multi-color, involving many separate blocks. I always pull my own prints so the whole process is quite time-consuming. Therefore, I do not like to send them out to galleries unless there is real interest.

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6) What trends bother you?

Personal “mental dramas” on paper or canvas tend to bother me.

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“Temple Chevron”
Woodcut Print

7) Describe your “aha” moment when working with your medium that made you make that leap into another level. Or does that feel like it is yet to occur?

It’s always elusive, but you know it when it happens.

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“Let’s Eat!”
Woodcut Print

 

8) How do you unwind your brain?

To relax I like to read or watch baseball on TV.

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Tony’s cat naps in the artist’s workspace.

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

Bach, Classical music., and sometimes jazz.

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“Moonlit Hotel”
Woodcut Print

10) Any parting advice for budding artists?

To help pay for my tuition I was a print monitor for three years at the behest of Morris Blackburn (see question #2).

It takes a dogged effort, don’t give up.

 

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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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