Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peter's Piano II by k Madison Moore

Peter's  Piano II
A Homage to Peter Max


12 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas
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I did a Homage to Pater Max in the beginning of the year titled
Peter's Piano. I have to say that it is one of the most popular paintings for
this year. I did several similar, but not the same commissions, including a
very large format commission for a friend of Peter Max's, which just
thrilled me. I Check out his site

I thought it would be great to do another now as Peter just released
 his new isong
Check it our at the links below
You have to love him. He has works all over the place and knows
 so many people and other artists. What a legacy!...and such a nice guy too! I
have listed some facts about him here that I thought were interesting.
 Always learning something new! Love it!

This painting is 12 x 16, a really nice size and different from the first
 Peter's Piano at 11 x 14.
It is my impression of combined elements from five of Peter's
 paintings including his self portrait. The flooring is from another as well as
the Baldwin Piano that he painted. What great colors!
Custom Floater Frames are available upon request.

This would make a great gift for a Peter Max Lover.
Thanks Peter. Love ya!

NPR Limited Edition Peter Max iSongBook
In honor of NPR's 40th anniversary, the iconic pop artist 
Peter Max
 has graciously designed this limited edition 
Tivoli iSongBook for NPR.

Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a
 German-born Jewish American artist best known for his “Cosmic 60s”
 art style, as it came to be known in the 1960's . At first, works in this
style appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms
all across America. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques
 that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise.
In 1970, many of Max's products and posters were featured in the exhibition
 "The World of Peter Max" which opened at the M.H. de Young
Memorial Museum in San Francisco. The US Postal Service commissioned
Max to create the first 10¢ postage stamp to commemorate the  Expo
74World's Fair in Spokane, Washington. July 4, 1976, Max began his
 Statue of Liberty series leading to his efforts with  Chrysler CEO Lee
Iacocca  to help spearhead the restoration of the statue.

Official artist for many major events including Grammy Awards, Rock
 and Roll Hall of Fame, The Super bowl and others.

He also hosted the Xpress Peter Max Coloring Contest in the St. Petersburg
 Times in November 2005. The contest, located in St. Petersburg, Florida,
was a contest for children to color in a sketch by Max. Of 800 entries, 90
were sent to Max, who chose a grand prize winner, a runner-up and 10
honorable mentions

Max's art work was a part of the Psychedelic movement in graphic design.
His work was much imitated in commercial illustration in the late 1960s
and early 1970s.

His artwork is currently on the walls of CBS's The Early Show where
his newly created installation of 44 Obamas, commemorating the 44th
President of The United States was debuted.

Max owns a collection of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, dating from 1953 to
1988, one for each year. The collection has been horribly neglected.
Peter Max is an environmentalist and defender of human and animal rights.

One of Continental Airlines" Boeing 777-200ER aircraft
(registered N77014) sported a special livery designed by Max.
The livery was removed in the winter of 2007–2008.

Peter Max currently lives in New York Citywith his wife, Mary Max.
Pater Max Quotes

Quote:I never know what I'm going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself.
 I'm just the middleman.
Peter Max

Quote: There's nothing like New Orleans. When it comes back, it will be a tremendous
 highlight for America.
Peter Max

Read More About Peter Here

Official Peter Max Website

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Homage to Marcel Mouly, A Gathering for Marcel by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

A Gathering for Marcel

16 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series
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Of course I would like the works of Marcel Mouly with
all the wonderful brilliant colors he used. 
I love this painting with all the Red, my favorite signature color.

If you see paintings that are sold check with me to see if I
have similar available or I can paint to your specifications.
Original paintings make great gifts for the holidays for those
special people. If you may be interested in a commission please

Please contact me for my holiday schedule.
Ask me about my layaway program.

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Marcel Mouly (February 6, 1918 – January 7, 2008) was a French
artist who painted in an abstract style.

Mouly was born in Paris France on February 6, 1918. His Interest
in art developed in grade school. A precocious, mischievous child,
 Mouly was first sent to drawing class as a form of punishment.
However, Mouly loved learning to draw, and exhibited a natural
artistic talent, though his path to a career as an artist proved not to
be a linear one.

Mouly's style was influenced by the deep, bold colors typically used
 in Matisse's fauvist works, and by the cubism of  Picasso. Beginning
 in the mid-1950s, Mouly created many lithographs. And his works
received great interests globally.

Marcel Mouly's work has been exhibited all over the world, including
in the permanent collections of more than 20 museums, such as the
Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan,
 the Museum of Geneva, the Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, and
Paris' Bibliotheque. He has also been the subject of numerous books,
and recognized by such honors as the Chevalier de L'Orde des Arts
 et Lettres (1957) and the Premier Prix de Lithographie (1973).

Though Marcel Mouly died on January 7, 2008, weeks shy of his
90th birthday, his art and his legacy live on. "His art is pure and
direct in its message," art historian and writer Joseph Jacobs said,
"it is an art about beauty and life, an art roots firmly planted in the
School of Paris, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Roault, Vlaminck, Chagall,
Vuillard and Dufy are his patrimony, and he has carried their mantel
with unflagging dedication." At his death in 2008, he was the last
living protégé of Picasso.

Read More About Marcel Mouly

Marcel Mouly Art Gallery

Monday, September 26, 2011

Homage to Georgia O'Keefe, In Georgia's Mind by k Madison Moore

In Georgia's Mind

14 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas
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It has been quite some time since I posted a new painting.
I have been  dealing with dental surgeries, remodeling my house,
getting ready for the winter here in the mountains and working on
holiday products. Now I'm back and I have many new paintings
finished and ready to post and some great holiday gifts
so stay tuned. - Madison

At one time and for a very long time men dominated the artists
world. Georgia O’Keeffe not only carved out a significant place
 for women painters in an area of the American art community
 that had been exclusive to and is still dominated by men, but
also she had become one of America’s most celebrated cultural
 icons well before her death at age 98 in 1986.

I admire Georgia O'Keefe and her beautiful style. Her freedom
 of spirt shows in all of her work. She made a huge break
through for women in the art world. I want to pay a really
nice homage to her but wanted to keep the painting minimal
with impact and drama.
I found this great black and white photo by photographer
Alfred Stieglitz . He thought it would be fun to show those same
lovely hands at an older age, The photo was taken in 1966 as part
of a Life Magazine story by John Leongard.

Originally she was sitting on a bed but I wanted her to have
somewhat of a look of royalty so I thought this high back chair
would do the trick. Georgia loved to paint very large and very
close up on her subjects and expressed this technique all the
 time with her abstract floral paintings. I think my impression
of her floral abstracts expressed the magnitude of her work.
Since I also decide to use her Black and White Rose for the floor
of the painting, I thought it would be great to leave Georgia
in black and white as in the photo, somewhat monochromatic.

Monochromatic: containing or using only one color:
Although this composition is not totally monochromatic I think
I captured the dramatic expression of the painting that I was going for
as my homage to Georgia O'Keefe.
I wonder though...what book is she holding in the photo?

Georgia O'Keeffe was born November 15, 1887, in a farmhouse
near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Her parents, Francis Calyxtus
 O'Keeffe and Ida Totto O'Keeffe, were dairy farmers. Georgia
was the first female and the second of seven O'Keeffe children.
O'Keeffe attended Town Hall School in Sun Prairie. By age ten
she had decided to become an artist.

O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art
community in 1916, several decades after women had gained
access to art training in America’s colleges and universities,
and before any of its women artists were well known or highly
celebrated. Within a decade, she had distinguished herself as
one of America's most important modern artists, a position she
 maintained throughout her life.

Her abstract imagery of the 1910s and early 1920s is among the
 most innovative of any work produced in the period by American
 artists. She revolutionized the tradition of flower painting in the
1920s by making large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms,
 presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens.

In 1972, O' Keeffe's eyesight was compromised by, leading to the
 loss of central vision and leaving her with only her peripheral vision.
She stopped oil painting without assistance in 1972,
but continued working in pencil and charcoal until 1984.

 Juan Hamilton, a young potter, appeared at her ranch house in
 1973 looking for work. She hired him for a few odd jobs and
soon employed him full time. He became her closest confidante,
 companion, and business manager until her death. Hamilton
 taught O'Keeffe to work with clay, and working with assistance,
she produced clay pots and a series of works in watercolor. In
1976, she wrote a book about her art and allowed a film to be
made about her in 1977. On January 10, 1977, President Gerald
Ford presented O'Keeffe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
 the highest honor awarded to American citizens. In 1985, she
was awarded the  National Medal of Arts.

O'Keeffe became increasingly frail in her late 90s. She moved to
Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986, at the age of
 98. In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated and her
 ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of the Pedernal Mountain,
over her beloved "faraway".

Read About Georgia O'Keefe at The American Masters

Thursday, September 8, 2011

de Lempicka Painting, The Man in The Mirror by k Madison Moore

The Man in The Mirror

12 x 16 Oil painting on canvas

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Every once in awhile I have to do a painting
inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. She was such a glamor puss.
She came from wealth and married wealth and soom became the
artist to the stars when she moved to Hollywood from Paris
during the Art Deco period. She was many times mistaken
for a star herself. She loved the life and loved the fame and
glamor and was a very talented portrait artist.

I get a kick out of so many artists from that period
thought very buxom large women were beautiful and painted
many of them. Isn't that nice. Something we do not see
much of today!

This painting was inspired by Tamara with my take of one
of her nudes. What is that man doing!!! Is he sneaking a peek
of her lounging nude in front of the scenery of the lake?
Does she know he's there? Who is "The Man in The Mirror?

The tulips are my take from another of her works.
Love her palette!

Tamara de Lempicka was born Maria Gorska of well-to-do parents in turn-of- the-century Poland. After her mother and father divorced, her wealthy grandmother spoiled her with clothes and travel. By age 14 she was attending school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Now known as Tamara De Lempicka, the refugee studied art and worked day and night. She became a well-known portrait painter with a distinctive Art Deco manner. Quintessentially French, Deco was the part of a exotic, sexy, and glamorous Paris that epitomized Tamara's living and painting style.

At the threat of a second World War, she left Paris for America. She went to Hollywood, to become the "Favorite Artist of the Hollywood Stars". She and her second husband, Baron Raoul Kuffner, one of her earliest and wealthiest patrons, moved into American film director King Vidor's former house in Beverly Hills.

In 1978 she moved to Mexico permanently, buying a beautiful house in Cuernavaca called Tres Bambus, built by a Japanese architect in a chic neighborhood. She despaired of growing old and in her last years sought the company of young people. She mourned at the loss of her beauty and was cantankerous to the end.

Tamara De Lempicka died in her sleep on March 18, 1980 with her daughter Kizette at her side. Her wish to be cremated and have her ashes spread on the top of the volcano Popocatepetl was carried out.
Read more on de Lempicka Here

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Klimt Wine Label," Wine Painting, by k Madison Moore

Klimt Wine Label Painting

11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Connoisseur Wine Masters Series

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