The year 2012 started without snow and ice in Detroit.
Nevertheless, did I win two times with my winter cityscape "Liberty", a merger between New York and Detroit in my imagination. Liberty made first place at the annual Grosse Pointe Art Center Show: UBAN EDGE, 2012 and on a national level it was selected in the ArtSlant First Showcase Winner, 2012, online competition.
The painting is still on display at the Grosse Pointe Art Center until Feb 25.
Was I pleased? Na, klar!
This weekend an exciting show opens at the River's Edge Gallery.
My dedication is to my uncle Werner Holz, (who opened the doors for me to the world of Fantastic Realism) and the early Renaissance painters in general. My imagery is greatly influenced by the exposure to Dutch /Flemish artists Hyronimus Bosch and Bruegel, the Italians such as Ambroggio, Botticelli, Simone Martini, da Vinci and to todays famous German master Michael Triegel.
OVER 50 ARTISTS SHOW APPRECIATION TO THEIR INFLUENCES
‘Homageis a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic.”
Some artists are using sculpture and some painting and some found objects made into art and some weavings and some stone. In other words, whatever gets the point across. Sometimes the point is easily seen like Bruce Gerlach’s painting of the author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and others not so easily like Patricia Izzo’s tribute to fellow photographer Diane Arbus.
This non juried was an open call and includes well established and emerging artists as well as artists that we have never shown. It is a variety medium and approaches that you would rarely see in any art exhibit. The list of artists reads like a who’s who in the Detroit art community.