8 x 10"
oil on panel
I have some catching up to do posting my new paintings that will be included in my upcoming solo show The Ladies. I finished my 12th piece yesterday, a few more to go. Whew.
One of my personal favorites is the one above, To Tell the Truth, featuring Alice Neel's Self-Portrait. That painting was a five-year process, completed on her 80th year - painted in a truthful manner. She was in an art world when Abstract Expressionism was hip, yet she carried on with these bold, expressive, sincere portraits that spoke to people. Including me.
I discovered the artist, Alice Neel, when I read her obituary in 1984 - then proceeded to find any books I could on her life and her paintings. She was born in 1900 and is known for her many portraits of friends, family, poets, artists, celebrities and even strangers.
Alice Neel started painting in her 20's and didn't receive the recognition she deserved until her late 60's and early 70's. She had a fascinating life that's worth reading about - she had lovers and husbands and children mixed with tragedy, nervous breakdowns, travels all over the globe - she connected with people, loved and lost, had numerous, life-long friends - a full life.
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