Saturday, June 29, 2013

Faiyum

Faiyum is an Egyptian city and region located about 80 miles southwest of of Cairo.  Faiyum Governorate, the modern capital, is also the ancient site of Shedyt or Crocodilopolis.  Founded around 4000 BC,  it is the oldest known city in Egypt and one of the oldest settlements  in Africa.

During the Ptolemaic dynasty, (305 BC to 30 BC), and after, the Faiyum region was a major producer of grain and cotton for the Roman world.  Today Faiyum is particularly know for the remarkable tomb portraiture created during it’s Greco Roman period of affluence in antiquity.

The Faiyum portraits or Fayum portraits, were created as encaustic on panel or sometimes tempera on linen.  They were bound into bands of cloth that wrapped the mummified wealthy for burial.  About a thousand of these portraits have been discovered.  Each is a remarkably realistic portrait, sometimes double portrait, of people that lived 2000 years ago.  Buried with their “subject” the portraits  were never meant to be seen again.

A couple years ago a friend and patron asked if I would make for her my own interpretation of the Faiyum portraits.  I was immediately intrigued.  I ended up panting four portraits, a double portrait and one large interpretation of a shroud painting. 

Above and below are my take on Faiyum.  It was a whole lot of fun painting these.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vashon Garden Tour

My sculpture 'Haiku' with yucca and a stunning white rose.
The Vashon Garden Tour is this weekend.  I was honored to have my Threshold Guardian stakes and sculpture in the garden of Ron Gawith and Linda Weiss.  Their contemporary home and the garden that surrounds it are absolutely stunning.

Behind me is 'Hyperion' in stainless steel, hung from Gabion cage.




Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Island to Island Exhibit

ISLAND TO ISLAND
ART FROM AROUND THE SOUND
June 13th-August 4th

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
Anne Belov, Sandy Byers, Debra Calkins
Brian Fisher, Melinda Hannigan,
Lorraine Healy. Ingrid Lahti
Mark Lucero. Mary Dyer Rothermel
Kim Tinuviel

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 5:00-7:00 PM
ALJOYA MERCER ISLAND

2430 76th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
ARTWORK IS ON EXHIBIT THROUGH AUGUST 4, 2013.

Please RSVP at (206) 230-0150

"The Caledonion Boar," above, (14 x 14 in.) is one of several Monoprints I will be exhibiting in the Island to Island show.  June Sekiguchi and Kelly Lyles curated this exhibition for Aljoya. It will showcase work from Washington State "Island" artists, (Whidbey, Vashon, Mercer, etc).

Monday, June 3, 2013

An Architectural Art Commission

Earlier this year I completed an interesting commission for a good friend and patron.
The final print images were to be digitally reproduced and used as skins for pantry doors in his kitchen.  We discussed imagery and finally decided that two Monotypes describing four phases of his life would be fun and personally relevant.
Above are the door skins in place.  Below are the initial drawings and  the final Monotypes that were reproduced as door skins.