The Prince George Art Show curated by ILana Simons features the work of ten dynamic contemporary artists. The exhibition focuses on portraiture and the strong drawing line. Highlights included Michael Alan, who founded the famous Draw-a-Thon and Living Installation series, and David Pettibone, who teaches portraiture at the New York Academy of Art.
The opening reception for The Prince George Art Show took place on Friday, January 14, 2011, from 6pm – 9pm, and it featured three unusual acts of drawing-as-live-performance. Downtown’s modern-day Charlie Chaplin, Valmonte Sprout, ate Crayolas and produced colorful works with the outpour; the ambidextrous Roman Zelgatas painted himself into a clear phone booth; and Sarah H. Paulson offered a presentation of reclined, unclad women drawing with their toes. The opening reception was packed and the show looked amazing. Llana Simons did an excelled job curating this show and I am looking forward to the next one.
About the Featured Visual Artists
MICHAEL ALAN founded of the Draw-a-thon and Living Installation series in New York and currently shows at Eastern District, in Bushwick. His work focuses on strong line work. His newest series of work, “Harmonious Opposites,” centers on the beauty of balance in a state of cultural disruption.
Alan was born in New York City during the infamous blackout of 1977. Raised in a consistently changing city, during a violent, rich and strange era – the 1980s – he has questioned perceptions of time, space and the symbiosis of creation and destruction.
LISA BARTHELSON works from her studio in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Blackstone Print Studio cooperative. A “materials junkie,” she uses the objects and materials around her, including the debris generated by a family of five, to inspire and challenge her art making. Barthelson has exhibited her work throughout New England and recently won the Juror’s Choice Gold Award for her site specific sculpture “water rings,” part of the 2010 Art in the Park Exhibition in Worcester MA.
CHRISTOPHER COLVIN’S latest solo show was at the 2/20 gallery (220 west 16 street New York, NY 10011) and featured abstract landscape and cityscape works with New York City as central theme. In 2009, Christopher showed alongside Richard Serra, Nan Goldin and others in SoHo for the 5th Annual Art Auction in support of the Mental Health Project NYC, and he is happy to say he has been invited back for the Sixth annual MHP SoHo auction. Christopher has also shown at the National Arts Club NYC.
PRUDENCE GROUBE is the creator of Mimachan, a character who invites the viewer to engage in the world through the candy colored lens of a pop culture drifter. Prudence’s whimsical paintings and illustrations, featuring Mimachan and friends, have been likened to the work of Paul Klee, Chagall, and Dubuffet. Her weekly blog, Mimachan Studios New York Weekly Update (www.mimasuchan.blogspot.com), features works on paper, updates on larger projects, and writing. Prudence is also working on her first book: a cyberpunk pulp fiction.
ED KAPLAN, born on Long Island in 1971, currently resides in Queens N.Y. He is a self taught painter. For the past 20 years he has designed and executed fine art paintings and commissions as well as murals, custom airbrushed automobiles and architectural paint restoration work at theatres and landmarked buildings throughout New York City.
EMILY KLIMA is an artist living and working in New York City. She has produced design for Harper’s BAZAAR, Mademoiselle, GQ, and Seventeen Magazine and has had multiple solo shows in New York City. Emily explores her emotional connection to line and color, using various surfaces and mediums inspired by landscape.
JANE LUBIN, M.D. works in acrylic, digitally manipulated photographic collage, and polymer clay jewelry. As an eye surgeon by training, she has always had a fascination with anatomical shapes, and does not mind working at a microscopic level, and in small spaces. As president of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Connecticut Chapter, she has curated area group shows, including a collaborative installation at the University of New Haven’s Seton Gallery and a show at the Fairfield Arts Council for the Women’s Caucus for Art. As a Westport resident and member of the Westport Arts Center, she has had a solo show at Westport Arts Center (2006), a solo show in the Director’s Gallery at Fairfield Arts Council, and served as chairperson of the WAC solo shows in 2009, as well as juror of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Summer Arts Festival.
DAVID PETTIBONE is a New York-based artist focusing extensively on the medium of oil paint and the portrayal of the contemporary figure. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA at the New York Academy of Art. His work is included in various private collections with continuous growing support.
ILANA SIMONS is a portrait painter who has PhD’s in Literature and Psychology. A professor of literature at The New School and a clinical therapist, she draws on figures from literature and psychology for her work. She is the author of A Life of One’s Own: a Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf and is a staff writer for Barnes & Noble.com and Psychology Today.com. In this show, she is showing her stitching series, entitled “Let Me Self Soothe without Self Harm.”
FIRST NIGHT PERFORMERS
SARAH H. PAULSON was born in New Orleans, LA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She creates drawings using her feet, or other body parts, and relies on environmental circumstances to dictate the duration of the act of mark-making. Paulson is also one-half of the performance art duo Holly Faurot & Sarah H. Paulson. The work of Sarah H. Paulson and Faurot & Paulson has been shown/performed internationally in galleries/venues including NYCAMS (NY Center for Art & Media Studies), NY; English Kills Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY; NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY; The Chocolate Factory Theater, Brooklyn, NY; Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Alice Chilton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; P.I.T. (Projects In Transit), Brooklyn, NY; the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY; Open Art Gallery, Beijing, China, among others. At the opening, she will present multiple unclad reclining women drawing with their toes.
VALMONTE SPROUT incorporates silent acting as well as visual storytelling in her performances, involving characters that range from lighthearted and coquettish to quirky-alien, to dark, sometimes demonic entities. Valmonte also composes music for dance scores, creates video, and designs elaborate costumes. Valmonte has written, directed and performed in “Node be the Atlas,” a multimedia play involving video projections, both live and recorded original music, sound collage and dance. At the opening, she will chew and then paint with those partly-digested Crayola crayons.
ROMAN ZELGATAS is an ambidextrous visionary painter inspired by religious experience & dimensional travel. He will paint himself into a clear phone booth with both hands.
Exhibition Dates: January 3, 2011 – February 26, 2011
Contact: Ilana Simons – Tel: 617-850-5408
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Gallery Located: 15 E 27th Street New York, NY 10016
Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. and by appointment