Saturday, November 22, 2014

Message in a Bottle

Since arriving home from Paris and Germany I've been solely concentrating on my commissioned project for SEPIL, which has a deadline for the end of December. I'm just giddy to share with you the final pieces for this painting commission. I'll be sure to post an image on December 1st for you all to see.

I also have a number of landscape pieces I began way back in May or June of this year, but put them aside for a time. I look forward to examine them afresh and bring them to completion in 2015.

Here also attached is an image of a large observational painting I have been working on intermittently for sometime. It's very nearly finished now. Hope you like it. - RH

Friday, November 14, 2014

From Paris to the Palatinate

On Sunday last we travelled by TGV train from Paris into the heartland of the Palatinate in south-western Germany. This was to be my third visit to Germany this year. I journeyed to spend time with my friend and artist Ralph Gelbert and to discuss a commissioned painting project for the Muller-Catoir family, a large and renowned fine wine producing family in the region.

The trip was such fun and it was so nice to be able to see this area of Germany in the late autumn/early winter and to share this place with Boo for the first time.

In July of this year I had been invited to take part in an International Symposium of painters and sculptures in this area and had the opportunity to create work and exhibit. During my time there I was fortunate enough to be hosted by the Catoir family and discussions began about commissioned paintings of mine to add to the families large collection which dates back some three hundred years.
I look forward to putting planning in place so I can start work on these pieces in April of next year.

I will never forget the warm hospitality we received in this area of Germany. And I look forward to welcome my friends from Neustradt an der Weinstrasse to Ireland again some time soon.

Below some pictures from our visit including highlights of mine from the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt.

Beautifully prepared dinner at Studio Gelbert's and plenty of fine wine!

A view of Ralph's studio space from our bedroom!

Crossing a bridge over the Rhine river in Frankfurt. Don't ask me what we were pointing at!

Städel Museum, Front facade Photo: Städel Museum

Arnold Böcklin - Villa by the Sea.

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Saint Jerome and a Lion.

Rembrandt - The Blinding of Samson.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From Paris with Love

Paris has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion.
Nervous energy, fun and exhilaration all combined to make this short trip and solo exhibit incredibly memorable. Not to mention great fun with friends, family and new prospective collectors.

After two days hanging and installing the show at Galerie La Cornue we opening the exhibit to a great turnout. The atmosphere was wonderful and warm all helped by gorgeous food by Boo, French wine and of course some fourteen very fine paintings!

Special thanks to all who were able to come along to celebrate the launch with us.
Huge gratitude to Ms. Pauline de Vilmorin and Mr. Xavior Dupey, La Cornue's gallery director and owner.

I will post some photos from the show as I get them but until then here is a couple of nice images from our time spent in Paris.

Boo, chilling out along the banks of the river Seine.

Little Birds at Notre Dame.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Opening Tonight in Paris

Tonight marks the opening of my first solo exhibit of paintings in Paris.
Here is an image of part of the installation at Galerie La Cornue.
54, rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris.
This show runs until at least November 28th.
Tonight's after party will happen just down the road at Cafe - Resto, Au coin de la rue.

Hope you can come along.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tea break at the Terminal - SEPIL Commission 014

An image of 'The Terminal' painting during its creation.
As it gets close to a finish it's time for a well deserved tea break.
I look forward to show you the finished piece soon.

Special thanks to Eoin Collins for the photographs.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two Mangosteen

Here below is an image of one of the smaller oils that will feature in my coming solo show in Paris.
The entire exhibit entitled 'Raw/Cooked: Last of the Summer Mackerel' has it's pictorial narrative based around compositions which includes foods.

Private Collection, Switzerland.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Raw/Cooked: Last of the Summer Mackerel

My first Solo Exhibit in Paris opens this day fortnight. 
'Last of the Summer Mackerel', at Galerie La Cornue. 
54 rue de Bourgogne, 75007, Paris. 
Don't forget to tell your friends!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Museum of Realist Art, Boston

Recently I was informed that my work has been included in The Museum of Realist Art, Boston. This curatorial collection of  realist painting has been build over time since 2011. The founders are currently looking for a permanent space in Boston. Until then the collection is available online.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All work and no play

Preparation for my coming solo exhibit in Paris is nearly complete.
Of course there will be some last minute things like crating the works for transport, but all the pieces are framed and gathered bar one!
I will post more information on this first exhibit of my work in Paris soon.

My attention the past number of days has been to return to work on pieces for my commissioned project for SEPIL. I'm really pushing ahead with this work now and feeling more and more comfortable with the remaining time. Its good to have a deadline. My works always more concentrated and focused with one.

You know the proverb 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' - well Thank God I got to let loose on that break in Amsterdam :).

Here is a shot of me with a piece in process that I have abandoned or put aside, at least for a little while.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rijks Museum

I'm back at work in my studio now but on Thursday last I had the chance to spend a day at the Rijks Museum in the heart of Amsterdam's Museum quarter. The Rijks has just undergone a ten year refurbishment and renovation and just opened up fully again in 2013.

The museum is divided up chiefly into four sections.
'Special Collections', on the ground floor which includes works created from 1100 through to 1600 as well as an incredible collection of Asian antiquities which are housed in a special pavilion. 1700 to 1900 on floor one where I was particularly taken by a Goya self portrait. Then the second floor with its great hall and gallery of honour containing works from the 1600-1700 namely the Night Watch by Rembrandt and little gems by Vermeer like Milkmaid and Little Street.

I never made it to the 1900-2000 on the third floor but I suppose they will all be waiting for my return to Amsterdam which won't come quickly enough.