New Release: Nomadic

Nomadic is an abstract painting which evokes many different interpretations, the most common and literal being of a caravan winding through and over sand dunes. Nomadic also may be easily seen as representative of our individual, meandering travels through life with our family and friends. Nomadic is available in two sizes, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20.

Nomadic was created using a Kona Longboard beer from Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Recent Release: Tropical Flower

Tropical Flower is an abstract painting evoking the feeling of freedom and optimism one feels when basked by the sun. The colors in Tropical Flower are calming and serene-just like listening to the harmonious sounds of the ocean waves coming ashore. Tropical Flower is available in two sizes, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20.

Tropical Flower was painted using a Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve Lager, from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Artist Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968)

Artist Kees Van Dongen was a Dutch-French artist who attended the Royal Academy of Arts at the young age of 16. A Fauvist, Mr. Van Dongen worked as a portrait artist, painting mostly society women. He painted his portraits with great care, elongating his subjects to make them appear slimmer and enlarged their jewelry.

A famous quote attributed to Mr. Van Dongen is: “Painting is the most beautiful of lies”. Based on the excellent quality of the body of his work, Mr. Van Dongen was awarded the Knight of French Foreign Legion of Honor in 1926.

Peaches and Cream Day (shown above) was painted with a very good New Belgium Skinny Dip beer from New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Peaches and Cream Day may be purchased by going to the Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract drop down menu then locating the Peaches and Cream Day image and following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

Artist Arshile Gorky was an abstract expressionist who, in 1922, enrolled in the New School of Design in Boston and later became a WPA artist after teaching at the Grand Central School of Art. His first solo exhibit was held at the Guild Art Gallery.

Several of Mr. Gorky’s works are quite well known, including his Garden in Sochi and his Staten Island.

Moving Ahead 4 (Metal)– shown above- was painted using a very good Samuel Adams Summer Ale from The Boston Beer Company in Boston Massachusetts. Moving Ahead 4 (Metal) may be purchased by going to the Art on Metal category in the Shop Our Art drop down menu, clicking on the Moving Ahead 4 (Metal) image then following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Per Kirkeby (1938-present)

Artist Per Kirkeby is a Danish-born artist, sculptor, filmmaker and poet with a large portfolio of  landscapes due to his strong interest in geology and nature. An art professor for over 20 years, his first art exhibition was in 1974 and first solo art exhibit in 1977.

The art of Mr. Kirkeby is displayed in numerous well regarded collections and museums, including the London Tate Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Due to a serious brain injury suffered from a fall in 2013, Mr, Kirkeby has only been able to create small etchings since that time.

Fertile Ground (shown above) was created using a very good Deschutes Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. Fertile Ground may be purchased by going to the Modern and Abstract drop down category under Shop Our Art, clicking on the Fertile Ground image then following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Pierre Bonnaud (1867-1947)

Artist Pierre Bonnaud was a French post-impressionist artist who graduated from law school, practiced law briefly then turned to a career in art in 1888. The first solo art show by Mr. Bonnaudwas held in 1896 after being recognized for his intense colors and complicated compositions.

Mr. Bonnaud often worked on several canvases at one time. After gaining a sterling reputation for his landscapes, still lifes and portraits, his “Terasse a Vernon” sold at auction in 2011 for nearly 9 million Euros!

Storm over the Alps (shown above) was painted with a great Bridgeport Witch Hunt from Bridgeport Brewing Company. Storm over the Alps can be purchased by going to our Shop Our Art menu, clicking on the Modern and Abstract section then clicking on the Storm over the Alps image and following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Julio Larranz (1944-present)

Artist Julio Larranz was born in Cuba, moving to the U.S. in 1961. His artistic career began by creating political caricatures. By 1971, Mr. Larranz held his first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., at the Pyramid Gallery.

Known for his oils (on both canvas and paper), often his subjects convey a tropical feel. Many are very bold in color and often involve solid colors. Mr. Larraz has collections in several museums, including collections in Mexico, Italy, Paris, New York City , Washington D.C. and Florida. He continues to be a strong contemporary influence on contemporary and modern art.

Argentina Afternoon 2 (shown above) was painted with a great Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon. Argentina Afternoon 2 is available for purchase on light weight aluminum (as are many other of our BeerColors™ images) by going to our Shop Our Art menu, clicking on the Funky Art on Metal drop down portion then clicking on the Argentina Afternoon 2 image and following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Nicholas de Stael (1914-1955)

Solid Ground j 1 4 16Artist Nicholas de Stael was born in 1914. Russian born, he moved to Poland then studied art in Brussels, Belgium. His first solo exhibition was during 1936 in Belgium. By 1941 Mr. de Stael moved to Nice, France. A few years later he died of suicide at age 41.

During his short lifespan, Mr. de Stael created over 1,000 paintings, many abstract landscapes, collages and textiles. His work, displayed worldwide, has best been described as abstract expressionism, color field painting, and bold lyrical abstraction.

Solid Ground 3 (yellow)-shown above- was painted using a fine 2013 Oak Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve from Oak Grove Vineyards in Saint Martin, California. Solid Ground 3 (yellow) is available for purchase whether as a Limited Edition Print or on metal by going to the Shop Our Art section, clicking either on Modern and Abstract or Art on Metal, clicking on the Solid Ground 3 image and then following the prompts.

Artist: Janice Biala (1903-2000)

Funky Auras CaféArtist Janice Biala moved from Europe to the United States as a 10 year-old in 1913 and became a U.S. citizen in 1929. Her first solo exhibition was in New York in 1935 and her next was in Paris in 1938. After World War 2, Ms. Biala returned to France. She lived into her late 90’s.

Ms. Biala mostly painted with gouaches, oils and used collages in her work which was well received. Her “Black Stove” is permanently displayed in the Whitney Museum of American Art. A retrospective of her work, “Biala: Five Decades” was held in 1996 in the Kourous Gallery in New York. In addition to her art, Ms. Biala also published 6 children’s books during her lifetime!

Funky Auras was painted using a very good Widmer Brothers Hefe from Widmer Brothers Co. in Portland, Oregon. Funky Auras may be purchased by going to Shop Our Art, clicking on the Modern and Abstract drop down category then on the Funky Auras image and then proceeding to checkout.

Artist A.J. Casson (1898-1992)

Fresh Air j 4 4 16Artist A.J. Casson was born in Toronto, Canada and took up painting at an early age. Primarily a watercolorist, Mr. Casson first displayed his landscapes at age 19 in the Canadian National Exhibition. Retiring from other employment in 1960 to paint full-time, Mr. Casson’s best known work is “Street in Glen Williams.” which is an autumn scene that sold at auction in 2010 for the sum of $542,800.

Fresh Air (shown above) was painted with a good Pendleton Blended Canadian Whiskey from Hood River Distilling in Hood River, Oregon. Fresh Air is available for purchase by going to Shop Our Art, clicking on Modern and Abstract and following the prompts after locating and clicking on the Fresh Air image.