Seed writes: "Feltus is a veteran representational artist known for his close-hued paintings of figures who carry an air of self-absorption tinged with melancholy. Remarkably, Feltus works without models and, for years, has used mirrors, referring to himself as the starting point for the faces and bodies of both his male and female figures. Seeing his works together is just a bit uncanny: it's a bit like attending a Feltus family reunion. The upstairs exhibition area at the Lux has 14 Feltus originals on display -- a dozen oils and two drawings -- where they emanate burnished quietude and a hint of august strangeness."
Frank Hobbs blogs a selection of thoughts on painting by Alan Feltus.
On painting's function in society Feltus writes: "I think art wants to be something people can turn to for a kind of meaning in their lives, or for a calm place within the turbulance of our modern world. Art doesn't have to explain our situation within the complexity of a chaotic and unstable society. Art can become social commentary, but it can also serve a much needed purpose providing a place of refuge wherein one can find a reason, or justification, for all the battling we have to do, mentally or physically, most of every day of our lives."
Buscemi writes that Kanevsky: "paints nudes and portraits steeped in tradition that feel fresh and contemporary. Figure in Dark without Onlooker (2012) is an intimate work the 49-year old Russian-born, Philadelphia-based painter produced using a Lux volunteer as the model. In the painting, a young woman with dark hair lounges nude on her side facing away from the viewer nestled in layers of dark brooding brown and deep green brushstrokes. These hues were not derived from the sun-saturated indigenous Encinitas landscape surrounding Lux, but from Kanevsky's memory of the stormy sky found in Velazquez's painting of Carlos Balthasar at the Prado Museum. Originally, Kanevsky included a male onlooker, but later removed him, providing a more direct experience for the viewer."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.