Monday, January 19, 2009

Barebrush Artist Energized by Art of the N*de (Magazine Profile)

Ins & Outs Magazine

Take a quick look at visual artist Jacqui Morgan's portfolio, and you might think she was schizophrenic. Since drawing attention for her 1967 psychedelic poster for The Electric Circus, the legendary St. Mark’s Place nightclub, Morgan has painted on surfaces ranging from cast paper to couches to shoes, and completed original illustrations for clients from Playboy Germany to Gloria Steinem to nearly every Fortune 500 company. Her subject matter has bounced from surrealistic nudes to florals to figures painted from life.

But Morgan has a perfectly logical explanation for her diverse – and changing – styles.

“I think I have changed more dramatically than many,” Morgan says. “Illustration requires change for survival and producing art requires change in order for the artist to maintain excitement. For me, I am so dedicated and involved in each evolution that at some point I get bored with each process and seek something new.”

Morgan, who says that she “burned out” of illustration almost a decade ago, has that “something new” in her sights: to make the transition to fine art....

Each week, Morgan meets with friends and colleagues to paint from a live nude model.

“Something special happens between the artists and the model when it’s live. Energy is being passed back and forth,” Morgan says. “And the short length of the poses provide an even more concentrated painting/drawing experience.” And though she rarely did so in the past, Morgan now finds inspiration in painting from life....

To read the complete article, click here

(Look in the arts section as long as the article is current).

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Barebrush Artist Posts New Art Videos


You may want to add the following information to your "Recent Headlines" section of "Barebrush". I have added three more video demonstrations of drawing and painting the nude to my Youtube site (

1) Drawing Demonstration - Reclining Nude Reilly Technique
2) Drawing Demonstration - Side Nude Reilly Technique
3) Oil Painting Demonstration - African Drum #4

These three new videos are in addition to the first two on the "Reilly Drawing Technique" (front and back nudes) which you posted about 6 months ago. Frank Reilly taught drawing and painting at the Art Student's League from the 1930's through the early 1960's. I learned the technique from one of his former students (Ceasar Borgia-now deceased).


Donelli (Dan) J. DiMaria.

Dan is a featured artist of barebrush, and a member of barebrush since July 2007. His work appears in 15 barebrush calendars, including 4 as Curators Choice. For Dan's featured artist page: click here . Thank you, Dan!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Art Opportunity, Jan 23 Deadline: Barebrush Feb N*des-of-the-Month

Call for Entries. Prizes. Video. Includes Entry for March Calendar Contest

New York, NY – January 6, 2009. All visual artists are invited by BAREBRUSH founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen to submit art of the nude for the February 2009 N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest.

Guest curator for the February exhibition is Della Clason Sperling, founding partner of Dulack & Sperling Art LLC, which specializes in art advisory, certified appraisals, and collections management. When asked to provide some insight into her ideas for the February calendar, Ms. Sperling wrote:

I am drawn to art that slows me down and pulls me into it, whether through the
subject and its conceptualization of ideas, the surroundings and their
circumstances, or the handling of materials. I am drawn to clever ideas
and well-crafted forms that do not appear labored. I would be especially
interested in work that feature male nudes and/or both sexes together.

Ms. Skeen noted:

I am delighted to welcome Della Clason Sperling back to the barebrush
project. Ms. Sperling curated the twelfth barebrush calendar, August 2007. She
brings a keen and careful eye, and a good sense of fun. February 2009 is our
thirtieth calendar and I am excited to see her reaction to the variety and
excellence of art on barebrush in 2009, eighteen months later.

Call for Entries Details


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Monday, January 05, 2009

Curators Choice Awards Dec 08 from barebrush

New York, NY -- announces the winners of the Curators' Choice Awards for December 2008. The winning artwork, The Amazon, is an oil painting by Mexican artist, Hector Olvera, (Etor). For the month of January The Amazon graces the front page of the barebrush website as N*de-of-the-Month.

The December 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by David Thompson, of Serrano Contemporary / Sonnet Gallery in NYC. Thompson also selected the five nominees for the Curators' Choice Awards. Previous barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections. The poll opened for public voting on the nominees December 1st and closed December 29th. Winners were determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular vote. The grand prize winner of the Curators' Choice becomes N*de-of-the-Month.

The results are below:

1st: The Amazon by Hector Olvera, Etor

The Amazon by Hector Olvera, Etor


2nd: A Little Night Music by John Luce Lockett

A Little Night Music by John Luce Lockett


3rd: Bronze N*de ll by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Bronze N*de ll by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Hawaii (now California)

All nominees receive complementary listings. First, second and third place are also awarded cash prizes.

Congratulations All!

To see the December 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar and further details, click here.

To see the calendar archives and all the barebrush curators, click here

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

January 2009 N*des-of-the-Month

CLASSIC & FEROCIOUS OWNERSHIP -- When D. S. Wade of the First Street Gallery in Chelsea completes the selection of the January 2009 N*des-of-the-Month, it becomes clear that the calendar speaks to two themes: personality and complexity. First, Ms. Wade looks for the artists to represent each individual figure's unique humanity--as subject, not as object. Second, she relishes and delights in the development of layers of ambiguity, by which the artists take the timeless genre of the nude and redefine it. The works she selects represent explorations (she calls some delicate, others ferocious). The figures hide and reveal both form and meaning.

Her choices are resonant of classical figures adapting to the 21st century -- twisting, often raw, powerful, but strongly composed, in demeanor as well as in space. She agonizes over the choices--only 31 works can be chosen. At the end she says, "once people catch on, [barebrush] will be phenomenal...."

The 31 artists selected for January 2009 (with day of month) are: Sylvia Cheung (6), Donna Cleary (27), Joyce DiBona (21), Donelli DiMaria (25), Emilia Fitz (7), Rene Hinds (12), David Hollander* (24), Leon Kalas (22), Mollie Kellogg (18), Donald Kolberg (9), Guenter Knop* (1), Szn Kraft* (8), Francien Krieg (17), John Luce Lockett (11), Will Maller (16), Jean Marcellino (28), Peter Matthews (19), Jen Mazza (31), Dan McCormack (26), Jacqui Morgan (2), Benjamin Nazareno (10), Kathy Ostman-Magnusen (14), Angelique Price (23), Jennie Rosenbaum (30), Charles Schindler (20), Christopher Smith (13), Emily Stedman* (4), William Thierfelder* (15), Randy Thurman (5), Haydee Torres (29), Judy Volkmann (3).

Artists receive complimentary listings. Winners of the Curators' Choice Awards are eligible for cash prizes.

Curators' Choice Awards for December Announced

Winners for the December Curators' Choice Awards are announced after a month of voting. Top honors go to artist Hector Olvera of Santiago, Mexico, for his aptly named oil, "The Amazon." The December calendar was curated by David Thompson of Serrano Contemporary/Sonnet Gallery in NYC.

About BAREBRUSH and the N*des-of-the-Month Contest

Each N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest is curated by a different guest art professional. Voting by past and present barebrush curators, and the public determine the Curators' Choice Awards winners. Voting is underway now at for Curators' Choice and "My Favorite N*de." is dedicated to the art of the nude giving artists recognition for their work in this controversial art genre and helping them to connect with interested dealers and collectors worldwide. Online since 2006.

National Press Release

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