I've just finished watching the Spring edition of the second volume of American Painting Video Magazine, and I'm always amazed by what Michael Klein accomplishes with his video production company. In the current episode, Klein travelled to Utah to profile the studios of Kamille Corry and Jeffrey Hein, travelled to Maine to talk with custom, picture frame builder Troy Stafford, went to Philadelphia to film a demonstration by Stephen Early, and went back to New York City to film a speech on traditional color palettes by George O'Hanlon of Natural Pigments, cover an unveiling by sculptor Sabin Howard, and tape a book review by yours truly in the library of the Salmagundi Club. The effort Klein Art Productions puts into these quarterly videos in order to promote contemporary Realism is remarkable.
|Kamille Corry at the Corry Studio of Figurative Art in Utah|
|Hand demonstration by Kamille Corry|
|Jeffrey Hein at the Hein Academy of Art|
|Study for Apollo|
|Troy Stafford in his Maine workshop|
I think what I like most in these videos is having the opportunity to hear artists talk about their work candidly. It is not surprising that the individuals who would put so much time in educating themselves in the processes of creating such incredible artworks would be so well-spoken and intelligent in the analysis of their art, but too infrequently are they given the opportunity to express their thoughts and histories as informally as they are able in these episodes. This insight into the artists is often as inspirational as their works.
|Reviewing the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné at the Salmagundi Club|
|George O'Hanlon of Natural Pigments lecturing at the Grand Central Academy|
New to this issue is a photo gallery which showcases pieces by modern representational artists. Artworks are selected through submissions to the APVM website. To have the opportunity of your work appearing in the next installment, send jpeg images of your art to email@example.com.
|Marc Hanson's Backyard Fog was one of the artworks featured in the photo gallery.|
American Painting Video Magazine has also added a gallery section to their website. Artists in the gallery are those who have appeared in previous issues of the video magazine. Naturally, this section will expand as more issues of APVM are produced.
The Spring Episode is downloadable now for only $10.00 (a bit more than a cup of tea, but less than two lattés, plus it lasts a lot longer, and without the calories). For nearly 2 hours of advertisement-free content, it's a bargain.