In a recent post, I mentioned that Marvin Mattelson was resuming his teaching schedule after a much needed sabbatical. During his year away giving formal instruction, Mattelson was working on a major and, as-of-yet, unveiled, portrait commission, which he hopes to share soon.
This portrait above is one of the other commissions Mattelson was able to complete while on leave, and one that allowed him to explore some of the conceptual and surrealistic imagery he was so well-known for in his illustration work. In the painting of this fun-loving couple, the husband is filling the sky with balloons, while his wife, with a sly smile on her face and a sharp safety pin on her blouse, contemplates her next move. It is in its own way a representation of the give-and-take of marriage, and humorously shows how the two interact in their relationship.
In addition to Mattelson's upcoming workshops, he will be returning to the School of Visual Arts for his regular teaching schedule, including his Friday and Saturday Continuing Education classes. Registration for the CE classes begins August 1st; once open, Mattelson will post a link to the school's course guide on his website. Classes fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.