Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Brick House 2 - Wyckoff, NJ




First stage of underpainting complete.

Art In The Park Show 2014.

Little article in the Paramus Post about the opening reception of my work at the Behnke Museum this past Monday evening.






Thursday, October 09, 2014

Aldo's - Wyckoff, NJ





Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

14" x 28"


Next photo is the rear view of The Brick House initial sketch-in.  This one will be a challenge to say the least.

This Saturday 10/11 is the Art in the Park Show at Van Saun Park in Paramus, starting at 11AM.  Rain date, Sunday 10/12.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Brick House - Wyckoff, NJ







Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

14" x 36"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Brick House - Wyckoff, NJ






Still going.  Sky and building are done.  Trees, foliage, flag, sign, cannon and foreground next up.

I can't wait for this painting (and the many interior views still to come) to be completed and hanging in the restaurant.  This will be great advertising for me, seeing as though the clientele of this place seem to be pretty affluent, since the parking lot looks like a luxury car dealership.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Aldo's - Wyckoff, NJ


First stage of underpainting complete.

The Art of Healing show at Englewood Medical Center has been extended until April 18, 2015.  For some reason, they have also added a second reception for sometime in January in addition to the one we already had last May.  Best hors d'oeuvres I have ever had and open bar, so I'm really looking forward to this.

Since so many of my older, major paintings will be in upcoming museum shows, their provenance will make them worth more than they are currently priced at, so if anyone would like to purchase prints of these or any of my paintings, please email me at  obern@optonline.net

Prices start at $99.  Giclee printing, stretched on wooden bars, ready to hang.

PAINTINGS

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Brick House - Wyckoff, NJ



First stage of underpainting complete on The Brick House.  Starting the underpainting of Aldo's today as well.

I am taking part in the 50th annual "Art in the Park" show this year after winning best in show last year.   The date is Saturday, October 11 from 11AM to 5PM.  Van Saun County Park, Paramus, NJ.

Reception for the Paramus museum opening will be Monday, October 20th at 7PM.  330 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.

Lambert Castle Museum one-person show will open on December 17th, and will run until March 29, 2015.  Reception date info to follow when finalized.

Middlesex County Museum show will open in April 2015.

Lastly, I did not make the final cut for the Bergen County Legends Award, but I lost out to James Gandolfini, Mary Higgins Clark, Bill Parcells, Les Paul and 6 other very worthy and famous Bergen County legends, so I can't complain too much.   Maybe next year.  I'm a legend in my own mind anyway, so I have that going for me.







Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highview Drive House - Wyckoff, NJ






Completed painting
oil on linen
10" x 18"

Had a nice trip up to Maine to see the Richard Estes show last week.  The man is a true genius with paint and canvas.

I have been commissioned by the owner of The Brick House and Aldo's restaurants in Wyckoff to do a large painting of each location.  When these 2 paintings are done, I will be doing paintings of the interior of each different room in the Brick House to be published as a book for the restaurant. All these paintings will be hanging in the restaurants for the public to see and enjoy. When these multiple paintings are done, I may be doing a mural for the lobby.  I have my work cut out for me now for at least 6 months.

I just have to mention a very odd thing that happened after meeting with Aldo and securing all this work.  I went outside to photograph the exterior of the Brick House, and while standing in the middle of Godwin Avenue, a total stranger drove up right next to me and asked, "are you the artist?" I was taken aback but replied yes, how do you know that?  She said that she owns one of my paintings that she bought at Kerygma Gallery in Ridgewood, 10 years ago.  I have no idea how she recognized me, but I will take that as a very good omen for my upcoming work with Aldo.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Highview Drive House - Wyckoff, NJ


First stage of underpainting complete.

I just found out yesterday that I will be having a one-person exhibit at Lambert Castle in Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with the Passaic County Historical Society in December 2014 through March 2015.

I was also notified that I will be included in a major NJ diner retrospective and installation at the Middlesex County Museum in April 2015 through April 2016.  My paintings will be hanging with one of my all-time favorite artists, John Baeder.  It is a huge honor for me to have my work hanging alongside this absolute legend in the world of photorealistic painting.

I will post more info about exact dates for receptions, etc...when everything is finalized.


Friday, August 01, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ


Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

10" x 20"


I get to meet such interesting people doing these custom home portraits, and the owner of this beautiful home is no exception.  He is a private helicopter pilot to a hedge fund "master of the universe", who lives in Greenwich, CT.  I am hoping to do a painting of his mansion soon.

The Bergen Record has added some more prints of mine for sale on their site, with about 50-75 more to be added in the coming months.


SHOP THE RECORD.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ














Still going.  The installation at the museum is finished.  This will be the permanent home for these paintings and prints.  Museum is open to the public today from 1PM to 5PM.  330 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.  I will be doing a painting of the exterior of the museum as a gift to the director soon and that will be hung under the tv to complete the room.  We will be having a grand opening celebration at the museum sometime in late September.  More info to follow.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ramapo Road House - Teaneck, NJ


Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

8" x 12"


The director of the Paramus museum took 8 more paintings and 3 more prints, in addition to the 7 originals and 10 prints he bought initially.  He tells me that everything should be ready by this weekend.  He is going to build an addition to the museum as well, for me to give presentations and classes.  I'm costing this man a tremendous amount of money, but he tells me that it is well worth every penny.  Such an amazing man to work with.

I can't thank you enough for this, Fred.  Absolutely incredible experience for me.

I will post some pictures of the finished space whenever I finish my next painting and post to this blog.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ



First stage of underpainting complete on both paintings.  Second painting is on Ramapo Road in Teaneck, NJ.

I have been nominated for the Bergen County Legends Award in honor of BC's 350th anniversary.  It would be great to be accepted as a Bergen County living legend.  I believe I am the only artist to ever focus on BC as subject matter for so many paintings, so we shall see how this plays out.

LEGENDS AWARD

Monday, June 30, 2014

Crestview Place House (2,3 & 4) - Bogota, NJ





Completed paintings.

Oil on panels.

5" x 7"

I know these paintings will have deep meaning for the children of the woman who commissioned me and that is a very special thought for me to have, but I hope I never have to do the same painting multiple times ever again.  This was work instead of the usual fun I have painting.  So glad they are done.

Callahan's is back in business, and I will be doing a painting of the truck for the owner sometime soon.

Jamie at 2 years old in preschool with his old friends.

Prints have been hung at the Paramus museum.  I am quite pleased with how everything is coming together so far.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crestview Place House (2,3 & 4) - Bogota, NJ





First stage of underpainting complete.  Paintings and prints are being installed in the museum in Paramus.  The director took a few more originals in addition to the original 7.  The cabinets have to be removed and track lighting installed in the space, then we will be good to go.  It is very nice to know that these paintings and prints will have a permanent home here for the public to see and enjoy.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Miedama Place House - Midland Park, NJ



Completed painting

Oil on linen

10" x 18"


Prints of some of my paintings are now being offered for sale on the Shop The Record website.

PRINTS

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Miedama Place House - Midland Park, NJ



First stage of underpainting complete.  The other photo is of my painting of the harbor in Honfleur, France hanging inside this same collector's home.

I saw the initial mock-up of how my paintings and prints will be hung in the museum, and I am beyond thrilled.  After the electrical work, construction of the renovated space and final wall color is painted, I shall take many pictures.  Hopefully that should be in a month or two.

The "Art of Healing" show at Englewood Hospital opens this Thursday, and I will take some pictures of my paintings hanging there as well.

Finally, I have to get up to Maine this Summer to see a major exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.  The artist is Richard Estes, and he is my hero in the genre of photorealistic painting.  I have heard from some artist friends who have seen it that it is stunning and a must see.  Really looking forward to it.

RICHARD ESTES


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