Sunday, March 27, 2011

ArtExpo 2011 - NYC, NY

I have 2 originals and multiple prints being shown at ArtExpo in NYC this weekend. Had a great time there yesterday, signing prints and talking to a bunch of people. Thanks Marc for making this happen!!! I was able to go to this show with Cesar Santander, a very good friend who let me see his newest masterpiece in his Manhattan studio firsthand. An absolutely breathtaking painting that Cesar actually allowed my to touch, which was quite a thrill. (Anyone who has seen the movie "Pollock", knows what I'm saying). That painting was giving off some serious energy!!! Thanks Cesar!!! BTW, besides my paintings and prints, the most stunning piece of Art at the Expo was Jane Seymour.......Her paintings were pretty good too...

2 more things of note.....If you would like to respond to these posts, you have to forward the message back to my email address, you can no longer just hit "reply", I won't get the message that way anymore. Also, I have been corresponding with one of my all-time heroes quite a bit lately... John Baeder, A tremendous painter and legend in the world of Photorealism. Thanks John for being such an inspiration!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Westwood Gallery Opening - Westwood, NJ

Thanks to everyone who came out for my opening yesterday. Had a great time and I appreciate the distances some people drove just to be there.

Mike, thanks so much for making this a successful show with your hard work and dedication to my work. I appreciate all you have done!

The show will be hanging until at least April 20th.

Was able to ride in the city on Saturday, and saw a great show at Fischbach Gallery. One person show of recent work by Glen Hansen. Was also able to get over to Arcadia Gallery to see another great show by Daniel Sprick. While I was there I met David Jon Kassan, who is another tremendous painter and had a nice time talking to him, even though he is a Philadelphia Flyer fan. I won't hold that against you Jon!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Artkraft Strauss - NYC, NY (#3)

Completed painting...

oil on linen

8" x 28"

Congrats to Mark and his Bergen Edge Bantam teammates on their league championship! I'm so happy for him to finally experience this for the first time in years of playing hockey after watching his younger brother win time and time again!!!

It has been a pretty good few weeks around here!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Westwood Gallery Opening - Westwood, NJ

There is a small blurb about my upcoming show at Westwood gallery in the New York Times, Metropolitan Section today for anyone in the Northern NJ area who would like to see it.

The Pascack Valley local newspaper also printed a small press release this past week.

Hope everyone can make it down to the gallery next Sunday between 1 and 5 PM...

Monday, March 07, 2011

Sherwin Williams Paints - Titusville, FL.

Completed painting...

oil on linen

30" x 18"

The Artkraft Strauss building is now completely gone. Not one brick remains.

Westwood Gallery front window display. I am so thrilled about this! Thanks so much, Mike!!!

Last group show at Kerygma Gallery. :(

Congrats to Jamie and his teammates for winning State championship!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Westwood Gallery Opening

Westwood- Westwood Gallery is pleased to present original paintings, and newly released prints, by Mark Oberndorf in an exhibit opening Sunday, March 20th with a reception for the artist from 1 – 5 PM. The gallery is free and open to the public and the exhibit will continue through April 20th. Westwood Gallery is located at 10 Westwood Avenue and is open 10-6 Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information call 201 666 1800 or online at

Mark Oberndorf captures the disappearing American landscape that dates from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, the golden era of

Diners, Drive-ins and urban signage. While exact in their observation of light and reflection, from the glowing neon to the reflective chrome, his work is not photorealist. Rather, they are in the genre tradition of street scenes, first mastered by painters like Vermeer, whose own use of camera obscura pre dates photorealism by 300 years. The paintings document the effects of time and weather, but even through the rust and burnt out neon, his subjects still recall the optimism and spirit of Post war America. As a cultural icon, you really haven’t reached landmark status until painted by Oberndorf, and he has all the legends of New York and New Jersey, from White Manna to Katz’s, Hiram’s to Rutt’s Hut and Bendix Diner. In many cases, Mark’s paintings are all that remains of these icons of brick and mortar, as developers and local sign ordinances have taken their toll in the “mall-ification” of America.

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