On the last day of 2022, I'd like to share the work of some artists I've been paying attention to this year, for both pleasure and inspiration. Also a few of my own, and pages from my husbands journal this year.

In fall of 2020 I started an online painting class at the NY Studio School. It's the first painting class I've taken, and not a technical class, but rather a class that helps you find subjects that have personal meaning. I've found my favorite subjects have to do with memory. Here are a few recent memory paintings I've made:

Walking in the rain, 2002

Ode to Sandra

My room, early 1970s

I gravitate to painters who work in a figurative style, using a loose hand. Here are a few painters I've been interested in, and some painters that inspired them as well.

Below: These are by Izzy Barber. She says so much with so few marks, and does amazing work with artificial light...quite inspiring. Saw her work at James Fuentes gallery in NY, and you can see more on her site. They're very small scale.

Izzy Barber,  Outdoor Bar I, 2021

Izzy Barber, Last Night, 2020

Izzy Barber, 

Izzy Barber,  Deli 2010, 2020

Izzy Barber,  Tudor City, 2021

Izzy Barber, Myrtle-Broadway II, 2021

The Whitney had a Hopper retrospective this fall/winter...the painting below was in it. I see a connection from Izzy Barber's work to this Hopper painting.

Below: Sophie Treppendahl is someone I saw in a group show at Philip Martin's gallery in LA this year, and she's about to have a solo show there in January 2023.

September Evening, 2022

Seven loves in Oaxaca, 2018

India Ink, 2022

I love to see the world through Lois Dodd's eyes...I especially appreciate her focus on windows, even when you don't see the actual window, just the light coming in. Frieze magazine describes her as "The greatest painter of windows since Henry Matisse".

Lois Dodd, Sunlight on Floor + Door, 2013

Lois Dodd, Window with Amaryllis Plant, December

Lois Dodd, March Snowstorm

Below: Caroline Walker is an artist I've been following for a few years. Her subject matter is women, often working, ranging from an intimate series of her mother doing housework, to women in service jobs at hotels, office cleaners, nail salons, tailoring, and shop assistants, to her more recent series in birthing rooms. She also painted a series of her sister in law Lisa, pregnant, and with her baby. I love what appears to be her light casual touch, but in fact immense preparation is done to achieve that looseness. She makes studies and full size oil sketches beforehand. She talks about that here in a conversation at the Royal Drawing School. You can see how much she enjoys painting the details...the bottles, the reflective surfaces, the draperies, the cellophane. Those may not be her main subject but they're a joyful part of it.

Cashing Up, 2022, Grimm Gallery

Detail of painting above

Housekeeping, Floors, Room 324, 2018

Oil Study for Housekeeping II, 2018

Housekeeping, Bathroom Room 608, 2018

Detail from above

Above: Beautiful to see the quick strokes that become legible details.

Nearby, Alem II, 2021

Detail from above

Walker's mother Janet, Sizing Pillowcases, Mid Morning, March, 2020

Birthing, Theatre, 2021

Maternity 19, Ink on paper, 2021

Maternity 5, Ink on paper, 2021

Walker's sister in law, Lisa...Refreshments, 2022

Jean-Philippe Delhomme makes sparse rooms and simple objects come to life with the energy of his boisterous brush strokes and interesting compositions.

Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Studio Interior with Christine Safa Painting

Jean-Philippe Delhomme "Picasso's Picasso's" and tape, 2022

Jean-Philippe Delhomme, The Studio in the Summer

My husband Steven paints in his journal most days...here are some of this year's pages...

This spring we had a chance to see two large Milton Avery retrospectives, quite a lovely thing. The first was at Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The other was at Yares Gallery in NY. Roberta Smith wrote a good piece on the two shows, (and included his wife Sally Avery's concurrent show). You can read it here.

Fishing Village, 1939

Detail of above

Above and below: In these two details you can really see the way Avery scratches into the paint.

Detail from Husband and Wife, 1945

Two Figures at Desk, 1944

Fishing Harbour 1944

Partial, Fishing Harbour 1944

Morning Sea, 1955

James Iveson is an artist who shows at South Willard in LA. Here are some of my favorite works of his...

James Iveson 

James Iveson, Lotto, 2020

James Iveson , Drink, 2020

James Iveson, Arms, 2020

Andrew Cranston is a contemporary Scottish painter who often uses hardcover books as his canvas. Here are some of my favorites:

Andrew Cranston, "Easter 2020, Sicily", 2022

Andrew Cranston "By the time I got to Findhorn", 2020

Andrew Cranston "A room that echoes", 2021

Above: This Andrew Cranston image was on the cover of the Paris Review this year and is available as a poster here. Cranston speaks about how this painting includes "Matisse's goldfish, Vuillard's claustrophobic interiors, and Chardin's mysterious open drawers. He says it's a painting about this weird time of isolation and hiding away (2021).

Andrew Cranston "The hue of an orange" 2019-2021

As Cranston always mentions, Edouard Vuillard is a huge influence for him. Below is a Vuillard I saw this year at the Met in NY, and another I came across online that I hadn't seen before. 

Vuillard, Jos and Lucie Hessel in the Small Salon, Rue de Rivoli, 1900-05

Detail above

Edouard Vuillard "The Pink Bedroom", 1910-1911

Spending a few days in NY this December, I went to Yun-Fei Ji's show, "The Sunflower Turned its Back" at James Cohan Gallery. Ji is interested in stories of migration, labor, he speaks to people being displaced in the name of progress, and also to their resilience. The show ends January 7th.

Everything Moved Outside, 2022

Detail from above

The Red Truck is Waiting, 2022

Detail from above

Sewing, High Noon, 2022

The Red Moving Truck, 2022

At Nonaka Hill in LA, their show "the garden" included recent paintings by Hiroshi Sugito as well as paintings Sugito selected by a painter who had been iconic to him, Zenzaburo Kojima (1893-1962). Sugito selects the vintage frames and sees them as part of the art he is making.

Hiroshi Sugito, Untitled, 2022

Hiroshi Sugito, Untitled, 2022

Hiroshi Sugito, Untitled, 2022

Zenzaburo Kojima, The Hill Over Yonder, 1930-32

Zenzaburo Kojima, Autumn Day, 1941

At Bridget Donahue I was so moved by the spirit and magical realism of Kyoko Idetsu's work. Some of the paintings are accompanied by writing that gives the paintings even more poignancy. The show is on till February 4th. Idetsu will be showing with Nonaka Hill at Frieze in LA this year.

I want to wear a warm sweater, 2022

To Mexico, 2022

"She is the mother of an 8 year old son and 3 year old twin daughters. The last time I saw her, she was picking up her son from swimming by herself. The 3 year old twins were sitting at home for a little while. She had been taking care of the children on her own for the past few months because their father had gone on a business trip to Mexico. For the past few months, she had been debating whether to follow her husband to Mexico or return to her parent's home in Kyushu, but yesterday she decided to return to Kyushu."

Truck Driver, 2022

Above: This was written on the wall next to the painting of the truck driver.

Below: Iranian born artist Manoucher Yektai (1921-2019) builds up such thick layers of paint the still lives almost become sculptural. These are from a show at Karma Gallery

Untitled, 1981

Detail above

Untitled, 1983

Striped Table, 1995

Untitled, 1979-1981

Detail above

Untitled, 1952

One show I was sorry to miss this year, but did enjoy online was Tabboo, also at Karma Gallery. The installation is worth looking at here.

Big Green Manhattan Skyline, 2021

West Side Story, 2021

Happy New Year!!!