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Above the Grid: Thomas Aaron by New American Paintings
January 23, 2012, 8:15 am
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Thomas Aaron’s (NAP #96) birds-eye visions of natural landscapes shift the viewer’s perspective instantly.  His paintings offer us satellite-like images of the earth, highlighting both nature and man’s imposition upon it.


Thomas Aaron | UT T12N R11W, Mixed media, 2011, 78″ x 78″

His work reflects something of a combination of photographic realism and fantasy, as Aaron’s forced positioning of structured order, gridlines, and commoditization of the earth is projected in subtle earth-tones and paintings that somehow evoke peacefulness and calm rather than violence and degradation. – Elen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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The Personal and Personified: Painting with Chelsea James by New American Paintings
January 18, 2012, 8:15 am
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Painter Chelsea James (NAP #96) captures everyday scenes that are soft and enduring. Personal nooks, quiet contemplative spaces and belongings, and everyday interiors are captured in a warm and nostalgic light.

Something about her work makes me want to live in these homes and spaces she both creates and reflects upon. – More by Los Angeles Contributor, Ellen Caldwell, after the jump!


Chelsea James | Bookshelf, 36″ x 36”, oil on panel

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West Issue #96 Sneak Peak! by New American Paintings

Today we received advanced copies of #96, the 2011 West Issue of New American Paintings! It is expected to hit newsstands and ship to subscribers in the next 1 to 2 weeks, so keep an eye out. It will be hard to miss the cover of this one…The juror for this fantastic issue was Cassandra Coblentz, Curator, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

Coblentz states in her introduction that, “the artists represented in these pages demonstrate the vitality of artistic practice in this region of the country. Boldly building upon the richness of art history, their demonstrations of reinvention and innovation are in step with the mythos of the landscape itself, which continues to serve as an important backdrop for exploring the most pressing issues and concerns we all face in the West.” — View a list of all featured artists and see a few more sneak peaks after the jump!

You can pre-order the issue by calling 617-778-5265. 

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West Competition Deadline: April 30 by openstudiospress
April 22, 2011, 11:58 am
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The Western Competition of New American Paintings is in full swing, with artists from across the region applying by the hundreds. But apply online soon! The deadline to apply is April 30! The competition is open to artists in AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, & WY.

This year’s Western Competition is juried by Cassandra Coblentz, Associate Curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale, Arizona. (Read our recent interview with her here!)

The West book is one of our most anticipated editions of the year. Apply online today!




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