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In the Studio: The Process of a Painting with Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto by New American Paintings

Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto’s (NAP #99 & 102) recent work “Baptism of Concrete Estuary” was massive in size and massively received.

After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yoshimoto began working on a scroll painting to highlight the destruction and devastation the country faced.  What began as a small endeavor, however, grew to be a 30 foot long scroll painting that also acted as a fundraiser for building an art center in Japan in the wake of nature’s destruction.

Because “Baptism” was never meant to be 30 feet long at its inception, though, Yoshimoto returned to his original idea this year, using a traditional rectangular piece of paper as his canvas and a small study as his inspiration.  Just as we did with Mark Schoening, we are pleased to feature Yoshimoto’s process through a diary of images. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor.

Images after the jump!

“Harbinger of Late Winter Day’s Dusk.” Holbein acryla gouache on BFK Rives 270gm paper, 30″x41″

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In the Studio: The Process of a Painting with Mark Schoening by New American Paintings

Mark Schoening (NAP #97) is a contemporary LA-based artist who creates large-scale, detail-packed, process-heavy paintings. His work has evolved over time, moving from similarly detailed black and white mixed media canvases to these bright, geometrically based, perfectly balanced, and meticulously finished matte pieces.

In discussing his process, Schoening recalled that when he was living in Boston, he would regularly go to the MFA Boston to see a work of Franz Kline.  He loved the work from afar, but when he got closer, the image lost something for him.  With that as inspiration for an aspiration to improve, Schoening set out to create pieces that speak as much from afar as they do up close.  He uses processes-upon-processes (including but not limited to stenciling, silkscreening, and precise masking and measuring) to build upon and pack details into every nook and cranny of his works. Seeing them and experiencing them is a moment in itself.

Because New American Paintings is all about the visual, we thought it would be fitting to look at Schoening’s process through images themselves. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

Completed painting: Mark Schoening, “InFormation,” acrylic, latex, ink, silk screen, and spray paint on canvas 60″x72″ 2012.

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Pacific Coast Issue #97 Sneak Peak! by New American Paintings

The 2011 Pacific Coast Issue, #97, is now hitting newsstands across the US. It is expected to ship to subscribers in the next 1 to 2 weeks, so keep an eye out. The juror for this much-anticipated issue was Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

In her essay, Ellegood notes that, “Painting is a surface for imagination. This is abundantly evident in the submissions I reviewed for this edition of New American Paintings. While the works presented in the following pages are notably eclectic, one striking correspondence among the artists is their belief that painting can offer us insights into our world…” — 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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New American Paintings’ Miami Beach Highlights by New American Paintings

For the past decade, Miami has effectively become the art capital of the world for one week in early December of each year. Spearheaded by the launch of Art Basel Miami in 2001, the city now plays host to more than a dozen satellite art fairs, and countless events and performances spread throughout the city. Hundreds of galleries from around the world participate in the various fairs and events, and they offer the unprecedented opportunity for art enthusiasts, collectors and art world professionals to consider the work of thousands of artists. Overwhelming? Absolutely. Fun? You bet. An art fair might not be the best situation in which to seriously consider works of art, but there is no better place to get the pulse of the current art world. — Read more from NAP Publisher, Steven Zevitas, and see some highlights after the jump!

Artist Amze Emmons (NAP #41, MFA Annual 2002, #81, #98), in front of his work at Fountain

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