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Paintings by Kim Novak

River Dancers, painting by Kim Novak
River Dancers, Pastel, by Kim Novak

Actress Kim Novak is best known for her film roles in such movies as Picnic and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; however, she was a visual artist first. She began painting as a child and was even offered scholarships to the Chicago Art Institute before her career path was redirected into acting in the 1950s. After a short but successful career, Novak began to move away from acting and back into her artwork. In her website bio she says, ” I turned my back on a successful and lucrative career to define who I was and what I really wanted to give and get out of life. I moved to a cliffside dwelling along the wild coast of Big Sur, California with the purpose of creating a lifestyle in harmony with nature while combining it with my love of painting and writing poetry.”

Novak says that her style of painting is the result of “striving for a harmonious union of impressionism and expressionism.” “I have always been influenced by life as it exists around me – touched by my past, the world of make believe – and concerned with what affects life today and how it might effect and infect life tomorrow. Through the use of symbolism I have found a way to express my passion for life, vent frustrations and experience the freedom of self-expression. This is the ultimate reward that comes to the visual artist.”

Kim Novak exhibited her paintings to the public for the first time in 2012 at a show presented by The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society at the Old Mint. Novak’s next exhibition will be at the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, Ohio, in May 2014. The exhibition will consist of 27 original pastel paintings by Kim Novak. Novak will make an appearance on Sunday, May 4, for the exhibit’s opening. Noted Pastel artists Richard McKinley and Harley Brown will be guests at the event. The exhibition continues through June 29, 2014.

Transformation - Nelson Mandela, painting by Kim Novak
Transformation – Nelson Mandela, Pastel over Watercolor Underpainting, by Kim Novak

In her description of her painting of Nelson Mandela, Novak says, “I tried showing his spirit transformed into a butterfly, with wings made up of his dream to form a Rainbow Coalition that included all races and all nations coming together in peace and harmony. I wanted the drips in my watercolor underpainting to represent the sweat and tears that were endured by himself and his people for their freedom.”

Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion painting by Kim Novak
Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion, Pastel over Watercolor, by Kim Novak

Novak’s painting Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion was commissioned by Turner Classic Movies as part of their 20th anniversary celebration and was exhibited at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during the 5th Annual TCM Classic Movie Festival.

She says about the painting, “I painted the blonde hair of the fantasy object of desire, Madeleine, as it begins to unravel from its core, creating a vortex of delusion. As Madeleine’s impostor, Judy submits again to being made over in the image of obsession, this time in return for love, not money.”

Visit Kim Novak’s website to view more of her artwork and to read more of the stories behind each piece. Prints of her paintings are available for purchase at her website as well.

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Michael Cartellone: The Four Davids

Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Photo by Joshua Kessler ©2013 Michael Cartellone

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone has been painting longer than he has been making music. He began painting at the age of 4. He started on the drums at 9 and he has been making music and art ever since. When asked what inspires him to create both music and art, he says, “I cannot image one without the other.”

Cartellone’s next exhibit of his artwork will be next month at Wentworth Gallery locations in Bethesda, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. Cartellone will be making appearances at both galleries on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm he will be at the Wentworth Gallery at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. And, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm he will be at Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria in McLean. Contact the gallery for more information and to RSVP.

Featured at the exhibit will be Michael Cartellone’s series of paintings The Four Davids. He says about the series:

Each painting in this series is a tribute to Michelangelo. The first time I saw his statue of The David was a powerful experience…and I wanted to paint something to acknowledge that… however, the idea grew into painting him four times in four very different styles… so, the four paintings are  actually a double homage: initially to Michelangelo, and then, inspired by works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Each painting is named David… followed by a year… which signifies the year of the painting of inspiration. Therefore, the paintings are named, David 1889, David 1937, David 1965 and David 1984.

Another painting featured in the exhibit is The Magritte Condition. Cartellone says:

Magritte has always been one of my favorite painters. This painting, In Tribute to him, tips the hat to some of Magritte’s well known themes: the horizon line moving into the canvas in the foreground, his own Self-Portrait, and of course, the famous Apple.

The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone
The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone

In the video below Michael Cartellone talks about his inspirations and his methods used in creating The Four Davids.

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Related blog post: Artwork by Drummer Michael Cartellone (May 29, 2010)

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Dave Mason Album Art by Graham Nash

Future's Past by Dave Mason cover art by Graham Nash
Dave Mason Future’s Past album cover art by Graham Nash

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason, co-founding member of the rock band Traffic, has announced the release of his new album, Future’s Past. The cover art illustration for Future’s Past was created by music legend Graham Nash from a photo he took of Mason while at Nash’s home in Hawaii. Graham Nash is a well respected photographer and painter. Mason and Nash have worked together musically several times in the past.

Future’s Past will be released May 13, 2014. However, Mason has announced a pre-release for fans at his website You can also pre-order Future’s Past at

Mason recently set out on his “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” tour. The tour features hits from Traffic as well as Mason’s own music.

For more information about Graham Nash and his art and photography visit

At Eye To Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash.

Related blog posts:

The Art of Graham Nash at San Francisco Art Exchange (August 4, 2013)

The Art of Graham Nash (June 2, 2012)

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David Lynch: The Factory Photographs

‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch

An exhibition of photographs by Oscar nominated director, writer, producer David Lynch is currently on display at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. Initially Lynch took photographs of factories when scouting for shooting locations. But he later began taking trips just to photograph factories. He told the Financial Times:

Sometimes it was a definite planned trip to photograph factories,” he explained. “And sometimes it was an offshoot. I’d be in a place, I’d hear about something and I’d try to go there. But really, I think my friends in Poland who ran the Camerimage film festival, they’re the people who organised the most . . . different factories, and there were some beauties.

He goes on to say:

It’s not an intellectual thing. It’s just, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so a beautiful garden for some would give the same thrill – but there’s something about a factory that’s like a beautiful garden.

‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch

The exhibition consists of 80 images taken between 1980 and 2000, and it also features a sound work created by Lynch. The black and white photographs on show span various locations including; Germany, Poland, New York and England. The exhibition is curated by Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz, a curator and author based in Munich. The show opened January 17, 2014 and continues through March 30, 2014.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lynch has published David Lynch: The Factory Photographs which is also available for purchase at the Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop.

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Innocents: Photos by Moby

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

Musician, producer, and DJ Moby is also an artist and photographer. Moby’s next photography exhibit, Innocents, opens February 21, 2014 at Project Gallery in Hollywood, and continues through March 2014. The premise for Innocents is that the apocalypse happened in December 2012 and “the world changed fairly drastically”. “Moby’s created documentary evidence of the cults of Innocents.” The series of photos was shot over the last three years in Hollywood and the surrounding areas. At the same time, Moby was working on his latest album, Innocents, which was released in October 2013. Moby has been making music and taking photographs since he was 9 years old. His first photography exhibition was Destroyed in 2011.

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

moby on Innocents:

nothing happens quickly.
even the things that happen quickly don’t happen quickly.
a volcano or an earthquake might seem spontaneous and violent, but they’re
the result of long and obscure processes.
the apocalypse of 2012 happened in an instant, but it had begun, almosttectonically, ages ago.
when an ocean liner turns, it appears, for all the world, identical to how it appeared before it’s turning. but its new trajectory is a departure from its old, and this becomes increasingly evident over time.
the apocalypse of 2012 was with us, then it was upon us, and even now it’s both a part of our collective fabric and a representation of something disconcertingly new.
everyone has responded in their own way.
some with an atavistic attachment to what they saw as their pre-apocalyptic, quotidian lives; others with an emblematic representation of the paradoxically subtle and dynamic changes.
‘the cult of the innocents’, of course, fall into the latter category.
they first appeared in the seconds after the apocalypse, when the eschatological dust was still settling, bringing with them their silence and their shame, as represented in sacrifice and concealment.
this was their best response to the changes that they observed and felt but only understood in the most basic and subjective ways.
‘clearly we’ve brought this upon ourselves’, seemed to be their mute proclamation, ‘and we shall stand hidden, as testament to our shame at what we are and what we’ve been.’ it goes without saying that the sacrifices in the hills created and attracted a lot of global media attention. in this show, however, we’ve chosen to underrepresent the more sensationalistic aspects of the ‘cult of the innocents’, instead focusing on their mute and somber penitence.

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

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