Archive for the ‘painting philosophy’ Category

Influences on My Art: ManRay & Meret Oppenheim

March 10, 2014

Paintings by Phil Dynan
Continuing with the homework assignment from my current CalArts class in “Art History for Artists”. MANRAY & Meret Oppenheim greatly influenced my work. These paintings were published as Art Prints by Verkerke.
Going to a Manray Retrospective at Beaubourg while I was living in Paris changed my life. It was also my introduction to DaDa and I find it is always in my mind!

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Electronica Disease

March 8, 2014

I’m taking an Art History for Artists at CalArts right now…homework assignment is to list things that are part of our personal art history. So I’m working backwards from the my current works:
Tate Modern students
I have been painting in London since 1970. Art History and cultural appreciation for art and artists seems so much more valued there than in the US (in general). I regularly do gallery tours and on this momentous occasion, I was touring with Swedish Artist Anna Tuhus. We had visited about 6 galleries before we got to the Tate Modern. Most were small galleries or exhibits where the visitors were intensely focused on the work. BUT there at the Tate, with an incrdible Joan Miro exhibit, the visitors – about 60 students – were ALL completely focused on their electronic devices – not one was looking at the exhibit. They had given up true social discourse and observation for virtual reality. Even sketching and shooting around them, they barely noticed our existence. I’m now doing a series of paintings based on this “electronica” disease.

MOCA Mocha

July 25, 2013

Mocha-Final Inspired by a photo of Evelina Galli by photographer Alice Poghosian, and painted as a collaborative effort with Anastasia Nelson. Motivated by current pop culture, this fashionable visitor to the LA Museum of Contemporary Art talks on the phone and sips a coffee while Matisse watches from the background. 30×48 canvas.

Portrait of Ben Lang (Cambridge)

April 2, 2013

Ben_ProgressionPortrait of Ben Lang (Cambridge) using his mobile to text in front of Picasso’s Self-Portrait….. this is the progression over two months of painting. finished today! With help from Ana…

Spot of Tilbury

March 26, 2013

Spot of Tilbury

Spot lives with Anya and Adrian in Tilbury (UK). This is a 24×30 inch acrylic on canvas.

Blue Horses on the Mediterranean Painting

March 21, 2013


Blue Horses on the Mediterranean near Denia, Spain. The sea was very active that day. Watercolour done in my sketch book, painting just finished.

Electronica vs. Art at the Tate Modern

February 26, 2013

Electronica vs. Art at the Tate Modern – 122×92 cm acrylics on canvas

Painting almost finished now – do you see the story here?

Painting Progress – Art & Electronica

February 12, 2013

Painting Progress - Art & Electronica

As of February 12…..the painting is moving toward completion.

Collaboration! Collaboration!

February 4, 2013

Our Happy Hot Chocolate Cow


Woke up especially happy today – and with my military-related PTSD, that’s not a given, believe me. Why feeling so good? Collaboration! I love working with other people and now I’m working with two of you, photographer Natalia Maks…as well as with photographer and painter, Ana Nelson. It feels good to be working with others and the collective energy in that process.
(Above) Our “hot chocolate cow” painted with Ana Nelson from her photo. (On Sundays we join with the Mexican farmhands at the barn and fill our cups with chocolate and cinnamon and Cow 223 is milked directly into the cup…warm hot chocolate! (Below) Ana and I working on pieces from our series, “Barnyard Animals”. And the bottom picture – Nugoro, our Mediterranean Donkey – a very happy guy!
I’ll be working with Natalia Maks on a series called “Art & Electronica”. Can’t wait to see what develops!

Ana at work


Me at work…


First sale from our “Barnyard Animals” collaboration series


Our Miniature Mediterranean Donkey, Nugoro.

Tate Modern Electronica – in Progress

January 30, 2013
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