Archive for the ‘portraits’ 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.

Works in Progress

July 16, 2013
Evelina in LA

Evelina in LA

Phil working on the Wedding Celebration

Phil working on the Wedding Celebration


Working on two pieces right now: (1) Evelina in LA and (2)the Wedding Celebration. The first is a collaboration with Evelina Galli, Alice Poghosian, Anastasia Nelson and myself; the second is a collaboration with painter Maria Onyegbule, photographer Natalia Maks, painter Anastasia Nelson and myself. Works in progress.

Camel Taking on Personality

April 23, 2013

Texting in Egypt

Texting in Egypt

You can see the progression in this painting (over the last seven weeks now). The camel is really taking on some personality. This painting is in collaboration with photographer Natalia Maks; and both Anastasia Nelson and myself are doing the painting.

Rosie

April 16, 2013

Rescue Sheep

Rosie

Rosie came to us as a very sad and weak little lamb. We turned her over to Ana’s parents and here she is – beautiful, strong and happy seven years later! Painting is a collaboration between Anastasia Nelson and myself.

Have you seen her?

April 13, 2013

"Red Meret"

“Red Meret”

Enjoyed working on this piece….has anybody seen her?

London Mural

April 8, 2013

London Mural

Shot this on my way to Bethnal Green life drawing session. Nice Mural! Looks just like Aurelio, my neighbor back in California.

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…