Native American Painter Darren Vigil Gray

In this fascinating biographical interview of my friend, internationally-renowned Native American painter, Darren Vigil Gray, he leads us to the locations of his life and heritage in New Mexico, giving us a glimpse of his early sources of inspiration, and right into his painting studio. There, you will see some very bold, distinctive and beautiful paintings by a fellow with endless powers of imagination and prodigious creativity. The film also includes insightful comments by Darren’s stellar wife,  actress Jill Momaday; musician and composer Robbie Robertson (formerly of Dylan’s back-up group The Band), 1970s guitarist Steve Miller, and enthusiastic museum art curators. A short  video at the end of this magnificent little documentary features record producer and composer Daniel Lanois (I love his song, “The Maker”, cut by Willie Nelson with Emmylou Harris) playing pedal steel guitar with a parrot on his head while composing a song about Darren Vigil Gray.

©M-J de Mesterton, June 13th, 2016

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Born This Day in 1832: Édouard Manet


Joyeux Anniversaire, Cher Édouard  Manet!

Édouard Manet
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Portrait by Nadar, 1874
Birthname Édouard Manet
Born 23 January 1832
Paris, France
Died 30 April 1883 (aged 51)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Field Painting, printmaking
Movement Realism, Impressionism
Works The Luncheon on the Grass (Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe), 1863;
Olympia, 1863;
The Bar at the Folies-Bergère (Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère), 1882;Young Flautist or The Fifer (Le Fifre), 1866


Ellsworth Kelly, 1923-2015



ELLSWORTH KELLY Collage on Paper, 1951

Innovative abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly passed away yesterday, December 27th, 2015, aged 92, at his home in Spencertown, New York.

“I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges and mass); and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness.”~~Eminent American Painter, Ellsworth Kelly