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Opening Reception • The Lebowski Cycle • The University of Arizona Museum of Art

The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona is hosting an exhibition of The Lebowski Cycle in the museum’s Main Gallery from May 28th through September 25th, 2016.

The exhibition will include all 15 of the large-scale oil paintings from the cycle.

An opening reception will be held on June 2nd from 5-7 pm at the museum.

Supper at Emmaus (After Caravaggio) • Joe Forkan 2006-2009 oil on linen 96?x 38?

Supper at Emmaus (After Caravaggio) • Joe Forkan 2006-2009 oil on linen 96?x 38?

I am particularly looking forward to this show, as I largely grew up in Tucson, and received my BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona. The UA Museum of Art was also the first art museum I went to when I was young, and it will be great to have my work shown there.

 

On View – Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA

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Dark Skull • Joe Forkan 2015 Oil on Linen 20″ x 20″

Last year I began started teaching a drawing class on Heads and Hands at CSU Fullerton. I ordered a couple of skulls for the class, and had also been experimenting with some new paints (trying some different lead whites from several different makers – needing to find US sources now that the EU has gotten so skittish about lead white). So when the skulls arrived, I jumped into a couple paintings from them. I set up the first one in a very dark corner of my studio, and the second I placed near a north facing window, mostly just looking at color and form.

The paintings are largely about color, paint, and close looking.

These are 2 of the 3 paintings included in Fleshed Out, a group show at Q Art Salon, in Santa Ana, CA, on view from Dec. 5 – Jan. 1, 2016.

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Detail • Dark Skull • Joe Forkan 2015 Oil on Linen 20″ x 20″

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Yellow Skull • Joe Forkan 2015 Oil on Linen 20″ x 20″

Beginning a New Series…

Forkan Studio 2sq

Setting up the stretchers to judge how the painting will fit in the studio…

Building stretchers for a big new project that includes a 45 foot long painting. …probably going to be at this one for a while.

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California Landscape Painting Exhibition, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

Summer Light, Santiago Canyon • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches

Summer Light, Santiago Canyon • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches

I’m pleased to have a number of paintings in an exhibition of Landscape Painting at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. The show includes the work of seven contemporary painters and will also include a collection of historical landscape works from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. My paintings include work painted in California over the last few years in Anza-Borrego, Big Sur and Monterey Bay, The Salton Sea, Santiago and Silverado Canyons, Newport Back Bay, Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove.

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Silverado Canyon • Joe Forkan 2015 11 ½ x 24 inches

The exhibition runs from September 1 – October 22, 2015.  For more information, gallery hours, etc., contact the College of the Canyons Art Gallery at www.canyons.edu/artgallery or call (661) 362-3612.

Fogged In, Big Sur 900

Fogged In, Big Sur • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches

 

Red Hills, Anza- Borrego 900 noframe

Red Hills, Anza- Borrego • Joe Forkan 2013 12 x 11 inches

 

Lifting Fog, Newport Back Bay • Joe Forkan 2013 10 x 9 inches

Lifting Fog, Newport Back Bay • Joe Forkan 2013 10 x 9 inches

 

Silver Dusk, Anza-Borrego • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches

Silver Dusk, Anza-Borrego • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches

On View – University of Arizona Museum of Art

Spurgeon East II

Spurgeon East II • 2004, oil on panel, 12 x 8 inches

This small 2004 painting is included in the Recent Acquisitions Exhibition at The University of Arizona Museum of Art. On view from March 28th through August 16th 2015.