The University of Arizona Alumni Magazine just published a nice piece tied to my exhibition of The Lebowski Cycle at the UA Museum of Art. It’s great to have the paintings up at the UAMA in Tucson (through Sept 25th). Thanks to Margaret Regan for writing a great article and Jacob Chinn for the great photos.
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?
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.
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.
Detail • Dark Skull • Joe Forkan 2015 Oil on Linen 20″ x 20″
Yellow Skull • Joe Forkan 2015 Oil on Linen 20″ x 20″
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.