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″
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.
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 • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches
Red Hills, Anza- Borrego • Joe Forkan 2013 12 x 11 inches
Lifting Fog, Newport Back Bay • Joe Forkan 2013 10 x 9 inches
Silver Dusk, Anza-Borrego • Joe Forkan 2015 12 x 12 inches
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.
Spurgeon Tower Rooftops • Joe Forkan 2013 Oil on Linen 48? x 28?
This painting from 2013 is included in the Laguna Art Museum’s upcoming Art Auction 2015, set for Feb. 7th. The week-long Art Auction 2015 preview exhibition is now on view to the public.
Another addition to the Grid Work series, I used a completed observational painting as a starting point. This one is studio view in Santa Ana.
More information about the piece and the series is here.
Spurgeon Shadow • Joe Forkan 2004, oil on panel, 51″ x 50″
My painting Spurgeon Shadow from the permanent collection at Tucson Museum of Art is currently included in Shadow Play, on view now until 06/15/2015.
Shadow Play is “an exhibition of paintings, photography, and works on paper that expresses the interplay between the material object and the immaterial qualities of light and shadow. Shadows serve as powerful visual devices that heighten the overall aesthetic effects in art and spark the imagination with their abstract qualities rooted in realism”.