Wednesday, April 27, 2011

David Shevlino at Rosenfeld Gallery

Philadelphia artist David Shevlino will have a show of paintings and drawings at the Rosenfeld Gallery in May.  The opening reception is Sunday, May 1, from 12 until 5pm. The exhibition continues until May 22.  The Rosenfeld gallery is located at 113 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 215-922-1376.

David's work is featured in the May 2011 issue of the Artist's magazine. You can read the article and see his work in progress at the following link:                                                             

Adam with Mask 45x34
Under the Sun 45x45
Two Sumo Wrestlers 33x28

Friday, April 22, 2011

Nelson Shanks Demonstration at Freeman's Auction April 2011

 Nelson Shanks gave a demonstration at Freeman's auction this week as part of the weeklong celebration of Studio Incamminati at Freeman's.  This included an exhibition of Studio Incamminati art work, a demo by Nelson, an interview with Michael Schmirconish and a royal wedding tribute.  Thanks to Deborah and Andrew Webster, the co-chairs of this exciting week!  Nelson began his demo with a quick grisaille, and then began working in a middle value in the light mass on the face. He then began to carve out lighter and darker planes, and indicated some highlights.  After that he painted the background color in light, the model's white top and her hair.  This took about 45 minutes.

 Here Nelson has painted the shadows under the chin and on the neck in full color, separating it into a warm and a cool area, and placed strong color notes in the background, showing the movement of the warmth of light across the pink drapery.  Notice how he does not use browns for the shadows, he paints them in full color.

 Here is the lovely model, Lauren Fadeley, who is part of the Pennsylvania Ballet, posing during a break. She was recently featured in the Academy award winning film Black Swan.

 The demonstration took about three hours and Nelson's virtuoso performance was amazing to watch!

Love and kudos to the model, who did a wonderful job!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Freeman's Auction and Studio Incamminati - Opening Reception April 15, 2011

Studio Incamminati instructors Lea Wight and Natalie Italiano
 Studio Incamminati is having a week long celebration of art at Freeman's Auction in Philadelphia, 1808 Chestnut Street, April 15-21, 2011.  Freeman's Auction is the oldest auction house in the country. In anticipation of the upcoming royal wedding, this celebration includes a Royal Wedding Tribute, featuring a display of rare photographs and letters of Diana, Princess of Wales.  On view is also a new portrait of Diana painted by Studio Incamminati artistic director Nelson Shanks, as well as 50 additional paintings by Shanks and Studio Incamminati instructors and students. 

Studio Incamminati artist Yoni Park with "Fellow" Joe Dolderer
 There are numerous events during the week, including a virtuoso demo by Shanks on Wednesday night, April 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 at Freeman's.  Shank's demos are a must see for any serious realist painter or student of representational art, as well as collectors or anyone who loves painting. It is a truly amazing experience and a privilege to see this world renowned master at work. His understanding and use of color to communicate the effect of light is unparalleled. Tickets are $50.00 per person.

Students Sakiko Shinkai, Ruth Miller and "Fellow' Joe Dolderer 
 Additional events include a Royal Wedding Tribute Reception featuring  Michael Smerconish interviewing Patrick Jephson and Nelson Shanks about their close relationships with Princess Diana, and a Royal Wedding Private Tribute dinner, on Thursday, April 21. Studio Incamminati artists will be painting portraits from live models in Freeman's window daily from approximately 10 to 4, so stop by and experience this amazing process. The exhibit inside is on display daily from Saturday, April 16 to Thursday, April 21, and is free and open to the public.  For further information and to purchase tickets for the special events visit or call 215-592-7910.  There is also a silent auction in the exhibit, bids will be accepted all week.

Instructors Kerry Dunn and Jafang Lu with student John Flavin
Dr. Alan Kwon with Studio Incamminati artist Liora Seltzer
Studio Incamminati board president Frank Giordano and Marc Mostovoy, board member emeritus
Instructor Robin Frey and student Penny Harris
Instructors Darren Kingsley, Steve Early and advanced student Katya Held.