In December, Alma planted tulip bulbs, thousands of tulip bulbs. It was as much a part of our winter traditions as Christmas. Yellow legal pads traced year after year her designs and color choices. Each December was a profound act of faith. Will this bag of tightly closed tubers bloom yellow as promised, will the swirls of white, orange, pink adhere to her crafted plan, will the unpredictable storms of March crush and mangle the fragile cups of glory and leave the ground covered in the colors of hope lost and broken trust?
The first time my oldest daughter skied the mountains of Pitkin County, she was six months old and tucked under the arm of her grandfather. The summer trails, the winter runs, John Denver at the Leather Jug, beef stew and chili at The Stew Pot.
Painted for the house at Snowmass…it is a falsehood to think you can never go home again.
It's the shape of the empty canvas that first captures my eye, then composition brushed dark with a heavy brush. Pattern, color and ideas usually file in late to make themselves known...and suddenly I see Sundowners.
I don't attend the anatomy of the flower, nor do I pay attention to the color. It would be a distraction to have a living specimen in my studio insisting I be precise. It's more about the drifter, who arrives at dusk seeking food and lodging. It's about the dementia that rises to the surface more pronounced in the late evening. Or maybe it's about the habitual cocktail that waits for the five o'clock chime: permission to imbibe.
A significant, wise and trusted person in my life summed it up beautifully: It's never really about the flowers, is it?
U.S. Coast Guard Dedicates “Rescue Me” Painting at Hurricane Katrina Memorial Ceremony
New Orleans, La. – August 26, 2015 –To coincide with tenth anniversary memorial ceremonies marking Hurricane Katrina’s devastating assault on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the United States Coast Guard conducted a dedication ceremony for “Rescue Me,” a painting by Dale Fairbanks, artist and former resident of Louisiana.
The 10' x 14' oil on canvas painting features a U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter which served as an icon of hope and aided in the Coast Guard rescue of more than 33,500 Katrina survivors.
The ceremony was held Tuesday, August 25, at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans and was attended by representatives of the Coast Guard, the General Services Administration, and local dignitaries.
Rear Admiral David Callahan, Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, accepted the painting on behalf of the Coast Guard, “When I view this painting, I think of the sacrifice that all first responders must be prepared to make – to put themselves second in order to serve that others may live. In this room, I see those who gave so much in the face of great personal loss including active duty, reserve, civilian, and retired; this painting is for you. It will hang in the Hale Boggs Building in our headquarters, but truly it means so much more and belongs to so many more.”
Dale Fairbanks and Admiral David Callahan
“Rescue Me” is artist Dale Fairbanks’ expression of gratitude to U. S. Coast Guard members who never gave up and left no one behind. “I worked for two years on the big orange bird flying over the Ninth Ward and Industrial Canal. It's the most emotional painting I have ever done,” said Mrs. Fairbanks. “I am deeply honored that the United States Coast Guard has accepted ‘Rescue Me’ to commemorate the brave and determined men and women who saved so many lives.”
Limited edition giclée reproductions of “Rescue Me” are available here.
The siren call of the grid and the concentric circle takes hold of me every once in a wild spell, and I fall willingly into the trap. It’s been done before, this grid thing, and by far better artists, yet I find the lure impossible to resist. The grand master Kandinsky and the contemporary master Chuck Close have taught me well. I cannot count the hours I have spent standing in awe before their work.
My own three favorite grid canvases sold immediately.
The appeal is mysterious and bears investigating at another time and place. The excitement, I believe, for the artist is to take the tightly confined, limited space and break it apart…or not.
Crosswords Are Not Necessarily Cross Words is my latest wild spell in the world of grids. I desire deeply to brush paint across my canvas with gentle strokes, using fine lines and open flat spaces of colored perfection. That’s not going to happen in my lifetime. I am a messy, uncontrolled obliterator of all things neat and perfect.
This particular painting is an example of ironic deconstruction, of paint laid thick, and marks and scratches that defy and break all of the rules. It was a composition nightmare. There were cross words.
Inspired by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, I began work on Rescue Me, a 120" x 168" oil on canvas painting (see December 2012 blog entry) featuring a U. S. Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter, the icon of hope for Katrina survivors. I worked for two years on the big orange bird flying over the Ninth Ward and Industrial Canal. It's the most emotional painting I have ever done.
Rescue Meis a Louisiana artist's expression of gratitude to U. S. Coast Guard members who never gave up and left no one behind.
After a studied review and quite a few requests for a print of the painting Rescue Me, I have made the commitment to publish a limited edition of Giclée reproductions of this canvas.
This particular reproduction has been printed on Arches Aquarelle Rag Fine Art Watercolor paper and will be available in a limited edition of seventy-five Giclée prints, numbered and signed by the artist.
upon a time in the tracks of a dark Alaskan winter, a flock of borrowed pink
plastic flamingos delivered me out of a severe case of Seasonal Affective
Disorder. I turned an early spring art
opening of my work into an exotic and tropical gala of birds of like feather. It was surprising to discover the rather
large number of people in 50 degrees below zero Fairbanks who actually had
plastic pink flamingos available to shine and show off amid large bird-of-paradise
flower arrangements. My sympaticos and I
outfitted ourselves in neon-colored glitter, sandals, and bangle bracelets. It was a particularly memorable art opening.
I have not adorned my own Florida slice of paradise with plastic flowers (not
yet anyway), I admit also to a strong affinity with the obnoxious and bitter
Yellows, the neon Greens, and the discordant marriage of Pinks and Oranges - saturated
colors that startle the eye, tucked in among lush banana plants and lady finger
have on my mind a series of Florida Kitsch paintings. This is the first.
Florida Kitsch: Pink Flamingos and Plastic
So Rang the Bellwether, a painting by narrative abstract artist Dale
Fairbanks, will be featured in the Art & Design Matters exhibit at this
year’s Modern Market Week, April 15-22, in Houston, Texas. The event, held in the Winter Street
Studios, 2101 Winter Street, is the largest cultural celebration of modern art
and design in Texas.
Modern Market Week is an
impressive showcase for selected fine art, furniture, jewelry, art objects,
design, architecture, and clothing.
The featured exhibits will be open for viewing beginning with a preview
party on Friday, April 19, and will remain on display through Sunday, April
22. A supporting schedule of
lectures, films, parties, and tours will begin on Monday, April 15.
Dale Fairbanks’ paintings
have been shown at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska,
and at the Rainforest Arts Foundation Gallery, New York, New York. Additionally, they have appeared in
exhibits in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Washington, D. C. The March 2013 edition of Country
Roads Magazine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featured her painting Pick
Me, Pick Me as its cover art work.
were raging in the virgin rain forests of South America, catastrophic
explosions were spewing oil into the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and
one-hundred-year perfect storms were devastating the eastern coast of the
United States. So
Rang the Bellwether wascalling me to wake up, pay
attention, come out of my house, and be witness to the vast and deadly threat
of global warming, mankind’s toll of intrusion and denial.
was unprepared for the impact of oil on linen, the ominous fires, and the
shafts of light that forced their way through the lush greens of comfort to
pierce my complacency. I was
unprepared for the challenge to rescue…or at least…notice."
GONNA SING MY HEAD OFF
"Mama don't allow no singin' round here...Gonna sing my head off anyhow!"
I am in my element. These are my colored, sparkling jewels: wrapped with my grandfather in his swing, "Sweet Chariot" his sole repertoire, my grandmother's ole gray goose dead, a pistol hidden under flowers in her basket, and me...loud, obnoxious, consistently off-key, and always out of tune. (Click on any thumbnail to view larger image of painting.)
SO RANG THE BELLWETHER The 120" x 72" oil on linen painting is an abstraction of the rain forest theme and depicts the ominous warning of man's intrusion into the untouched and pristine rain forest. "So Rang the Bellwether called me to wake up, pay attention, come out of my house, and witness a vast and deadly intrusion of man into the virgin landscape of the rain forest," said Fairbanks. "I was unprepared for the impact of oil on linen, the ominous fires, the shafts of light that forced their way through the lush greens to pierce my complacency." (Click on thumbnail to view larger image of painting.)
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Kesler Woodward: Painting in the North Born in Aiken, South Carolina in 1951, Kesler Woodward lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved
to Alaska in 1977, and served as Curator of Visual Arts at the Alaska State Museum and as
Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. He is
currently Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught for
two decades, serving as Chair of the Art Department and as Chair of the Division of Arts and
Communications. He serves on the board of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and on
the board of trustees of the Western States Arts Federation.
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