Category: Fine Art

“Accidental Monster” Profile, 17.5 x 22.25 in., collage on panel, 2016

Recently this was included in a show “Unity Through States of Being” at Modified Arts Gallery. The opening coincided with Art Detour and then the First Friday for April 2017 was reviewed by Margaret Swafford of The Arts Beacon. This notice my piece “Accidental Monster” received was really encouraging and reminds me of the various ways art takes on a life of its own. This makes me happy to see, hear and read the effect of people interacting with this work. From Umberto Eco to Jackson Pollack — but especially Roland Barthes speaks of how a created work must forge on with its own life and path. A created work exists to be interpreted and enjoyed while acting as a mirror to the world around it. Affected by the viewer’s personal frame of mind, the era it exists in and to some extent, the political climate surrounding its current location.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC)

“The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together, in what he says, (more…)

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“Conflict Play” 30.5 x 24 in., acrylic on panel, Jeff Del Nero 2016

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“Nature as Resource”, 108x48in, acrylic on panel, Jeff Del Nero, 2016

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The objects gathered here have significance to each other, loosely based on the themes running through this series. An interesting note about the depicted femur can be read here in this blog “A Seekers Thoughts”. While the rib is full of references I will let you have some fun thinking about that pairing.  I first read about the Frustum here in Seth Godin’s blog and thought about how this applies to everything from politics to the arts.

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“The Race” Mixed Media on Panel, Size S, 30.5 x 24in., Jeff Del Nero JUN2017
“The Race”  35 x 22.5 in — mixed on paper, 2016
“The Race”  35 x 22.5 in — mixed on paper, 2016
“InfiniteUse” acrylic on canvas, 48x36in. Jeff Del Nero 2016
“InfiniteUse” acrylic on canvas, 48x36in. Jeff Del Nero 2016

A simple doodle drawing that has become a painting. (more…)

rhombus-combine-options1There seems to be some potential for experimenting with combinations of different rhombus polyptych’s.

I have been looking at how this may work into a much larger statement. The idea being that I have more than one individual piece that can be displayed in many potential forms.

A type of narrative that is more in keeping with how the world is perceived to us—a tapestry of seemingly-unconnected events.

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The thought that there are events happening around us in a many-faceted cacophony which we pass through like a needle through fabric. We are affected by the events immediately around us and ripples of events surrounding us in radiating intersections.

Jennifer Bartlet / Elizabeth Murray / Jim Shaw / Mark Bradford / Tom Sachs / Robyn O’Neil

“You have to follow the work where it wants to go—it’s not about some little skill…”  ~ Jackie Winsor

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Prayer1_800 3-Smoke-Stacks_800Two drawings sold to some great friends. Thank you for thinking of my work as a gift. Albeit a very special event. Happy Birthday Nina! I am so glad these will be with your family. Andrew, a very heartfelt “thank you” for wanting to acquire these for Nin.

Both of these works share a particular use of metallic and interference paint. This changes based on the lighting, causing some reflectivity of the parts where that paint exists. The paint that changes brings an ethereal quality to the work, this makes me think of how quickly light changes around us.

This canvas is a work in progress utilizing some of the symbols from my “anti-flag” which I am now considering more of a “trigger” flag. Flags tend to be some thing people are for – this flag is about what people are against.

The murmuration is a way of capturing an initially beautiful image that gets progressively less beautiful when looked at closer.

I still have quite a bit of work to do on this.

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we live in a digital age.

we have knowledge of things, but less understanding. more information, (more…)

Target workers is an idea I have had regarding the use of illegal laborers. They are targeted to do work that others would not do. These same people are targeted (more…)

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Thinking about an approach to painting that is at once out of my usual approach while incorporating some disjointed thoughts that have been strongly (more…)

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New City Studio introduction of Makoto Fujimura

—Intro from Jim Ballinger of Phoenix Art Museum

—Mako: Part 1

—Mako: Part 2

—Mako: Part 3

—Q&A with Mako

I was asked by a few friends to post this recording that I made with a very spur-of-the-moment method. This is an “unofficial recording” (from the middle of the audience on an iPhone recorder) of Makoto Fujimura at the Phoenix Art Museum. We took an opportunity to hear him speak about his work, painting methods and his career. I have the full recording segmented into multiiple parts for easier listening on the left. Also the total recording is quite long, about 90 min. I have it linked here for download below – worth a listen.

With some great inspiration by New City Church to contact Mako, and more coordination with the Phoenix Art Museum, we had an opportunity to visit with one our truly great artists. He is internationally respected for his contributions to art and faith throughout Washington D.C. and the New York contemporary art world. This is a lecture by Makoto Fujimura regarding his paintings of The Four Holy Gospels and the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.

> More about The Four Holy Gospels

He speaks of his processes, challenges and successes of working the way he does to convey amazing truths and timeless themes in a painting style that is a very old technique.

To download the entire 20mb Audio file right-click on this link.

The Plight Series includes this pose exclusively. I have this particular pose as bas relief and drawing and in various painted forms. The way he is reaching/pushing in this pose allows very fascinating interpretation. I like the way it looks like a strike towards something, as well as holding something off. In other paintings it can be more ambiguous, but this one has a bit of strain to it.
This is a heroic pose. It appears to be of one defending another. Or is it an attack?

Judgement Seat from Jeff Del Nero on Vimeo.

How do you depict forgiveness? How do you show the regret for sin? I have this painting that has a bird on a chair. In the both the Old and New Testaments there is reference to birds being used as sacrifices for certain types of sin. This painting is a very simplistic way of me showing Christ as that sacrifice. The bird is on the “Judgement Seat” and is free to fly away at any time. But there it is, willing and ready to be the sacrifice.

This painting has features that I love about being an artist. You can put images together, and people can react to them. I have heard the gambit on this one, from “depressing to hopeful.” Another element that I love about a painting is its confined area. In this size of a canvas all there is to consider is what is listed before you. I have a composition that aligns all of the elements towards the center. Definitely inspired by Giorgio Morandi, there’s no hiding that. He had his ways of grouping elements into a very challenging composition – usually it is more aesthetic to place objects in still life’s in a manner that gives rhythm and space to appeal. I like the in-your-face way his compositions say; “this is what I want to show.”

Painting is a great way to tell a story, because the viewer can spend as much time or as little time viewing (investing) to figure out the “story.” Books and Film are not as cooperative with your schedule. They say people spend less than 30 seconds looking at a work of art at any given time. One thing I hope to have in my work is enough to come back to and surmise about on the next viewing.