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Grow Together In The Sun | On Location in Maine

April 27, 2014  |  Location Painting, New Painting, Painting  |  No Comments

This is my fourth trip to the same lake cottage in Maine. A place where I’ve made 45+ paintings over the past eight years. I have a special connection to this land.

First process photo

Long trees deserve a long composition.

First painting of the trip and the first process shot. I shot process videos of all the paintings, but at the moment they are missing.

First process photo

Good enough to eat.

 

I’m using a palette adapted from the Maine trip last year.

First process photo

Vivid contrast from the sun and shade.

 

I carefully selected this composition. Primarily for the triangular sun spot that frames the two pink trees growing side-by-side in the middle of the composition.

First process photo

Between the two trees are stacked logs. A subtle presence of human intervention on the landscape, but a bold visual moment that anchors the trees.

Notice the reflective lake peeking through the trees on the left side.

We Grow In The Sun Spot

We Grow In The Sun Spot | oil on canvas | 36 x 24 | available

Conceiving this painting I was thinking a renaissance composition interpretation. I created movement using nature instead of the figure, focusing on geometric color relationships, and intuitive paint application. Every compositional element is placed like actors in a play, and the plot is heightened by the siren of color and texture.

More new paintings from this series soon

Previous Maine Paintings

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Life Partner | oil on canvas | 14 x 18 inches | 2012 | sold

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Liberty, where land meets water | oil on canvas | 30 x 30 inches | 2012 | sold

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The Good Life | oil on canvas | 11 x 14 inches | 2012 | available

The Crown Keeper | Time Lapse Video and Process Recap

The hockey experts at Westside Skate and Stick approached me about creating an image for their newly expanded showroom.  After bouncing some of their desires around we decided on a painting that celebrates "New York City" and "Rangers hockey." In addition to dynamic visual elements I wanted to extend the measuring stick of art history with a contemporary portrayal of the sublime.  The athlete is a conduit of extreme emotion for spectators and participants.  As an athlete and an artist, I know how it feels to reach another realm outside of physical and mental consciousness during a performance or a game.  This painting celebrates that feeling.

First the visual breakdown, and then an amazing recap of Jon Weinman’s creative process for the song accompanying the video…

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Started out with a pencil drawing of the composition. The actual painting began with complementary colors purple and yellow. This foundation of high contrast is my adaptation of a chiaroscuro technique .

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Now that the ice is broken, pun intended, I work throughout the composition to determine most of the colors in the finalized palette.  One of the main focal points of the composition is the iconic ceiling of Madison Square Garden. Next time you’re there don’t forget to look up.

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The composition is essentially a balance of triangle, circle, and square.  The triangular aspect is of the goalie leading up to the jumbotron, the circular aspect is the ceiling of Madison Square Garden (MSG), and those two elements are framed by the square created by the goal posts and goal line. After looking at the compositional structure for many hours I realized it could be considered a contemporary departure from one of my favorite Renaissance commissions by Titian, The Assumption of the Virgin.

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Experimenting with light in the painting I decided to keep the foreground rink section lit by lights on the ceiling of MSG, while the sky is ablaze in tones of GRAF green, and electric yellow. The different light sources create an inside/outside spatial relation further echoing how the athlete sometimes reaches a zone outside of the self lit by an inner passion.

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The painting features New York Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  People refer to him more commonly by King Henrik because he is one of the premiere goaltenders in the world and the backbone of the Rangers team.  He blows the roof of MSG with supernatural performances. In this painting the puck has passed King Henrik, yet stayed out of the net after ringing off the crossbar. This moment is a metaphor for a lot of lives in NYC; fully extended to accomplish your dreams and at the same time getting a little help from things, like a crossbar, technically outside of your control. Aesthetically at this point I’m building up the richness of the colors in layers and carefully moving edges back and forth millimeters at a time to get the right feeling.  Our lives are layers of experience and millimeters of decisions.

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A big push to firm up a lot of the details in the net, the ceiling, goalie equipment, and the Statue of Liberty.  Ms. Liberty is lighting the outdoor skyline through the jumbotron with an electric green fiery torch.   The boards touching the edges of the canvas needed a height reduction to further balance the composition.

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A detailed shot of Lundqvist’s mask, Ms. Liberty, and the jumbotron.  Careful placement of West Side Skate & Stick advertisements foreshadow a future team sponsor?  The Chrysler and Empire State Building won’t stay dark for much longer.

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Let us look closer and a little further a long in the process.  The game shots on the jumbotron are 20 to 13 referencing the year the painting was finished.  Also the score is 2 to 1 referencing the date the painting was finished, February first. The name of the visiting team is obscured to reference any opponent.  No obstacle, or opponent, is too great to overcome. The Empire State Building is lit in red, white, and blue in support of the Rangers.

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The Crown Keeper | 30 x 26 inches | acrylic on canvas | Available

Long live hockey, and long live New York City passion. Best of luck to Henrik to win the ultimate crown, The Hockey Holy Grail – Lord Stanley’s Cup.

I have had the privilege of Jon Weinman of Minarets Music create the soundtracks for my recent process videos.  He is an extremely talented musician and writer.  Luckily for everyone he was willing to share his process for how he created the song for the the soundtrack. From Jon:

 When I first saw this painting, I was on a visit to Ari’s studio, where it sat on an easel, nearly finished. My eye was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of the gothic city scape, its reptilian greens underlaid with cloudy, royal purples, over the hallowed stands of The Garden, where so many generations of New Yorkers have met in joy to worship at the altars of The Rangers, The Knicks and the great fighters like Ali and Frazier. As a New York sports fan myself, I can say with unimpeachable authority and absolute certainty that New York City has the greatest fans in the world. And in seeing the great, sprawling empire laid out majestically over the those same bleachers where the people who built it, the people who’s essence and fire and tenacity raised it up brick by brick, sit every single home game to cheer and shout and jump up and down and live and die and transcend with their team, I became immediately inspired.

When I received a cut of the time-lapse video of the painting process, I nearly immediately (after sitting for a time, jaw agape at some of the amazing detail work revealed by the process video) began trying to score it. After some time experimenting with sound palettes, feels, and harmonies, I came to the conclusion that the piece deserved not only instrumental accompaniment, but an entire song with lyrics and melody to truly capture its essence. I began with a rolling drum beat and some dry, stark electric-piano chords that I felt matched the color palette of the towering skyline backdrop of the painting. I then began to think of how I could personally relate to the holy moment that is so perfectly crystalized in the work. I immediately began to think of moments of transcendence that I had experienced in my own life. Most often, these moments have come when I am on stage in front of a large crowd, performing my music.At these times, stars seem to align and time slows to a crawl. I withdraw deep into the caverns of my consciousness yet I simultaneously feel hyper aware of my surroundings. My mind no longer races, it does not analyze the situation, it simply floats above my body, receiving and executing every command with complete sureness, steadiness and natural ease. I thrust my head skyward and pull every spark of energy, emotion and life that exists in the atmosphere of that room into my body. And as I feel it fill me up I get warm all over and I can no longer feel my feet touching the ground. And I open my mouth and sing it out. And as it floats there on the air in slow motion, the crowd feels it break over them like a wave, their own emotion, their own energy, now being amplified to a celestial scale and thrown back at them, consuming them. This moment is the one of the most magical and precious things I have ever experienced, and chasing it has lead me down an amazing path of fulfillment and self discovery in the pursuit of that transcendent art and music. But I’ve also observed this phenomenon elsewhere, and one of the foremost places that comes to mind is the world of sports. When I see Kobe Bryant making his crazy, scrunched up, snarling cujo face in game six of the Finals, I know that Kobe Bean Bryant has left the building. He is no longer in his body. At that point, Kobe has become a vessel. He is manifesting greatness, and the greatest thing is, he is not making, but simply allowing it to happen. When Henrik Lunqvist puts up a shut-out in the playoffs, contorting and twisting his body in lightning stabs of agility as thousands hang on the instant with bated breath, he has reached a point of calm and clarity that we are all lucky if we ever experience. He is finally able to show his belief in himself and his teammates, to make his statement, and to inspire joy and love and excitement and emotion for thousands of good, hard-working people who for whatever reason, decided to tie their fate, albeit in some small way, to his. That’s what I wrote this song about. It’s called “To You All.” Here are the lyrics:

“To You All”

Like a scene from my mother’s dreams

We play tonight

We’ll tear the walls down by the beams

It’ll feel alright

In the cold lights

I remember losing control

When the crowd’s high

I remember losing control

All of the sudden I can say what I want to to you now

All the sudden I can show you what I want to show to you all

Like a god rising from the flames

We’ll burn tonight

We’ll leave our bodies and our frames

It’ll feel alright

In the cold lights

I remember losing control

When the crowd’s high

I remember losing control

All of the sudden I can say what I want to to you now

All the sudden I can show you what I want to show to you all

-Listen/Download “To You All” here.

One last thing I’ll say here is big thanks to Ari for bringing me in and asking me to work on this because it was really inspiring and refreshing and fun for me. I am always interested in Ari’s work, and I always love to see what he is cooking up, but nothing gets me more excited than when he paints hockey. I think there is something truly amazing about his hockey paintings, as if his love and passion for the sport imbues each of them with a kind of luster that is invisible, yet readily perceptible to anyone who views them. Enjoy it.

-Huge thank you to Jon for his amazing contribution to this work.  Definitely keep an ear out for him.

Other Hockey Inspired Paintings

Giroux OT Winner | 22 x 18 inches | acrylic and graphite on canvas | 2012 | Sold

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1 of 30 Danny Briere | 18 x 24 inches | graphite, acrylic, and oil on canvas | 2011 | Available

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Chris Pronger | oil, acrylic, graphite on canvas | 12 x 12 inches | 2011 | Sold

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Jaromir Jagr | acrylic, oil, pen, collage, and crest on canvas | 11 x 14 inches | 2011 | Sold

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Immortal Captain | oil on canvas | 30 x 30 inches | 2011 | Available

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Lord Stanley’s Castle | 30 x 30 inches | oil on canvas |2011 | Available

If you are interested in commissioning a hockey, sports, portrait, landscape, architecture, or any other kind of painting contact me to discuss your vision, for pricing, and my current availability.

PINK PARADISE | Process Video

Ari Lankin

Pink Paradise | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

A MUSEUM LABEL FROM THE ARTIST AND HIS PEERS:

 

Pink Paradise
71 x 71 inches
acrylic on canvas

Pink Paradise melds various biological imagery into abstract forms to evoke the indefinable energies of our existence.  Ambiguous representations of neurons and sex organs interacting with mechanical constructions serves as a conduit for the artist to embody his intuition.

Click here to download a free wallpaper of this painting for your phone.

 

EUREKA, FOR POE | Process Video Release

September 25, 2013  |  Featured, New Painting, Painting, PROCESS, video  |  No Comments
Eureka, for Poe 71 x 71 inches acrylic on canvas

Eureka, for Poe | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

 

A MUSEUM LABEL FROM THE ARTIST AND HIS PEERS:

Eureka for Poe
71 x 71 inches
acrylic on canvas

Executed with diverse application techniques, this painting creates pictorial and metaphorical depth to reward multiple viewings. The surface echoes the night sky, a familiar visage, but upon deeper inspection yields a more complex system, a gateway to a more universal perspective.

Click here to download a free wallpaper of this painting for your phone.

Music by AndyCracks – “The Fixz”

PLAY | New Process Video +

September 13, 2013  |  Exhibition, New Painting, Painting, PROCESS, video  |  No Comments
Ari Lankin

Play | 71 x 71 | acrylic on canvas | SOLD

 

A MUSEUM LABEL FROM THE ARTIST AND HIS PEERS:

Play
71 x 71 inches
acrylic on canvas

The youthful, buoyant composition reflects the capriciousness of Play. At the moment of creation the artist discovers the brightly colored geometry. It is our birthright to feel the joy inherent in play, and this painting reminds us to retain that sense of unplanned exuberance, always available, but often overlooked.

 ”2Bob” – Written and performed by AndyCracks.

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History of The Cracks

Part of the current solo exhibition DESTINATION UNKNOWN in New York City, open until September 25th, 2013.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS AS A FREE WALLPAPER FOR YOUR PHONE.

EUPHORIA | New Process Video

September 9, 2013  |  Exhibition, New Painting, PROCESS, video  |  No Comments
Euphoria | 71 x 71 | acrylic on canvas | SOLD

Euphoria | 71 x 71 | acrylic on canvas | SOLD

 

A MUSEUM LABEL FROM THE ARTIST AND HIS PEERS:

Euphoria
71 x 71 inches
acrylic on canvas

Our inclination to find significant forms in random and chaotic stimuli is a well documented psychological phenomenon called pareidolia. Using this property, the artist makes a colorful, nebulous abstraction become figurative. Within the fertile surface we are invited to imagine courtesans and witches, sorcerers and prophets, healers and hypnotists. You see what you want, it dissolves, and you see something else.

pareidolia  (ˌpæraɪˈdəʊlɪə)

— n - the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features. (courtesy of Dictionary.com)

Insight into the creation of the music -

The music was inspired by the movements of the colors and the transformation of the shapes. The goal was to create a three phased movement to go with the painting; 1/Flashback, 2/Psychedelic, and 3/Trance. The sequence of sounds starts with a flashback through memory, followed by a psychedelic tribal gathering, and then followed by the peak of the high in trance which moves into more of a dance feel. Three phases of movement towards a desired Euphoria

-AndyCracks
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History of The Cracks

Part of the current solo exhibition DESTINATION UNKNOWN in New York City.

Brainstorm | New Process Video

August 22, 2013  |  Featured, New Painting, PROCESS, video  |  No Comments

For optimum viewing set the above video to HD.

Brainstorm | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

Brainstorm | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

Part of my solo exhibition DESTINATION UNKNOWN in NYC, and now available for acquisition.

DESTINATION UNKNOWN – Solo Exhibition NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY  - RL Fine Arts is please to present an exhibition of new paintings by New York based artist Ari Lankin.

This is the artist’s second show with the gallery, and shows his evolving mastery of the medium of paint- ing. Working for the first time on larger canvases, these exciting paintings are testament to Lankin mov- ing his art and expression into new and dynamic areas, constantly pushing the limits of his technique and sense of composition to produce paintings full of joy and energy.

The cycle/series of these works is very much entwined with Lankin’s sense of spirituality. We move from the first cognition of space and the infinite beyond, through the gathering of energies into life form, the pulsing of physical matter and mental force, through to a culmination of spirit, dissolving and leading once again to infinity. It is an ambitious and thoughtful series that, for the artist, brings a varied expression that encapsulates his very personal and unique style, honoring the brilliance of abstract art that precedes him, but also approaches new territory. The works explode with energy and physicality, pathways and mindscapes for the viewer to commune with.

I find it fascinating that an image, specifically a painting, has the ability to stimulate many levels of the human psyche. The long history of painting has proven that the imagery and consideration of materials is as varied as the people who paint. This history offers a healthy challenge to me as a maker of objects and images. It is my passion to foster a better understanding of the world I live in through the medium of painting. – Ari Lankin

Ari Lankin has a great respect for art history and exploration of materials. He is known for several bodies of work exploring abstraction, conceptual ideas, and painting from observation. He worked at the Guggenheim for over seven years as an educator spending countless hours engaged with art objects and patrons. Not only a painter, he collaborates in a wide variety of media with individuals and brands. Some of his most notable col- laborations are designing a limited edition shoe for Adidas, assisting Tino Sehgal during his solo show at the Guggenheim, and recent painting commissions for a Fortune 500 company. Lankin lives in Manhattan where he has had his studio in East Harlem for the past seven years. He received his BFA with High Honors in Painting and Economics from Brandeis University.

Paintings:

Click this link to view thumbnails of all the paintings which you can easily select for a higher resolution view.

Ari Lankin

Awakening | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

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Sacred Place | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

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Spring | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

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Elemental | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

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Field | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

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Pastora | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

Ari Lankin

The Dance | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | available

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Elixir | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Passion Untamed | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Heliopause | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

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Festival | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Rendezvous | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Inner Light | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

New Moon (Eureka, for Poe) | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Pink Paradise | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Play | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Euphoria | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Brainstorm | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Intuitions | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas | sold

Ari Lankin

Infinity (CMYK 2.0) | 71 x 71 inches | acrylic on canvas

 

Contact RL Fine Arts for viewing and acquisition:

39 W. 19th St. #612, New York, NY

 

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Bodhi of Love | New Painting and Process Video

Bodhi of Love | New Painting and Process Video

June 12, 2013  |  New Painting, Painting, PROCESS, video  |  No Comments

A new painting and process video. I decided to forego the usual breakdown of the process and allow the image and the video to speak for itself.

Bodhi of Love | 48 x 60 inches | acrylic on canvas

Bodhi of Love | 48 x 60 inches | acrylic on canvas


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