Self-portraits raise the question of our own existence. As the artist catches the viewer’s eye, he/she can vicariously experience being the artist. This eye-to-eye contact is the purest, most direct connectedness with another human we can have in art. The artist’s eyes are directed outwardly, seeking to be seen and directly seeking you out as … Read More
I juried the Art League’s March Open Exhibit 2019, which is on view in their Alexandria, Viriginia, gallery through April 7. For Best in Show I selected a painting by Jeff Lodge, Sunset Trawler, and also awarded Honorable Mentions to eleven of the one-hundred exhibiting artists. Haven Ashley interviewed me about the process of jurying. That … Read More
Artists Magazine asked, “What artist unfairly gets a bad rap?” Five artists answered, including Costa Vavagiakis.
Artists Magazine asked, “What is the most beautiful book about art that you own?” Six artists answered, including Costa Vavagiakis.
In my drawings done in graphite on white paper, the nude figures are set against a white wall bathed in light emanating from above. The white paper that represents the wall might inhabit at least half of the dimension of the overall format. This draws the viewer’s gaze to the white of the paper, which … Read More
Artists Magazine asked, “What piece of art that you’ve never seen in person do you most want to visit someday?” Ten artists answered, including Costa Vavagiakis.
Pop-up shows are becoming extremely popular. They are a response to the vacant storefronts and offices now common in New York City’s economic climate. The resourceful are converting unorthodox locations into creative showcases to view art. These unused spaces can liberate artists and curators from the conventional installations of white box galleries. The unexpected setting … Read More
I will be at the opening reception of Pop-Up Art Show #3 by The Perspective Collective. Curated by Momo Evans, this exhibition of twenty-three artists, including many of my students, will be on view through September 29.
6/10 | Sunday On our last day we let the participants vote on what they wanted to do. Half stayed with Rick and painted along the Prinsengracht Canal. The rest went with me on a day trip to Haarlem to visit the Frans Hals Museum. It is the home of the largest collection of Frans … Read More
6/9 | Saturday Group painting the Prinsengracht Canal.