Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Hank Williams, Honky Tonk Man, 1990, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches
Mothra at Inner Circle Drive, 1988, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
My next project at the museum is a solo show of Scherer & Ouporov, a Russian-American collaborating couple who live in Florida. Opening August 28, As Above, So Below includes egg tempera paintings, silverpoint drawings, etchings, photographs and video and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated hard-cover catalogue. See examples of their art at their website and coming soon to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art website.
(Photo: Language of the Birds, 2009, egg tempera, gemstones and 24-carat gold on wood panel, 24 x 18 inches, collection of Dr. Rick Daigle, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My friend Greg Benson thinks the only good painter is a landscape painter. In an effort to stay on his good side, I painted this little landscape for my current show at Wesleyan College.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Here are a few images of recent paintings in tempera for a solo show at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA next month.
Dennis Harper, Paintings in Egg Tempera
March 18 – April 29, 2009
Opening reception: March 18, 2009, 6-7:30PM with gallery talk by the artist at 6:45PM.
Wesleyan College, Murphey Gallery
Valeria McCullough Murphey Art Building
4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
Gallery Hours: M-F, 10-12 PM & 12:30-5 PM
Friday, November 16, 2007
Pun-tastic fun with album art
By Julie Phillips | email@example.com | Story updated at 10:59 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
For all the great album art out there, there's an equal number of albums that, well, aren't so good.
Play the game of bad band names and you've got a conversation to last for hours.
Dennis Harper's been taking note of such pictures of in-excellence for years, storing up puns and casting a curious eye on creepy, weird album covers.
And so it came to be that "High Fauxdelity" emerged, a collection of paintings rendered by Harper, who's certain they wouldn't do much to sell the supposed records they hold.
Harper, who by day is curator of exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art, and fellow artist Jeffrey Whittle, an instructor at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art, combined their efforts - Whittle's collection titled "12 Inch Love Songs" - for a show currently on display at Flicker.
While Whittle doesn't veer far from his lovely, if offbeat style, Harper takes a break from his more serious (though not without humor) egg tempera works for his acrylic "albums."
"It's been a nice [antidote to my tempera work]*," he says, adding the size of the images in the show aren't CD-size, but "the size of 12-inch LP's - I miss that more broad expanse of graphic design - so there's a little nostalgia for that."
Probably the best part about Harper's works are the pun-tastic album titles for records you'd be pretty scared to listen to - "Sexy Organ," "Moody Waters" and "Modern Vibes for Groovy Chicks and Guys," for instance.
"There's plenty of bad album art out there, and people love it," Harper says, admitting to a love-hate relationship with bad album art himself - though the love part comes in no small part from the ideas it inspires.
"I carry around a little notebook for ideas," Harper says. "You know, bad ideas are like bad songs - they pop into your head and you can't get them out."
'High Fauxdelity' by Dennis Harper and '12-Inch Love Songs' by Jeffrey Whittle
Paintings inspired by album art
When: Through Nov. 30; reception 6-8 p.m. today
Where: Flicker Theatre and Bar, 263 W. Washington St.
Call: (706) 546-0039
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 11/15/07
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Sunday, November 04, 2007
I don't have any of Whittle's pictures to post, but here are four more of my fake album covers included in the exhibition. (Each 12.5 x 12.5 inches, acrylic on MDF.)
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Here are a few views of one of the new paintings. Untitled (Encounter in a Foyer), 2007, egg tempera, gold leaf, and silverpoint over casein on panel, 16 x 20 inches.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Meanwhile, here are the first three "LPs." Each is acrylic on hardboard panel, 12.5 x 12.5 inches. (Bigger than Whittle's.)
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
See you in about a month...