Hot Off the Easel: October, 2015 Edition

Hot Off the Easel is a monthly blog feature designed to showcase a cross-section of vital and varied contemporary paintings. - John Seed

Lisa Adams, Population 1, 2015, oil and spray paint on canvas over panel, 48 x 60 inches

"A reflection on our current environmental situation; like parasites we're exhausting our host into extinction." - Lisa Adams

Population 1 is on view as part of Lisa Adams: America the Beautiful, at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, September 12 - October 31, 2015

Aron Weisenfeld, The Messenger, 2015, oil on canvas, 13.5 x 13.5 inches

"I've been kind of obsessed with the flutist, the act of breath becoming music seems to have an
analogy in the cyclical transformations in nature." - Aron Wiesenfeld

The Messenger will be on view in Aron Weisenfeld's solo show at Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo, Norway. The show opens on Saturday, October 3rd from 12 to 2 pm.

Dana Schutz, Fight in an Elevator, 2015, oil on canvas, 96 x 90 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York.

"The image of this painting came through drawing, and it was initially inspired by the recent string of elevator fights, like Solange and Jay Z and Ray Rice and Janay Palmer." - Dana Schutz

On view at Petzel Gallery, New York as part of Dana Shutz, Fight In An Elevator, September 10 - October 24th, 2015

Yari Ostovany, Cantata Nr. 3, 2015, oil on canvas, 38 x 38 inches

"This painting is from a series (Cantata) which is a homage to J.S. Bach." - Yari Ostovany

Yari Ostovany's work will be on view at the Aria Gallery, Tehran, Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2015.

Adam Miller, The Song of the Cosmos, 2015, oil on linen, 86 x 44 inches

"This is a piece inspired by our attempts to dream a rational model of the universe that don't completely add up to a finished product." - Adam Miller

Devon Rodriguez, Ripped Jeans, 2015, oil on board, 16 x 20 inches

"I'm fascinated with the tendencies of the New York subway rider, weary, tactical and at all times avoidant." - Devon Rodriguez

Ripped Jeans will be on view as part of the exhibition Urban Life at the Abend Gallery in Denver, October 9 - 31, 2015

Christian Ramirez, Burmese Harp, 2015, oil and collage on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

"Burmese Harp is one of four paintings created with an interest in accessing alternate spaces via 'mystical portals', metaphors for an arena where time and form coalesce with meaning." - Christian Ramirez

Burmese Harp will be on view at Limited Ink Studios, Los Angeles, as part of 4 x 4 Painting, September 26 - October 17, 2015.

Jamie Adams, Niagara Pair, 2015, oil on linen, 60 x 48 inches

'The Niagara series initially came from a number of recollections: childhood visit to the falls, an old Ben-Hur picture book and Henry Hathaway's 1953 film Niagara. Niagara Pair is in response to the recent Ferguson unrest...." - Jamie Adams

Niagara Pair is on view as part of First Show: Detroit at the David Klein Gallery, September 17 - October 31, 2015
Shingo Francis, Deep Violet and Magenta, 2015, oil on linen, 31.5 x 59 inches

"The history of abstraction figures greatly in my work, with a notion towards the sublime in the monochromatic image." - Shingo Francis

Deep Violet and Magenta will be on view as part of Harkening Dusk and Twilight: Chris Sicat and Shingo Francis, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, October 1-31, 2015.

Kurt Solmssen, The Peach Tree, 2015, oil on canvas (diptych) 50 x 114 inches
Image, Courtesy LewAllen Galleries

"This painting was done outdoors from life, of our house and yellow boat, very early on summer mornings." - Kurt Solmssen

The Peach Tree is on view as part of Quiet Spaces: Christopher Benson, John Beerman, David Hines and Kurt Solmssen, at the Lew Allen Galleries, Santa Fe, September 25th - November 1st, 2015

Danny McCaw, Waiting, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 inches

The painting Waiting really is a play between reality and abstraction. In life we are constantly waiting for others, for their approval and their validation. It's in this place of waiting where we build are own abstract scenarios and magnify what others think." - Danny McCaw

Danny McCaw's work is on view at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna, September 20 - October both, 2015