Egyptian Fayum Mummy Portraits at the Metropolitan Museum af Art

This past week I visited the Metropolitan Museum to view the Michelangelo and Hockney shows. As beautiful and inspirational as they were, the most memorable work was in the Egyptian section. The Fayum portraits. These mummy portraits or Fayum mummy portraits is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic painted portrait on wooden boards attached to Egyptian mummies from the Coptic period. They belong to the tradition of panel painting, one of the most highly regarded forms of art in the Classical world. In fact, the Fayum portraits are the only large body of art from that tradition to have survived.

I'm intrigued by these encaustics (wax) paintings and contemplating how to incorporate them into my photo-realistic oil paintings. As a starting point, I've signed up for some encaustic classes at R&F paints in Kingston, NY to learn more about the medium.

Below are a few photos from my visit to the Met and a video by artist Y.Z. KAMI on Egyptian Fayum portraits.

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Poets and Artists Group Show Opens Saturday at Arcadia Contemporary

Curated by John Seed, professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College and writer for Hyperallergic and The Huffington Post, the Poets and Artists group show of figurative realism royalty at Arcadia Contemporary is not to be missed.

Arcadia was founded in 2001 with a mission to exhibit highly skilled, representational artists. Originally located in the center of Manhattan’s creative, Soho District, the gallery attained international renown for featuring works that revealed their creators’ ability to paint and draw well in concert with unique, signature styles.

I've been a fan of the gallery for such a long time and I'm honored to be included in this show. PLEASE someone pinch me! I've been fortunate to have met many of the artists and I'm terribly disappointed to not be able to get to California and see old friends and their new artworks.

So I need a favor from "you" the reader. If you're in Culver City on Saturday, stop by Arcadia Contemporary, meet lots of cool artists, see the most amazing art, buy something, and take pictures to share on social media using the hashtag #PAshowatArcadia.

EXHIBITION: Dec. 2-13, 2017
Arcadia Contemporary
9428 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Lee Price Self-Portrait With Parfait in Floral Room - 45"x31"  

Lee Price Self-Portrait With Parfait in Floral Room - 45"x31"
 

Erin Anderson The Twins diptych - 12"x24”

Erin Anderson The Twins diptych - 12"x24”

Nick Ward Christine - 36”x64”

Nick Ward Christine - 36”x64”

Daniel Maidmen Leah Checking Her Cell Phone in the Studio - 24"x30"

Daniel Maidmen Leah Checking Her Cell Phone in the Studio - 24"x30"

Nadine Robbins Stay Calm and Eat Oysters - 24"x24"

Nadine Robbins Stay Calm and Eat Oysters - 24"x24"

The show features works by 29 artists:
Jamie Adams
Erin Anderson
Bo Bartlett
Aleah Chapin
Carl Dobsky
Michelle Doll
Anne Harris
F. Scott Hess
Jason John
David Jon Kassan
Daniel Maidman
Susannah Martin
Dan McCleary
Kimberly Merrill
Ricky Mujica
Serena Potter
Lee Price
Nadine Robbins
Irvin Rodriguez
Bradford J. Salamon
Victoria Selbach
Betty Shelton
Cynthia Sitton
Jon Swihart
Michael Van Zeyl
Nick Ward
Conor Walton
Peter Zokosky

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners and cannot be used in any form without express permission of the artist.

People marched on 1/21. These are their stories: Vallerie Legeay

All I can tell you is that no man, woman, corporate or governmental entity is ever going to succeed in attempting to put me back in a box.

I went to the Women’s March on January, 21st 2017 on the Walkway in Poughkeepsie, NY. I didn’t realize what it actually meant to me until weeks later, when I was asked to write about it. For the past few months, I wanted to participate with this international response of resistance against a growing fascist unease taking place, not only in the US, but throughout the world. I am weary of crowds, so going to DC to join thousands of people was out of the question.

Then, perchance, I read on social media that old friends who I had not seen in over 15 years were going to the Walkway, so I reached out to them and arranged to meet them there.

I arrived at the site of the event at 8:30 a.m. on the Poughkeepsie side of the river. The place was already a mob house. I thought: “How am I ever going to find them in this colorful and bountiful crowd?” I felt a bit overwhelmed. I turned around and bam! They were standing right behind me. I called out to them and it felt as if we had left each other the day before. Oh! The beauty of friendship!

We quickly fell into step with the crowd and proceeded to catch up 15 years of our lives while walking back to the Highland side of the bridge. It was delightful and a bit surreal.

I left them there, promising not to wait the length of a generation to meet again!

I meandered my way back reminiscing on my own. When I had last seen them, I was an illegal alien, cleaning houses for a living. There aren’t many prospects for illegals in the US without a green card. So in 2001, I stopped running and confronted my sabotaging demons. I realized as I strolled looking at the oncoming crowd on the bridge that over the past 15 years, I had entirely reinvented my life.

I straightened out my immigrant status when I won a permanent resident card through the Green Card Lottery. I went back to school full time. I now have a thriving massage therapy and esthetic practice. In September 2016, I worked at the US Open tennis tournament with the greatest female tennis athletes in the world. I currently assist the track and field team at New York Military Academy School near West Point during their championship meets.

Looking down at the river, I remembered what it feels like to swim with its flow. Last August I took on the challenge to swim across the Hudson. It was one of my most exhilarating and scariest accomplishments to date.

I don’t know what will happen with this government; all I can tell you is that no man, woman, corporate or governmental entity is ever going to succeed in attempting to put me back in a box. At 52, I finally made the switch from surviving to living.

 

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People marched on 1/21. These are their stories: Susan and Kylie Mattsen

I may be an idealist but I believe our President should be at least at his very core a moral man or woman - this Trump is not.

I was fortunate to attend the DC Women’s March with my 13 year old daughter and some close friends. I felt compelled to go to the March because I, like so many, could not just sit and watch such a racist narcissist become President. The hateful racist misogynistic rhetoric he spewed throughout his campaign sickened me and I believe has caused a horrific resurgence in racism and discrimination in our country. The way in which he talked about grabbing a woman’s pussy is what truly haunted me and when called out about it he displayed no remorse. In my America a man who thinks in such a way about women along with his racist views of minorities should not be President. His actions and words quite simply show he is not a president for all the people. I may be an idealist but I believe our President should be at least at his very core a moral man or woman- this Trump is not. He played us against each other and did so using hate and scare tactics such as racial stereotypes to explain why American society is failing its poor and middle class. Unfortunately, many bought into this and now we are under his rule. The harm and damage he could do while President truly terrifies me and I am afraid will take years for us to recover from. Ultimately, I had to go to the March as my way of taking concrete action against Trump and his administration – to show my friends and family we cannot give up and we must come together now more than ever and fight to save our country from becoming another Russia or worse yet Germany under Hitler’s rule, just cleverly disguised by Trump as “Making America Great Again”. I truly believe and history has shown that when we the people gather in masses and work together we can change things and make things better. We can stand up to Trump and his administration and hold them accountable and demand they meet the needs of all the people and if they don’t listen, then yes, a movement to overthrow them is necessary.

 

©2017 Nadine Robbins. Unauthorized use of the images and copy from these stories is prohibited.