The Royals at Arch Enemy Arts

I'm excited to announce that I will be showing new work with Arch Enemy Arts in their upcoming exhibition, 'The Royals.' 'The Royals' features 18 local and international artists tasked with creating contemporary portraits of traditional occupations and positions from the Middle Ages. My contribution (below) is a nod to Leonardo DaVinci's "Lady with an Ermine" and features real-life farmer, butcher, and author Meredith Leigh. Entitled simply, 'The Butcher,' this watercolor measures 16 x 12 in. and is painted on paper mounted and sealed on wood panel.  

Artists participating in this show include:
Alex GarantCaitlin HackettCarly Janine MazurChris LeibChris SeamanCrawwDavid SeidmanFabio D'AromaGustavo RimadaHeather McLeanJared TuttleJason HernandezJulianna MennaRachael BridgeRodrigo BorgesTom Bagshaw, and Wendy Ortiz.

The exhibition opens Friday, December 11th, 2015, and runs through Saturday, January 16th, 2016. Please feel free to contact Lawren Alice or Patrick Shillenn at Arch Enemy Arts for more information or click the invitation below to be redirected to the gallery's website. A preview of the show can be seen HERE

A note on reference.

It’s no secret that I use photo reference in creating my work; my painting method is laborious and using photos helps ease the burden on my models and my schedule. But one thing I always caution my students on is becoming a slave to the reference. Photos are a powerful tool in the making of art but directly copying a photo without a fundamental understanding of light, structure, and color can leave your images flat and lifeless.

Above is an example of one of my recent watercolors and the reference used to paint it. Every artist that uses reference has their own way of incorporating the materials into their work. I view my reference as a road map: There to guide me in a general direction from A to B, but ultimately allowing me the freedom to explore other avenues. 

The differences between the reference and the finished piece above are obvious, and I wouldn’t have been able to convincingly make those changes had I not spent numerous hours drawing and painting from life. 

The ability to believably fill gaps in detail, alter colors and lighting, and even change anatomy all come from observational study. As with any other part of your process, let photographic reference be a tool, not a crutch. Never let a lack of information in a photo limit your art. Instead, study from life and apply those lessons to your work, using photos as a prompt, a reminder, a road map along the way.

In Conversation with Metro Asheville

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of sitting down with JC Tripp, of Metro Asheville, a guide to Asheville's more urban-leaning music, art and culture. We talked about online censorship, nude selfies, why I left New York, and what lays ahead for my work. Below is an exert from the interview. 

Body Language:
Reuben Negron’s Intimate and Intricate Nude Portraits

His work is an open dialogue on the human body, at its most revealing and telling. Negron tells stories with nudes, but invites the viewer to fill in the narrative, giving clues and body language that can be interpreted in many ways. Cues come from body language, setting, lighting and props, not unlike a stage. It’s up to the viewer to interpret what’s going on in his work, which is rich with detail and nuance and open to interpretation.

His latest series, This House of Glass is an intimate exposé on what we keep hidden from others – and in many cases, what we hide from ourselves. Working with volunteers, Negron interviewed each model about their lives, personalities and history; specifically focusing on sensitive and vulnerable details they normally keep veiled. Through this process their personal narratives were dismantled and reconstructed into Negron’s work. Staged in the model’s own home or place of special interest, each painting is a cumulative experience not meant to document a singular instance but to illustrate the entirety of the model’s story. Truly profound and moving works of art, both in their orchestration, and revelation.

Throughout his career as an artist, Negron has been exploring themes of intimacy, psychology and social politics, and most recently gender, identity, and sexuality through visual narrative. There is no shock value to his work, unless the viewer finds the human form shocking. Instead, Negron is telling stories of human sexuality and body image in an honest and provocative manner, without the smoothing over or covering up. His work’s bare honesty and intimacy expose a vulnerability and beauty that lies in all of us.
— Metro Asheville, September 29th, 2015

Undressed: A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Nude and Erotic Works

Philip Bloom Gallery
117 Orange Street, Nantucket, MA | philipbloomgallery.com

I am pleased to announce that I will be showing two watercolors at Philip Bloom Gallery as part of Undressed, a group exhibition of contemporary nude and erotic works. Curated by Kristin Sancken, Undressed features work by artists Oliver Clegg, John Gordon Gauld, Judith Hudson, Charlotte Kidd, Ted Lawson, Andrea Mary Marshall, Reuben Negron, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Billy Sullivan and Spencer Tunick. 

The exhibition will will be on view September 4th through October 4th, 2015 at 117 Orange Street in Nantucket, MA. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, September 4th from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Undressed” will feature a diverse group of artists who have embraced both the controversy and intrigue of nudity as subject matter. The exhibition will showcase contemporary works that explore eroticism as a doorway into the creative process and overstep ethical constraints for the sake of creating a new cultural discourse that transcends sexual orientation, gender, race, and age. In a newly found era of moral freedom, it is time to forego social barriers and accept sexuality and nudity, and be comfortable with our bodies and those of others. Obscenity does not exist in art.

Click here to view the complete Press Release. 

Bad Dads VI - An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson

I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in Spoke Art's next group show: Bad Dads VI - An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson. The exhibition, which has become a highly anticipated Spoke Art tradition, will be held this year for the first time, in New York City. Bad Dads VI will open Friday, August 7th, at Joseph Gross Gallery, located at 548 West 28th Street, in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

The exhibition will feature work by over 70 international artists in a range of media, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and more - All inspired by the visually nuanced films of Wes Anderson. Participating artists include: 100% Soft, Rebecca Mason Adams, Daliah Lina Ammar, Anarkitty, Brianna Angelakis, Christine Aria, Kelsey Beckett, Jill Bencsits, Johnny Bergeron, Ryan Berkley, Joshua Budich, Ivonna Buenestro, Bungaloo, Sandi Calistro, Julian Callos, Keith Carter, Mar Cerada, James Charles, Matt Chase, Tracie Ching, Dan Christofersson, Charles Clary, Rhys Cooper, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Max Dalton, Jessica Deahl, Tim Doyle, Emily Dumas, Matt Dye, Epyon5, Valentin Fischer, Veronica Fish, Monica Garwood, Sam Gilbey, Rebecca Green, Lauren Gregg, Dominic Guidote, Justin Hager, Primary Hughes, Charlie Immer, Maria Suarez Inclan, Martine Johanna, Tim Jordan, Alex R Kirzhner, Bartosz Kosowski, Calvin Lai, Conor Langton, Nan Lawson, Micah LeBrun, Adam Lister, Kemi Mai, Scott Mitchell, Guillaume Morellec, Danielle Murray, Reuben Negron, Conor Nolan, Chelsea O’Byrne, Lily Padula, Anna Pan, Rich Pellegrino, Audrey Pongracz, Patrycja Podkościelny, Michael Ramstead, Fernando Reza, Matt Ritchie, Michelle Romo, Rebecca Rose, Daniel Speight, Chuck Sperry, Meghan Stratman, Mike Stilkey, Dean Stuart, Mandy Tsung, Van Orton, Casey Weldon, Helice Wen, Bec Winnel and Alice X Zhang.

Due to overwhelming interest, tickets are required for entry into the show. Ticket and show information is available HERE. I have a feeling this one will sell out so get your tickets quickly before they are gone. 

Fine art prints now available through Spoke Art

Over the years I've had several inquiries asking if I'd sell prints of my work. Well, I am pleased to announce the release of "Les Temps Sont Durs Pour Les Rêveurs," a set of two fine art prints made available through Spoke Art as part of their current exhibition, “La Couleur de l’Étrangeté” - An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro. Each giclee print is a 1:1 reproduction of the original watercolors from the exhibition, printed with the title below, in an 8"x10" format. Each print is offered at $20 and can be purchased on Spoke Art's online store. Check the links below for more information. 

La Couleur de l’Étrangeté Online
Les Temps Sont Durs Pour Les Rêveurs no. 1
Les Temps Sont Durs Pour Les Rêveurs no. 2