Landscapes and More, an introduction to the Durham art scene.

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I am pleased to announce that I will be having a solo exhibition of more than 50 paintings in Durham, NC.  One night only.  All works will be for sale.

Landscapes and More
An exhibition of paintings by Durham artist James Keul

Friday, November 14th, 2014 
at the home of Jahn and Chris Power- 
707 E. Hudson Ave, Durham, NC

Rain or Shine
Light food and wine will be served.

James Keul is an award-winning artist, who's work can be found in private and public collections across the US and Europe.  He is best known for his meditative landscapes, multi-figure compositions, and still-lifes in oils, watercolors and various printmaking techniques.  James Keul was born in Oakland, California in 1980. He has lived in numerous parts of the US (including Durham) as well as in France and a year spent in Western Samoa.  He spent the last ten years in New York City, first studying at the Art Students League of NY and later working as artist's assistant to muralist and printmaker Richard Haas as well as sculptor Lorrie Goulet and the late painter Frank Mason. His NY studio was located at the corner of Broome and Mulberry, in Little Italy, in the second floor loft that was formerly the studio of acclaimed painter and sculptor Harry Jackson. Prior to his time in New York, James attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received a BFA in painting.   He and his wife, Katie, moved back to Durham in January, 2014.

For more information about the artist, please visit

Sky Symposium raises issues of earth, air and art

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Sky Symposium raises issues of earth, air and art

August 4, 2011 at 9:33 am by Michael Janairo, Arts & Entertainment Editor


A two-day event called a Sky Symposium at Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary & School in Shushan, Washington County, aims to address issues related to atmospheric experiments and their impact on the air we breathe. At the same time, the event will showcase artistic works based on the theme of “weather as the expression of the love affair between earth and sky.”

“We are tackling some of the most disturbing aspects of the aerosol programs and nonlethal weapons,” Bonnie Hoag, director of Dionondehowa, said in a written statement, “and we are inviting the art community to support this endeavor.”

On Saturday, events include discussions on such topics as “Who Owns the Weather?” “Geoengineering: Video & Photographic Evidence” and “Climate Change & the Air.” Sunday’s events include a screening of the documentary “What in the World are They Spraying?” and topics such as “21st Century Strategies for Health & Self-Healing,” “Living in A Chemical Soup” and “Facing Our Fears & Finding Our Freedom.”

Visual artists displaying their work include James Keul, Mark Tougias, Edmund Rucinski, Lisa May, Lynne Knobel, Lee Anne Morgan and George Forss.

Musical performances will include Barry Hyman during lunch on Saturday.

At a glance
“Sky Symposium”

  • When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
  • Where: Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School, 148 Stanton Road, Shushan
  • Admission: $20 suggested donation; reservations suggested; attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and snacks and to carpool, if possible
  • Info: 854-7764;;

ArtPrize: The Radically Open American Art Competition

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ArtPrize: The Radically Open American Art Competition

Salwilliam ArtArt News 

ArtPrize is a whale of an art show that will no doubt captivate the thousands upon thousands who will attend the event. The art contest, held in Grand Rapids Michigan, offers the world’s largest art prize as first place pays $250,000! The competition is wide open and the winner is chosen based on a totally open vote.

According to contest stipulations, each competitor has created a fundraising video. View them all on the popular indie community site Kickstarter.

There is a wide array of fascinating artists and art collectives involved in the competition. These includeLaura Milkins, who’s going semi-cyborg as she attempts to walk 2000 miles across America, and acclaimed NYC painter James Keul who will be unveiling a 20-foot mural. Another project which has already received a healthy $12,000 pledge via Kickstarter, The giant mechanical sculpture dubbed “The Infernal Device“,  will no doubt prove to be a wonder.

However, our early pick for the top prize has to go to the Screwed Arts Collective. They’ve already had success with two massive art projects in St.Louis, and they’re promising something even more exceptional this time around. Check out their video:


ArtPrize will be taking place between September 21 and October 9, 2011.

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BOS Day 3: 1717 Troutman & beyond

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BOS Day 3: 1717 Troutman & beyond

Posted on June 8, 2012 by kerosene rose

DAY1 • DAY2:56Bogart • DAY2:Part2 • DAY2:Evening • DAY3 • HOLYBOS!

Written by Jenny An. Photographs by kerosene rose

I’d spent a lot of time trying to figure out the proper pronunciation for “BOS” but after attending Holy BOS, I have single-handedly decided, it has to be “boss.”

Like the best parts of the seemingly infinite number of galleries to peruse (okay, around 400), Holy BOS killed it when it was site and moment-specific. Which makes a lot of sense. Bushwick Open Studios isn’t about art, it’s about getting people together around art.

And so, whether it was a film festival splattered by colored light coming from the stained-glass windows of Bobby Redd church on Sunday night. A packed basement performance on Saturday afternoon by DMZL ritual art that was part Greek myth, part science fiction and part costumes Madonna would have killed for during her pointy-bra phase. A side room filled with guitars, percussion and other instruments for spontaneous jam sessions with Good Friend Electric—and an adorable Dalmatian.

Holy BOS was about art lovers being together.

Henry Glucroft, co-owner of Little Skips and Sabrina Yasmine Smith founder of blog Art Gypsy Tales curated the event around the space and the theme of abstraction. “Everything is really site specific,” Smith says. “In many ways this is a big art piece.” And more than a thousand attendees agreed.

The vets of the local art scene drew upon the artists they knew and loved to exhibit. While much less gallery than the art-a-palooza complex of 56 Bogart, it offered a canvas for artists including James Keul and Abel Macias–literally, with painted walls and the like.

Phoenix took over an outside yard and constructed The Desert Forest. From the outside, it looked like plastic strips immaculately strung up but as soon as you and your shoe-less feet walked across a rocky barrier, it was 2,500 square feet of disorientation and bliss. Foam and fake fur caressed your feet. The white sheets felt like walking through a downpour, without the wet but with all the lack of visibility. Makes a lot of sense that it’ll be traveling to Burning Man later this summer.

The communing was made literal at Andrew Ohanesian’s beer-confessional pieceMandies. A bar inside what looks like a confessional. Oh yeah, there was a nice cold keg in there.

And the party didn’t stop at free beer. There were two nights of music and lights shows from Ryan Uzilevsky on Friday and Saturday. “It was art in all forms. Vibrating energies from performers and the audience,” Smith says eloquently. Or you could rephrase it as: It was a sweet art party in a motherfucking church. Good times, guaranteed.

The only wonder is how Glucroft and Smith made it to the next mornings’ yoga and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

It’s pat to say, “You had to have been there,” but if that’ll get it mentally bookmarked if it happens again (Glucroft and Smith haven’t made promises either way, yet), I’m saying it right now.

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What's New in Bushwick: A Quick Street Art Survey Posted: 06/06/2012 1:41 pm

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June 8, 2012

Edition: U.S.


Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington


What's New in Bushwick: A Quick Street Art Survey

Posted: 06/06/2012 1:41 pm

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As you may have heard, New York's young artist community has been in a rather fast migration away from Manhattan for this entire century.

And so has most of its Street Art.

As the neighborhood of Bushwick assumes the role of new art nerve center (and hard charging, chatty hormone-infused bohemia), the Street Art that began in Williamsburg at the turn of the millenium is without question a natural companion for the trip. This weekend Bushwick celebrated its 6th official Open Studios program (BOS) and gave Street Art it's genealogical due as major influencer to the whole scene by inviting a number of the newer names to exhibit indoors for the opening party. Naturally, if not ironically, the streets walls had work by many of same.

Always in flux, the current Street Art scene reflects the players as much as the chaotic and diversified D.I.Y. times we're in. As the more designed multiples of Fairey and the repetition of Cost have given much ground to the highly labor intensive one-offs with a story today, you can see that this narrative style may have been set into motion by people like Swoon and Elbow-Toe in the intervening wave.

To give you a sense of the complex visual ecosystem that influences the fine art/ Street Art continuum in 2012, here's some eye candy from inside, outside, sanctioned and freewheeling that were on display during BOS this year.


Holy BOS! Housed in a former Lutheran church Bobby Redd Project Space invited artists to do site-specific installations in the actively decaying house of worship. Artists included Abel Macias, Andrew Ohanesian, Ben Wolf, Billy Hahn, Brian Willmont, Don Pablo Pedro, James Keul, Peter Bardazzi. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now that I've griped about top 1Now that I've griped about top 10, here are some great ArtPrize pieces to check out (Ed Riojas column)

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Now that I've griped about top 1Now that I've griped about top 10, here are some great ArtPrize pieces to check out (Ed Riojas column)

Published: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 1:03 PM     Updated: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 2:21 PM

 By Ed Riojas | The Grand Rapids Press 

After causing such a stir over the top 10 ArtPrize finalists, I thought it would be good to highlight several pieces that did not make it into the esteemed group. Some are hidden in plain sight, while others are off the beaten path. Each will add depth to the ArtPrize experience and are worth the trouble of seeking out during the event's waning days.

Kendall College of Art and Designhas two large installations worth noting. Monica Ponce de Leon's “Loose Fit” is an undulating sculpture constructed of PETG plastic that draws visitors into its translucent folds. “Have Sticks Will Travel,” by Jonathan Brilliant, is an amoebic form engulfing half a gallery in coffee stir sticks. Only after exploring the resulting shape can one fully appreciate the fact that the sticks are not glued together – they are woven on site and held in place by tension.

Another installation with a commanding presence is Mark Rumsey's “The Sky is Not Falling.” Folded paper forms cling to a chandelier-hung ceiling of the Women's City Club. I saw it when matronly women were nonchalantly dining below. The Gothic impression of nesting bats is at once elegant and unnerving.

Speaking of Gothic experiences, brave the freight elevator ride to the top floor of 50 Louis Street and check out the vaulted space of Open Concept Gallery. While the collection is a mixed bag, this year's offerings are a decided improvement and include Tom Post's portrait series, “Visionaries and Malcontents.”

Another hidden corner of ArtPrize-dom is Monroe Community Church, which has several pieces of merit but relatively few visitors. James Keul's “The Progress of Man” is an imposing oil seemingly ready-made for the walls of some ivory tower. On a smaller scale, “Precipice of Change,” by Lisa Higby LeFevre, is a monochromatic landscape executed in moody pastel. It is a refreshing example of photo realism pushed close to non-objectivism.

“Blue Skies,” by Tanner Wolfe, pushes photography into a new direction, using parallel, uncut, film transparencies in a linear image. The technical planning behind this small piece is mind-boggling. It is showing in the basement of the Women's City Club.

Photos by Rex Larsen | The Grand Rapids PressDeanna Dunn, and John Kaczorowski, of Kalamazoo, walk through a section of "Loose Fit, " created with PETG plastic by Monica Ponce de Leon, displayed at Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Fountain Street NW.

There are several bronzes executed with skill, but I keep returning to a portion of the multi-faceted “Illegitimate,” by Timothy Cleary, showing at the G.R.A.M. The smallest, partial-torso of the grouping is the most interesting. Using Shang Dynasty motifs fused with figurative elements, the resulting effect is both ancient and futuristic.

Another intriguing piece is Leslie Bolyard's “Warden of Sorrow/Homage to Hieronymus Bosch,” showing at G.V.S.U.'s Pew Campus. Portions of it are exquisite, especially the marriage of hammered iron and cast stone amid Bosch-inspired surrealism.

Surrealism also plays heavily in “The Architect's Dream,” by Charles Pilkey. It is showing atCathedral Square. A meandering edifice clings to the edge of a sleeping head, flavoring the sculpture with diverse hints of Salvador Dali, Ernst Barlach and Olmec statuary.

Federal Square Building's “The Spot” hosts many pieces worth seeing. I keep returning to Rebecca Green's “It was a mystery to us.” The oil leans heavily toward illustration, but maintains a fine art edge often lacking in commercial disciplines. It is both child-like and sophisticated.

In a surprise move, Peter Sorrell's “Standing for what?” figurative oil has been switched from the chaotic confines of the B.O.B. to the Federal Square Building for safety and better viewing. Be sure to see this work of a modern European master.

“It's A Great Day, Depending On The Outcome,” by Matthew Maniscalco, is showing at the same venue. This large oil makes masterful use of intense warm and cool colors, and playfully incorporates figures and animals without getting sappy.

Beyond the ado surrounding this year's top 10, there is a wealth of talent and craftsmanship to be found within the boundaries of ArtPrize. If you are able to see even half of these great pieces, I guarantee the outcome WILL be a great day.

Ed Riojas is a Press artist and art critic. His own ArtPrize entry, “Owashtanong – The Grand River,” is showing at GreenLion Gallery, 150 E. Fulton Street.