2013 Art Updates

2013 was a full year of art and travels. Time was spent preparing for a two-person show that will be featured at the Gadsden Art Center in my hometown of Quincy, FL in January 10-March 8, 2014. I also completed several paintings: Time Steps, Swamp Voices, and Dame Baybean.      

Time Steps, 34”x24”, Oil on Canvas, 2013, N. Baur Dillen ©

Swamp Voices, 32”x32”, Oil on Canvas, 2013, N. Baur Dillen ©

(See Dame Bay Bean below)

In April and May my friend Susan Martin and I went to Europe for three weeks. There we visited five major cities: Luxembourg, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Stuttgart. The main reason for going was Susan’s invitation to display three of her paintings in the Luxembourg Biennale, a very prestigious show.

(Susan Martin with Alice’s Garden (http://www.susanmartinpainting.com)

Each city presented new adventures in traveling and unexpected learning experiences that we will never forget.   Back home, my painting Fish Dreams received 3rdplace in the Nature Category and was displayed in the Strawbridge Art League’s Juried invitational show VIVA 500 that traveled to three sites: Melbourne Beach Library, Cocoa Beach Library, and Orlando City Hall’s Terrace Gallery.

Fish Dreams, 32”x32”, Oil on Canvas, 2012, N. Baur Dillen ©

In June, I was invited to create a painting for the “Flor 500 Participatory Art Project”, organized by Xavier Cortada. The resulting painting was Dame Bay Bean (http://www.xaviercortada.com/?page=FLOR304).

Dame Bay Bean, 14”x11”, Oil on Canvas, 2013, N. Baur Dillen ©

In July/August, my painting Wind Catcher was shown in “Aesthetics of Nature,” the St. Augustine Art Association’s Nature and Wildlife Juried Exhibit.

Wind Catcher, 36”x36”, Oil on Canvas, 2008, N. Baur Dillen ©

September and October four paintings were featured in two national juried shows. “small work-BIG TALENT” was an exhibit at Las Laguna Gallery, 815 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA from September 7 – 28. The gallery received hundreds of image submissions. Eighty-eight artists’ works were selected for display. A quote from the gallery by Van Gogh states, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”   Colonel Wiener and Ensign Billiewere my featured paintings. Both are 10” x 10” oil paintings.

Colonel Wiener, 10”x10”, Oil on Canvas, 2011, N. Baur Dillen ©

Ensign Billie, 10”x10”, Oil on Canvas, 2011, N. Baur Dillen ©

 “Animal Other” was the theme for the exhibit at the Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, AZ. Dates: September 12- October 17. Guest curator, Ally Glowacki, posed the following questions: Is there a point where animal ends and human begins?  Western philosophy suggests that the being known as “Animal” is forever positioned on the complete opposite side of the divide; a divide that reassures “Man” as superior.  But, is that divide permeable?  Nonhuman animals, especially those species that interact with us, such as domesticated dogs, transcend that divide on a daily basis. Not human and no longer just animal, these species occupy a new type of existence referred to as “Animal Other.”   Ready to Play? and Billie Blue were featured in this show. Both are oil paintings on canvas 12” x 12”. Two prizes were given. Ready to Play? won the First Place award. I traveled to Phoenix to attend the opening and visit friends. Curator, Ally Glowacki said that Ready to Play? epitomized the essence of the concept of show’s theme.

Ready to Play?,12”x12”, Oil on Canvas, 2011, N. Baur Dillen ©

Billie Blue, 12”x12”, Oil on Canvas, 2013, N. Baur Dillen ©

November through December, Susan Martin and I were among 100 artists included in the “National Invitational of Fine Art, Craft and Design” at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.  The work will be on display through December 23, 2013.   Where:            Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL https://www.dfac.org.

Whelk, Acrylic on Shaped Canvas, 31×54”, 2010, Susan Martin ©

After Autumn, Oil on Canvas, 30×24”, 2012, N. Baur Dillen ©

In addition to creating my own artwork, I have been helping the Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street Design and Mural Committees with a couple of major projects. We are finalizing the design for new “Wayfinding” street signs, as well as planning the sixth and largest mural to date painted on the south wall of Maxine’s Salon and Spa. The muralist is nationally known Andrew Spear who lives in Orlando, FL. The mural “Look Around You”, will be completed the weekend of November 23 & 24th. Here is a detail of what has been completed.

Look Around You (Detail, overall c. 1825 sq. ft.), artist: Andrew Spear

December 6-28th my painting Ottersea will be displayed at Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. It is one of 50 paintings by 35 artists accepted into their theme show  “Animal Fairy Tales, Fables, Fact or Fiction”.  According to the gallery’s website:

Throughout the history of the world in cultures near and far, animals have played a huge part in the world of art. 

From the beginning of time when man first scrawled a buffalo on cave walls to the present time; animals are characterized and depicted in stories, cartoons and movies. The rich history of animals represented in mythologies and folktales is endless. These animals awaken our creative spirit and feed our imagination. From the years of the zodiac to the spirits of totem poles animals and animal icons play a huge part in our everyday life.

For more information about the exhibit, go to the Las Laguna Art Gallery website: http://www.laslagunagallery.com and select current exhibit to see my painting. I think you will agree with me that this would be a fun show to see.

Ottersea, Oil on Canvas, 24×24”, 2011, N. Baur Dillen ©

Frieda Kahlo once said, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Here is hoping that our future brings us many more new and surprising visual realities. Keep imagining and creating!