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I Am Orange III

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“I Am Orange III” (c)2013 By Terre Britton

“I Am Orange III” (c)2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 16″

This morning’s study.

I Am Orange II

I Am Orange II

“I Am Orange II” (c)2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 16″

A little slice of Florida for all you chilly northerners.


Quick Study: Ugly Apple

"Solo No.3: Ugly Apple" (c)2012 - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 4" x 4"

“Solo No.4: Ugly Apple” (c)2012 – Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 4″ x 4″

Solo Series, No.4

This image is part of my Quick Study Series and part of my Quick Study Challenge.


"Solo No.3: Ugly Apple" (c)2012 – B&W Digital (photoshop)

“Solo No.4: Ugly Apple” (c)2012 – B&W Digital (photoshop)

Quick Study: ceci n’est pas une pomme

ce n'est pas une pomme

“ceci n’est pas une pomme” (c)2012, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 12″ x 9″

This piece was a quick-study of using negative space boldly. After completion, the title “ceci n’est pas une pomme” (this is not an apple)—an alteration of Surrealist artist René Magritte’s statement, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (‘This is not a pipe’), in his “La trahison des images” (‘The Treason of Images), 1929—seemed appropriate and a fitting tribute to Magritte and his fascination with language and perception.

“Ceci n'est pas une pipe” ('This is not a pipe'), in “La trahison des images” ('The Treason of Images), 1929, by René Magritte.

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (‘This is not a pipe’), in “La trahison des images” (‘The Treason of Images), 1929, by René Magritte.

From what I’ve read, Magritte was very much a philosopher-artist, and in “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” he provocatively toyed with perception and reality. In it he states that this is not a pipe—which is true, it’s an image of a pipe—and if you don’t believe it, Magritte challenges, “just try to fill it with tobacco.”

So go ahead, just try eat my apple.

If you are interested in semiotics and linguistics, you might want to check out the excerpt from “This Is Not a Pipe” (1968), by the French literary critic and philosopher Michel Foucault. But as Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson), my writer colleague on Twitter, would say: “Pack a lunch!” For Foucault discusses the painting in-depth, in terms of its apparent paradox(es). But keep in mind that his argument was published a year after Magritte’s death and is based on assumptions of “resemblance” and “similitude” that the artist may not have agreed with.

“Ceci n'est pas une pomme” (This is not an apple), 1964, by René Magritte.

“Ceci n’est pas une pomme” (This is not an apple), 1964, by René Magritte.

And now, dessert. In addition to his pipe—I mean, image of a pipe—Magritte later created at least three works in the “’Ceci n’est pas…” motif of apples. One image from 1964, found on Christie’s —which harvested no small prize of $1,136,639 US—has Lot Notes worth reading. I will leave you with an excerpt:

“Ceci n’est pas une pomme (‘This is not an apple’) unites two of René Magritte’s most famous iconographical elements, the apple and the ‘Ceci n’est pas…’ concept. The apple only really began to play a significant part in Magritte’s works in 1950, but reappeared in so many guises, on so many scales, that it has become one of his dominant trademarks. Here it is given a monumental status slightly shocking for a fruit – the canvas and the apple on it are gigantic, as are the words, written in such a controlled calligraphic manner. Magritte’s apples were often monumentalized, shown made of stone or on a disproportionate, impossible scale compared to the accompanying objects. In giving such predominance to such a simple fruit, Magritte managed to discreetly disrupt artistic tradition, for instance upsetting the entire concept of the still-life by giving predominance to the fruit, not to the artist or the tromp-l’oeil effect of the painting . . .

The ‘Ceci n’est pas…’ motif first appeared in 1929 in La trahison des images (‘The Treason of Images’), which depicts a pipe and underneath it the words ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (‘This is not a pipe’). Its simple yet profound iconoclasm guaranteed its amazing success, and it has become the most famous of Magritte’s images . . .

The reuse of the ‘Ceci n’est pas…’ concept is part of a general movement in Magritte’s later work, when he showed renewed interest in his earlier subject matter, revisiting favorite themes and treating them with a new maturity and the benefit of hindsight. The apple replacing the pipe is thus not a continuation of an old theme, but an extensive revision.”

Bon appetite!

“Gala One” is Purchased by the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection–(Updated)

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Gala One

Friends, as of last Thursday night I have the honor of being a part of the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection, at the Artel Gallery (@artelPensacola), in Pensacola, FL. My sincere thanks goes out to juror David Braly–the nationally recognized artist from Montgomery, AL–who voted “Gala One” to be purchased for the prestigious collection.

David Keith Braly

This is the second honor I’ve been awarded in as many months. In September, my canvas, “The Green Vase,” won Best of Show. I’ve spared you the naive, pseudo-Wordsworthian spot-of-time experience as recounted in that very first post (you can read it here), but I assure you, I am even more overwhelmed!

The founder of the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection is Jim Kobacker. Apparently, he began the collection anonymously but eventually began engaging more with the artists to build up one of the most esteemed collections of Florida’s northwest artists. Last night I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Jim’s daughter Kim and grand-daughter Ashley, both genuinely lovely people. I was moved by their gratefulness to the artists: while I was trying to express my gratitude to them for their gracious gift and recognition, they were thanking me!

Kim and Ashley Kobacker

I’m also pleased to be in the fine company of two other artists whose works were also purchased for the collection: Sally Miller and Pat Regan; and judge’s Awards were given to Thomas Groth and Donna O’Neal. Below is Suzanne Robbert, our fearless leader, during the awards ceremony.

Suzanne Robbert, President of Artel Gallery

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the one person who encouraged me to get involved in Artel Gallery and submit my work, and that would be Hope Mastroianni–painter and photographer who prefers to be behind, rather than in front of a camera, hence, no picture. Thank you, Hope!

Terre Britton and Gala One

UPDATE: You can now purchase prints of  “Gala One” in my Fine Arts America collection, at http://terre-britton.fineartamerica.com/ I will be adding “Gala One” to my FAA collection, for print and canvas sales, but and it is currently on display from now until Nov. 30, at:

Artel Gallery
223 Palafox Place
Pensacola, Florida 32502
850 432-3080

I urge you to come view the show; the art is diverse and excellent. Hope to see you there!

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