The Hidden Place

April 19, 2008

Jeremy Lipking

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 10:45 pm
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Where to begin on Jeremy Lipking? This thirty-something has a whirlwind of excitement around him, with countless people trying to imitate everything about him down to his manner of painting a signature.  His work is being snapped up left right and centre and he is in demand as a teacher. What is it about his paintings that appeals, and I must say that they do have a particular appeal about them.

His subject matter is varied.  In fact, he seems to be able to put his hand to just about anything: figure; still life; landscape.  What makes seperates him from countless people working in a similar vein is a rock solid control of values.  Lipking picks up on the very subtle nuances of colour and value and puts them on canvas with such confident fluid strokes that one can only admire.  His colour choices have a conscious impact on the feeling of the paintings.  Conceptually, and as far as subject matter is concerned, Lipking’s work is not particularly challenging but when paintings have such strong aesthetic appeal, I end up thinking like Whistler when he said :

“Art should be independent of all clap-trap – should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye or ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism and the like.”

If it’s beautiful, why not?  Has beauty not a value in and of itself after all?

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2 Comments »

  1. This painter is overrated people imitate his signiture , but his is of Sargents

    Comment by Paul Howlett — June 12, 2009 @ 5:40 am | Reply

  2. I can admire Lipking for many of the values you have discussed, but this last painting has been bothering me for a long time now before I saw it here. Either the photograph taken of the painting was done improperly by perspective, or those large feet placed too far to the right were an error of the artist. When an artist does decide to push things to a greater finish like this, even painting the cracks of paint just to the left, an error like this needs to be deliberate and for a good reason. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in painting beauty that you can create distortions that sweep the rug from underneath the overall intent.

    Comment by Rebecca Harp — October 9, 2009 @ 8:52 pm | Reply


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