American Artist Magazine, May 2012


6    Editor’s Note
10  Art Mart
12  Gallery Wall
14  Quick Sketches
64  From the Archive
66  Exhibitions
71  Business of Art
74  Technical Q+A
76  Coming in…
78  Bulletin Board
96  Art for Thought


24    Playing With the Past
by Michael gormley
Famed illustrator Mel Odom’s paintings of vintage dolls explore real-world conflict and reflect on the power of innocence.

30    Howard Pyle and the Academic Tradition
by James Gurney
This year marks a century since the death of Howard Pyle. To honor the artist, museums in Delaware and Massachusetts have mounted major retrospective exhibitions that highlight his continued influence on picture making in America.

38    Pulps to Portraits
By Michael Gormley
In recognition of a career spanning almost 70 years, the Norman Rockwell Museum prepares to mount a major retrospective of Everett Raymond Kinstler’s work, spotlighting the artist’s ability to imbue figures with life, whether in a portrait, an illustration, or a painting that comes straight from the artist’s imagination.

46    Thomas Woodruff: The Four Temperaments
by John A. Parks
This acrylic artist was inspired by an ancient theory to craft a series of mind-bending paintings.

52    Gregory Manchess: Exploring the Figure
by James Duncan
Be it a mural of a cunning pirate, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, or an otherworldly, sword-wielding beast with four arms, Gregory Manchess uses the figure in ways many artists only imagine. 

56    Real Fictions
by Austin R. Williams
Imaginative realism presents the fantastic and fictional as if they were real. Several new exhibitions—full of gods, goblins, detectives, and dinosaurs—cast light on this artistic tradition that began in the 19th century.

Cover Image
Gardenia Mom (reversed)
by Mel Odom, 2008, oil on board, 
22 x 20. Collection the artist.








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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.