Sunday, October 26, 2008

Emil Carlsen Auction Update and More Authentication Requests

I recently bid and won a beautiful Emil Carlsen from a reputable auction house - (Thanks Shannon's). I am now a proud Emil Carlsen original owner! I should get the painting soon from the auction house. The Dines Carlsen that was up for sale sold ABOVE auction estimate I believe for $19,000! Like I mentioned in my previous blog entry it was one of the best still life paintings I had seen by him.

I have been getting many requests to authenticate Emil Carlsen's world wide. I might be considered one of the few people who is an expert on Carlsen but I want to let people know that there are others to seek out as well as myself. You might want to have me review the item and then get a second opinion from Jeffrey Morseburg (, a long time respected dealer of Emil Carlsen works.

Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of FLORAL painting fakes. These had their height in the late 1980's at auction and today I had to tell someone that they owned probably a 1987 fake Carlsen.

I did also find a person who is looking to authenticate an Emil Carlsen on ARTINFO but I was unable to create a free account. I suspect it actually might be real and so that excites me!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Emil Carlsen Book Update III

This week I have been fortunate enough to help authenticate an Emil Carlsen from Denmark. It is very exciting as I just can not contain myself when I see his work in person. I will review with restorers and others to see if we can determine if it is a Chinese fake. Unfortunately, you must be very careful since I am starting to see more and more fake Carlsen's from China.

I would like to thank all those who are expressing interest in the book EMIL CARLSEN: THE COMPLETE KNOWN WORKS. I have been hard at work on the layout. The shear amount of images take hours to manipulate. I hope this is all done soon but, will not rush a book of this importance because it might possibly become the definitive book on his life and work.

This week there is a Dines and Emil Carlsen up at auction. Hopefully I will win the Carlsen as I plan to bid. Sadly the Dines (one of the best from him that I have seen at auction) is out of my price range.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Does Chris Peters Have A Few Sketetons in His Closet?

This month, artist and friend to, Chris Peters, is presenting "The End and After" from August 9 - 30, 2008 at the Copro / Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Chris is known for his Vanitas style paintings, one of the few who persue that genre with any consistency.

Of his work the gallery says: "Chris's paintings try to find the beauty in that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between self and what the write H.P. Lovecraft called "the others". The objects in the paintings draw from the classic symbolism of Vanitas stil life and catholic religious paintings; and all refer to the cycle of life, death and the promise of ressurection.

The Germans have a word "unheimlich" which translated is a blur between "uncanny" and "eerie" and perhaps comes the closest to describing Chris's work."

All our best from ClassicalRealist from what we are sure will be a great show.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Emil Carlsen Book Update

Thought i would update everyone on the new Emil Carlsen book I have been working on. Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works is really coming along. I have now identified about 750 paintings by Carlsen along with some Drawings. I have about 650 visual represenations gathered and more coming each day. Remember if you know of anyone that has an Emil Carlsen please have them contact me direct ( and I will add the item to the book. The book is looking like it will be about 850 pages. It will cost about $100-$200 bucks but it will be the ultimate book. It is taking more time than I ever imagined because I am researching and listing PROVENANCE for each painting, MATERIALS, SIGNATURE INFO, MEASUREMENTS, EXHIBITION HISTORY, etc. so much in a little book! So thanks for all those who keep expressing interest in the book and when it will be complete. Right now it still looks like it will be several more months.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Long Island Academy of Fine Art Expands

Long Island Academy of Fine Art Expands their program offerings, adds more students, faculty, and has a new building. For further information check out their web site:

Monday, January 14, 2008

David Kassan To Teach Figure Class at Salmagundi Club

David Kassan to teach figure drawing classes at Salmagundi Club on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. The class starts Wednesday, January 16th and is $15 per class with instruction and $10 without.

For more information please call the club at (212) 255-7740 or e-mail

Classical Realist Exhibit In The Hamptons

Hampton Road Gallery - January 19, 2008, Southampton NY

Peter Marcelle is pleased to announce a show featuring the faculty of LIAFA at his Hampton Road Gallery. The works of Robert Armetta, James Albinson, Bennett Vadnais, and Thomas Shelford will be on view.

The reception will be from 6pm to 8pm on January 19, 2008.

The Hampton Road Gallery is located at 36 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Emil Carlsen Book Update

As many of you know I have been working on publishing a new Emil Carlsen book. I thought I would give an update on (working title) Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works. Work is proceeding well but slow. I have been gathering about 500 works and making sure that they are carefully researched and documented. I am just about done with cataloging and will soon be turning my attention to the long and (i'm sure) painful process of Image approval / usage.

If you know of anyone who has high resolution images of his work or own original works please have them contact me at . I still have so many entries missing visual representation! I believe the book will be published privately on and than about a year later be available on and B& I want to make sure that people who might have private collections of his work will have a chance to hear about the book before the final one is submitted to the two big on-lines and no additions/changes would be able to be made of his work.

Fresco Painting Workshops in Álamos, Sonora, México

A close friend of the, Daan Hoeskstra will be offering traditional old school fresco workshops in Mexico. See the details below.

Class Description:
Fresco is a technique used for mural painting. Most of the murals painted by Diego Rivera, for example, were done in fresco. The Maya Indians did fresco paintings in the Pre-Columbian era, as did the inhabitants of Pompeii.

Now you can learn this ancient technique in a simple, introductory five-day workshop in the beautiful colonial town of Alamos, Sonora. You will learn every step of the fresco process, including preparing the plaster, plastering a fresco panel, how to grind pigments, and which pigments to use. Each student will paint at least one fresco panel on terracotta, the traditional support for practicing fresco technique.

Classes are open to students ages 16 and up. One does not need to be an artist to learn and appreciate the process that Rivera and Orozco used.

Location and hours:
Workshops will be held Monday thru Friday, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Casa de Cultura, Loma Guadalupe, in Alamos.

Daan Hoekstra

January 14- 18, 2008
February 4- 8, 2008
March 10- 14, 2008

$250 for the five day workshop, or $125 for Alamos residents. Materials included. Limited to 5 participants per workshop. Proceeds benefit a program to offer workshops to Mexican artists and paint public frescos in Alamos.

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