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Join John C. Traynor for 4 weeks of painting: June 2nd – June 27th, 2014
Start planning your trip now to learn from John C. Traynor. Take this opportunity to see his favorite painting locations that surround his studio in southwestern, New Hampshire. Including beautiful painting locations such as Mt. Monadnock.
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“In 1978 at the age of 16, I ventured to Stowe VT to study for the month of June with Frank Mason. I continued to study with Mason for the next five years. Frank Mason studied with Frank Dumond in the nineteen thirties and forties in Old Lyme CT. Dumond had gained his knowledge from his studies in France during the eighteen eighties and nineties during the height of French Impressionism. I was very fortunate to receive this knowledge at an early age. Let me share this knowledge with you.”
CLASSES – Classes will meet on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Classes will meet at different times throughout the weeks (early morning or mid to late afternoon), and will last about 4 hours. Students of all levels of ability are welcome. The first class will be Monday June 2nd, 2014 and the last class will be held Friday June 27th, 2014.
Excerpt from, “An evening of Art, Music and Dinner at the Salmagundi Club, NYC.” Raymond J. Steiner’s Blog
The Salmagundi, as I said, is a venerated institution, the elegant old brownstone that houses it (the last standing on New York’s Fifth Avenue), a building that exudes culture and history, each of its rooms tastefully retaining its past glory — not the least the main gallery, which is a wonderful place to exhibit artwork. On the evening of my visit (May 21), the gallery held the John C. Traynor exhibition, nearly 100 paintings that had a fairly uniform distribution of city- and landscapes, florals, and genre scenes depicting figures in various situations and activities — most of which highlighted Traynor’s considerable skill in depicting the play of light on form.
A formidable talent, Traynor displays a constant expertise, an unerring eye for perceptual illusions and a keen sense of the vagaries of form, space and color. Using a mosaic-like “patching” of brush-strokes, he manages to meld what up close appears disjointed to be, in fact, a unified whole — in other words, creating images in much the same fashion as our eyes make “sense” of the world around us. He is especially adept at making “real” the properties and influence of light as it affects the visual process — a particularly difficult problem for painters since, unlike form, it has no actual “substance”. Though varied in subject and motif, Traynor manages to impose a coherent aesthetic vision on his viewers, offering a body of work that is “of a piece” — confident, believable, compellingly “true”. This is work that deserves wide recognition and the pity is that the show only had a six-day venue, coming down on May 23rd — so I was indeed fortunate to get a chance to view it.
The “icing on the cake” for the evening of my visit was to sit in this gallery — surrounded by these light-filled canvases — to listen to the talents of soprano Gretchen Farrar, accompanied by guitarist Francisco Roldán and pianist Alexander Wu, the group offering up a potpourri of songs and music that ranged from Spain, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to our own U.S.A. Far from clashing with Traynor’s paintings (my usual fear of lumping disciplines together notwithstanding) the experience of Gretchen Farrar, the soprano, singing “Madrugada” (“Dawn”) with Traynor’s Sunrise Through the Tuscan Hills as a backdrop — a 48″ x 72″ oil that featured a blazing sun on the horizon — was almost overwhelming in its impact and certainly an image that will linger in my mind for some time. The rest of the performance was equally harmonious with its elaborate “stage set” — I could not have asked for a more pleasing evening and came away with absolutely no regrets. My evening of Art, Music and Dinner at the Salmagundi Club was wonderful!
(For more information: www.Salmagundi.org; www.JohnCTraynor.com
Neoteric Art: Give us a little history on yourself.
John C. Traynor: I was born and raised in western New Jersey. I had an interest in painting at an early age. I graduated early from Delbarton High School and entered Paier College of Art at the age of 16. While at Paier I studied landscape painting during the summer in Vermont with Frank Mason. I also studied with Carroll N Jones during my time in Vermont. After attending Paier College of Art for three years I left to study sculpture in Florence Italy. After returning from Italy I studied at the Art Students League in New York for two years. While at the League I began pursuing my career as a professional artist.
NA: You paint landscape, portraiture and still life. Do you approach these different types of paintings the same way?
JCT: I approach all my paintings subjects in the same way. With each I am trying to create a sense of light, space and atmosphere. I may on occasion do a black and white under painting for a formal portrait.
NA: Describe your overall work/thought process when starting a new work.
JCT: I usually start with a compositional sketch on paper. Working on a lightly warm toned canvas I cover the surface with half toned coat of paint and medium. I quickly draw the basic shapes with a shadow tone of paint on my brush. I then build the lights and darks and go to the lightest light as the paint dries.
NA: The Salmagundi Club of New York City recently purchased one of your paintings for their permanent collection. How was that experience?
JCT: The Salmagundi Club has a wonderful collection of paintings purchased from artist members from the 19th and early 20th century. They have recently brought back the tradition of purchasing members paintings. I have always admired their extensive collection and to be included in that collection is a great honor for me.
NA: Have you been to any recent art exhibitions and/or gallery shows that you really enjoyed?
JCT: Two years ago I was the Sorolla/Sargent exhibit in the Petit Palais, Paris. It was an amazing exhibition with great paintings from both artists. Last year I was fortunate to see the Cecilia Beaux exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The Beaux exhibit was quite extensive and covered many years of her work.
NA: You’ve placed a few advertisements in American Art Review Magazine. How is that working out?
JCT: I’ve been advertising in American Art Review for about ten years. It gives my paintings national exposure that would be difficult to have otherwise. It has brought my work to the attention of both galleries and collectors.
Neoteric Art July 2009