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      Once again, the fine folks at IPB made a new upgrade and things might not be where you started to learn they were. However, this is one time where I think they actually improved things for navigation. There are only a few big buttons: When you click on one of those buttons, some other stuff opens up, depending on which button you click. (Later Note: These only appear when zoomed in or in the mode for smartphones/tablets.) I'm learning this as you are, so I suggest you do what I am doing: click on these big buttons, see what they open and fiddle with the software some. Ironically, you will find there is a lot that is intuitive. That's what I'm discovering. (Later note: I just discovered that I was viewing the site zoomed in too far to see the normal view. The menus are still there with the old buttons, but when I zoom in too much, they disappear and the new buttons appear. I believe this zoomed in way is what the site looks like on mobile devices. I'm going to mess with it some more, then maybe make some explanations.) Sorry for the inconvenience. Still, over time, I hope you end up liking these changes. Michael
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Promethia

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Promethia, 1982, oil on linen,

78 x 58 inches (198.1 x 147.3 cm) Available

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I completed Promethia in 1982, when I was 26 years old, while living in Staten Island. The painting is about honoring truth, one's goodness, and beauty.

It's a large painting, over six feet, and I worked, non-stop, for about a year on it. This is one of my most important works because it marks my transition from painting what I saw to what I envisioned. The painting began from my imagination as a concept sketch on a tiny bit of paper - my ideal landscape of architecture, sculpture, and site. I had to merge four completely different subjects into an integrated whole: the landscape background was taken from a study of the desert near Palm Springs; the building is the U.C.S.D. library in La Jolla, California (its original setting was a forest of eucalyptus trees); a marble figurative sculpture (which never existed); and creating the image of the sculpture from a living model.

I loved modern architecture's ability to solve complex problems of living requirements, traffic patterns, form follows function, and it's integration to the site. But I didn't see modern architecture having much to do with the limited expression of abstract sculpture, so I wanted to show what I would love to see: a beautiful, expressive figurative sculpture set against a stunning and monumental building. Marble doesn't do to well with the grime and soot of cities, so I chose to have a vast natural landscape of the arid drama of the California desert.

A dear friend, Jennifer Trainer, posed for this. She brought a lot of character, intelligence, and sincerity to the project. Promethia is the female version of Prometheus with a twist. He was punished for giving the knowledge of fire to humanity, but I wanted change that outcome to show that self-esteem or pride in oneself protects one from being downtrodden - hence her very erect posture and level lift of her face.

At that time in my life, I was working incredibly hard to excel in figurative art. Yet I couldn't find, either in Los Angeles, or in Holland, other artists that were ahead of me in this direction, or even some artists working in this direction. I remember that in the early '80's no one bought contemporary representational work. It felt like I was the only one that believed in beautiful paintings with vision. Promethia is now (in 2009) 27 years old. And the painting is just as meaningful and beautiful to me as the day I finished it.

Michael Newberry

Promethia will be on display in the Landscape with a Modern Edge exhibition at the Newberry Gallery in Santa Monica, October 17 - November 21, 2009. It will be her first public appearance in 25 years.

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In my Santa Monica studio, July 2009.

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Promethia is exceptionally fine work: the self esteem stops just where it should before it becomes arrogance.

Can I ask what the work in progress is in the July 09 photo?

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Promethia is exceptionally fine work: the self esteem stops just where it should before it becomes arrogance.

Can I ask what the work in progress is in the July 09 photo?

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for your comment on Promethia.

In the photo of July '09, the wip, is Moving Forward, a man coming out of gray oblivion. I want to show the kind of individual that wont take any shit from socialists.

Michael

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a joy forever . . .

keep a bower quiet for us,

and a sleep full of sweet dreams

and health and quiet breathing.

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Amazing piece. This I would go to see. Just the other day I went to a diner that had nothing but abstract prints. I found no meaning in it, other than my distaste for it.

On your new piece, is it all shades of gray, or is there color in it? Can't really see.

~ Shane

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a joy forever . . .

keep a bower quiet for us,

and a sleep full of sweet dreams

and health and quiet breathing.

Guardian art.

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Amazing piece. This I would go to see. Just the other day I went to a diner that had nothing but abstract prints. I found no meaning in it, other than my distaste for it.

On your new piece, is it all shades of gray, or is there color in it? Can't really see.

~ Shane

Thanks Shane, if you are in the L.A. area give me a call and come by the gallery. 310 913 8986.

The work below, working title: Man Moving Forward, is a work in progress, wip. Here is the latest update on it. There is color where the light hits his face and hands.

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Ah, the man with the big left arm.

Clearly a graft from the TV show The Fugitive.

I have admired your work since I first found out about it a few months into this forum. Another pleasant aspect of relocating to my beloved city was to see your work first hand...and you pull a Brooklyn Dodger move.

Hmmm maybe you are helping the producers flee the State of Kalifornia.

Adam

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I have admired your work since I first found out about it a few months into this forum. Another pleasant aspect of relocating to my beloved city was to see your work first hand...and you pull a Brooklyn Dodger move.

Adam

Adam, its all in the timing. At some point I am sure to have an exhibition in a city near to where you live.

Michael

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