MAX GINSBURG: Retrospective Artist Talk

Presented by Chelsea Classical Studio

Sunday, September 25, 2016: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Max Ginsburg will demonstrate painting from life with an accompanying talk and slide show. Max Ginsburg will discuss his work from 1956 to 2016, the process behind his multi-figure paintings, and the Social Realist themes throughout his life's work.


Since 1953, Max Ginsburg has exhibited extensively in public venues and galleries, won various awards, and his paintings are part of many museums and private collections. In the years 1980-2004, Max was a prominent illustrator for major publications. Long admired as a teacher, Max taught from 1960-1982 at H. S. Art & Design, 1984-2000 at the School of Visual Arts, 2008-present at the Art Students League and has conducted many workshops around the U.S. and abroad. In 2011 he published his book, Max Ginsburg – Retrospective.



Presented by Chelsea Classical Studio

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 30, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20, 2016  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chelsea Classical Studio

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christies Young Artist Exhibition and the Society of Portrait Painters. She was a semi finalist in 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition . Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US, including Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.


“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer. I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work.”

Rick set up the model [behind left] under a store light [above] and painted her at an angle while she looked in another direction.  The model was angled to have a good balance of light and dark moments.  The canvas is white initially (not pre-tinted) and sits on a tripod travel easel.  Rick prefers to set up his palette on another stand in front of him so that he can easily mix colors and aids while he is teaching and talking


Surface: Rick uses oil pre-primed canvases (not acrylic) on stretcher or mounted on board.  [Rick re-stretched the canvas and used the canvas keys to make the canvas more taught as it was loose.]

Oils: Rick mixes his paint brands and feels that there are some colors that you can not get in particular brands.

Palette: Rick uses two whites: flake white and a lead white; one white is more yellow and the other more blue.

Brushes: Rick prefers to use the largest possible brushes for as long as possible, especially when painting alla prima.  He generally tries to use only two brushes, one for lights and one for dark colors.  Rick uses square, flat, bright or filbert shapes but will use them all depending on what is available.

Medium: Chelsea Classical Studio School of Fine Arts (CCS) lean medium [this version was custom blended for Rick as a test using 50% Spike Oil & 50% home made sun thickened linseed oil).  The regular CCS Lean Medium is 50% linseed oil & 50% Spike Oil.

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