I had a great conversation with artist Ted Randler in Washington. Ted paints contemporary figurative scenes made from tiny abstract marks that live somewhere between mosaic and pixels. Ted came through art schools in the punk era of the early 80’s making big collages combining figurative painting with found objects. Then he veered into writing and illustration, which led to a highly successful publishing business. Ted returned to painting full time 3 years ago and recently opened his first first solo show in 30 years.

We talk about Game of Thrones, orchids, racquetball, and of course art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Growing up with technology,
  • Art show apprehensions,
  • Pet portraits,
  • Referencing classical paintings,
  • Art school,
  • Influential artists,
  • Pointillism,
  • Pixel influence,
  • Website coding influence,
  • Origins of paintings,
  • Instagram,
  • Art world,
  • Texture and process,
  • Underlying themes,
  • Naming paintings,
  • Writing and painting crossovers,
  • Succeed in the fine arts/gallery world,
  • Commissions,
  • The zone,
  • Painters who paint,

To find out more about Ted and his work
http://randler.gallery/

Ted’s Instagram account. (If you follow him you will make his day.)
https://www.instagram.com/tedrandler/

Ted’s Facebook account.
https://www.facebook.com/tedrandler

Details of Ted’s paintings

Referenced in the podcast.

Ted very kindly sent me this list the day after our chat.

Here’s a list of folks we talked about yesterday.

Artists I like and have seen their work in real life:

Barbara Kruger
Balthus
Marsden Hartley
David Hockney
Duncan Grant
Milton Avery
Francis Bacon
Pierre Bonnard
Henri Matisse
Édouard Vuillard
Sylvia Sleigh
Alice Neel
Kara Walker
Mickalene Thomas

American Primitive/Self-taught Colonial 1700s

John Singleton Copley, Edward Hicks “Peacable Kingdom” was a coach sign painter
Kerry James Marshall: Chicago at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) last summer

Documentary:

Painters Painting
1973 directed by Emile De Antonio: De Kooning, Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Frank Stella, Warhol.

Ashley Longshore
(Ashley’s Christmas special podcast with me.)

Artists work Ive just seen on Instagram #Aftermodernism:

Ridley Howard,
Jocelyn Hobbie,
Alison Blickle,
Tom Sanford,
Pat Riot

Brice Marden: Minimalist, colorist

Artist who use digital as part of their painting process

Todd Hale
Eric Yevak

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