New paintings added to the Gallery!

Hi guys!

It's been a busy week here in the studio and I've been trying my best to keep you guys up to date. Here's a first look at my most recent painting Glutton Free. I have a particular love for these devotional propaganda images with my own brand of détournement and these days I'm fond of all things French. de Goya and Glutton Free have both been in my brain for years now and I'm happy they finally get to see the light of day. ha!

Today I'm heading over to the International Center of Photography for the Bronx Artist Documentary Project's film screening and book signing. I'm looking forward to seeing my fellow Bronx artists and hopefully get more of them to sign my copy of the book. Here again is the link to the event. You can buy the book there as well. I hope to see some of you there!!

Happy Spring you guys!!
Warmly,
Laz

Glutton Free 18 x 20 in.Oil and gold leaf on board.

de Goya 24.5  x 14.5 in. Oil and gold leaf on board.

Bronx Press + Glutton Free Study in the Devo Prop Shop!

 Screen grab from my interview with Bronx.net.   

Screen grab from my interview with Bronx.net.

 

Sending out a great big thank you to Auto Body and Bronx.net for the opportunity to share a little bit of my studio life with all of you. This is the link to the clip where I explain a bit about my studio paint carrier.  Auto Body on Bronx.net

Glutton Free Study- Painting #62 from the #365paintings2016 project is now available in the Devo Prop Shop!

 

Also, I just wanted to let you guys know I still have open space available for one (maybe two) more #cats4cats commissions within the $400 price point. Once the project is complete I'll only be taking on commissions based on my time availability. Kindly refer any friends you think may enjoy a painted heirloom of a furry family member.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 Glutton Free Study 5 x 7 in. Oil, pencil and gold leaf on board. 3/6/2016

Glutton Free Study 5 x 7 in. Oil, pencil and gold leaf on board. 3/6/2016

 
 Gratuitous cat photo. #Catsablanca #cats4cats

Gratuitous cat photo. #Catsablanca #cats4cats

Auto Body Show at 6Base & the Bronx Artist Documentary Project Book-Signing and Film Screening

AUTO BODY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

A SHOW CURATED BY AUTO BODY AT 6BASE

SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH, 2018. OPENING RECEPTION 5-8PM

Auto Body seeks to study the artist’s studio in an effort to better understand what it means to inhabit a creative work space in New York. With a focus on New York City and Long Island and exploring a wide range of spaces occupied by artists in the past and currently, Auto Body presents a selection of collected items that conceptually or physically represent the artist’s studio which they come from. Through the process of visiting studios and collecting physical materials from them, Auto Body examines how the studio shapes the practice of the artist.The interest in studying the studio as a typology comes at a time when Auto Body is looking ahead to the prospects of building a studio of their own for a residency program in Long Island.

You're invited to the opening reception for "Auto Body: ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE", an exhibition featuring many of Auto Body's friends including Eric Orr, Diane Davis, Linda Cunningham, Jeanine Alfieri, Barbara Korman, Christy Speakman and Ezequiel Jimenez and yours truly!

This show features a collection of items, physical materials and artifacts from artists studios, as a way of studying what it means to have a creative space in New York.

At 6BASE, 728 East 136 Street, 6B The Bronx, NY, 10454

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While we're talking about studio's, I've just received word from Danny & Judy that the International Center for Photography will be selling the BxADP book in their bookstore.

But what's even more exciting is that they are going to have a BxADP book-signing and film screening event on Thursday April 12th from 6:30-8pm!

We all hope you will be there! (It's a free event, but you need to reserve tickets.) I’ll be there to sign books and try to complete the signing of my copy . We all sign each others books and it’s like trading baseball cards! Got it, got it, need it, need it. I’m still working on a full set.

Here's a link to the page on the ICP website:

 

 My studio set up at that time. Shown here photographed by Mellissa Bunni Elian.

My studio set up at that time. Shown here photographed by Mellissa Bunni Elian.

 

 

 

  Lazarus Nazario- Found object:  Paint Carrier showing at 6BASE       As part of my early work, I spent a lot of time hunting for found objects. I’ve created paintings on old wooden doors and antique hide stretchers. I’ve made sculptures incorporating broken parts of musical instruments and created frames for works from old wooden shutters. My love for objects that come with a history seeps into the things I use around me in my studio everyday. I found this wooden tool carrier in a barn in Millbrook, NY. It was made to carry tools in a wood shop, but I fell in love with it and began using it to carry my tubes of oil paint. It reminds me that WORK is being done. My recent paintings have explored the history of Daguerreotype mourning portraits, Victorian plant symbolism, and climate change as a real world case of “man vs. nature.” Found objects like these remind me of the harmony between man and nature and keep me grounded in my work and studio.

Lazarus Nazario- Found object:  Paint Carrier showing at 6BASE

 

As part of my early work, I spent a lot of time hunting for found objects. I’ve created paintings on old wooden doors and antique hide stretchers. I’ve made sculptures incorporating broken parts of musical instruments and created frames for works from old wooden shutters. My love for objects that come with a history seeps into the things I use around me in my studio everyday. I found this wooden tool carrier in a barn in Millbrook, NY. It was made to carry tools in a wood shop, but I fell in love with it and began using it to carry my tubes of oil paint. It reminds me that WORK is being done. My recent paintings have explored the history of Daguerreotype mourning portraits, Victorian plant symbolism, and climate change as a real world case of “man vs. nature.” Found objects like these remind me of the harmony between man and nature and keep me grounded in my work and studio.

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Peppermint Sun, Ireland and A Tale of Two Cats!

Peppermint Sun (detail), Oil on aluminum panel, 8 x 10 inches

Peppermint Sun (on my easel), Oil on aluminum panel, 8 x 10 inches

 Onji tries to be a bad ass,

Onji tries to be a bad ass,

 and Sveva gets sassy at times...

and Sveva gets sassy at times...

 but they aren't fooling anyone. #Catsablanca

but they aren't fooling anyone. #Catsablanca

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 The Dynamic Duo. #cats4cats

The Dynamic Duo. #cats4cats

I've recently completed a commission of Peppermint, my friend Amy's lovely kitty squinting in the sun. It was fun painting something so fluffy since my own cats have little or no fur at all. Challenge accepted. I've been fortunate to get some fun commissions, and I'm currently planning a lengthy trip to paint murals on the walls of a home in Inistioge, Ireland! I’m going to absorb as much of the local landscape there as I can.

 

However, a months-long stay would mean I'd have to bring MY kitties with me, just like I did on a recent two-week trip to Paris. (I have an upcoming post about THAT!) Unfortunately, Ireland and the UK have policies in place that require you to use a “pet transport” company. Bringing your pet in the cabin of the plane is forbidden. It's a short flight (just under two hours) and it will only have to be done TO Ireland from Paris. They can fly in the cabin to France and on the way OUT of Ireland. Easy peasy. They're regulating how animals get to Ireland and it ain't cheap.

 

As luck (or fate) would have it I also have a show scheduled for September, in Paris. (!) Part of the whole Paris story I need to explain. Along with all the details involved in hanging a show internationally, not the least of which being the shipping costs from NYC to Paris, I would have to raise the funds for this unexpected cost. I found a lovely pet transport company that I trust and got a quote that I believe is doable so…

 

I turn to you, my cat-loving community! I had SO much fun painting this little furry creature that I'm opening up time for two or three more of these cat commissions to help get my “kids” to Ireland. I'm calling it #cats4cats. I'm working on several large paintings and drawings at the moment so I'm looking forward to focussing on these being smaller works.

 

Keeping it simple: an 8 x 10 inch oil painting on aluminum panel done in the style of a Daguerreotype. This is the style I'm currently working in for the suite of paintings and drawings slated to debut in Paris and I wish to stay within these parameters.  The cost: $400 each, with $200 due at the outset and the balance due upon completion. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please forward this to them. I'd love to see all those kitties out there!

 

Below are some pics of the lovely little couple that need entrance visas. #Catsablanca

 

Deity For Boucher- Painting #30 Now available in the Devo Prop Shop!

One of my personal fav's from the #365paintings2016 project is now available in the Devo Prop Shop. Inspired by the painter Francois Boucher. Painted on 1/31/2016, 6x8 in. You can find its place in the 365 story here. A little slice of Rococo from the Bronx.

 Deity For Boucher- Painting #30 Oil on board, 6x8 in. #365paintings2016

Deity For Boucher- Painting #30 Oil on board, 6x8 in. #365paintings2016

More Cow Bell- Painting #3 Now Available in the Devo Prop Shop

More Cow Bell- Painting #3 Oil on board 6x8 in. #365paintings2016

Another painting from the 365 project. Ok, it isn't really a cow bell. It's more of a Tibetan meditation bell, something you ring to meditate to the sound of its ever lasting chime.  And it does have a lovely chime. It's pictured here hanging over my drawing table so I can paint it from life. I LOVED painting this bell. It felt so good to work from life again. I don't always paint from life but relish the chance to do so. I thought I'd be rusty but it was like riding a bike. It came to me quickly and simply and was a joy to capture. I'm glad I now have this little portrait of it. I wound up with a LOT of little portraits of things in my home last year. What a lovely gift to give myself, really. I didn't realize it at the time but that's exactly what the 365 project was for me, a gift.

Oh...so why call it More Cow Bell? Google 'SNL more cow bell' if you don't already know. I couldn't resist.

Skull- Painting #79 Available in The Devo Prop Shop

Skull- Painting #79, Oil on board 8x8 in. #365paintings2016

Skull was painted on 3/28/2016. It was part of a daily painting project I called #365paintings2016. I took on the task of painting a painting a day for the year. At the end of each painting session I would post it to my Facebook and Instagram pages (as well as this site) to be held accountable and keep myself on track. Sometimes I would post a story to go along with it, or the inspiration behind it. You can find the story behind this particular post here. I thought I would feature the paintings that are still available in the 365 project in the Devo Prop Shop for those of you interested in purchasing one. Regardless of size they're all $100. Feels good to have a shop now. Cheers!

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Zero Cop-Out T shirt Close Out Sale!

I was going thru some boxes and found the last of the Zero Cop-Out t shirts! I thought they were all gone. So they're up in the shop! Take a look if you're interested because there's only a few left. I listed the sizes and styles on the page. Hope you can find what you need!

Zero Cop-Out T Shirt (Close out!)
25.00 35.00

These are the last remaining Zero Cop-Out t shirts from a batch I made a few years back! I'm putting them up for sale here as I won't be making any more for a while. They're made by American Apparel and come in both men's and woman's styles. 

The woman's style is an American Apparel 50/50 Poly/Cotton blend and has that worn in, washed out feel (that I love!). Kinda like a t shirt you've washed about a hundred times! They're super soft and slightly form fitting so they don't have that boxy look that t shirts can have on a woman's curvy figure. This is all that's left and when they're gone that's it for a while.

  • 1 Large
  • 2 XLarge

The men's version is the standard classic American Apparel Unisex. Soft and 100% cotton. Since it's not a blend the image is slightly brighter. The following sizes are all I have left. Sorry fellas!

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 Box o' shirts.

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Prints and the Revolution!

 
Cop-Out Limited Edition Print
95.00
  • Signed and numbered on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm archival paper with archival ink
  • 13 x 17 in.
  • Edition size: 100
  • The finished print has been UV treated and sprayed.
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Announcing the Cop-Out Limited Edition Print!  Signed and numbered on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm with archival ink. 13 x 18 in. Edition size: 100

This painting is my response to the bombardment of advertisements we are faced with daily. My “David Versus Goliath” against mass consumerism. I see it as a giant electric billboard that someone is about to smash.

I hear Gil Scott-Heron in my head: ”You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out...The revolution will not be televised...The revolution will be live."

To all my friends: thank you for your continued support! It means the world to me. I'm so excited to bring you the Devo Prop Shop and I have more things coming soon! I love that when you receive anything from me, it’s an experience and I hope you'll enjoy what I have in store for you this fall.

*Free shipping in the US for a limited time only. Enter the code SENDARAVEN at checkout. Offer expires 8/31/17.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Refugees

There's been a lot of news regarding the plight of the refugees and I felt the need to respond. This image has been in my head for a while now. Feels good to get it out. Hope you enjoy it.

Marching on.

Refugees, Graphite on hand-laid paper, 15x11 in.5/9/2017

Endurance

Sometimes you set sail with a destination in mind. Other times you explore. These drawings have been like explorations into another world. And sometimes...along the way the real one smacks you right in the face. I began work on one and within the layers of watercolor and coffee on the page, in my minds eye, I saw a ship towing a giant gardenia. I went through many a ship and composition until I found the one that fit. Then...it hit me!  The explorer, Sir Earnest Henry Shackleton, whose Antarctic expedition met with disaster when his ship Endurance got stuck in pack ice. A friend had mentioned him to me when this project began but I hadn't made the connection until now. His story and images are haunting. Eerily reminiscent of what was developing in my own drawing. The policies of our current administration regarding the protection of this planet is disheartening to say the least and the ephemeral quality of this gardenia turned polar icecap took on a new meaning for me.

This project has been my own personal protest march against these policies. Envisioning a world where nature takes back the earth is particularly cathartic for me at a time when I fear this country is lost at sea. So, since a march can last longer than a month I plan to continue this series to see where it takes me. I hope you come along for the ride. Would love to hear your thoughts and comments. I've been working on some paintings too and will post them as soon as I'm able.

On a quick personal note, I finally got help for a rotator cuff injury and slowly feel as though I'm getting back to my old self again. woo hoo!

Onward!

 

Endurance 7.5 x 11 in. Red chalk and graphite heightened with white on hand-laid paper. 3/31/2017 #drawingmarch

Bow: Guest Post by Jen Fitzgerald

What if humans could form their own dreams—stretch and contort the subconscious until recognizable forms emerged onto the fabric of the sleeping mind?

Waking and falling asleep to a body of water makes it feel as though only a thin membrane separates the waking world from the unconscious. This is especially true when you live on a grand estuary, a drowned river valley, that is silent and nearly scentless. I was excited to see how this study of water would enter Lazarus and her work. I have been waking up to the Chesapeake Bay for two years now—it has altered the way I view reality, the way I predict weather, and how I see the relationship between need and sustenance.

It exists as an extension of land, a permeable space of emotional turbulence and stasis. It is neither salt nor fresh, still nor truly tidal. As I engaged with Lazarus and her artistic process, I recognized the determination that something lay below the surface, and that something was recoverable, vital even to the understanding of self. Her visual covering and uncovering is the wrestling of conscious, subconscious, and unconscious life cresting into a visible branch, bow, petal, woman, horizon. That crest, that elevated point of intersection is the pinnacle of artistic labor— she wrests images from the paper as though saving them from its waters. I recognize that intensity, I recognize the craft of retrieving oneself from the depths.

 

 

Bow

 

In this chalky dream
the thick blood grinds
do not outline—
but fill the body
and cord it to surface.

            To emerge
            we must first
            be submerged—
            thrust under;
            thrashing.

A body held under learns breath by other means still sustains—
            hearts pulse heavenward
            regardless of guidance.

Slow rising
bow
does not bend,
it cuts
through ocean’s foam
and churn.

            Bow is not bent,
            is not down;
            it ducks out
            and around.

Change
words to shift
the medium,
but you cannot
dilute meaning.

            Language sits in the spine—
            the viscous waters of disk
            and cord.

You say:
“Right is
Starboard.”

            We hear:
            “other left—
            star-bound.”

At first sight,
through fog;
at first light
we push the body

            before us,
            reveal the carved figure
            painted in ornament
            and bolted to our bow.

We say,
“There are flowers
in all this madness.”

You hear:
“Lost at sea;
vanquished.”

Focus on the mounted figure
as we dip out the back—
follow the faintest
star back to ourselves,
to the root
from which we will bloom.

Bow 11 x 7.5 in. Red and brown chalk heightened with white on hand-laid paper 3/16/2017 #drawingmarch

Bay with Estuary King

If you live in New York City you know it's nice to get out of town and let some fresh air into your lungs. Last week I did just that. I spent a week by the Chesapeake Bay at the home of Jen Fitzgerald. I got lost in the elusive shimmer on the water just outside my window every morning. Without fail you could watch that shimmer move across the room as the sun crossed the sky and set on the other side in an explosion of color-- if you were fortunate enough to be given the show. She gets moody--- And WINDY. 'Chesapeake Bay don't play' said Jen via text, warning me about the breezes. Here are my attempts to capture her and that explosion of color.

 

Oil sketch of Chesapeake Bay. 6 x 8 in. 3/8/2017

Oil sketch of a Chesapeake Bay Sunset 6 x 8 in. Oil on board 3/9/2017

Just outside the other window was the view of the piers and tall sea grass stretching along the fingers of the peninsula and disappearing between the great tree branches on that side of the house. I set my sights there and let imagination take hold. We watched a documentary of J.M.W. Turner called The Power of Art a few nights later and I was once again confronted with one of my favorite paintings of his: Sunrise with Sea Monster. Once home, I stared at the image of my drawing on my phone while on the subway to work and found what the drawing wanted...an estuary king of course. A giant catfish.

Elizabeth, Jen's daughter, once said she wanted to name her cat, Catfish. I think we can all agree that's a pretty cool name for a cat. Thank you so much Jen for a wonderful retreat! I've plenty of inspiration from our time together and look forward getting it all out. xo

Bay With Estuary King 8 x 11.25 in. Red and brown chalk heightened with white on hand-laid paper 3/20/2017 #drawingmarch

Lost At Sea, no really.

(Untitled) Lost At Sea Too 8 x 11.5 Red and brown chalk, graphite on Twinrocker hand-laid paper 3/2/2017 #drawingmarch

 

Day two of experiments in papers and techniques! I actually felt a bit lost. I beat this drawing up quite a bit. It's technically not the type of paper (or the proper weight) I'm supposed to be using but I loved the color so I gave it a try. A lovely light blue. It has a very difference surface but for some reason I thought it would work. Early on in the drawing the pencil started to dig in more and leave a waxy feel to it that would not allow for further manipulation. It also could just be me using too much pressure. Hmm. Will have to work on that. I also played with some coffee washes with a brush. If it winds up being better paper for watercolors, I'll just use it for that (which will also be an experiment!). It was leftover from someones special order. Perhaps if I use a workable fixative on this one I can continue working. Unknown for the moment. So I'm just gonna let him lay low for awhile and keep marching on. This whole project will be me working toward pulling all of these elements together. It's a very exciting idea to me and I've only begun to play with it. Wish me luck!

 

 

 

Lost At Sea: the Drawing March

(Untitled) Lost At Sea 7.5 x 11 in. Red chalk heightened with white on laid paper 3/1/2017 #drawingmarch

To give voice to my current 'lost at sea' feelings politically, I've decided to march. This month I will concentrate on drawings. Old school style. Red, black and white chalk on laid paper. Leonardo used it to great effect and you can busy yourself for hours looking through the old masters that followed in his footsteps. It can be a haunting medium.

I'm using Twinrocker hand-laid paper that I tone and then size with amber shellac and I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this stage of the process. It speaks to me on so many levels and I let myself go as far as I can push it. It's toned first with watercolor, then...coffee. Yup. My morning espresso actually. It was the perfect washed out shade of brown that aged the paper beautifully. I like how I came upon it so organically, with morning cup in hand. Kind of like the paper equivalent of those backgrounds you see in my 365 paintings. I'll also be using pencil (graphite) and charcoal as well and will do my best to incorporate all of these mediums when needed to produce the effect I'm after at any given moment.

I'm doing this march for a lot of reasons but mostly because I've begun to have visions and I believe when that happens you have to see it through. So, welcome! Here I'll try my best to get those visions swirling around my head out and somehow fix them onto the paper. Much like the daguerreotypes that have also inspired this series.

Can't wait to get my hands on it all!

Forward March!

xo

 

Arrojo Pop Up Bazaar!

I'll be bringing the 365 Collection on the road again one more time before this project comes to an end! I'll be at Arrojo Salon Soho at 180 Varick st. on Thursday 12/15 from 5-8pm to help you choose a gift for a loved one and pack it up with special feels. It's been a long year and I'd love to have a glass of wine with you to celebrate as this project edges toward completion.

As usual, everything is $100 regardless of size. I can also ship it to where ever it needs to go in time for the holidays. ($7 US, request quote for everywhere else) If the past pop up success is a good judge of how things will go, now might be the time to pick up something you've had your eye on. So come by and see it with them for reals. Cheers, you guys!!!! xoxo

*Click on images to enlarge.

Arrojo Soho 180 Varick st. NYC

 

Spike Moss- Painting #115 Oil on board 5 1/4 x 8 in.

Stand With Standing Rock

My painting Black Friday (Dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux), is currently up for auction via eBay with 100% of net proceeds being donated to them via their website.

Although we’ve heard some good news recently about the halting of the construction, the Standing Rock Sioux are doing their best to keep vigilant during their first snowstorm. With an incoming administration comes uncertainty and it's precisely now that we must lean in rather than walk away, thinking we won the fight. In an era of 'fake news' and sound bites it's difficult to discern the truth. This fight is not over.

If you haven't donated to the Standing Rock Sioux yet consider it one way to help them ease the difficulty of having to fight this fight for us. They will no doubt be in need of funds for legal fees as well as daily supplies as this battle moves into winter and a new administration presides. Together we can do our part to ease that burden and I would like to give you the gift of a painting for your efforts.

The auction ends this Sunday night. Let's send them some support!

Yours truly,

Laz

Below is a picture of my signature packaging for the painting Black Friday. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

Black Friday- (Dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux) Painting #113 Oil on board. 5 1/4 x 8 in.