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Friday, May 28, 2021

"Renaissance of Reading" at Fondation des États-Unis

 

I am presenting my new series, "Renaissance of Reading" at Fondation des États-Unis in Paris. The show displays my mural project for Lycée Paul Lapie, depicting diverse students reading and the books that have excited them. The paintings will be displayed in my show "Renaissance of Reading" at Fondation des États-Unis , in Paris, during June, 2021.

More information at www.fondationdesetatsunis.org/renaissance-lecture/

 
A 1 minute video describing my show ""Renaissance of Reading" at Fondation des États-Unis in Paris.
I have been developing murals with students at Lycée Paul Lapie. I was fortunate to  receive a 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, to create these paintings since October 2020. The paintings show students looking at scenes from fantasy stories.

This project is a way to encourage students to read. The paintings show how interesting the stories in books are. They are painted in a realistic style at close to life size to establish a belief in the world of stories.

The paintings are based on the students’ favorite books, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Chevaliers d’Émeraude and Star Wars. Students also posed for the paintings and helped paint sections on the mural’s borders. Each painting celebrates learning as a unifying link between students of multicultural backgrounds in France. This appreciation of diversity is important as immigration to France continues to increase. Also the promotion of reading is important as reading remains an essential resource in education. By showing the world of stories, the paintings celebrate the appeal of books.

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"A New Narnia" (5 x 5 feet, Oil and Acrylic)
A video of the process behind the painting on Youtube 
"The World of Reading" (5 x 5 feet, Oil and Acrylic)
A video of the process behind this painting on Youtube 
"Space Escape" (5 x 5 feet, Oil and Acrylic)
A video of the process behind this painting on Youtube 

Opening on June 2nd, 5pm-8pm as part of Art-Hop-Polis

C:\Users\Culture_Feusa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\LOGO-ARTHOPOLIS_citeu1.pngExhibition from June 2nd-16th 2021
 

Guided tours: June 3rd (11am), June 4th (2:30pm), June 8th (2pm) , June 9th (6pm) 

Please reserve online for the opening or a guided visit: 

www.fondationdesetatsunis.org/renaissance-lecture

This event is a part of Art-Hop-Polis, the art hopping of the Cité international (CiuP), takes place every first Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The paintings will also be displayed on June 19th in the annual reading festival, "The Festival of Mots libres" , in Courbevoie, the town that Lycée Paul Lapie is in.

An event to show the paintings at the Château de Fontainebleau
 is also being planned for July 14th, in collaboration with the artists and musicians in residence at Fondation des États-Unis. I will stay in touch with more information.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Paintings at Woodmere Art Museum

 

Two of my paintings will be on view at the Woodmere Art Museum in their annual "Seeing the Story" Exhibition. While this exhibition, originally scheduled for summer of 2020, was delayed until this year, I was fortunate that my mother could drop the paintings off while I am in Paris.

Both paintings in the exhibition are from my book My book "The Great Library", an overview of scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt.
"Embark Discovery", Oil, 17 x 30 inches                                     "A Cure", Oil, 9 x 12 inches
More information at Woodmereartmuseum.org
 
Woodmere Art Museum   9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

I’m also fortunate to announce that I’m one of 20 artists selected for MuralArts’ 2021 Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists! This virtual Fellowship, presented by TD Bank, will be supporting my paintings with $2,000 in unrestricted funding. I’ll also be receiving financial planning sessions, social media promotion, and evaluative sessions with awesome curators from Rush Arts PhiladelphiaHAHA Magazine, and StreetsDept.com. 

Follow Mural Arts and check back soon for a full feature of my work on their Instagram page, and learn more about the 2021 Cohort HERE

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mural Update

 

I am sharing an update on my mural project for Lycée Paul Lapie depicting diverse students reading and the books that have excited them.

The scene has been painted on this painting based on "Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude ".
Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude (5 x 5 feet)
I am continuing my murals showing stories coming to life thanks to the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris. 

Since October, I have been developing murals with students at Lycée Paul Lapie depicting diverse students reading and the books that have excited them. The most popular three designs were for Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude, Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars.

Students posed for the characters. The idea is to show students looking into the world of stories to excite them about reading.

This week I took the paintings from my studio at Fondation Des États-Unis to Lycée Paul Lapie for students to paint the borders. They did a great job and it was a fun session.


Now back to the studio to finish the 3 paintings. The finished paintings will be displayed at the school in May and at Fondation Des États-Unis in June 2021.

I will stay in touch with updates as the project develops.
I shared a bit of the process behind the paintings on my blog arthaywood.blogspot.com

A look into my Mural Process


A bit of the process behind the paintings in my mural project for Lycée Paul Lapie. These paintings are based on Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude , Chronicles of Narnia.  I am developing them in my studio at Fondation Des États-Unis in Paris. 

From transferring the designs to canvas, underpainting in value and color and completing the painting in more detail from the background to portraits.


Chronicles of Narnia

Transferring the design to canvas




Underpainting in value 







Underpainting in color

The painting based on Star Wars is in the process of being transferred to canvas.


Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude

Underpainting in value 


Underpainting in color



Final Layer

Completing in more detail from the background to portraits

















I will stay in touch with updates as the project develops.


Illustration in the Spring 2021 issue of Space and Time Magazine

I created an interior illustration for “Director's Cut” by Nick Marone. In the Spring 2021 issue of Space and Time Magazine. Available at Amazon.com

Prints of this piece are also available at inprnt.com/gallery/arthurhaywood/
The original drawing is availabe at Etsy.com/shop/ArthurHaywoodFineArt

Monday, February 15, 2021

Murals in Paris : Update

 

I am sharing a video update of my mural project for Lycée Paul Lapie depicting diverse students reading and the books that have excited them.

This video was filmed and edited by Justine Cresson at Fondation Des États-Unis in Paris.
I am so fortunate to be here.
I am continuing my murals showing stories coming to life thanks to the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris. 

Since October, I have been developing murals with students at Lycée Paul Lapie depicting diverse students reading and the books that have excited them. The most popular three designs were for Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude, Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars.

Students posed for the characters. The idea is to show students looking into the world of stories. I am developing the paintings now. The finished paintings will be displayed at the school in May and at Fondation Des États-Unis in June 2021.

I will stay in touch with updates as the project develops.
Click images of the underpaintings to view larger
Chronicles of Narnia (5 x 5 feet)
Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude (5 x 5 feet)
 The preliminary drawings and composition studies are below.

I will stay in touch with updates as the project develops.
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Chronicles of Narnia
Les Chevaliers d'Émeraude
Star Wars