March 21, 2012
We recently received an update from Chip Fesko; a previous contributor to our Blog and an Artist from Newport Beach, California. His prominence as Senior Director of Advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation is heavy duty. It is impressive–there must be lots of people vying for that position. He writes well– obviously he got that position at the Lucas Foundation because of his talent. Some of you may remember that he was first featured on our Blog on February 5th, 2010. The color of the year back then was Turquoise and Chip had just completed one of his abstract water colors of painting 10,000 – QUARTER INCH squares of Turquoise.
In addition to Chip’s abstract painting, he continues with his watercolors of TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA and it was his painting of a CATTLE EGRET against a HONEYSUCKLE SKY that reconnected us with Chip again since 2010 … certainly, another nice coincidence for our 2012 chosen COLOR OF THE YEAR – HONEYSUCKLE .
He finds inspiration for color on the smallest scale (pixels) to grandest scale (The Big Bang) and pretty much everything in between.
His different art styles are unique, yet pleasing, intellectually deep, yet simple. Although he is, as yet, an unknown talent, we appreciate Chip reaching out to us and sharing his work!
Below are samples of his TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA series that were on exhibit at the Newport Beach City Hall for 3 months and also featured in the Australia Art Magazine – ART RUSH.
CATTLE EGRET – HONEY SUCKLE SKY
IF ONE CAN – TOUCAN
ABSTRACT SERIES OF 10,000 = QUARTER INCH SQUARES PER WATERCOLOR SHEET
In addition to his Bird Series, it is Chip’s goal to paint 100,000 quarter inch squares – with 10,000 squares per sheet – and 10 Sheets. Each painting is based on a grand scale, yet represents its subject on the smallest level with each individual square, hand painted but looking like a digital pixel. The most amazing element to his abstract paintings is that they also have a component of 3-D imagery when studied and viewed at length and in person.
Finally, Chip has earned his first true Art Commission with a National Park. The Lassen Volcanic National Park has been selling his water colors of Wildflowers & Butterflies in their gift stores.
As Chip likes to say – “COLOR IS LIFE ITSELF” and we couldn’t agree more!