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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Timken Museum


   A couple of weeks ago I decided I would actually keep my promise to do Gallery Reviews, so I went to the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park to start this little venture. The Timken museum is adjacent to the Lily Pond, Botanical Garden Building and the San Diego Museum of Art.

   The Timken Museum was founded by Amy and Anne R. Putnam with the help of Walter Ames a long time friend and advisor for the Putnam family. The Putnam sister's had originally donated their collection of European paintings to the San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, and in 1951 the works were designated as the Putnam Foundation Collection.  It was only after many of the works traveled throughout prestigious museums around the country did they finally make their way to the Timken, when it officially opened in 1965. 

   1. Spreckels Organ Pavilion
   2. Japanese Garden
   3. House of Hospitality
   4. Mingei International Museum
   5. Museum of Man
   6. Old Globe Theatre
   7. San Diego Museum of Art
   8. Timken Museum(YOU ARE HERE)
   9. Botanical Building(beautiful)
  10. Casa del Prado
  11. San Diego Museum of History
  12. Spanish Village Art Center
  13. San Diego Museum of Natural History
  14. Fleet Science Center
  15. San Diego Aerospace Museum
  16. San Diego Zoo

   The Timken Museum features great works from Europe, America and Russia placed within different sections of the building. Once you enter, the European collection is on your left with the American collection featured in a room within the European collection. Then on your right upon your entrance is more of the European collection and Russian icons, paintings whose individual creators go unknown but still revered by the memory of their time, place or school (The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 16th century Moscow school, The Last Judgement, 16th century, Our Lady Jerusalem, 17th century and more).

(The painting closest to your left is Mrs. Thomas Gage by John Singleton Copely from the American Collection)

   The European old master collection spans 600 years, from Western art, and Italian altarpieces to mid-nineteenth century French landscapes. It also includes San Diego's only painting by the great Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. The Timken really brings a sense of a refined, old worldly atmosphere, it transports you back to the 16th and 17th century and makes you feel as if you are a First class bidder inspecting the works of fine artists of the day. It pales next to some of the other museums much more highlighted in balboa but brings its own flare to the group of fine art Galleries. Its admission is always free which is definitely a plus for the on-a-budget art enthusiast.

                                                          Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
                                                                           1606 - 1669
                                                                     Saint Bartholomew
                                                                              ca. 1657
                                                                         Oil on Canvas               
                                                                       48 3/8 x 39 1/4 in.   
   In its American collection, there are masterworks by John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson. It's exactly what you'd expect out of a collection of the old masters. Every piece is gorgeously crafted and although the colors of the walls are less than flattering and the labels for the paintings are so microscopic they're barely visible, it's a very educational and intriguing gallery for the admirer of the old Masters.

                                                                 John Singleton Copley
                                                              Mrs. Thomas Gage, 1771
                                                              Oil on Canvas, 50 x 40 in.

                                                                      Eastman Johnson
                                                                           1824 - 1906
                                               The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket
                                                                              ca. 1886
                                                          Oil on Canvas, 27 3/8 x 54 1/2 in.

   The Gallery is very well lit, and provides sufficient space for the paintings so that the viewer doesn't feel crammed. Though small and quaint, it has it's own sophistication and demeanor. The curators are very accommodating and knowledgable. Just ask and they'll gladly give you the history of the work, the artist, the medium used, pretty much any question you have they can answer it. For instance, the picture below is a painting by Benjamin West called Fidelia and Speranza, this is apparent by the tag at the bottom of the painting, but did you know it was based on a story written by Edmund Spencer called The Faerie Queenand that one of the sisters from the House of Holiness from the story is missing? Did you also know that Benjamin West's talent was so prominent in his town that they raised enough money to send him to learn in the some of the greatest Old Master Schools in Europe? He also had an affixation with myths, stories and legends and drew inspiration from them for his paintings. This is what I learned by just asking the curator. It's like having a history lesson about each painting and artist in 5 minutes or less! Needless to say I enjoyed my experience. There's no replacement for the live gallery experience so if you have a chance go by the Timken it's definitely worth the experience for admiring masterful art and just taking a stroll in the simply calming and breathtaking scenery of Balboa Park.

                                                            (My personal favorite :)

                                                                        Benjamin West
                                                                            1738 - 1820                                                                     
                                                                Fidelia and Speranza, 1776
                                                                          Oil on Canvas
                                                                         53 3/4 x 42 5/8 in.

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A stroll in Balboa Park.....

(The Lily pond and Botanical buidling)

For more info visit the Timken Museum Website!   
Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Admission is always free

Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101

(619) 239-5548
(619) 531-9640

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Just an Update

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So it's been a very long time since my last post and sadly the gallery thing is still on I just got the date wrong............AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, needless to say I'm just a teeny bit pissed off but life goes on. I might try to get out of it because the hassle of putting everything together plus the stress...not fun. However, I was thinking of participating in a few art contests and looking for other galleries to frequent. I will be at the San Diego Museum at Balboa Park for an art project. The best part of that besides the actual art is that it's FREE! YAH! I'm so cheap! ;p

Anyway I will be updating the gallery page so look forward to that and also look forward to some interesting paintings on the way. A new representational abstract/Salvador Dali phase has hit me. Thank God for Dali! Thanks to his inpirational talents my overly depressing artist's block is gone. anyway here's just a few pics of what i've been working on hope you enjoy! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011


Hello. Sorry It taken me so long to update. I wanted to make sure I had something to show you guys, unfortunately the one I wanted to post took forever and I was determined to finish it before I even glanced at a computer screen. That's why i've been MIA for the last couple weeks. Sorry. ;p

So! Today I will be working on some of my work for the October gallery! Yes indeedy! I will be showing my work at the St. Clair Gallery. It's been stressful figuring out the date but now that it's set I am anxious to get to work and show the Curator my stuff! For those of you on Facebook, you know I've been mixed up with the date and the events I've been creating are cryptic and confusing ;p sorry about that. Now that I've gotten everything figured out all will be well!

I'm also finishing the Regina Spektor portrait for the gallery. It's almost done and I promise I will post the finished product. :)

I finished an oil portrait of Caylee Anthony. This was a commission and personal tribute to Caylee. Her death was a tragedy and overtime, people will forget, in all the chaos and arguing that a 2 year old was robbed of life under horrifying circumstances. "Remember Caylee" is my tribute to the short and beautiful life of Caylee.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hello! :D

    So yeah, hello. This will be the first post on this blog and it's been fun creating the layout even though I don't think I'm quite done yet. So glad you could join me in my art adventures. On this blog we'll be visiting galleries, talking about art, art experiences, art supplies, and the process of some of my work!

Tea...at around 10pm lolz 

    I know I'm not exactly a famous artist and I don't really have art connections as of yet but i thought I'd start off my career in the arts with this blog. Hoping someday, when I look back on this, I can be happy that I took this small step forward.

     I really do appreciate everyone following me on Twitter, Facebook, this blog (of course), and possibly youtube in the future. I'm not quite sure if I want to take that big of a leap into the whole social networking thing but i might take a stab at it sometime. "You don't know until you've tried it." :) Appreciate the encouragement....but still a little hesitant.

    I'm trying to figure out how to set up a gallery page, I don't know if that's possible but I will certainly try. I'll also post for the first time in ekellyART history (about a 5 second long history), some artwork both photography and painting. Not a lot of artwork mind you, it's close to midnight so i really should be off to bed but I'm procrastinating on going to bed by doing some work......that's pretty sad if you think about it. I am using work to put off sleeping...which I probably need....no there's no probably about it, I need it! I'm starting to get dark rings around my eyes. Thank you Neutrogena Concealer! ;p

    I am excited about all this, in general just to sum up things I really love the fact that there are so many avenues for artists to spread out now! I love it! I know I'm new to the art community and all, so poke around, critique my art and suggest some stuff. I would really like your opinion. Just comment on this post or send me an e-mail at ekellyart@gmail.com.

  (The background was hand-drawn by the way...if you couldn't tell)