Lost in Thought, Jeremy Lipking
Already well-known for his figurative realist paintings, Lipking was fetching thousands for his art, but I was clueless. And enthralled. I’d never seen anything like it. Paintings that were at once both almost photographic in their exactness, yet lush and ethereal. I met him at the Calabasas home he shared with his wife and daughter, frequent muses for his work. The house with its immaculate white walls and rich, dark wooden floors, orderly, nothing out of place, was utterly unlike the artist’s atelier of my imagination; the property was what my inner realtor would call turnkey ready. At the time a converted bedroom doubled as a studio. The calmness, the serenity, may be in part what enables him to create such rich and peaceful work.
I didn’t need to say much in my piece for 805, even I, with my love of words, could see his pictures were indeed worth a thousand of them.
Currently on view at the Autry Museum Masters of the American West Show
"The inspiration for this painting came on a cool early morning on the lake with my daughter. When I noticed her canoe emerging from the large silhouette of the mountain reflecting on the still water, I immediately decided I had to make a painting of it.” Jeremy Liking
So that’s my pitch. I don’t know the man at all but I do love his work! And recognize his genius as a master of realism. Check him out at the Autry if you’re a Los Angeleno or visit his website at Lipking.com You’ll find him on twitter at @lipking—his profile simply says “I’m a painter.” And natch he’s on Instagram.