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Ira Upin

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20150810201816-reaching_for_paris
Reaching for Paris, 2015 Laser Copies, Inkjet Print, Oil on Photoplate 8.5"x 6.25" © yes
20150810201357-church
Church, 2015 Digital Photo on Photo Plate 8.5"x 6.25" © yes
20150810201123-pollux_award_x-ray_room
X-Ray Room, 2015 Digital Photo 24"x 24" © yes
20150810200744-bird_brain
Bird Brain Icon, 2015 Oil on Paper on Photoplate 8.5"x 6.25" © yes
20150626183152-cafe-small_world
Small World, 2015 Hand Rubbed Mono Print From Oil Painting on Paper 36"x 29" © ira upin
20150626183545-cafe-orange_shadow
Orange Shadow, 2015 Hand Rubbed Mono Print From Oil Painting on Paper 36"x 29" © ira upin
20150626184311-cafe_-_aquarium
Aquarium, 2015 Paper, Tar, Laser Copy, on Vintage Photo Plate 12"x 9.5" © ira upin
20150626183914-cafe_-_bird_brain
Bird Brain, 2015 Oil and Laser Copies on Paper on Panel 40"x 30" © ira upin
20150626185449-cafe-touch_me
Touch Me, 2015 Hand Rubbed Mono Print From Oil Painting on Paper 29"x 27" © ira upin
20150626184640-cafe-at_first_sight
At First Sight, 2015 Hand Rubbed Mono Print From Oil Painting on Paper 29"x 27" © ira upin
20150517002359-as_rendered_abstraction_b
Slots, 2015 Oil on Panel 72"x 72" © iraupin
20150128010155-ra_hat_in_hand
Hat in Hand, 2014 Oil on Panel 36"x54"x2" © iraupin
20150128005753-sw_-_nola_boys
Nola Boys, 2014 Oil on Panel 72"x72"x2" © iraupin
20130204143358-jen_2013_use
Jen 2012, 2012 Oil on Panel 72"x 72" © iraupin
20120924130145-scary_bumpa_for_cafe_
Scary Bumpa, 2012 Oil on Panel 72"x72" © iraupin
20130204143607-hotdog_use
Hotdog, 2012 Oil on Panel 72"x 72" © iraupin
20120911181252-police_state
Police State, 2012 Oil on Panel 72"x72" © iraupin
20120324165419-zero_gravity_jpg
Strong Man Series Chapter 11 - Zero Gravity, 2012 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © iraupin
20120122200348-artslant_strong_man_series_chapter_10_-_driven
Strong Man Series Chapter 10 - Driven, 2012 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © iraupin
20120122194401-__
Strong Man Series Chapter 9 - How... Tu..., 2011 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © iraupin
20120122194306-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_8_-_legacy
Strong Man Series Chapter 8 - Legacy, 2011 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © iraupin
20120122194133-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_7_-_fat_cat
Strong Man Series Chapter 7 - Fat Cat, 2010 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122194047-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_6_-_focus
Strong Masn Series Chapter 6 - Focus, 2010 Oil on Panel 36"x 36"
20120122193951-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_5_-_ignorance__is_bliss
Strong Man Series Chapter 5 - Ignorance is Bliss, 2009 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122193841-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_4_-_safe_haven
Strong Man Series Chapter 4 - Safe Haven, 2009 Oil on Panel 36"x 36"
20120122193500-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_3_-_impossible_burden
Strong Man Series Chapter 3 - Impossible Burden, 2009 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122192812-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_2_-_helpless_in_the_ways_of_the_world
Strong Man Series Chapter 2 - Helpless in the Ways of the World, 2009 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122193727-a_-_strong_man_series_chapter_1_-_hope_not
Strong Man Series Chapter 1 - Hope Not, 2009 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122200744-a_-_jen_1977
Portrait Series - Jen 1977, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122200921-a_-__jen_2008
Portrait Series - Jen 2008, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122200645-a_-__grant_park_lady
Portrait Series - Grant Park Lady, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122200542-a_-_tommy_merryfield
Portrait Series - Tommy Merryfield, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122201227-a_-__matt_pappajohn
Portrait Series - Matt Pappajohn, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122201315-a_-__keith_knedler
Portrait Series - Keith Knedler, 2008 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120122201418-a_-_maris_
Portrait Series - Maris, 2011 Oil on Panel 36"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120124161742-battleground
Random Thoughts Series - Battleground, 2007 Oil on Panel 30"x 40" © Ira Upin
20120124162144-underwater
Random Thoughts Series - Underwater, 2007 Oil on Panel 30"x 40"
20120124162256-pigs
Random Thoughts Series - Pigs, 2007 Oil on Panel 30"x 40" © Ira Upin
20120124162353-boot_study_30inx40in
Random Thoughts Series - Boot Study, 2007 Oil on Panel 30"x 40" © Ira Upin
20120124162809-cat
Random Thoughts Series - Cat, 2007 Mixed 30"x 40" © Ira Upin
20120124161541-big_fish_79inx60in
Random Thoughts Series - Big Fish, 2007 Mixed 79"x 60"
20120124162942-birthright_79inx71in
Random Thoughts Series - Birthright, 2007 Mixed 79"x 72" © Ira Upin
20120124163223-e__man_in_the_middle_98inx80in_2
Random Thoughts Series - Man in the Middle, 2007 Mixed 98"x 80" © Ira Upin
20120124163551-dd__hot_and_cold_72inx112in_2
Random Thoughts Series - Hot and Cold, 2007 Mixed 72"x 112" © Ira Upin
20120124163738-reality_check_80inx36in_m
Random Thoughts Series - Reality Check, 2007 Oil on Panel 80"x 36" © Ira Upin
20120124163932-where_are_you_going_30inx20in
Random Thoughts Series - Where Are YOU Going?, 2008 Mixed 30"x 20" © Ira Upin
20120124164441-atomic_tan
Random Thoughts Series - Atomic Tan, 2006 Oil on Panel 41"x 35" © Ira Upin
20120124170028-if_fish_could_fly
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - If Fish Could Fly..., 1997 Mixed on Canvas 90"x 120" © Ira Upin
20120124170146-landscape
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Landscape, 1995 Mixed on Canvas 90"x 120" © Ira Upin
20120124170251-creeping_vine
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Creeping Vine, 1995 Mixed on Canvas 66"x 50" © Ira Upin
20120124170418-missing_person
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Missing Person, 1995 Mixed 20"x 16" © Ira Upin
20120124170544-delicate_balance
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Delicate Balance, 1993 Mixed on Panel 77"x 70" © Ira Upin
20120124170712-earthly_bonds
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Earthly Bonds, 1993 Oil on Canvas 80"x 66" © Ira Upin
20120124170858-between_heaven_and_earth
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Between Heaven and Earth, 1993 Mixed on Panel 78"x 35" © Ira Upin
20120124171006-fall
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Fall, 1993 Mixed on Panel 78"x 35" © Ira Upin
20120124171120-infinite_patience
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Infinite Patience, 1993 Mixed on Panel 78"x 35" © Ira Upin
20120124171328-falling
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Falling, 1993 Mixed on Panel 48"x 80" © Ira Upin
20120124171520-fallen
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Fallen, 1993 Mixed 51"x 44" © Ira Upin
20120124171633-magic
Gravity and Other Forces of Nature - Magic, 1993 Mixed on Panel 28"x 34" © Ira Upin
20160811072325-bird_brain
Bird Brain © Ira Upin
20120127204504-artslant_profile_photo
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Birth year
1948
Lives in
Philadelphia
Works in
Philadelphia
Schools
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 1973, MFA - Painting
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1971, BFA - Painting
Representing galleries
Projects Gallery, Milavec Hakimi Gallery
Tags
color painting, hypr-realism figurative
Statement

Biography

I've thought of myself as an artist since I was 5 years old when I drew a picture of my father and it looked exactly like him.

I was born in Chicago in 1948 and left at 18. After school I chose to move to Philadelphia, where I knew no one, and proceeded to establish my life from scratch.

Coming from a practical background I didn't really believe I could survive as an artist until I graduated from graduate school and realized painting was all I wanted to do. At that point my focus was always on how to facilitate my ability to make art.
I eventually was able to survive financially by moving to a neighborhood where real estate was cheap. I acquired enough property to have a place to live, a studio, and rental income to be an artist full time.
 
Statement
 
The two constants in my work have been the narrative and the intensity of the visual. I want the viewer to be intoxicated  and perplexed by how I make my paintings and intrigued by the stories I am trying to tell. I’m interested in human dynamics whether they be social, political, or emotional.
   
In the end though it's about randomness and our inability to control that randomness. Things happen - anything can happen and we want somehow to control it, but we can't. Art is a good attempt at trying.

CV

 

Education

1966-1967            Bradley University, Peoria, IL                                                                                                                       

1967-1968            Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL                                                                                               

1968-1971            University of Illinois, Champaign, IL - B. F. A. in painting 1971                                                             

1971-1973            Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD- M.F.A. in Painting 1973                                                           

 

Painting Awards

1973            Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship                                                                                               

                    Painting Biennial, VCU, Richmond VA, 1st Prize                                                                                                           

1972            Henry Walters European Travel Scholarship

1971            Kate Kinley Memorial Fellowship (Given by University of Illinois Trustees)

                    Wabash Valley Regional, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN, 1st Prize, purchase award

                                                                     

Selected Collections

            - Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN

            - Combank Corp., Chicago, IL

            - Towers, Perrin, Forster, and Crosby, Phila., PA

            - First Union Bank Corp., Wilmington, DE

            - Beneficial Savings Corp., Wilmington, DE

            - General Instrument Corp., Horsham, PA

            - Monell Senses Center, Phila., PA

            - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

            - Howard Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL

            - Grace Hartigan, Baltimore,MD

 

One Person Shows

2013            Recent Paintings from The Strong Man and Portrait Series, Giles Gallery,

                     Eastern KY U, Richmond, KY

2013            Strong Man Series, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2013            Recent Paintings from The Strong Man and Portrait Series,

                      Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO 

2011             2 Brothers 2 Profiles, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008             Weber/Kelly 201 Gallery, Phila., PA

1993             F.A.N. Gallery, Phila., PA

1992             F.A.N. Gallery, Phila., PA

1981             Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

1979             Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1977             Rosenfeld Gallery, Phila., PA

1975             Center Square, Phila., PA

1973             Turner Auditorium, John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

1972             Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN

 

Selected Group Shows

2012            No Dead ArtistsJonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012            Death is the Destination, Ernest G. Welch Galleries, Georgia State University,
Atlanta, GA

2012             Living With Others, Giles Gallery Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

2012             Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition, Clatsop Community College

                       Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR

2011             Hello World, Milavec Hakimi Gallery, NYC

2011             Artist of the Week, Saatchi Online

2011             Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Projects Gallery, Phila., PA

2011             To-day is Another Day-MAKE ART

                     Art in the Great Recession, Pterodactyl Philadelphia

                     Project Space, Phila., PA

2010             Philadelphia Story, Woodmere Art Museum, Phila., PA

2009             Obamarama, Projects Gallery, Phila., PA

2005             Operation Raw, The Icebox, Phila., PA

2003             Art in Northern Liberties, Phila., PA

2000             National Invitational Art Exhibition, Brenau College, Gainesville, GA

1999             The Art & Science of Surviving Cancer (Traveling Exhibit), Amgen Inc.

1997             Manna Benefit Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art, Phila., PA

1996             Confronting Cancer through Art, Arthur Ross Gallery, Phila., PA

                     Group Show, Moore on Second Street Gallery, Phila., PA

1995             Meet the Neighbors, Paley Design Center, Philadelphia College of Textiles, Phila., PA

                     Shades of the Spirit, Painted Bride Art Center, Phila., PA

1994             Group Show, Axis Fine Art, Phila., PA

                     National Invitational Art Exhibition, Brenau College, Gainesville, GA

                     15x15 Alumni Exhibit, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD

1992             National Invitational Art Exhibition, Brenau College, Gainesville, GA

                     Dominion: The World of Man and Beast, F.A.N. Gallery, Phila., PA

1991             Differing Views-Four Artists, Spokane Art School Center for the Visual Arts, Spokane, WA

1990             Third Annual Exhibition of Pennsylvania Artists, Josiah White

                       Exhibition Center, Jim Thorpe, PA

1988             Consciousness and Reality, More Gallery, Phila., PA

1981             Untitled One Nine Eight One, Cheltenham Art Center, Phila., PA

1979             Opens Friday, Moore College of Art, Phila., PA

1978             Arthur A. Baer Memorial Art Competition, Beverley Art Center, Chicago IL

                     About Face- Contemporary American Portraits, Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1977             Grace Hartigan and Friends, Gallery at the Mechanic, Baltimore, MD

1975             641 Gallery, Washington, DC

1973             National Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Muncie, IN

                     National Drawing Exhibition, Potsdam, NY

                     National Annual Print and Print Drawing Show, Grand Forks, ND

                     Painting Biennial, Richmond, VA (1st Prize)

1972             National Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Grand Forks, ND

                     Recent Baltimore Paintings, Washington College, Chestertown, MD
                     Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, NY

                     Baltimore Arts Festival, Baltimore, MD

1971             Wabash Valley Regional, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN