Instructors at Large

On Exhibition
Ephraim Rubenstein’s Wax-Resist Drawings

  • November 18, 2014


Ephraim Rubenstein, Equestrian, Barcelona I. Wax resist, 38 x 50 in.

The Quickening Image: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein/A Twenty Year Collaboration is an exhibition consisting of several stories. The first is the exploration of a “radically new drawing technique” known as wax-resist drawing. The second is the scale, vigor, and subject matter of the drawings themselves. Third is the the collaboration and friendship between the two artists, David Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein. The Quickening Image includes forty-two works and opens at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD) on January 24 and continues through April 12, 2015.


Ephraim Rubenstein, Paestum IV. Wax-resist drawing, 38 x 50 in. “I sat for hours and watched the sun and shad- ows move across this wall of pillars for Paestum IV. The contrast between this ancient building and the fleeting effects of light was so mesmer- izing, I hardly knew where to start to capture the subtle differences in tone. This was by far the most complex wax-resist drawing I had ever done.”


Ephraim Rubenstein, El Cid I. Wax-resist drawing, 58 x 45 in.

“The Human Presence”: Robin Smith’s Figure Paintings

  • November 16, 2014

“The Human Presence” is Ephraim Rubenstein’s article on Art Students League student and monitor Robin Smith that will appear in the January/February issue of The Artist’s Magazine. The eight-page article includes thirteen illustrations of Robin’s work, as well as a demonstration page. Robin’s painting of veteran League model Connie appears on the cover.


Thomas Torak at the Salmagundi Club

  • November 13, 2014

Thomas Torak’s Autumn Poem was awarded the Newington Award – Best in Show at the American Artists Professional League’s 86th Grand National Exhibition. The exhibit, now on view at the Salmagundi Club (47 Fifth Ave.), continues through November 21. Thomas will give a portrait demonstration—free and open to the public—at the exhibit’s opening reception on Sunday, November 16th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Thomas Torak, Autumn Poem, 2001. Oil on linen, 30 x 24 in.

Thomas Torak, Autumn Poem, 2001. Oil on linen, 30 x 24 in.

Dan Gheno on Drawing and Painting

  • November 3, 2014

“Drawing as Painting, Painting as Drawing” is Dan Gheno’s latest article for Drawing magazine. The article (PDF preview here) appears in the Fall 2014 issue and includes imagery by Gheno, Robin Smith, Ron Sherr, as well as current Art Students League instructors Harvey Dinnerstein and Mary Beth McKenzie.

Dan Gheno, Aviva, 2006. Sanguine, 16 x 16 in. Collection of the artist.

Dan Gheno, Aviva, 2006. Sanguine, 16 x 16 in. Collection of the artist.

Joseph Peller at Roberts Gallery

  • November 3, 2014

A Variegated Light: The City, a solo exhibition of paintings and etchings by Joseph Peller, opens at the Roberts Gallery (Ontario, Canada) on November 6 and continues through November 29, 2014.

After Hours Club

Joseph Peller, After-Hours Club, 2014. Oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

Closing Time, Brooklyn Roaster

Joseph Peller, Closing Time Brooklyn Roaster, 2014. Oil on linen, 36 x 52 in.

Circe - Version 5 (1)

Joseph Peller, Circe, 2014. Oil on linen, 88 x 40 in.


Joseph Peller, Emma, 2014, Pastel/gouache, 22 x 12 in.

Abandoned drydock

Joseph Peller, Abandon Drydock, 2014. Oil on linen, 14 x 18 in.

Afternoon at the Met

Joseph Peller, Afternoon at the Met, 2013.
Black and white etching, edition of 30, 22.5 x 15.125 in.

    Craftsmanship is essential to the artist. He needs it just as he needs brushes, pigments, and a surface to paint in. — Jackson Pollock