Jon Lutter Art
  • Sep13

    I was pleased to be notified on September 1st, 2012 by the Light Space & Time Online Gallery that I had been awarded Honorable Mention for my recent print, Pua Aloalo Variation.

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery ( announced the results of a juried Botanical art competition for August 2012. Artists were asked to submit their best botanical and floral artwork. The gallery considered botanical art to include flowers, herbs, leaves and plants. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of July 2012 and concluded on August 28, 2012.

    The gallery received 619 entries from 177 artists, in 14 different countries from around the world, including the Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. U.S. submissions included entries from 29 different states.

  • Jun30

    Let me start by telling you what this article is not about. It is not a history lesson. It is about the future. It’s about a future that has already begun to affect us starting today, and if left unchecked, will continue through tomorrow, later this year, and over the next 10 years or more. It is also about events that have begun to tear away at the fabric of one of our greatest national treasures: jazz.
    A uniquely American art form, jazz is one of the many endangered species on our cultural arts list.
    The evidence of this not so graceful degradation starts with the demise of public entertainment events, festivals, club venues, new art faces, new works, and lack of media attention regarding the slashing of arts & educational programs. This article is also about getting involved as opposed to being associated.
    The problems for stemming the tide of benign neglect of the arts in general starts with you, me and the local communities taking an active rather that a passive role by supporting organizations like the San Jose Jazz Organization . This is one of the involved organizations fighting the good fight. Support it not just for the obvious entertainment venues like the yearly San Jose Jazz festival but for other core components of their agenda.
    Take a trip to their web site and see what this dedicated and talented group of people is doing to support the future of jazz art forms. You will be impressed with both their extensive range of programs and their intelligent use of funds. The organization makes it really easy for you to select a specific program and level of financial support.
    Whether you are a corporation or an individual, a current donor/member, some new or additional few dollars will mean a lot for many. Yes, somewhere along the line it comes down to money. Currently, tough times are here but it will be even tougher times without the arts. Art is a bellwether of society.
    Contact the San Jose Jazz Organization directly.

  • Dec4

    The Los Gatos Art Association Annual Members Juried Show 2011/ November 3-December 4, held at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Los Gatos.
    Out of 105 participating artist members, 20 artists received Recognition Awards in 6 art medium categories. As a participating member artist, I was pleased to receive a Third Place Award for my photographic print, Beach Cliffs of Encinitas. The show was very competitive and all of the art work was exceptional and reflective of considerable talent in the Los Gatos and adjacent communities.

  • Sep21

    It is time for a new update to the posting category INSPIRATION. This will serve as an entry point of information on artists instrumental and pivotal to certain schools, movements, and techniques of art. Many of the greats transcended more than one art period in their lifetimes. I’m sure that many of you know about these artists and movements, but for me, each time I go back into art history, I discover something new. I’m hoping it will be the same for you.

    Enjoy Toulouse-Lautrec!

  • Sep21

    Ambassadeurs by Toulouse-LautrecMany immortal painters lived and worked in Paris during the late 19th century. They included Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) observed and captured in his art the Parisian nightlife of the period.
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on Nov. 24, 1864, in Albi, France. He was an aristocrat, the son and heir of Comte Alphonse-Charles de Toulouse and last in line of a family that dated back a thousand years. Henri’s father was rich, handsome, and eccentric. His mother was overly devoted to her only living child. Henri was weak and often sick. By the time he was 10 he had begun to draw and paint.
    At 12 young Toulouse-Lautrec broke his left leg and at 14 his right leg. The bones failed to heal properly, and his legs stopped growing. He reached young adulthood with a body trunk of normal size but with abnormally short legs. He was only 1.5 meters tall.
    Deprived of the kind of life that a normal body would have permitted, Toulouse-Lautrec lived wholly for his art. He stayed in the Montmartre section of Paris, the center of the cabaret entertainment and bohemian life that he loved to paint. Circuses, dance halls and nightclubs, racetracks–all these spectacles were set down on canvas or made into lithographs.
    Toulouse-Lautrec was very much a part of all this activity. He would sit at a crowded nightclub table, laughing and drinking, and at the same time he would make swift sketches. The next morning in his studio he would expand the sketches into bright-colored paintings.
    In order to become a part of the Montmartre life–as well as to protect himself against the crowd’s ridicule of his appearance–Toulouse-Lautrec began to drink heavily. In the 1890s the drinking started to affect his health. He was confined to a sanatorium and to his mother’s care at home, but he could not stay away from alcohol. Toulouse-Lautrec died on Sept. 9, 1901, at the family chateau of Malrome. Since then his paintings and posters–particularly the Moulin Rouge group–have been in great demand and bring high prices at auctions and art sales.
    I believe Toulouse-Lautrec to be the first “Art Director of Advertising”. Content in current day advertising is now slipping down the slope of decline. “Where are you, Henri, when we need you most?”

  • Apr8

    Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is certainly as great an artist as any that ever lived, up there with Titian, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. Like Manet and Degas, and also Morisot and Cassatt, he came from a wealthy family — his was in Aix-en-Provence, France. His banker father seems to have been an uncultivated man, of whom his highly nervous and inhibited son was afraid. Despite parental displeasure, Cézanne persevered with his passionate desire to become an artist. His early paintings display little of the majesty of his late work, though today they are rightfully awarded the respect that he certainly never received for them.

    His early years were difficult and his career was, from the beginning, dogged with repeated failure and rejection. In 1862 he was introduced to the famed circle of artists who met at the Café Guerbois in Paris, which included Manet, Degas and Pissarro, but his awkward manners and defensive shyness prevented him from becoming an intimate of the group. However, Pissarro was to play an important part in Cézanne’s later development.

    Cézanne is an artist’s artist. He was obsessed with form rather than content, so subject matter was always secondary to the act of painting itself. He wanted the methods and skills of the painter to be more important than the image. That meant the subject of the painting couldn’t be so dynamic as to overshadow the artist’s act of creation. The more he concentrated on this, the less viewer-friendly his works became. But that suited his personality just fine. His goal was not to have a mass audience or sales appeal, it was to satisfy himself.

  • Dec9

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    Los Gatos, California Art Scene: The Los Gatos Art Association Annual Members Juried Show 2010/ November 4-December 2, was held at the Art Museum of Los Gatos.
    Out of 75 participating artist members, 21 artists received Recognition Awards in 6 art medium categories. As a participating member artist, I was pleased to receive a Honorable Mention for my woodcut print, Snow Birds. The show was very competitive and all of the art work was exceptional and reflective of considerable talent in the Los Gatos and adjacent communities.
    Please follow this link to: Los Gatos Art Association and click on “EVENTS” and then select the show window for an overview of the show.

  • Oct15

    Paul Gaugin was one of the leading French painters of the Postimpressionist period, whose development of a conceptual method of representation was a decisive step for 20th-century art. After spending a short period with Vincent van Gogh in Arles (1888), Gauguin increasingly abandoned imitative art for expressiveness through colour. From 1891 he lived and worked in Tahiti and elsewhere in the South Pacific.

    Gauguin’s art has all the appearance of a flight from civilization, of a search for new ways of life, more primitive, more real and more sincere. His break away from a solid middle-class world, abandoning family, children and job, his refusal to accept easy glory and easy gain are the best-known aspects of Gauguin’s fascinating life and personality. This picture, also known as Two women on the beach, was painted in 1891, shortly after Gauguin’s arrival in Tahiti. During his first stay there (he was to leave in 1893, only to return in 1895 and remain until his death), Gauguin discovered primitive art, with its flat forms and the violent colors belonging to an untamed nature. And then, with absolute sincerity, he transferred them onto canvas.

    (born: June 7, 1848, Paris, France–died: May 8, 1903, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia),