The original painting has been sold. However, it is available as an Archival Fine Art Print. The print image measures 18×24 and is on archival, 100% cotton rag fine art paper for original pastels or on stretched canvas for original oils
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Hurdy Gurdy Cat, Antibes was juried into the 19th Annual Southeastern Pastel Society Exhibition at the Oglethorpe University Musem of Art
Hurdy Gurdy Cat, Antibes is an original pastel painting by Bill Suttles. The original painting measured 20×24 and sold through The District Gallery in Knoxville, Tenessee. Hurdy Gurdy Cat is part of my father’s European Collection and was inspired by a visit to Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
One of the qualities my father enjoys most about working in pastel is the immediacy and responsiveness of the medium. He especially enjoys the brightness of color contrasted with the chalk-like softness of the medium. Just his son, what I experienced so dramatically in Hurdy Gurdy was the convenience of light. Standing in front of it, it seemed the soft glow emanated from the painting itself, bringing everything to life. I could almost feel what the cat felt as she arched her back, and the sunlight halo warmed her fur.
My father did not know this, but I submitted this painting the annual call for entry across the world by the prestigious Pastel Journal Art Magazine. I did this in February and had completely forgotten about it by December’s issue announcing the winners. My dad did not place in the top three places, but he did receive one of five honorable mentions and a little thumbnail photo of Hurdy Gurdy. Of course, he was dumbfounded, that I had done it, and even more so, that they liked it.
His reaction is another perfect example of what I often speak about and why I operate this site for him: artists and their struggles with self-promotion.
About Bill Suttles on ArtJolt
Bill Suttles on ArtJolt is maintained by his son, Todd Suttles. My father and I started this site during the first Covid19 self-isolation period. My dad, who is 89, continues to paint every day as he has his entire life, and I am now doing my part to bring my dad’s lifetime of work to a greater audience. Over his lifetime, he has painted thousands of paintings sitting in private and corporate collections all over the world.
As is typical with most artists, my father has never been one to toot his own horn. If he can create his art and magically have it find a happy owner, he is most comfortable. For most artists balancing the line between creating and promoting is an awkward experience. My purpose in creating this site is to bring him the exposure that will enable him to experience the accolades I feel he deserves but won’t pursue.
Thank You for visiting us and please tell your friends about my dad’s art. – Todd Suttles, 2020