Thursday, May 11, 2017

now here is the door ---------Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!

It takes courage to show yourself in art. And what our society does is that it commodifies everything. Art becomes a purchase item rather than a way the soul is expressed. In the case of Hawk Alfredson this very beautiful soul is expressed in original paintings that delight the viewer. If you love art and if you understand the hardship of artists why not help this artist? His wife has made a Go Fund Me campaign to help him paint again as he once did in a studio place. Please help this couple achieve their goal of artistic independence.
now here is the door and you wonder what if you open it? what if you find disaster and trouble on the other side? what if the new land...
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now here is the door
and you wonder
what if you open it?
what if you find disaster
and trouble on the other side?
what if the new landscape
is more tenuous
than the one that you leave?

now here is the door
with a new world
hidden in the house
that is contained
in the imagination
now here is the door
that you fear so much
that you won't risk opening it

now here is the door
and you stand here waiting
for     advice    love   courage
I tell you forget these blue companions
instead trust yourself
and open the door
and believe that whatever you encounter can be endured

now here is the door
think of the opening as a birthing channel
a route to growth and happiness
think of the door as the gap place
between this contained sac and the freed soul
think of the door as the chrysalis that impedes metamorphosis
think of the door as the obstacle that you must overcome
in order to break through   now here is the door

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Hello Everyone!
I am so thankful to all who have reached out with well-wishes and donations since the start of this campaign just a few days ago. We are still trying to get the word out and it's a slow process.
One thing new: incentives to donors.
Today, still very early-on in the campaign Hawk is able to provide certain incentives that we have available immediately to give such as: B/W etchings (only 8 left!) printed on archival paper, original drawings and also original oil paintings!
$100 donation: B/W etching (15x20)
$150 donation: hand-colored etching (15x20)
$200 donation: small original drawing (8x6)
$250 donation: large original drawing (10x8)
$500 (or above) donation: original oil painting
Hawk and I encourage friends with questions to drop us a line via FB private message. I'm excited about getting Hawk painting again...we can't make this happen without you, so thanks again for all your support!!! Love, Mia.

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Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!

Film by Mika Tenhovaara.  "Eye One"  (3:15)

My name is Mia, and this May 18th I will be celebrating my seventeenth wedding anniversary to an artist of considerable integrity who not only delights me as a person, but inspires me daily with his uniquely visionary works of art.

I met Hawk in the summer of 1997. He was exhibiting his oil paintings in a solo show in Park Slope, Brooklyn, just a block from where I lived at the time. I walked into the gallery, saw his work hanging from floor to ceiling salon-style, and felt my life change forever within the thirty minutes I was there. With the very first gaze into his paintings, my heart stood still for a moment. I had never seen nor felt work of such mystical power. The paintings had a presence that filled the room with a great stimulating calm and beckoned me each time to move closer to them.

By this time, Hawk had been in NYC for already two years and was an extremely prolific painter. He still had money saved up from living in Sweden and had 19 group shows and 2 solo shows all within his first year, 1995, when he made the journey from Stockholm to NYC, filled with the hope of one day showing with the most influential galleries in the city.  In the late 90's, New Art International proclaimed Hawk to be "the darling of the New York Underground Art Scene" and Art & AntiquesMagazine praised him as "one of the most collectible of the European Surrealists".

Four years after we met we moved into New York's landmarked Chelsea Hotel and from 2001-2010 Hawk painted almost daily.  On our first day there, the owner of the hotel, Stanley Bard, saw Hawk's work and encouraged him to exhibit his original paintings along the walls of the hotel's staircase, corridors, VIP rooms and the lobby. Over time, this encouragement evolved to become a long-term permanent exhibition of over 50 original pieces with thousands of international hotel guests viewing Hawk's work over the years.

Photo by David Rodgers. (Hotel Chelsea, room 421)

In 2011, the Chelsea Hotel was sold to new owners, and the magical place that Hawk and I called home for nine years, had come to an end of it's own, with an uncertain future.  

In the transitioning years since moving from the Hotel Chelsea, fine-art sales have slowed considerably for us.  We no longer have a public art gallery with thousands of visitors staying just beyond our front door.  With a decrease in art sales has come substantial apartment downsizing for us every couple of years.

The past two years in particular has been tremendously difficult for Hawk on many levels, most of which has to do with his complete lack of an art studio. The act of painting is vital to his emotional and mental health, and without an outlet for his creativity, Hawk's sense of life purpose is taken away.

For an artist like Hawk, who requires space to spread out oil paint, turpentine, 6 ft tall rolls of linen and cotton canvas, it is disheartening to see such a gifted painter's space for creating art diminish so drastically in a matter of just a few years. Hawk has spent over 40 years honing and perfecting his painting technique. In the past, he was known for his canvases of considerable detail, sometimes utilizing up to a dozen intermittent layers of glaze referencing the techniques of the European Old Masters. Today, it is not possible for him to paint in this manner. We live in a shared apartment and occupy only a single standard-sized room within it.  With over 70 oil paintings stored in the room, 25 moving boxes stacked and a futon that serves as a bed, whatever floorspace is left unused that day serves as a makeshift studio for Hawk. He paints on the wooden floor near our futon, hunched over his canvas, since there is no longer space for an easel (his easel had to be donated two years ago with our latest apartment downsize). Despite this impossible situation, he remains hopeful that somehow a solution can be found where he may once again paint with freedom.

This is the year that I am truly hopeful we can find change in our challenging living circumstances for the better since there's no other downsizing option for us left. But in order to do this, we need your help. Hawk and I always have kept our head above water through sporadic painting sales, but this year our optimism regarding this survival method has dwindled.  We have come to a time now where we need to reach out for help.

Photo by Ves Pitts.  (2011).

Today, with nearly 2,000 Facebook friends, Hawk continues his relationship with his art admirers and is a valued member of the artistic community there.

If this fundraiser reaches you at the right time, would you consider either donating or sharing this post to others?  By supporting our situation in any way possible, you will make it easier for us to obtain the financial resources necessary to find a suitable live/work space that will: 

a) provide a private, quiet space so that Hawk may paint in a home environment, uninterrupted. 

b) provide ample daylight to view oil colors correctly.

c) provide enough space for clients to view artwork.

d) provide proper storage for over-sized artworks.  

Hawk yearns to paint the luminous and mysterious paintings that he once created. Together we can help this artist rise again.  

We both thank you for your support,
(we can't do this without you) !!!

Hawk Alfredson     "Icon For An Unknown Religion"  
oil on canvas     39" x 33"     1999

Hawk Alfredson   "Gypsum"  
oil on canvas    24" x 30"    2012

Hawk Alfredson     "The Dream Ambassadors"  
oil on canvas      32" x 39.5"      1999 - 2006  

Hawk Alfredson      "Manbat"  
oil on canvas panel     24" x 20"     1996

Hawk Alfredson  "Players Of Strange Meaningless Games"            
 oil on canvas      34" x 30"      1996 - 2003                                                                        

Hawk Alfredson     "Stebuklingas Drugelis"  
oil on canvas   79" x 59"   1994 - 2003

Hawk Alfredson  "Edvard Munch Imitating A Silent Tree"
oil on canvas       30" x 24"      2006 -2008

Hawk Alfredson      "Zen Stones With Skyscape"  
oil on canvas      9" x 7"      2003 - 2008

Hawk Alfredson     "Santiago Circlings"  
oil on canvas   36" x 28"    2003

For further information about this artist's life, follow the link below:
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