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In the Press
Balancing Then and Now: Painting the Interior of Late Victorian and Arts & Crafts Homes
by CJ Hurley
Old House Journal
Ask OHJ-topic: Murals
by Dan Cooper
July, 2010 p.16
Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival
What to do with the Walls
by Patricia Poore
July 20, 2010
Style 1900 Magazine
Designing Gesamtkunstwerk, the "Total Work of Art"
By C.J. Hurley
Sensitive to History: Remodeling a Period Kitchen
By CJ Hurley
Old House Interiors Magazine
Wallpaper and Paint how the twain shall meet
Advice from the experts
By Brian Coleman
"Creating paintings and interiors that
fire the imagination, stir the deepest emotions, inspire the soul, and
offer new things to explore upon each viewing is the most gratifying and
satisfying thing I can do with my art. -CJ
Earlier this year, I was juried into Northwest Designer Craftsmen as a mixed media artist. The NWDC has a rich legacy as one of the founding groups of what became America's Studio Movement. The Studio Movement is what the Arts & Crafts Movement evolved into after mass manufacturing won out over hand-crafted production. I am proud to be a member of this historic group that is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, while upholding the heritage of the hand-crafted in an over mechanized world. I am honored to be in the company of an amazing group of artists and craftspeople.
As a Master Artisan of the Roycroft Renaissance, I have the honor and distinction of working to uphold an important part of America's artistic legacy, as well as the responsibility to keep alive the spirit of art as manifested throughout the ages. It is a rare opportunity and I see it as a great responsibility.
CJ Hurley Century Arts
Located in Portland, OR
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We will be exhibiting in Pasadena next weekend [October 16-17]. We're looking forward to seeing many of you there and meeting lots of new people in the new and expanded exhibit space. We'll miss the beautiful historic Masonic Temple but we're excited about what we hope will be an easier set-up with a level floor!
| A view of our display, Falling Leaves. The corner built-in seating is a great place to enjoy your favorite book. |
We've got lots to share this year! Of course, our symbolic Library Room-set, Falling Leaves will be on exhibit and we're doing something new.
| Origins; Mixed Media, low relief on panel, hand-beaten copper frame |
Based on requests from our most awesome clients and loyal followers, we will be hosting an Artist Discussion and Q & A in our booth. CJ will discuss the process, the symbolic content, the poetry, the art and the furnishings within the room. Please join us for what will be an intimate, soulful and lively discussion.
In addition, Pasadena Heritage has asked us to give two presentations this year. In the new space, there is a lecture and demonstration area and we'll be there on Saturday and Sunday. Details are below and the full schedule can be downloaded on the show website.
Talks and Lecture Schedule:
Artist Discussion and Q & A
Location: CJ Hurley Century Arts Booth - Aisle A
Saturday 10/16 4:00PM
Sunday 10/17 10:30AM
"Arts & Crafts in the History of Art: Where does it fit?"
Presentation and group discussion led by CJ Hurley
Location: Lecture Stage
Saturday 10/16 1:00PM
"Balancing Then & Now: Painting the interior or exterior of your historic home"
Presentation and discussion led by Barbara Pierce
Location: Lecture Stage
Sunday 10/17 3:00PM
If you can't make it to Pasadena, but are interested in hearing CJ discuss the symbolism behind some of his work, I have a little treat for you!
Video footage of CJ discussing his work
This summer our marketing intern, Maria, convinced CJ to sit down with her and discuss one of his paintings on camera.
CJ was a bit nervous but he agreed. Maria edited the footage and put together two clips which can be viewed online. Enjoy!
The Paintings of Falling Leaves Clip 1 Clip 2
Flowers and Dreams:
The Poetic Art of CJ Hurley
CJ's been hidden away in the studio as much as possible this year. Early in the year, he was inspried to create a new body of work with poetry to accompany many of the pieces. There are still lots on his agenda to be completed and the entire series may take another year or more. BUT, we can't resist the opportunity to show what he has done already.
In Pasadena, we will have a small exhibit unveiling the fourteen pieces completed so far. It's a wonderful assortment of paintings and drawings. Beautifully executed, they border on the fantastic, some literal, some mysterious, bordering on the surreal -- not a surprise coming from the mind of a Neo-Romantic like CJ! Just to tease you, here's a sampling...
| Berry Shrub & Reeds |
Acrylic on Canvas $700.00
| Twin Roses|
Acrylic on Canvas $700.00
| Flowering Shrub |
India Ink on Paper $300.00
| Gate at Eternity |
Acrylic on Canvas $4200.00
See CJ's work at the Portland Art Museum
We are so excited to share with you that CJ was juried into the Portland Art Museum Sales Gallery this past spring.
It is tough to get in and some artists have shared with me that it took them years of applying to be accepted. CJ was invited to apply to the annual jury after a solo exhibit last year and we are thrilled that he was accepted on first application. It is a unique program and offers the public great options for both purchasing and renting fine art. You can see the work in the gallery and also on their website here.
| It Shot, It Hit (Zen Series #2) |
Acrylic on Cotton, $2,000.00
This painting is an abstract exploration of active Zen meditation through the vehicle of Kyudo (Japanese archery). It is an abstract illustration of the moment when the duality of the archer and the target dissolves and one is a part of the other. When the Buddha mind of the unconscious unites with the conscious, a state of selflessness occurs and the arrow can be loosed without effort. The shot becomes "spiritual" at this moment and is the shot that cannot be missed.
Last month the jury accepted two more pieces from CJ and they will be on exhibit for the fall show. If you are in Portland, please make plans to attend the opening reception:
Friday, October 15th
1237 SW 10th Ave. Portland
We cannot be there since we will be exhibiting in Pasadena, but we do hope you will go and enjoy the reception and the work on view.