RUSSELL MEHLMAN: REVIEWS

Philip F. Clark, The Artpoint Blog Spot (Oct 2, 2010), writing on the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's Fall Art Show, "Lineage":
"Russell Mehlman…has been painting wonderfully comic, thought-provoking groups of people in settings that range from the private to the public. His mesmerizing ability to make each of his painted faces or figures a complete individual always makes you reconsider yourself, and look around you. His joy in life and the people he shares it with is shown once again in portraits that directly connect us to each other, and the pleasure in doing so. Mehlman is a family man in the truest sense of that term."

Posted by Staff In New York Press: Art, Brooklyn Edition (July 14, 2010), writing on the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's Summer Art Show, "Red Hooked":
"Mehlman finds his New York in the quotidian rituals, habits and moments of the lives of its residents. He paints to communicate the stories of the human elements of the urban landscape, the stories of people going about their lives, in spite of the shifting, changing city around them."

A Like from Jimmy (Nov 13, 2009), on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
Super Dave Osborne re-gifts Jimmy a Birthday Gift, my painting “Making Music”, one that Jimmy’s Mom had given Jimmy for his Birthday in 2007. Anyway… I was the butt of a very funny joke, but Jimmy made sure to get-in a “mention” for me, and a “Like”. So Thanks Super Dave, and a Super Thanks to you Jimmy!
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Rebecca Migdal, Brooklyn Papers/Go Brooklyn (May 13, 2006), writing on the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's 14th Annual Spring Art Show:
"…see the work of over 300 local artists. One of these, Russell Mehlman, is among the borough's premier primitive artists. Mehlman's paintings document everyday life, blending the ordinary with the surreal. His stiff, clumsy figures appear wrapped in ennui, with lifeless limbs. Yet the faces have a dreamlike emotional power. The streets, living rooms and kitchens, in which the figures are posed like dolls, are vibrantly composed. Mehlman's scenes are meticulously recorded, yet the artist paints primarily from memory."

Helen Harrison, The New York Times (11/21/99), writing on the Smithtown Arts Council's 24th Annual Juried Competition:
"Second place went to Russell Mehlman's painting 'Scared Cat,' an anthropomorphic creature that bears a marked resemblance to the puzzled character in Mr. Mehlman's other entry, 'Finding the Right Word.' Both images combine the reductive treatment of everyday surroundings with more nuanced handling of facial expressions to create an air of psychological tension."

Wayne Lempka, The Poughkeepsie Journal (10/10/97) described my work as:
"…intimate looks into the emotional lives of people as they go about their daily existence… Whether they are placed in an apartment interior or in a more fantasy-like situation, they are all portrayed as subdued and lifeless. Yet, the power of this artist's style lies in the fact that through this lifelessness, an intriguing environment is created"

Richard Huntington, The Buffalo News (9/1/95) writing on the Carnegie Art Center's Third Annual, National Juried Exhibition:
"In my estimation, Brooklyn artist Mehlman is the star of the show. He seems a canny artist and yet exhibits the odd distortions of the folk artist. The mood of 'Repressed Memory' is one of low-level horror (the couple is after all doing something weird with that baby), the kind of dread that the surrealists saw in everyday life. But the allusion to a folk art innocence magnifies the calm weight and conviction of Giotto's tragic figures."