“From the Fire Pit: Glimmers” Opening Night

I had a great night at the opening and I’m glad so many came by to share that experience. I can’t thank my friends and family enough for the constant support whether near or far. Without you I would not have gotten as far, met my wife, have our dogs, and so many other things. Now that both Lauren and my shows are up and mostly out of our hands we can concentrate on some great projects. There are exciting things ahead and when the time comes you will know about them. . . I know many of you are patiently waiting to hear.

Also for those of you who could not make the opening and would like to stop by please set up a time with me, the gallery, or stop on by on Sundays.




Tonight! From the Fire Pit: Glimmers

Not only am I excited to see the work on the walls and lit, with all the lettering etc, but I can’t wait to see you as well! Many of you were at Lauren Levato Coyne‘s amazing show, so I’m grateful that you also want to come out again tonight! I can’t thank you enough for your support and constant conversations, because if there is anything lacking in Chicago it certainly is not the community. See you at Galerie Fledermaus!

Galerie Fledermaus
2136 W. North Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Website: galeriefledermaus.com
Gallery Hours: Sunday 12-6 p.m. or by Appointment / Admission: FreeFor interviews please contact the artist directly at coyneart@me.com

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Working away!

The summer is in full swing which means September is lurking just around the corner. I’m working hard towards my solo show at Galerie Fledermaus (formerly know as Century Guild Chicago). It will be a wonderful collection of paintings that will continue the story telling, but will have a different look. I’m exploring characters and focusing solely on them. Backgrounds have been removed and my process left bare. They are Glimmers waiting for
their story.


While you are patiently waiting for September you can see my contribution for the “Curator’s Choice: 10th National Self Portrait Exhibition” at the Zhou B Art Center on July 18th (Day before my birthday).  Nothing like a self portrait to celebrate another year of my life.  This show will have a lot of great artists I admire and have come to know over the last several years, including of course my amazing wife, Lauren Levato Coyne.  Read more about about it on Sergio Gomez’s blog here.  So come out and celebrate with me!


Stellar list of artists in PoetsArtist Magazine

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 1.49.15 PMAn amazing lineup of 98 stellar artist in this issue curated by our wonderful friend Daniel Maidman. I’m truly honored to be listed among artists I greatly admire. Be sure to go to http://www.poetsandartists.com/substance-curated-issue to check it out. It’s a who’s who of figurative artists.

“A diverse survey of some of the most exciting visual art of the past several years. Hailing from around the world, 98 artists and 5 poets, from the emerging to the legendary, showcase their work. Including drawing and painting, photography and printmaking, collage and sculpture, the art represents a broad spectrum of styles, methods, and concepts. The artists are linked by talent, creativity, dedication, and a vivid sense of celebration of the potential of the visual arts.”

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fixationFixation is an exhibition and a publication of art and poetry focused on the physical or psychological preoccupation or obsession over an object or subject. Also as a focus of something that will capture our attention.

Fixation takes place in a gallery setting, print and digital formats. The exhibition is curated by Sergio Gomez of Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center (www.zbcenter.org) and Didi Menendez of PoetsArtists Magazine.


Contributing Artists

  • Cesar Santos
  • Denis Peterson
  • Tim Okamura
  • Terri Thomas
  • Eloy Morales
  • Daena Title
  • Nadine Robbins
  • Daniel Ochoa
  • Ivonne Bess
  • Ryan Shultz
  • Michelle Buchanan
  • Jennifer Koe
  • Brianna Angelakis
  • Tracey Stuckey
  • Rory Coyne
  • Lauren Levato
  • Matthew Ivan Cherry
  • Brian Busch
  • Nick Ward
  • Jaime Valero Perandones
  • Karen Kaapcke
  • Patrick Earl Hammie
  • Miranda Graham
  • Harry Sudman
  • Marcos Raya
  • Ernesto Marenco

Contributing Poets

  • Richard Blanco
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Nin Andrews
  • Reb Livingston
  • Ana Menendez
  • Ken Taylor
  • Emma Trelles
  • Grace Cavalieri
  • John Korn
  • Terry Lucas
  • Sarah Blake
  • Kathleen Kirk
  • Tara Betts
  • Sam Rasnake
  • David Krump
  • Geof Huth
By Denise Duhamel, John Korn, Ana Menendez, Geof Huth, Kathleen Kirk, Sam Rasnake, David Krump, Terry Lucas, Richard Blanco, Nin Andrews, Ken Taylor




MARCH: PENUMBRA: An International Exhibition Showcasing Contemporary Surrealism Albuquerque artist Archer Dougherty curated this exhibition of contemporary surreal drawings and paintings.  Dougherty had the artists explore the meaning of the word penumbra using a greyscale palette. A ‘penumbra‘ is the ghostly halo of shadow that surrounds a region of complete darkness. The images in this exhibition are refined and delicate, yet bordering on the grotesque and frightening elements of human, animal, and spiritual realms. The artwork in PENUMBRA brings together classical portraiture, chiaroscuro, and contemporary surrealism that represent the artists’ innate spiritual, emotional, and intellectual forces.
Twenty-five international artists, ranging from Europe to the United States to Indonesia, are coming together to present their ideas relating to shadows, darkness, and everything in between. Artist List:


Stefano Alcantara – US
Felideus Bubastis – Spain
Laurie Lee Brom – US
Carlos Burgos – England
Stephen Cefalo – US
Damien Chavez – US
Craww – England
Rory Coyne – US
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme – France
Brian Despain – Guam
Archer Dougherty – US
Jel Ena – US
Aaron Jasinski – US
Aunia Kahn – USChristopher de Leon – US
Travis Lewis – US
Tom Mead – England
Jim McKenzie – US 
Scott Musgrove – US
Angel Perez – US
Jason Snyder – US 
Dika Toolkit – Indonesia
Olivier Villoingt – France 
Leonardo Villasenor – US
Jessica Ward – US 
John Wentz – US 


Exhibition dates: March 7 – 29, 2014


First Friday Reception: March 7, 2014 from 5 to 8PM

Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
USA (505)268-8952


The Excellent Unreal

Our wonderful friend Daniel Maidman wrote a fantastic article on our show Symbiosis for the Huffington Post (You can read the full article here).

“I think we, we of this school, who grew up on science fiction and fantasy pictures, are seeking out older mythological and magical material because it often comes from makers skilled at endowing their fantastical images with human mass. We are turning to their idioms in our attempts to reclaim this heritage.

It’s difficult work, and most of the time the results are stilted and fetishistic. They belong on the cover of a yellowing paperback. But some of our lot are making good progress. In my humble opinion, Levato Coyne and Coyne are doing it well. So that’s where my soft spot comes from. I like what they do, and I like how they’re doing it. I hope they have many years of happy work ahead of them, and I look forward to seeing where they go.”

-Daniel Maidman


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A Tale of Two Dragons

We were interviewed (Lauren as the voice) by Emily Haines from New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub about Symbiosis and our love for Dragon’s Milk.


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“Lauren and Rory’s passionate pursuit of all things awesome culminates this weekend as they open their new exhibit – Symbiosis at Century Guild Chicago. The opening reception is on October 12 (7:00-10:00pm) and (you guessed it) there will be plenty of Dragon’s Milk on hand. The exhibit runs October 12 – November 24.”

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New Work from Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne

CHICAGO – Century Guild is proud to present Symbiosis, an exhibition of new work from Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne, commencing with an artist’s reception on Oct. 12 from 7 – 10 p.m., and continuing through Sun., Nov. 24. This is the first time the couple, who were married in July, will be presenting work together.

Symbiosis is the word the artists chose based on the mutually beneficial nature of their relationship and their shared studio practice, as well as a nod toward the animals that influence their work. However it is a fitting title for their art as well, as the work of each artist deals with relationships that are symbiotic in some manner, whether physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual.

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About Lauren Levato Coyne
Artist and writer Lauren Levato Coyne is a collector of exotic and unusual specimens with a focus on the entomological and anatomical. Levato Coyne’s work comes from the intersection of wonder and memory and how the body itself becomes a wunderkammer, amassing all manner of mysterious and confounding issues, dramas, revelations, and dilemmas that either touch us as a fleeting corporeal moment or take up permanent residence in the body’s collection. The themes of body as wonder, memory, and curiosity have been the foundation of Levato Coyne’s on-going series of self-portraits.

About Rory CoynesuntimesRory Coyne is emerging as a leader among a group of dedicated painters working in the contemporary allegorical realist movement. He began serious study of classical master works at SUNY Fredonia, where he earned his BFA in 2003. He then entered the graduate program at the University of New Mexico where he continued exploring and developing his love for classical, figurative technique, while also teaching. After receiving his Masters of Fine Art in 2007 he moved to Chicago to pursue his craft. Coyne’s paintings are fables rooted in reverence for the stories and techniques of the past, yet the subjects are fully contemporary in their dramas and personal symbolisms.

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Founded in Chicago in 1999, Century Guild Gallery specializes in museum quality turn-of-the-century lithography, ceramics, and objects, as well as contemporary artists whose exceptional work captures the romance and sinister beauty of fin-de-siècle European art.

New Work by Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne
Oct. 12 – Nov. 24, 2013
Century Guild
Chicago location
2136 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
(One and a half blocks west of North-Damen-Milwaukee intersection)
Open Wed. – Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. – Sun. noon – 6 p.m.

Century Guild will be having our annual Gran Guignol event on Oct. 25, 26, and 27. Symbiosis will be off view during this time, however both artists will be creating new work for this special event and their exhibition will resume on Oct. 30, 2013.

Back to the Grindstone

So I realize it’s been a while, but I’m back.  There were a few amazing distractions to keep me away.  I just got married to the amazing and astounding Lauren Levato Coyne.  My brother Vincent, whom I had not seen for seven years, came from the Netherlands to stay with us for two weeks.  However I’m back now, and as the title suggests it back to the grindstone.  Lauren and I have our first duo show at Century Guild Chicago in October, and we are both creating new work for it.  My work is taking the direction of the last myth piece I created, “Turning Seven,” and I’m taking the time to develop the overall compositions further.  Speaking of which Century Guild is now representing both Lauren and I in Chicago and Culver City and we couldn’t be more pleased!  Tom, Jerry, Chandra, and Melissa are an incredible team of human beings and we both feel lucky to be a part of their art family.  Besides we are now hanging on the same wall as Gustaf Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alphonse Mucha, and other amazing historical artists.  Not only that but the list of contemporary artists is nothing to snuff at either.

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Jeremy A. Bastian
Rory Coyne
Lauren Levato
David Mack
Malleus Rock Art Lab
Dave McKean
Gail Potocki
Tom Tomc

So needless to say we are in great company!

If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook Page you’ll have noticed I have done quite a bit of different work.  Not as a replacement for the work I have done, but in conjunction with it.  They are done usually in one or two sittings, and has allowed me to explore brush stroke and color in different ways.  It has already started to inform my other work, and can’t wait to share it with you in the near future.