Newsletter | July 2017Written by Raven Sawyer
Lovetts Gallery......A Room with a View
An artist view…….
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse…. but surely you will see the wilderness!”
I love this quote of Picasso’s because it encapsulates the singleness and the duality in art. You may see the one and not the other or you may see both. We don’t just see art. We experience it.
Rare is the environment that doesn’t include art in some form.
Lovetts Gallery is one of those environments that is devoted to art and is here for those who are devotees of art.
New to the world of art? By all means, don’t feel intimidated. The beauty of art is for anyone. You are the ultimate judge of what you like. The more you expose yourself to art the more you will learn about various mediums, techniques, skills and different artists. You will also learn new things about yourself in the process as each person has their unique reasons they are attracted to the art they choose. The colors, subject matter and style you gravitate to will speak volumes. Are your interests within particular perimeters or eclectic and diverse? Are there specific narratives or meanings you attach to what you view visually? Some people respond to color predominately, others may be drawn to birds because they are avid bird lovers, some have an affection for wildlife due to their experiences with the wilderness, or maybe the admiration of the human form in figurative pieces, or appreciation for the contemplativeness of a still life. Maybe the waves of the ocean or the trees on the mountains, maybe a collage of images and ideas, or the …., or the…. or ……. It is endless. Art is the representation of the myriad of life’s experiences and dreams. As long as people exist, there will be the desire to create and express existence in all its forms. Real and imagined.
I think that is important.
To enhance your art appreciation and art acquisition, Trent has once again taking Lovetts Gallery’s website to new levels. To augment your experience, for added comfort and convenience, Secure Shopping Cart online, Wishlist and user- friendlier navigation for all features such as artists, art, exhibitions, and information is now at your fingertips. E-Commerce! Your welcome! Crystal is in the process of cataloguing prints. A lot of prints. Then she will start uploading them in a few weeks. She has a daunting task for sure and is building our print inventory online while she is cheerfully working on Lovetts social media sites.
No doubt, many of you have encountered Trent or Crystal in the gallery or on the phone….... we are proud to have them as part of the family at Lovetts Gallery.
Glenview, Illinois artist, Bruce Casia, not only paints iconically in his photo-realistic style he also chooses iconic subject matter. From private to corporate collections, Bruce’s work portrays the vanishing icons that have been a part of so many people’s lives and the dramatic vistas of Americana. Leading from the romance of vast open spaces and the freedom of the open road, Bruce artistically travels from places along the roadside, those neon signs, hot dog stands, trucks with man’s best friend along for the ride, beauty and craftsmanship of motorcycles, or those panoramic, moody and majestic skies above the homesteads and heartlands that are passed by. Farmhouses abandoned, but not forgotten and memorialized on canvas for future generations as Casia, in oils, has painted a series of rural compositions of the Flatlands, that in their 36” x 36”’ scale, emits intense feelings of solitude due to his utilization of lighting and atmosphere. “Parting Clouds Over Flatland” and “Flatland Dusk” are both available in our gallery.
A quote from John Banville, from his novel “The Sea”, is apropos for the work of Bruce Casia………….. “The past beats inside me like a second heart.”
From Littleton, Colorado, Greg Dye is an artist who paints with oils using palette knives. Starting with only a small thumbnail sketch for righting his composition, he proceeds directly to his canvas where his bold and beautiful paintings take form, movement and life. Not an artist to be shy with color, or stingy with paint, Greg, using his palette knife, begins applying spontaneously strokes of thick oil paint, one on top of the other.
Dye doesn’t think about it. He just reacts to the paint and the emotional energy within himself. After the application of multiple layers of paint……new shapes, colors and images appear, manifesting a buffalo or rugged mountain landscape, a spirited sky. The subject emerges through the paint. At times, he adds two or three colors onto the knife, just to see what will happen. By working in this wet on wet technique, the joy for him is making new discoveries with each painting. Dye does not have set colors or details in mind, it could look many different ways. He says, it’s not a matter of looking right. It’s a matter of” feeling” right. Each stroke of color is a journey and he embraces the mistakes to find the beauty and live in the moment of every painting created.
Greg’s goal is to convey constant motion, spiritual energy and show absolute beauty in creating his own personal vision of the Southwest.
Dye is certainly an artist who beautifully obtains his goals and objective’s! Strokes of a genius, the strokes of an artist. Greg has a wonderful way of describing how two parts, the art and artist come together as one.
Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter and art theorist, quotes from his Sight Category….” It is essential that the painter should develop not only his eyes, but also his soul, so that it too may be capable of weighing colors in balance.”
I agree with Kandinsky, that color is a means of exerting direct influence on the soul.
Experience the energy of color with the works of Greg Dye!
Denver, Colorado artist, Clyde Steadman, talentedly and creatively makes his oil paints a supplication to the glorious aspects of existence in the everyday. Approaching his paintings, he gives the subject matter he has chosen the careful attention they command and deserve. He states that while he often paints obviously wonderful subjects like a mountain stream, or a beautiful woman, Clyde is sometimes struck by the profound and simple perfection of a cup of coffee or the happiness stored in a rubber duck. He finds the challenge is to capture all this in a compelling abstract composition, and execute it in gobs of unrestrained color. To Steadman, done well, the painting becomes a kind of preserved prayer; a record of the revelations contained in the mundane.
The brushstrokes of this artist clearly give life to his paintings as your eyes are moved along by the texture, depth, and the motion he creates. Steadman loves the disciplines of study under other artists and loves teaching others himself. He loves the pure sensory experience of playing with paint. To see Clyde’s work is a rewarding sensory experience for the viewer as well. Steadman’s work is proof that he is an artist who paints his devotion to life and art. His paintings will get your attention and make you think and feel. There is an honesty that speaks and a sanctity to our humanness in his paintings. The contemplativeness and curiosity is there. The reverence and imagination is there.
As Saul Bellow has written, “The stillness in art characterizes prayer, and the eye of the storm.”
I think you will understand my enthusiasm on these three artists when you see their work and now you know a little more about them!
Lovetts Gallery continues to receive engaging framing projects and challenges that really keeps what we do here, on a continuous creative path. My next blog will feature some of our recent ventures and share some of the related items to enhance your art collecting. All custom work for podiums, motorized/unmotorized turntables for 360’ views, easels, and mounts are beautifully and meticulously done by Jeff Sellers who is an excellent craftsman and has a love for the work he does. You inevitably win his heart through the word “challenge”. He is an imaginative artist in his own right and many of our clients have had the good fortune of having him do custom work for them.
Thank you for your time. I presume that most of us are living lives that are spread pretty thin most days and with email boxes at overflow levels, so the fact that you took your time to read this letter is appreciated and I hope informative as well.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION BRUCE CASIA, GREG DYE, CLYDE STEADMAN AND YOU!