If you’re looking for who’s who and who’s new at the Imagination, that’s Lovetts Gallery…...you are in the right spot!
Here follows a story of three artists, creating in three different mediums and three different genres. It is a short story of what happens when people choose to take risks and to follow their passions and dreams. Making a decision is a thought process. Acting on your decision brings your thoughts into reality. The imagination is fruit bearing when we dare to combine our dreams with hard work. Welcome to the Imagination Suzie Baker, Dan Christian, and Jason Robert Griego!
Texas artist Suzie Baker paints in oils and is motivated by color, immediacy of stroke, composition, the camaraderie of other artists, and ultimately the desire to evolve as an artist. She strives to create paintings that communicate confidence in execution and exhibits a fresh, intuitive and spontaneous quality. Suzie says, “she will paint till she can’t paint anymore. When I’m not painting…...I’m thinking about what I want to paint next. I can’t not paint!”
Her words and devotion are reminiscent of ones spoken by Vincent Van Gogh…….”I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
From her brush and palette, Baker paints from a variety of subject matter. Still life’s, landscapes and portraits. In all her work, her relationship with color is evident and defining. Be it in aspects of the people she portrays or in the peaks and valleys or the towns that reside in-between them, or the beautiful, peaceful or thought provoking moments in a still life, Suzie knows where to put her brush strokes and color in her compositions to bring drama to the painting and to your eye. What dictates the next new piece for Baker? A leading, that feels right for that time. So, it’s a personal relationship….. her and her easel.
Creating from Pennsylvania, artist Dan Christian has always had an interest in painting. He took his seriousness and dedication to it to a whole new level in the year 2011 by making the decision to resign from his corporate position to pursue more creative endeavors. In an effort to earn a living through the utilization of anything art, Dan embarked upon an exciting journey as a tattoo artist. While traveling the globe, and perfecting his skill, he learned of the Ani Art Academies program from a fellow tattooer and Ani apprentice. Being thoroughly impressed with the work that was produced by the academy, Dan was immediately inspired to apply. Going from skin to paper, Christian began an apprenticeship with the goal of developing himself into the best artist possible.
With fine execution, detail, and realistic application of the contrast magic of light and dark, Dan’s work with charcoal and pastel on paper will have you fooled into thinking it is a photograph.
Recently, Christian co-instructed with artist Victoria Steele in Drawing the Portrait: First Steps workshop this past November. Their intensive tutelage was designed to present to artists, beginners and advanced, with a step by step approach to portrait drawing. It integrated basic drawing exercises from the Waichulis Curriculum Language of Drawing Program to develop the necessary skills needed to successfully navigate basic portraiture. The student has become the teacher! Dan’s artistic works are in the gallery and he will have a piece in the RED/7 exhibition as well!
Sculptor, Jason Robert Griego uses techniques and materials he’s developed over the last decade to create sculptures of bone, resin and natural pigments. During casting, many different effects are created using a variety of materials including sage, cinnamon, glass, stone, wood, metals as well as found objects. Natural pigments are embedded into the casting to infuse color into the sculpture. Through many different processes, including using kerosene, fire and other elements, Griego creates an organic patina for each piece and ensures each individual sculpture is unique.
Jason’s iconic work resists easy categorization. His use of materials and dynamic approach allows him to create sculptures that are raw and organic. His work symbolizes what it is to be human. However, Griego believes words or descriptions can sometimes injure the communication of sculpture.
“It’s difficult to translate the language of sculpture into the language of words. It becomes a copy of a copy---it loses resolution in the translation. Sculptures only become alive when they are viewed directly. They’re a delivery system or a language used to convey an emotion or idea in a very singular way.”
Griego’s work allows our personal and inner thoughts and feelings to be reflected back to us. The figures, with strong silhouettes, detailed surfaces and organic pigments, show us as we ought to be—noble and strong, with an inner dignity. They reveal how all things are temporary and all things are forever. Beauty and brutality—the duality of truth is shown in his work. Griego has taken sculpture and stripped it down to its purest essence…...honesty.
I will not add to this artist’s biography with my own language and let his sculptures speak for themselves.
I will choose to let them stand solely as the delivery system.
Lovetts has sold all current pieces, but we are expecting several new works by Griego that are in transit as of this writing!
Come on an adventure and view directly and experience in 3D, the works of Jason Robert Griego…..no special glasses required!!
Lovetts Gallery represents over 160 artists and I am limited to featuring a small few at a time on the blog or in the Wall newsletter. By going to the Artists page on our website, you will find them all. And check frequently, as it is always morphing. Crystal does a fantastic job at keeping you up to date on all the popular social media sites in regards to artists and their work and what’s happening at the Gallery. Trent is the brains to it all and has the scary job of keeping us all in line!
In a time, when extra time is rare, and we know you have chosen to use your time to read this….well….it’s really appreciated!
This blog is about revealing five male artists to you that you may have never seen before. Their art that is……… lest you thought something else! A reveal and a review. Pulling the curtain of talent back………
From British Colombia, artist Jerry Markham, proves through his work to not be timid or shy away from a good challenge. His artwork boldly shows a daring and bravado approach. Exploring a variety of subject matter that includes landscapes, figures, urban scenes and animals, Jerry keeps himself open to anything that commands his attention. It really is a matter of inspiration and expression. The combination of the two is what precedes his drawing and painting.
Markham, always the consummate student, strives in his evolution and growth in his work, whether by pushing the composition, altering light or color, or experimenting with how the paint is applied. He describes painting as the quest to express an idea that words can’t describe—a culmination of experiences, ideas and craft that invokes a feeling from the viewer. Jerry does Plein Air work and has a wide variety of exposure to different people and places that enrich the quest he embarks upon.
It is with oil paints that Markham performs and captures. “I want to capture the essence of a subject more than the specifics. If the work is loose and a bit undone, there is more room for the viewer to interpret, to access the painting through their own imaginings”.
With an act of flair, impressionism and abstract and a production of mood with color and luminosity, Markham takes you on his quest that is lush with mystery and vibrant with imagination.
This short video of Jerry Markham will show you his beautiful style in progress and process. Enjoy!
“Best in Glass”, is one of many titles this next artist owns. Paul Messink, creating from California, works with kiln-formed glass that is hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way. He says, “My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting ( an historically 2D art form) into something more. My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.”
Viewers frequently ask if Messink has embedded a photograph in the layers of glass. His answer to that question, “By using only enamel applied by hand, I create depth using several techniques: layering, diminishing size and color, texture and translucence. I typically use 9-12 layers of glass, then kiln-cast them into a solid panel after all layers are complete.” No photos included! Interestingly, enamel paint is itself made from powdered glass that then fuses with material for permanency.
Already being a technically-minded man, Paul utilizes his disciplines on his prior drawing and painting experience and applies his own technique to his pieces. The process that his work requires is laborious and rewarding. We as the viewer are given the fruits of his labor and likewise gain a rewarding experience along with this artist.
An excerpt of a story on Messink, that was written by Rosalie Murphy for The Desert Sun, gives you a touching insight to Paul…….
“When he talks to kids about art, Messink said, he asks them what part of the body they use to interact with art. Invariably they say the eyes. But, he responds, “The eye just captures the image. It then goes to your brain, where you process the image, you look at the colors and the depth and you understand the work. But then I think it goes to your heart and if you really love a piece of art, it’ll go through the eyes and the brain and all the way to the heart and live there.”
Kansas landscape artist, Brian Slawson works in oils in a contemporary realist style in which his primary focus is on capturing the mood of the subject. He is attracted to subjects that look as though they have a story to tell, a history. “I don’t necessarily try to convey a specific story, I just want people to have the same curiosity about the subject that I capture.” Mission accomplished, Brian! Collectors and viewers of his work frequently share their thoughts about the scenes he paints. Curiosity? What a wonderful element of our cognitive processes, to want to create in and for people. Curiosity involves strong desire to know or learn. It’s inquisitiveness. It’s an eagerness. And it’s wonder.
Slawson beautifully conveys wonder in his work through the rich and colorful palette he paints from and the dramatic moods from his use of lighting. Whether it’s a nostalgic evening at the movie theater full of anticipation and rural romance or standing quietly at the edge of canyon mountains, lowland plains, or rivers, offering enchantment of a rising or setting sun, or the dwellings he paints that promise mystery and memories, Brian makes it happen.
Artist Alex Jove was raised in a small town in the Midwest. Since he was a child, Alex always wanted to live a life with art at the core. In the year 2012, Jove made a serious effort to make the art he had always wanted. That goal resulted in a move to La Paz, Bolivia to train with internationalist muralist, Gonz Jove (his father). Working with Gonz for three years had been an amazing and informative experience, though there was still much to learn. Alex has always had a strong attraction to realism and admired the work of the Old Masters and the classical painting tradition. Seeking deeper disciplines, after learning about the Art Renewal Center, he also learned about Ani Art Academy.
Alex is now an apprentice under Anthony Waichulis, with a dream of finding his artistic voice through logic and discipline.
Jove works in charcoal and white pastel on paper. His piece, Fall: A Bend in the Curve, is a great tribute to his attention and execution of detail. Shadowing and light to dark contrasting provides a depth and perspective to the piece. He’ll lead you to believe you could actually feel the ridges on the pumpkin and squashes if one were to touch the picture. Lil’ Bat shows the harmony of sharp focus and diffuseness together. His work in realism proves that he is successfully accomplishing his dream and has found his artistic language. Lovetts Gallery is excited to be a part of Alex Jove’s journey in art.
From the South Shore of Nova Scotia, where he appreciatively shares a backyard with deer, bears, coyotes, and a huge variety of birds, artist Guy Hobbs continues his love for the wilder places of the planet. It seems only natural that Guy would specialize exclusively in wildlife art! He is also a self-confessed “bird-nerd”! He states, “It amazes me that it took so long for me to marry my love for wildlife with my passion for art. Obviously, it takes far smarter people than me to make such profound connections (in this case my wife), but once made, it changed my world.
Before working full time as an artist, as he does now, Guy’s career was in graphic design and illustration and established a successful agency in England. All along he had constantly developed his skills as an artist. By taking the plunge with total time and dedication to his artwork now, with no looking back, Hobbs claims, “I have the best job in the world”!
Creating from the “drawing board” is different these days for this artist. He has developed a technique that combines layers of acrylic paint, coloured pencil and transparent acrylic inks; a process that really allows him to capture the subtleties and intricacies of nature. Hobbs says, “My highest priority when portraying a subject is to capture its consciousness. My subjects are engaged with their world, watching things beyond the confines of a frame--often regarding the viewer directly--or something out of the frame. This is important to me because birds and animals are seldom random or vague, they are focused on their world with real intensity. It is this intensity I want to capture. When you encounter a wild thing in its own habitat, there is a moment when you regard it and it regards you and the rest of the world just becomes background. That is a very real and special connection and one I want to share through my art.
Hobbs does a beautiful job making connections! “Severe Cold-Snow Leopard” is breathtaking and a perfect example of artistic and natural intensity. “Night Owl” and “Feeling Blue” do too, as you literally come eye to eye with them. “Conspiracy Theory” is a sweet bit of humor to the lighter side of nature!
Come and get connected by the artworks of Guy Hobbs!
As you can see, these five talented gentlemen bring something creative and talented to the center stage of art through their priorites and actions. All driven by passion……all invested by hard work……all rendering a picture of nature and the nature of things. To some, their work will speak clearly, to some, their work will speak subtly. The point is....…are you listening? (curtain closes)
A round of applause is appropriate!
But wait! The show isn’t over and these artists have certainly not left the stage! Their bodies of work are available for you to see right now at Lovetts Gallery.
(more rapturous hand clapping!)
Big appreciation is what we are feeling here at Lovetts Gallery!
We thank everyone that attended and supported the RED/7 Exhibition. We thank the artists for their participation and hard work.
Through the avenues of media these days, we thank those from far away who support the arts and exhibits at Lovetts from a distance.
The theme of “Red:emotion in color” was a great platform for exploring “red”. The artists contributed many lenses to see or understand this potent pigment in our world. Through familiarity, we can easily dismiss something and that something can even be color. The works of 2 and 3 dimensional pieces for this show paid beautiful tribute to the effect of red, in our lives.
Enthusiasm is an important ingredient for the Imagination at Lovetts and this fine element was expressed through the artists and the collectors. In regards to a digitalized age that has become the norm, there still remains a deep desire, satisfaction, and respect for art. The labor of a person’s hands, mind and heart to express is quite important and it is those of you who appreciate this truth, that will foster it into the future.
Behind the scenes………sometimes…...somethings…... go wrong. Artist Alex Jove had a piece of his work for the show go missing in shipping for the exhibit. It is still AWOL. Very disheartening after all that blood, sweat and tears. Artist Julie Bender, participating in the 7 Virtues/Sins parallel exhibit, had the horrific event of breaking her wrist after completing only one of the 2 pieces for the show. On top of that, I left Jack in charge of assembling some paper pom- poms for the buffet table while I was attending to cooking duties at home. I won’t do that again! Jack is a master framer and a professional and knowledgeable art curator but he really sucks at making pom-poms. Thanks to Ashley (our daughter) who came to the rescue on that!
We sincerely wish a full recovery for Alex and Julie who voiced great strength, character and attitude with their misfortunes.
As far as Jack is concerned…...well hopeless……with crepe paper!
We thank Anthony Waichulis and his students at Ani Art for the video production of RED/7. It’s always an honor for us at Lovetts to be recipients of their fine and generous talent and creativity!
Because one cannot appreciate too much……again we extend our gratitude to the dedicated artists, the beauty of their art work, those who appreciate, support and collect and the investment that is engaged by all.
YOU are the you in Thank You!!
Lovetts Gallery is excited to announce the next exhibition coming in June 2017: MIRROR MIRROR !!
The artists will be engaging in their work from an honorary point. In a tributational vein, they will create from someone who has influenced and inspired them in their pursuits.
Reflection and Perception. Respect.
In between exhibitions, Lovetts Gallery is receiving new works all the time. Crystal works hard to get this info out to you on our social media sites. She will be more than happy to assist you in person when you come to visit. (pssst….she just became the mother of 4 goats! If you need a smile, ask her to show you the video!)
Trent. Trent keeps us all calm and under control here at the gallery!
Trent plays a vital role!!!
They both put much care and energy into the Imagination!
They and coffee. Lots of coffee!
We look forward to seeing you at the gallery or hearing from you online. Shopping in your pajamas is not a bad thing!
“One of the strangest things is the act of creation.
You are faced with a blank slate-- -a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood, a silent musical instrument.
You then look inside yourself. You pull and tug and squeeze and fish around for slippery raw shapeless things that swim like fish made of cloud vapor and fill you with living clamor. You latch onto something. And you bring it forth out of your head like Zeus giving birth to Athena.
And as it comes out, it takes shape and tangible form. It drips on the canvas, and slides through your pen, it springs forth and resonates into the musical strings, and slips along the edge of the sculptor’s tool onto the surface of the wood or marble.
You have given it cohesion. You have brought forth something ordered and beautiful out of nothing.
You have glimpsed the divine.” - Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Lovetts Gallery has several new artists to introduce to you with their divine works. So, let’s get started!
Four artists. Four mediums: Glass, oils, metals and acrylics.
Working with materials and bringing them into a symbiotic existence with a soulful approach, artist Debra Adelson aims to create work with an obvious human touch. Creation involves exploration and it is the translucency and the subtle fluidity of glass that this artist seeks to scrutinize in her work. She begins with solid pieces of raw optical and dichroic glass which she laminates and cold works into her desired shape. For refraction, light reveal, and optical depth, she then engraves the surface of the glass with diamond and stone wheels to achieve textures. The bottom layer of dichroic glass fills the pieces with glowing, opalescent color that changes depending on the angle the piece is viewed. Debra constructs the sterling elements and then carves back into the glass so the metal and gemstones become an integral part of her designs. Adelson’s exploration is certainly inspired by the forces of nature.
Whether her free standing sculptured works or piece of jewelry such as a ring or pendant, Debra succeeds beautifully at cohesion. Her expertise with these materials is stunning. They appear as if lit with the effects of mechanical lighting but they are not, which goes to prove the wonder in nature that can be revealed by the skillfulness of an artist. Debra Adelson, is that artist.
Debra is married to artist Pavel Novak, who also does captivating glass work and is represented here at Lovetts Gallery.
Artist Michele Amatrula, takes what’s in her head and heart and lets it slip onto her canvas in oils that reveal her works in high detail. As a realist painter, Michele illustrates her attention to details in her drawings and paintings. Her work appears as book covers, magazine illustrations, collectibles and postage stamps.
Still life’s, portraiture's and pets have comprised her choices of subject matter. Michele is also known for her love of animals, especially the place she has in her heart for dogs. This truth is obvious by the way she cares and shows that care by reflecting the personalities they embody.
Her nostalgic bottle caps in “Old Red Eye” brings forth rich memories exemplifying her execution of sharp detail work. The mood of Michele’s oil on canvas, “Cheeseplate”, seems to say calm and refined, nourishment that feeds the soul as much as the body. Amatrula has made valuable use of light and shadow to whet the appetite in this piece. Man shouldn’t live by bread alone………but accompany it with cheese, fruit and a glass of red wine. Harmony is a wonderful thing! Cheers!
Form follows function. Just ask sculpture artist Robertson Brown. “I love working with discarded pieces of metal which no longer function as they were intended, but now become new creations and function as art. Form really does follow function.”
An example of form and function is seen in the trajectory of Browns life path. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, he moved to Tulsa to attend college. After graduation with a BFA from TU, he went to teach English in Japan. Upon return, with long hair on his head and his art degree in his hand, he started his own business. He states, “In 1985, oil crashed in Tulsa and so did my business. It may have been one of the best things to happen to me and my art.” Robertson went back to TU and became certified to teach art. At the same time, he also began creating sculptures. He taught visual art and art history for many years, during when much of the “Lost and Found” series of his art was created. . And he continues to create! Hmmm……. looks like form following function!
With minimal fabrication, he depends on the pieces to help him determine their final placement in his artwork. Found Object Constructions by Brown consists of mixed metals and glass along with a myriad of re-purposed objects. Besides his overall design, it is quite interesting to see and try to identify the “objects” that he has utilized for a piece. There are stories on his works on his artist page on Lovetts site. Robertson has latched on to something that breathes new life. And that includes cohesion.
You might deem it appropriate to don your detective hat with this next artist as you take an investigative tour through the surrealist world of Tyson Grumm. His freeze-framed images capture a world where the only clues to the past and the future can be derived from the figures located within fantastical surroundings.
Consequently, each painting reveals a story that is only partially told, enabling each viewer to contribute their own unique story to complete each of Grumm’s works. Tyson not only accomplishes cohesion in his art but invites the viewer to be a part of that cohesiveness.
Grumm does his creating with acrylics and inventiveness, inviting us into an extraordinary and often nostalgic world of imaginative imagery. To provide a degree of familiarity, the artist relies on common objects from his surroundings, motifs appearing at the beginning, that evolve themselves into the composition. His figures, whether human or animal appear to be both characters and caricatures, distinctive and unusual, and often with historical significance.
Created entirely in the adventurous mind of this artist, Grumm juxtaposes incongruous elements, such as humans, wild animals, and whimsical back drops within each frame, resulting in a surreal topsy-turvy world. With all that you will uncover in viewing this artist work, you will soon discover his clever sense of humor. There’s no doubt when you research the works of Tyson Grumm that you will find the evidence is engaging and creative.
I am closing this by referencing where I started. Vera’s quotation illustrates and encapsulates the powerful process and act of creating with the ending results of cohesion. “One of the strangest things is the act of creation.” It’s no wonder that we yearn in connecting with art as we seemingly know on some level that people are as much a piece of work as the work that’s created.
Lovetts Gallery invites you to glimpse the divine of all the fine artists and their works that we represent. We welcome you to not only glimpse…….but stare, admire, drool, fuss over, love, collect and own!
Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
Two. Purpose and destination.
Two. This is about two artists who have answered that question of why!
Creation begets creativity and creativity begets creation.
A new artist at Lovetts Gallery who has certainly stolen our heart….
Australian Pop Surrealist artist, Marie Larkin, will enchant you with her highly detailed, richly colored, fairytale and nursery rhyme inspired paintings. Brush in elements of beauty, pop culture and the feminine persona as depicted by lovely women inhabiting the surrogate worlds and you will be met with that which is the art of Marie Larkin. A combination of the classical and the fantastical, the whimsical and the dark, Larkin expresses through the eyes of her subjects the relationships of emotion and narrative. Marie executes her sophisticated and mesmerizing signature style of women with meticulousness and imagination. Larkins piece’s, “Take This, My Heart of Gold” and “See This, My Black Heart” are fine examples of contrast in mood, in her color palette, her storytelling and of the polarity of the heart.
A new artist bringing her own focus to Lovetts Gallery is ….
Artist Nadia Lazizi, lives and paints from Scotland. She refers to her style as Aesthetic Realism, being influenced by the combination of classical fine artists of the Renaissance and the contemporary illustrators and photographers of today. Nadia chooses to make archetypal figurative representations of the female form the focus of her paintings. Herself, being focused, is also an artist who is deliberate. The deliberateness Lazizi brings to her oil paintings is evident in the way she constructs mood and atmosphere by juxtaposing the prominence of her figures against ambiguous backgrounds. Her deliberate constructs of intense lighting and restriction in color selection allows her to intensify an ephemeral moment in time, with light and shadows that are both welcoming and remote, so that the viewer can interrupt in their own way whilst still being guided by the ambience and composition of the image as a whole.
Nadia’s work integrates soft-focus, chiaroscuro*, and dry brush techniques with an illustrative edge. In Lazizi’s portrayal of women, she paints a tasteful balance between sensuality and femininity. The elements of reflection, catharsis and renewal are ever-present aspects to her work.
(Sottish born, Alexander Graham Bell said, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”)
Two different artists, two different women, two different artistic styles.
Both new to Lovetts Gallery, both painting other women and both painting with heart, focus, purpose and destination.
*What is Chiaroscuro?
Glad you asked! It is a term for an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. The underlying principle is that solidity of form is best achieved by the light falling against it. Artists known for developing the technique include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. It is a mainstay of black and white photography. Nadia Lazizi makes use of intense artificial lighting to achieve this dramatic effect in her paintings.
Next time you are enjoying a candlelight dinner…...you are experiencing…. chiaroscuro!
Thank you for investing your time to read and learn about the artists we represent at Lovetts Gallery. We have many splendid artists working in the genre of figurative work and you will find them all on our website under Artists, and of course, in our gallery.
Residing from his studio in western North Carolina, artist Phillip Philbeck skillfully combines his oils and expertise with realism, regionalism and romanticism or a combination of all three. He is a tremendous landscape artist and one of the finest in his genre. We are extremely honored to carry his exceptional work here at Lovetts Gallery.
Phillip began his career as a realist, portraying the world in which he grew up, that being the bucolic farmscapes of western North Carolina. He always had a love of the old American Masters with their dramatic, powerful landscapes of the early United States. His reverence and appreciation lead him through a slow evolution of subject matter, from barns to the grand vistas of the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. When I view Philbecks paintings, I am keenly reminded of many museum trips that started at a young age for me, in which I would come upon the works of artist like Albert Bierstadt or Frederic Edwin Church and be moved by their paintings and later came to understand why there were benches in front of their pieces! You can’t just casually breeze past a masterpiece!
Being an artist of the old Romantic School at heart, Philbeck seeks to portray the landscapes of this country in the most sublime light. For the uninitiated, were not talking romance novel romantic but rather the artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that was at its peak from approximately 1800-1850. Besides Bierstadt and Church, artists, Asher Durand and Thomas Cole and other artists of old, sought to capture the wonders of a young and newly forming country and Philbeck sees himself as one of these old-school artists, but born in a different time. His desires are that those who view his paintings find them relatable or the vehicle that returns them to the time when nature was a new awe inspiring quest. Or even taking you back (like me) to the awe-inspiring adventure of discovering the grandeur and magic of art itself, by the hands of artists. Philbeck’s oils are used for the dramatic light, details and atmosphere that saturate his scenes. Phillip also has quite the reputation for his magnificent skies in his images. And like any good “romantic” he provokes emotionally!
Philbeck loves the familiar……….and is curious of the unexplored!
Phil says, “There is nothing like an original. It is the physical extension of an artist’s soul.” He uses only the finest materials. Canvas is Belgian linen, sized and primed with an oil ground. Paints are factory ground in cold-pressed linseed oil, while the museum style stretchers are painstakingly cut and milled by the artist himself.
A modern-day Master is what you will encounter when you view the paintings of Phillip Philbeck.
A few last words about old-school…… an old school….…the Hudson River School.
The Hudson River School was a mid-19 th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area. Hudson River School paintings reflected three themes of America during that time period; exploration, discovery and settlement. The American landscape is depicted as a pastoral setting, where human beings and nature coexist peacefully. HRV landscapes are characterized by their realistic, detailed, and at times, idealized portrayal of nature, often juxtaposing peaceful agriculture and the remaining wilderness, which was fast disappearing from the Hudson Valley just as it was coming to be appreciated for its qualities of ruggedness and sublimity. They also took inspiration from European masters like Lorrain, Constable and Turner. Contemporary American writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson also shared this reverence for Americas natural beauty. The epic size of the landscape paintings, unexampled in earlier American paintings, reminded Americans of the vast, untamed, but magnificent wilderness areas in their country. Such works were being painted during the period of settlement of the American West and the preservation of national parks. The artist Thomas Cole is generally acknowledged as the founder of the Hudson River School. And possibly the most romantic!
“A small brazier glowed near the monk’s left hand. On a lectern before him lay pots of paints, brushes, a quill, a pen, a knife, a sizeable handbell, the tooth of some animal, and a piece of parchment.
It was the parchment that commanded the room. Until he saw it, Len didn’t realize how starved he had been of colour. Villagers dressed in various shades of brown and beige, like their furniture and fields now, here, was an irruption of the rainbow, as if a charm of goldfinches had landed on the manuscript and been transfixed.”
Diana Norman, Fitzempress’ Law
Hello and thank you for taking your precious and limited time to read todays blog at Lovetts where we feature art, artists and events occurring at the gallery.
The good news I’m bringing you today is colorful news. Color in art. Or I could say and be just as correct, art in color. I’m featuring a few artists that use boldness in their application of their work. They create with a palette that runs the gamut of the color wheel. This seemed like an appropriate time to speak of this element of art, as nature itself likes to parade its richness of color during the Spring season.
Examples of color come in many forms; such as oils by artists Todd Ford, K. Henderson, Melanie Florio, Natalie Featherston, Natalie Wiseman, Lacey Lewis, Janice Sugg, or Whitney Hall, to name a few. Rich color can come in the form of glass such as the works of artist Pavel Novak. They all share a common denominator in their adventuresome use of color, but they differ in their mediums, subject matter and styles. And of course, their imagination. What roles does color play? Color is surely no lightweight in the roster of things that have a direct and profound impact on our lives. Color is influential as to the choices we make in surrounding ourselves with certain colors because of how they make us feel; We see this in art, in exterior and interior decorating, our clothing, cars, nails and hair, and in nature………. just about everything really. There are positive and negative components as well. In getting to know someone better, “what’s your favorite color?” seems to be an often-asked question. So, color is a big deal! It says something about us!
Why are we endeared by some colors and repelled by others? Because color affects behavior and stimulates reactions. It’s optics, it’s what attracts us as a viewer, it’s what catches the eye. Color can energize us or have a calming effect. And then there exists the aesthetic quality to color…the sheer beauty of it. Some artists attribute certain meanings to color by way of their individual experience or perception of a color. Most of us do that also, without realizing it. Just look at the names on crayons, or house paints, titles on works of art.
So, okay, I admit that as I just wrote those words about crayon names, my mind drifted nostalgically to see what some of the names I could remember. Then I recalled that we keep a large quantity of crayons in the backroom here at the gallery for our grandchildren and client’s children to use and cheating on memory became my next move. (I dug out the Crayola bin). To illustrate how we describe color and color finds its way to describe us, here are a few examples: It’s not just pink, maybe its “Carnation Pink” or it looks like “Cotton Candy”. Brown may be brown, but sometimes “Timber Wolf” or “Fuzzy Wuzzy” brown gets to the heart of a shade, by damn. Ever caught in the dilemma of choosing between “Sea Green or “Tropical Rain Forest”? Should it be “Midnight Blue” or “Wild Blue Yonder”? Maybe in a more rebellious mood, I will grasp for “Neon Carrot”, “Electric Lime” or “Unmellow Yellow” and throw caution to the wind! Oh, the slings and arrows of such decisions!
This is a good example of why I love reading/ written words so much……words are colorful too! Before color can show its wildness and wantonness for variety, there exists a few rules in the color world. In groups is how we identify them. First is primary colors, red, blue, and yellow. Second is secondary (hmm…that was redundant!), colors are orange, green and purple. They are made by mixing two primaries’. Tertiary or intermediate colors are made by mixing adjacent primary and secondary hues, that give us yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange and yellow orange. Want to mix complimentary colors? -----proof right there that opposites attract! It’s a free for all after this point! Want tint? Add white. Shade? Add black. The color wheel isn’t just some pretty, innocent circle as it appears on the surface, but it is actually full of schemes and relationships!
The artist is free to create with arbitrary color---colors they want to “express” with. Color provides rhythm and emphasis to a composition, mood and depth by color value for lightness and darkness. Color is a black and white issue and it’s a gray area too. Monochromatics. I will talk about that in more depth in another blog and discuss the artists we have, who create visually this way. Talk or debate? Oh yes, the topic of the colors of black and white as bona fide colors is disputed by some, so this topic isn’t so black and white after all and then the grayscale weighs in on the conversation too! Stayed tuned for the starring roles of black and white in art in my next blog, where I will feature the works of artist who paint, draw, and sculpt in black and white and we touch on the raging debate, “Are black and white colors?”.
Art pieces, created in any color, subtle or strong, resonate with us, so don’t think you aren’t affected by color because the truth is…. we all are! It’s all around us! Today, the yellow warmth of the sun feels great on my skin, the red tulips in the garden are vibrant against the greenery, and the blue sky is tying it all together in a calming way. This sight of color was helpful, as I was going outdoors to take out the trash, which made what was a chore, a pleasure instead. And yes, I applied a pink shade of lipstick today that matched my shoes and my rosy mood! Thank you, color!
Nature started first with color outdoors…….
Then artists and their creativity and imagination brought it indoors.
What palettes and themes mean something to you? Be conscious. Why is “your favorite color”, your favorite color?
Of course, the questions of color are only a beginning. Why do you like a particular subject matter or style or a combination of many? How are you affected by 2 dimensional versus 3-dimensional works of art? We take much for granted of what comprises us of who we are. We may know what we like, but we don’t necessarily know why. Art is a provocative way to learn about ourselves.
Lovetts Gallery invites you to the joy in art collecting……………………………...
Thank you for supporting the artists and their works of art at Lovetts Gallery! The above artists are just a sample of the many artists we represent that indulge the senses in color. Come experience “the irruption of the rainbow, like the charm of goldfinches landing”!
Lovetts Gallery is preparing to spread light with the coming soon opening of our next exhibition,
Next month. June 10th .
Oh MIRROR/MIRROR on the wall…….
Mirrors are applicable in all facets of our lives. From personal grooming, décor, safety, medical, technologies such as High-Definition televisions and telescopes, solar and military use, sciences and architecture, art, film and literature but for this writing we are framing the topic of mirroring to the subject of fine art.
We are looking through the looking glass at something that is material, objective and subjective.
Let’s take a glimpse at mirrors as an implement in art:
Fine art has a legacy of mirror use in the production of works historically and currently. It involves optics and projection, diffusion and clarity.
Jan Van Eyck, an early Netherlandish artist, painted The Arnolfini Portrait in oil in 1434. It is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in western European art, because of its charm and beauty, intricate iconography, geometric orthogonal perspective, and broadening of the picture space with the use of a mirror. Contemporary and cutting edge, a simple corner of the real world had suddenly been fixed onto an oak panel as if by magic. For the first time in history the artist became the perfect eye-witness in the truest sense of the term. Some art historians considered this painting as a unique form of marriage contract, recorded as a painting.
Many self-portraits are made possible through the use of mirrors. Some artists, as Durer Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo found them an imperative tool. M.C Escher used special shapes of mirrors in his hand with his piece “Reflecting Sphere”. They have been and are used in sculpture and other artistic mediums.
We humans have been fascinated by reflections all through history, from a reflection in a pool of water to polished metal and glass surfaces. From the practical to the luxurious. Hmmmm, reflections. That’s really the heart of the matter with the concept of the MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition. A mirroring of ourselves and the mirroring of others and the mirroring of the combination and connection of the two. For this show we invited artists, if they so chose, to create their work as a homage to an artist that reflected an inspiration to them in their field of creativity. One, a specific work, a copy so to speak, a mirror image of that respected artist, two, a reflection or rather their own rendition of that same piece and a third a work that is influenced in general sense by their referenced artist. Alternatively, the “person of influence” may be someone who is not an artist but lent/lends inspiration for their art. Lovetts Gallery attempts to offer wiggle room with our exhibition concepts, after all, you can’t control creativity, nor would we want to. We merely do these concepts to offer challenges and ideas and to inspire and boost reflecting for the artist.
Mirrors offer at times what appears clear but is at the same time a distortion of what we see. I’m not getting into precision here. We have all looked in mirrors that didn’t reflect back the identical image in each case. Our own views and filters also shape what we actually see, just like others view us differently than we view ourselves. So, even with mirrors, there are many reflection’s and more angles to those reflections as there are people viewing them. This is what makes art so damn exciting and why humanity has seen to keep it inclusive to their lives. It’s a mirror to our humanity. Art points to what we are, but it also points to what we have been and who we can be. Art would surely cease to evolve and would remain unchanged if it did not allow and encompass all phases of life. It is mirroring, reflection and imagination.
Another aspect of mirroring is not just a reflection of who we are but the influences of others that have reflected and influenced our lives. We are individuals but we have and do borrow from others, so what comprises us is partially grafted attributes of others. We learn from others and the MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition is about that. Artists honoring others who have inspired them in their life and artistic pursuits. To emulate is to compliment and is a great form of learning. They take what they learn and add the essence of themselves to the equation and create with what is uniquely them. Their voice, their expression, their art.
And their art…...becomes our art. This is how we share and it’s a continuing process.
The MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition is an invitation to reflection and reverence in art and of artists and being a part of the process of collecting and chronicling today and for our tomorrows a world of artistic creativity and freedom.
The MIRROR/MIRROR Exhibition………...
What will you see?
Psst…. The painting by artist Jan Van Eyck has some very interesting perspectives that you may enjoy learning about in more depth. I’m an incurable “Why?” person and in researching his use of mirrors in this piece, I also learned interesting things about that period of time, the customs of the day, why did they dress that way, what’s up with their facial expressions, hand gestures, interiors, and what was the impact of artistic advances in techniques of their day and etcetera. They were narrating their perceptions of reality the same as artists have always done and continue to do. I encourage you to always question, to be lavish in your curiosity, maintain a voracious appetite for learning and reflection and be affluent in your imagination!
Much appreciation to you for taking time out of your day to read this letter!
Black and white is salt and pepper of colors, for life tastes bland without them.
Hello! A rather universal greeting that has a veritable black and white directness to it in its intent and meaning. But how we say it can make it colorful. My previous blog was about the impact and importance of color in our lives and in art. Today, I’m talking in contrasts. Black and white and the gray area in-between.
Lovetts Gallery represents artists who execute their creative and visual artworks in these colors. Colors? Are they colors?
Well……...let’s just say this is going to be a rocky road and involve some things like light, wavelengths, electromagnetic energy and retinal cones!
Or I could just spill the beans right here and tell you up front that you don’t really “see” color!
Wait! Don’t click away yet. Give me a chance to explain.
Yes, we do see color and I can tell you right now I am seeing the very blue color in my hair. (It was supposed to be temporary and has instead taken up permanent residence) Personal issues aside, the color is really a reflection of color. Color doesn’t exit outwardly. It’s all about the eyes. Color is nanometers of electromagnetic energy that our eyes identify as color. Thank goodness for retinal cones!
(wavelengths around 700-760 nanometers sends information that we translate into red, for instance)
Some people believe the theory that dark is the absence of light. True…but in total darkness in the absence of any light at all, our eyes cannot detect white or black because there is no light present to be reflected off a ‘white” or “black” object to be received by our eyes. So……… to create 100% black would require a surface containing all colors; this being the only way to prevent any color from being reflected back to the viewer. That’s the black of the matter.
The white of the matter? For our eyes to have the visual perception of an object as white, the subject must reflect all colors. A surface capable of reflecting all colors must be void in color itself, any color would hinder all light to be reflected and therefore would not create white perceived by our eyes. Scientist John Stapleton explains: White is a rich color if you “unweave the rainbow”.
Did you know new fallen snow is quite white at about 90 lumens per watt?
That being said, I repeat my question. Are black and white colors?
Black is not a color; a black object absorbs all the colors of the visible spectrum and reflects none of them back to the eyes.
BUT………here is where the grey area cometh forth…………….
A black object may look black, but, technically, it may still be reflecting some light. An example would be if a black pigment results from a combination of several pigments that collectively absorb most colors, so what appears to be black may be reflecting some light. In comes gradation.
White is a color. White reflects all the colors of the visible light spectrum to the eyes.
Absorption and reflection makes all the difference.
The colors that we see are simply a degree of how much of the color is present in the light that is reflected. To be completely accurate, a color reflects the wavelengths in the nanometers range that our retinal cones respond to.
The medium is the process of reflection of the wavelength of the color.
The receiver is our eyes which receive the wavelength of the color.
Wow! I didn’t intend to go all physics on you! For you see, there are other explanations besides the ones I have just spoken of and why I forewarned this was a hotly debated subject. I am trying to make this as painless as possible!
Are black and white colors when they are in pigment forms or molecular coloring agents? A chemist will agree that black is a color. Mix together all three primary colors with paint or food coloring and you will get a shade of black. Black pigments historically have come from charcoal, iron metals and other chemicals as the source of black paints. Some say white is not a color. Getting a headache yet? This is another “gray” area since technically, pure white is the absence of color. The point being you can’t mix colors to create white. However, when you take a look at the pigment chemistry of white, ground -up substances (such as chalk and bone) or chemicals (such as titanium and zinc) are used to create the many nuances of white in paint, chalk, crayons and even products such as Noxzema. White paper is made by bleaching tree bark (paper pulp). Therefore, you could say that white is a color as far as pigment chemistry is concerned. Mix a color with black and you get a shade. Mix a color with white and you get a tint. The first decreases lightness, the second increases lightness! I don’t know about you but all this is making me light-headed!
What? Physics? Biology? Chemistry?
Trying to explain a supposedly black and white issue ended up with a ton of gray area without me even getting to the subject of gray color. (Gray-American English: Grey-British English)
Gray is considered an intermediate color between black and white. Neutral or achromatic color which means literally that it is a color “without color”. Like the gray in my hair that didn’t turn blue! Still have that headache?
What you just read means that there are equal components of red, green and blue. It is the variations in intensity of these colors that produce the different shades of gray. Until the 19th century, artists traditionally created gray by simply combining black and white. Rembrandt usually used lead white and either carbon black or ivory black along with touches of either blues or reds to cool or warm the grays. It’s these additions that lead to a broad range of “grays”. People usually refer to “that’s a gray area” as speaking of something that has wide view of adaptation. Something existing between two extremes and having mixed characteristics of both. Seeing the gray scale in value is seeing a series of tones from light to dark that can be made between black and white.
Have I gone down a rabbit hole with this topic?
Probably. I have innocently digressed a little.
Back to art we shall go with much haste!
Artists have been creating their works in black and white and gray since antiquity until now. We see it in paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, sculpture, and jewelry. And of course, nature, where many of the elements are derived for an artist to utilize. Lovetts Gallery is proud to present artists who have chosen to create professionally and imaginatively in these “colors”.
Please visit our website on these artist’s pages to see and learn about them and their work. All of them do black and white work, while some of them add color as well. They vary in mediums, subject matter and technique.
Whether on-line or in-gallery, you will be enamored by the expertise, execution, exploration and expression these artists exhibit!
Thank you for hanging out in the blog! I end with a song……….
Don’t know much about chemistry
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the physics I took
But I do know that I love art
And I know that if you love art too
What a wonderful world this would be!
“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.