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Comments Off on Talking Painting and Process with Abstract Landscape Artist Peter Burega

Peter Burega is about as warm and congenial and personable and open and informative an artist as you’ll ever come across. Much like his richly inviting abstract landscapes: whether of land or water. Sky or something else entirely. They’re not nature but they’re obviously inspired by nature. Or an amalgamation of what he sees out Read more…

Comments Off on Touchable Moments with T Barny’s Tactile Sculptures

“I like taking something considered hard and cold and making it soft and warm and inviting,” says T Barny of his uniquely approachable, alluring, sensuous sculptures. “They’re meant to be touched. You don’t get the full experience if you’re not touching them.” One of the few sculptors out there who actually encourages people to embrace Read more…

Comments Off on Making Her Marks and Leaving Them: The Abstract Works of Charlotte Foust

As Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still once said, “The best works are often those with the fewest and simplest elements . . . until you look at them a little more, and things start to happen.” He was referring, of course, to his fellow AbExes—William DeKooning, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock. Were he still around today, though, Read more…

Comments Off on An Inside Job: The Phantasmagorical Inner Worlds of Ted Gall

When Ted Gall is just not feeling it, or he’s stymied, or blocked, or in need of opening up the channels to the muse, he slides into his hot tub and lets the hot jets and the gurgly bubbles wash over him and—voila!—inspiration retrieved. He’s recharged, refueled, reinvigorated and back to the studio, where his Read more…

Comments Off on Rick Stevens and the Art of Effortless Painting

Rick Stevens does by not doing. He’s a non-doer. An effortless doer. Or more clearly: he’s a believer in the “action of non-action.” In Wu–Wei, the Taoist concept of natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort.  All that being said, he still has to paint. Not by not painting Read more…

Comments Off on Jennifer JL Jones’ Paintings of Nature and Belonging

Jennifer JL Jones’ paintings depict nature, to be sure, but not so much nature per se—its flora and fauna, its landscapes and seascapes—as what it is nature inspires in her. Awe. Gratitude. Connectedness. Grace. Beauty. “Much of my work has been about healing and lessons from nature,” says Jones, who was raised in rural Virginia Read more…

Comments Off on Gregory Frank Harris’ Abstract-Representational Rhythms

Few painters have rendered the Southwest and its dramatic landscapes as fluidly as Gregory Frank Harris. Deftly harmonizing movements as diverse as Impressionism, Fauvism, and 17th-century Dutch landscape painting with American Tonalists like George Innes, color-field painters like Wolf Kahn, and the squeegee-sculpted paintings of German abstract expressionist Gerhard Richter, Harris creates pictures in motion Read more…

Comments Off on Laura Wait’s Artistic Vocabulary

Laura Wait has never really gotten away from books. Or words. Or symbols. As she says in her artist’s statement, “Word forms as image are the primary focus of my art. Words and symbols, used as marks, are layered on paintings to form a wall of history with meaning at each depth.  Aesthetics of words Read more…

Comments Off on Eric Boyer’s Figures of Male and Female

Eric Boyer’s figures of male and female torsos, often intertwined, have the sensuous movement of Rodin and the muscular physicality of Michelangelo. And while his perfectly proportioned sculptures, which he coaxes out of sheets of stiff steel-wire mesh, most immediately call to mind the classical Greco-Roman sculptures of 2,000 years ago, they also have the Read more…

Comments Off on T Barny and Peter Burega

As all sculptors know, there are infinite shapes lurking within the stone, and it’s the artist’s job to “liberate” these shapes by judiciously removing and carving the surrounding material to bring the sculpture to life. When T Barny applies his ancient carving techniques and modern tools to the hardness of the stone, magical things happen. Read more…

Comments Off on Ted Gall and Charlotte Foust: Bronze and Steel Sculpture and Mixed Media on Canvas and Paper

The artistic stylings of sculptor Ted Gall and painter Charlotte Foust couldn’t be more different, but their work has in common a powerful emotional impact that leaves the viewer pondering hidden meanings and experiencing a sense of excitement. Gall’s intricate, whimsical sculptures in bronze and steel bring an interactive element to an otherwise immobile art Read more…

Comments Off on Rick Stevens Interwoven Life

Rick Stevens grew up in Sparta, Michigan and started painting with his father, an amateur but skilled landscape painter. His earliest memories of watching his father work are contented ones filled with images of his father manipulating scenes of nature: painting trees, rubbing out streams, adding wildlife. In fact, it was one of these early Read more…

Comments Off on Jennifer J. L. Jones, Artist at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary

Life and death…action and reaction…ebb and flow…life moves in cycles and nature echoes those cadences. My work is increasingly inspired by the intrinsic rhythms of life. Changes in the world around me flow in and through my brush. External forces are internalized and spill back out as I paint. My brushstrokes mirror nature’s vibrations as Read more…