Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Our treasured art collectors, gentlefolk, lords and ladies, equitable elves, determined dwarfs, and hard-working hobbits, felicitous fairies and meritorious mermaids!
It hath been decreed that it is time for a proclamation about what’s new at Lovetts Gallery!
Our last blog entry posed the question, “Are you a Renaissance Man or Woman?”. (see blog) Thoughts along this thread, commands me to introduce to you a new artist, Michael Hayes, at Lovetts Gallery. Michael works in Representational form with oil on panel and colored pencil on toned paper and is a Renaissance Man in his art. The beautiful art work that Michael produces is emotionally impactful and hints at just enough of a story to elicit a personal narrative in the mind of the viewer. His fundamental influence will always be the Pre-Raphaelite and Neoclassical eras. Interestingly, these two styles are juxtaposing and complimentary. Pre-Raphaelite elements are sensual and mystically romantic, jewel toned palette’s, elegant figures, along with highly imaginative subjects and settings. The Neoclassic is serious, sternly heroic with a more somber color palette, embracing classic literature and history. The combination of these two movements and their artistic styles are eagerly expressed by Michael Hayes passion, imagination and talent. His other talent is his wit! He is an artist who has a humorous narrative about his artistic journey in life and how the twists and curves led him to the path that turned into a serious passion for creating his art!
Michael currently lives in California with his girlfriend, their dog and a continuous supply of foster kittens!
Verily I say, Lovetts Gallery is proud to have the work of artist Michael Hayes in our court!
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION MICHAEL HAYES
Today, a vast amount of our time, energy and learning leans toward skills and practical applications concerning our means of employment and income in our quick paced ever advancing technological world. With creative time in short supply for inquiry, pursuit and reflection of art, we have limited ourselves to what it means to be human….to be a man or woman. By the expansion of our minds without words, art captures the emotions of the human experience.
TO FLOURISH OR NOT TO FLOURISH?
He beckons us to explore along with him as he reveals those secrets corners of the human soul through his work. His goal is not to draw our attention by offering us obtrusive beauty, for he states there is too much of it around in these re-touched times we live in. Furthermore, Miroslav offers no consolation nor merciful deception of false purity on this voyage, but a reality and atmosphere that exists when the masks are removed. The darker sides of being, the deeper states of mind, the naked conscience.
It’s most befitting that Pecho would choose to express and prevail his talented work by bravura expression drawing, which oft times permeates into his painting. Bravura is a style that signifies virtuosity and painting passion. It is bold and fearless. It is daring or brilliance with a florid technical display. It is a dramatic mate to Miroslavs narratives.
Bravura is rooted in self-confidence that stands fast by having an intimacy with the subject matter and command of the painting medium. This discipline requires good composition design and a unified value/color relationship, yet, beautiful and artful in its abstract appearance. Pecho paints in oils and acrylics. In his paradigm of styles, he paints in ways that are representative of the backbone of the Renaissance.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION MIROSLAV PECHO
The Renaissance followed the period in Europe known as the Middle Ages. It began in Italy during the 14th Century and reached its height in the 15th Century and in the 16th and 17th Centuries, it spread to the rest of Europe………..
And is still spreading…………….
M’Lady Tina Spratt, tis most splendid to make your introduction!
Early on, artist Tina Spratt, being inspired by the works of Rembrandt and Caravaggio, embarked on an artistic journey that drew its inspiration from Renaissance artists. Hailing from Somerset, England, Spratt was captured by the way paint could create depth, and light and emotion. She was hooked! Taking the female form as her preferred subject, she truly gives them life. With applications in oils, glazing and pastels being used in a variety of techniques, Tina makes her narratives clear and evocative. Honest, private and candid moments of the simplicity in everyday intimacies. She says her interest is in seizing that fleeting time when a person is unaware of being observed; to portray a sense of ambiguity for the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions and elicit an emotional connection with the subject.
Lighting is of special importance to Spratt, as is deftly applied in her work. The other elements in her works are expressive and complimentary features such as the textures, patterns, form, motion and model posturing. Tina’s works are beautiful and reflects her immense skill and draughtsmanship.
Tina has additional new works coming soon to Lovett Gallery. Verily it is so!
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION TINA SPRATT
I have presented three artists that are new to Lovetts Gallery as great examples of the enduring legacy of our living renaissance in the arts. All the artists we represent, participate in this continual rebirthing.
History is abundant with some of the greatest works of art. The cultural movements were so inspiring to artists, providing unprecedented freedoms of expression. Artists were allowed greater flexibility in what they were to produce and they took advantage of it by exploring new themes and techniques.
The Renaissance, the philosophy of enlightenment (1400-1600), heady as it sought concentration on science, empirical-based evidence, and employment of rational thought to propel towards understanding the mysteries of life. Artists names you may recognize are Donatello, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael and Da Vinci to name a few.
The Baroque period (1600-1700) ushered in the flair with dramatic and grand expressions. Subjects of faith, life and death, passions and agonies were now being depicted with extravagance and intensity. Realistic elements of the physical, emotional and the psychological were now up close and personal. Artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rueben are some artists representing this period of art.
Ahhhh…. the Romantic period (1800) was along the continuum of great and revolutionary changes in the world of art; this was a change in philosophy. A softening that seated itself more on the heart than the head. This movement, extended from the enlightenment, believed the uncovering of the great mysteries of life were to be accomplished through emotion, imagination and intuition. Some of the artists at this time were Thomas Cole, Bierstadt and Church.
As you can see, by taking this whole time period together, the artists today have been given a wonderful blueprint to follow and a lesson to learn. Art comes from the head AND the heart. The whole person. An unprecedented freedom had occurred for humanity. And continues still.
I sincerely hope you make time to reflect on this powerful part of our human heritage. Art is the bearer of the fruits of men and women’s infinite creativity.
Be inspired….be moved along….in your own self-discovery that brings you closer to being your own Renaissance Man or Renaissance Woman!
Let the wonderful artists at Lovetts Gallery be your guide!
J.R.R. Tolkien says,” There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something!”
You will find it at Lovetts Gallery!
Gramercy! Parting is such sweet sorrow!
I will see you anon!