Ahhhh……”It’s Spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
I don’t know if Mark Twain was an art collector, but he certainly describes what it feels like to find a piece of art that satisfies your desire…. your longing. Your “I’ll know it when I see it”, because it makes your heart ache!
I think Spring is an interesting name for a season, as it sounds like an action. It’s movement. It’s elasticity and stretching. A propulsion from a position of tension. People are busy in outdoor affairs, giving nature a little help as it boldly breaks from the cold earth it’s been napping in all winter.
Spring is an appropriate name for the season as it truly is a time for things “springing up”.
As varied as the wild flowers in the field, are the varieties of Fine Art works at Lovetts Gallery. Providing a well-spring of original beauty all year long, art is never confined to the seasons, but to the eternal.
Springing up at Lovetts, are several new artists in the gallery we are excited to introduce you to.
Acrylic artist, Cory Cart, New Orleans, creates his abstracts by the application of thin layers of acrylic paint upon a wooden substrate with fluidity. With an intense thirst for color, he anchors emotions that reflect life’s celebrations, disappointments, cravings or fears. Cory glazes, scrapes, torches, brushes and texturizes each painting with a unique identity much like a fingerprint. Completion is achieved with the overall simplicity of the composition found coexisting with the visual depth of its many layers. Cart summons the viewer to consent to a story that is uniquely their own. See and experience what’s in Cory Cart. Then see and experience what is in you.
Oil artist, Michael Foulkrod, from Los Angeles, fervently requests his models to bring the “art of themselves” to him. He paints to express who we are today. A pre-Blade Runner era. Lovetts has Michael’s originals…….no replicants here! But, Foulkrod follows the movie plot in that he forces his audience to re-evaluate what it means to be human. Doing what artists have done historically, Michael depicts our “now” as a great contribution to our capsulated time. Also known for being a storm chaser and painting tornadoes, we can be sure what he will be doing with the Spring weather that is upon us. Foulkrod inherently permits viewers to see things from their own perspectives. What is the “art of you?”, he would ask.
Creating from California, Contemporary Representational painter, Regina Jacobson, works in oils creating Realistic, Figurative pieces that portray a social and philosophical narrative. Composing in series, Lovetts Gallery has paintings from two of them: Woods and Groves, and Curiouser. In Woods and Groves, Regina places her figures amongst these elements, of which are to represent hostile environments. The places where enemies hide, dangers lurk and self-indulgence is seductive. Often ill prepared for this environment, those who find themselves there must choose to rise above their powerful lure or be subdued by them. Curiouser’s narrative takes a fantastical look at the consequences of self-absorbed choices. In a satirical, eccentric domain that contains rabbit hole distortions of reality, the figures are found to have established power in their self-indulgence and have polished their reality into hyper-idealism. Blind to the dangers and comfortable in their delusions, they are unaware of the temporal nature of their existence. Jacobson depicts the human struggle regarding choices——-
Rather than providing answers——–
She is inclined to ask questions.
I know this is a lengthy letter to some, considering our “few words or less” culture we now live in, but this is art we are talking about and there is much to say. I wasn’t joking when I said there was a lot blooming here at the gallery! So back to our fertile field of flourishing new artists to Lovetts………
Painting visually strong compositions in vibrant colors, Artist David Kammerzell, of Colorado, is a romantic with his oils. With a remarkable background in graphic arts and illustration, he reveals an affection for the Golden Era of Advertising. His narratives and subject matter recaptures the magic of the mid-20th century. His work combines the mindful act of remembrance and the heartfelt act of yearning. Kammerzells subject matter is richly iconic: His choice of objects, figures, city and landscapes reverberate a particular nostalgia. Some of David’s pieces are designed in a montage/collage composition: a tribute in the form of a vintage vignette. In juxtaposing natural and man-made environments’, he certainly has captured time on the canvas.
Acrylic artist, Rick Pas, pours his passion into painting Contemporary Realism. From remote locales or those as close as his own backyard in Michigan, Rick draws his intense inspirations from the patterns in nature. He has a very focused and sensitive vision for surface textures in nature and wildlife as well as an interest in human interaction with nature. He creates by starting with a detailed drawing, then applying the underpainting, and then proceeds to multi paint layering. His capture of contrast, playing the light against the dark, places shadows that give his work so much depth and detail. Realistic detail. Dimensional detail that will draw you to his work like a moth to the flame.
Wow! I am not nearly through with all the news here. It’s definitely Spring at the gallery……. when it rains, it pours! So much more to tell.
Jamaican artist, Basil Watson, who also calls Georgia home too, expresses his passion as a sculptor. Three of his pieces in Terracotta (baked earth, where the fired body is porous)) are currently in the gallery. The figure is Watson’s main interest, inspiration and focus. Always intrigued by the emotive qualities of the human figure, Basil pays rapt attention to body language, capturing exaggerated movements and subtle gestures. With his mastery of anatomy and technique which creates life-likeness, he reflects the aspects of energy, motivation and spirit in his subjects. He creates beautiful, sculptured work. “With confidence in the benevolence of nature, I am inspired by the heroic in mankind and am moved to express through the vitality, beauty, grace and strength of the human figure in its varied shapes, sizes, abilities and functions. The spirit that motivates it. The human spirit is limitless in its grandeur.” He also speaks beautiful words!
Artist Ryan Jacque, from Western Massachusetts, creates exquisite works in pencils. To quote Ryan from an article in Southwest Art Magazine, he says, “I like the fact that [with pencil] nothing is black or white, which is how it’s generally categorized.” What Jacque does with graphite is certainly not just black and white. The spectrum from black to white, is the spectrum of dark to light! Taking the numerous intermediate shades of gray, applying tone, form, proportion, and perspective with the addition of perception and visual memory, Ryan produces work in Realism. His work contrasts fragility and strength, a hard touch to a soft whisper. Between all of these extremes…. lays balance. A natural balance. Birds, animals, wildlife, landscapes and portraits are his subjects. After a fall from a tree at 25 feet up, Jacque was left with serious injuries as broken bones, cognitive deficits and blindness in his left eye. With a strong will for life and a fierce love of art he found himself hyper- focusing on detail with only his right eye and has come to see more now, rather than less. Not one to fall into black and white thinking, Ryan recognizes the spectrum of grays for the difficult experiences one can encounter in life. “Seeing this”, the better one will be equipped, to come out on top. And he does it wonderfully!
Arizona artist, Bill Mittag, paints with oil on linen to tell his narratives. His stories. Their stories, Mittag paints the American West, the era before the Great Western Migration changed it forever. In his works, one can’t help but notice the difference in the scale of the landscapes as opposed to its subjects in them. They are out of sync, quite naturally. Vast and high are the skies and large and majestic the mountains and hills. Small are the tribes and their teepees. Living and making memories, setting about their chores and tasks, appreciating and using the natural gifts from the prairie. Sharing their dreams and hardships (if one were to eavesdrop on their conversations). There is a tranquility and a grace that affects the viewer. A reminder of a time when people were closer to the earth and respected their place in it. Bill’s has a special place in his heart for the Northern and Southern Plains Tribes, mostly in peaceful camp settings. “These paintings primarily show the passage and life of man through the landscape.” Mittag considers his painting style to be semi-impressionistic. Warm palette and heavy paint. He applies the detail to his center subjects. His work is ”paintstakingly” referenced and historically studied. Thank you Bill for taking us back to the “time of the horse”!
Coming soon: New artists! Linda Adair, Sarina Brewer, Joe Remillard and Kurtis Rykovich and Dave Ivey!
Next exhibition coming up in June:
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION
Thank you for your support, for reading this newsletter, and for loving and appreciating art!!!
Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s, reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude!
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