Monday, March 29, 2010

Thomas Hinkle - Classic Maine Painter

Maine artist Thomas Hinkle paints classic Maine landscapes, and he does it beautifully. A small sample of his work is showing in Still Point Art Gallery's current show - THE Painting Exhibition. Three of his works are shown below.

If you have never been to Maine, Hinkle will show you exactly what you are missing...the crashing waves, the rocky shoreline, the pine trees, the sand, the ocean, the horizon, the sky that changes color with the weather. Spend some time with Hinkle's paintings and you will soon not only see Maine, but also hear Maine and smell Maine. It's all in his paintings. And if you've been to Maine, or you live in Maine, Hinkle's works are a pleasant and beautiful reminder of a truly remarkable place that some of us are lucky enough to call home.

Homer's Rocks

Way to the Beach

The Little Cove

Homer's Rocks (30x20), oil on canvas, framed, $1200
Way to the Beach (18x14), oil on canvas, framed, $800
The Little Cove (30x20), oil on canvas, framed, $1200

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Marilyn Henrion Uses Fabric to Compose on Many Levels

When you look at a quilted piece by Marilyn Henrion in the virtual world, you want to run your hand along it to feel the texture created by the stitching. You know you're looking at the image on a screen, but you still want to feel the fabric and the texture of the quilting. So, since you are in the virtual world, you have no choice but to imagine the soft, smooth feel of the silk fabric and the orderly peaks and valleys created by the quilting stitches. Close your eyes and you can sense just what the piece must feel like.

Henrion is showing six of her fabric creations in Still Point Art Gallery's current show Geometric Abstraction. Three of these are shown below. Look carefully at the individual pieces of fabric that form the overall design of each piece. Follow an individual piece of fabric down and around to where it meets other pieces of fabric. Look at the stitching patterns...sometimes vertical lines...sometimes horizontal lines...sometimes wavy lines that carefully follow the curve of the piece of fabric. Sometimes the stitching is a playful and interesting design that draws attention all by itself. Then there are the colors...big, bold, and expressive. What is wonderful is that Henrion composes on so many levels...line, shape, color, texture, rhythm. Indeed, each of her pieces is a perfectly orchestrated symphony.

Innerspace 10, Disturbances 8, Innerspace 11

In Henrion's words:
Much as a poet employs words to convey an emotion or idea, I use color, line, and form to create metaphorical images that are meant to resonate, being both themselves and something they may suggest to the viewer. Paying homage to traditional textile forms and hand needlework techniques, I transform them into works of art that reflect contemporary sensibilities. . .  The hard edges of geometric abstraction are softened and humanized by the irregular qualities of texture inherent in the materials and construction techniques.

Innerspace 10 (40x40), pieced silks-hand quilted, $5,000
Disturbances 8 (67x65), pieced silks-hand quilted, $15,000
Innerspace 11 (40x40), pieced silks-hand quilted, $5,000

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 26, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Artist Linda Murray Uses Technique Called Decalcomania

Most of us....well, all of us look at trees by looking at the middle and top portion of the tree...the part with leaves or needles. But Linda Murray, who has two fantastic pieces in Still Point Art Gallery's THE Painting Exhibition, has spent a lot of time looking at the very bottoms of trees.  And it turns out that the lowest part of the tree, where it merges with the ground, is really beautiful and quite interesting. That's the part of the tree that Murray has spent time studying and painting. And it just so happens that tree trunks and bottoms are not all the same. Each is very different, very unique...it's as if each carries its own personality. Each is very worth looking at, very worth painting.

The subject is not the only unique aspect of Murray's work. Her technique, called decalcomania, is also quite unique. Murray begins each of her paintings by covering the surface with clean water. Watercolor, gouache or acrylic is then applied to the surface, allowing the pigment to mix and blend. Next, plastic wrap is applied and manipulated to achieve the desired texture. The subject of the image determines just how the plastic is manipulated. This application is allowed to dry. Once dry, the plastic is removed and the resulting image is further developed. 

Friends (49x39), watercolor and gouache, framed, $2795
New Dawn (50x54) watercolor and gouache, framed, $3950

Still Point Art Gallery
March 22, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Call for Artists - American Portraits - Diversity in Our Land

Still Point Art Gallery invites submissions for its upcoming online exhibition: American Portraits: Diversity in Our Land.
Great achievements are not born from a single vision but from the combination of many distinctive viewpoints. Diversity challenges assumptions, opens minds, and unlocks our potential to solve any problems we may face. --Unknown
This exhibition will celebrate diversity in America through the genre of portraiture. Artists are encouraged to think about diversity in America in its broadest sense - ethnicity, race, age, class, religion, and gender...also occupation, national or regional origin, hobbies and interests, regional customs and lifestyles, and more...much more.
To add to the celebratory nature of this exhibition, the Gallery is looking into a variety of opportunities that will put this show before the public. In other words, the Gallery is looking into ways to turn this show into public art. To begin with, the Gallery will assist artists whose work is accepted for the exhibition in getting their work displayed in their local libraries, city or town office buildings, or community centers as part of what could be a national public art exhibition. Other opportunities will be posted as they become finalized. We welcome ideas for making this exhibition a public art exhibition.

Dates and Deadlines
April 19, 2010 - Submissions Close (Deadline)
May 5 through August 10, 2010 – Exhibition (Online)
After closing as a featured exhibition on August 10, 2010, 

American Portraits will remain online through August 10, 2011.

For more information please read the exhibition prospectus.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Katarzyna Lappin Awarded Second Place in THE Painting Exhibition at Still Point Art Gallery

Katarzyna Lappin was awarded the Second Place Director's Award for her contribution to THE Painting Exhibition, Still Life with Grapes and Bowl of Cherries. Lappin's work is a delight - each piece of fruit at its peak of ripeness and perfection...lovely china bowls with charming blue designs...and a beautiful textured marble tabletop. Lappin says that her compositions are imaginative...she does not work from real objects. Her goal with her paintings is to achieve an atmosphere from the edge of a dream...something like a still shot from a dream. She uses oils because they are the only medium that she feels the thrill to work with. She likes the freedom to experiment with light and shadow, color, subjects, and perspective. Lappin leaves the established rules behind and tries to let her intuition take over when she paints.

Still Life with Grapes and Bowl of Cherries

Katarzyna Lappin grew up in Warsaw, Poland, where she was a member of the pantomime group in the Jewish Theater from 1984 to 1988. After she left the theater, Katarzyna cooperated with artistic agencies and was able to generate income from art even though she wasn't aware of her ability to paint until she was 23 years old. She is a self-taught painter without much professional training. In the mid 1990's, Lappin accepted a management position in a telecommunications company, and her art was set aside for many years. Currently living in southern California with her husband and two wonderful children, Lappin now balances her time between her household, family, studio time, and art career.

Still Life with Grapes and Bowl of Cherries (16 x 12), oil on board, $800

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 11, 2010

Lyubov Momot Awarded Third Place in THE Painting Exhibition at Still Point Art Gallery

Lyubov Momot was awarded the Third Place Gallery Award in THE Painting Exhibition for her work, Sunset. The abstract quality of this piece, the masterful use of color on the buildings and in the sky, the sense of rhythm attained by the placement of the buildings, and the visual tension or interruption created by the tall spires..all combine in a composition that is truly wonderful. I so enjoy looking at this piece.

After years of exploring various methods of painting, including her own unique technique of painting on silk, Momot's favorite medium is oil. Comparing it to acrylic, for example, Momot says that it is much more rich and versatile. It gives me more freedom of expressing myself, especially when I strive to capture the hidden mystery of seemingly common things in order to reveal their inner life.

Even though I love scumble in oil, for my Sunset I've chosen thick impasto layers of paint, more corresponding to that unique, inspiring scene. I've been a painter by nature - as long as I can remember. For me, painting means being in my element - it allows me to immerse myself in that fantastic state of mind -somewhat disturbing, yet comforting at the same time! As Picasso put it, "I begin with idea and then it becomes something else." And that's what I love about painting: improvisation...the thrill of the unknown. Art is the way to the heart of all things. I cannot even imagine my life without painting - they have been inseparable.


Lyubov Momot was born and educated as a fine artist in Ukraine. She graduated from Republican Art School in Kiev with a B.F.A. in painting. She went on to Lviv Academy of Arts to graduate with a M.F.A. in decorative arts and textiles. Momot's artwork has been exhibited and acquired in both Europe and the United States. Momot now lives in Chicago.

Sunset (24 x 10), oil on cardboard, $2950

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 12, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mikel Patrik Creates Spectacular Geometric Designs

When I first announced the Geometric Abstraction exhibition, I mentioned in this blog that I loved geometry even back in high school. I like the orderliness and crispness of geometric shapes. I like the way that geometric shapes can combine to create other geometric shapes. I like that so many different things can be used to create geometric shapes - cloth, paint, wood, plastic, paper, etc. I like the inherent abstractness of geometric art, and I like the energy of geometric art.

All of which leads me to the art of Mikel Patrik. Patrik contributed three amazing pieces for Geometric Abstraction, currently showing at Still Point Art Gallery. I very much enjoy Patrik's work because it appeals to my sense of orderliness, precision, and crispness. His creations are clearly well planned and flawlessly executed. But Patrik's work is anything but formulaic and dull. His pieces are interesting, even captivating. They pulsate with life, energy, and vitality. Yet, the genius of Patrik is that he accomplishes this with relatively simple designs and often very few colors. His work is in a way so simple...but also so very spectacular.

Stitch-Cool, Stitch-MPL, Prism-Random

I asked Mikel Patrik to tell me some things about his background and his art:
My formal education and professional practice as an architect have allowed me to appreciate the importance of color and form. As in architecture, minute details and large gestures work together to create a unique expression. My initial design concepts are likewise intended to be successful in the smallest of scales to the largest of statements.

The opportunity to explore my passion for fine art became a reality in 2008. It was then that I first studied my concept Pixel. It was simply an exercise to explore how individual brushstrokes or ‘pixels’ would translate onto canvas. I enjoy the study of color and how certain colors can appear differently when paired next to other colors. As an architect I have knowledge and experience in color theory - this only enhances the sophistication of my art.
Pixel led to Strata as it was my inherent desire for my paintings to be clean, simple and precise. Although Strata is simple in concept, it becomes dimensional with decisions of line placement, change in color and width of adjacent lines. I’ve always been intrigued with the simplicity of geometric forms and expressions. This led to my exploration of Stitch - what would happen if I study Strata in ‘both’ directions on the same canvas. The result is a fusion of lines, squares and rectangles. The nature of Stitch provides an exciting dimensional character on canvas that is far from flat or stagnant. It really becomes a woven fabric of color across the surface. The various options are limitless!

As I progressed, I questioned what the result would be if I ‘controlled’ the placement of lines in a more uniform and exact process. Stitch-MPL is a culmination of this controlled process in which I start from the center of the canvas with one thin line. The work evolves to the edge of the canvas. Limiting the color palette to two colors results in a geometric ‘spiral’ – almost mathematical in nature. Again, the options become limitless.

. . .  I consider my exploration into art as nothing more than exercises of color, scale and proportion; I do not have an underlying ‘statement’ or philosophy. All of my art is titled simply by its concept, color, and size. There are no underlying messages or stories or emotions in my art. Viewers have complete liberty to perceive and feel whatever comes to mind.

Stitch-Cool (36x36), acrylic on canvas, $2933
Stitch-MPL (36x36), acrylic on canvas, $2933
Prism-Random (24x24), acrylic on canvas, $933

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Still Point Art Gallery
March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Exhibition Opening - THE Painting Exhibition - March 10 to May 4, 2010

Still Point Art Gallery announces the opening of THE Painting Exhibition

The art of painting involves a tool, a substance, and a surface. These are the materials of painting. While the materials of painting may appear to be largely functional, the contribution made by these materials to the work of the painter is far more than functional. While this exhibition is limited to painting, it offers boundless opportunities to explore the various media within painting as well as to look at and enjoy the work of painters who have relied upon this medium to unfold the mysteries of their lives.

Here are a few samples from the show:

Up-Hill (20 x 20), Ermut Lerner, oil on canvas, $750
Ladder to Heaven (40 x 29), Jacek M. Fraczek, oil on canvas, $4000
Meadow II (28 x 28), Ludewig, oil and acrylic on canvas, $2000

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Hosana Bezerra Makes a Mighty Statement

One of the fascinating things about the current exhibition at Still Point Art Gallery is seeing the many varied ways that artists offer their expressions of geometric abstraction. Not only are there many different media represented - painting, photography, ceramic, wood, and many more - but there is such variation within each individual medium.

 Harmony of Power  -  Colored Grates  -  Ethnic Equilibrium

Hosana Bezerra's expression of geometric abstraction takes the form of large acrylic paintings...lots of bold, strong color...geometric shapes that are solid and unmistakable...an overall design that is mostly symmetrical yet not at all predictable...a presence that is substantial and fearless. His pieces are large - several feet at each dimension - making the color seem even stronger and the shapes even more unmistakable. As with all great artists, however, there is much more here than color and shape. At Bezerra's hand, all of this comes together to create pieces that show enormous power and strength, courage and fearlessness. This Brazilian artist makes a mighty statement with his work...a statement encompassing both passion and grace.

See more of Hosana Bezerra's work in the Geometric Abstraction exhibition.

Harmony of Power (40 x 60), acrylic over canvas,  $6750
Colored Grates (48 x 30), acrylic over canvas, $4590
Ethnic Equilibrium (30 x 48), acrylic over canvas, $4590

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
March 3, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Simple Side of Geometric Abstraction

I am hearing many wonderful comments about the Geometric Abstraction exhibition currently showing at Still Point Art Gallery. Thank you to all who have viewed and enjoyed the exhibition. The art in this amazing show is about design, pattern, and shape...symmetry and asymmetry...complexity and simplicity...repetition and disruption. 

Color...there is also lots of color. But some of the most interesting pieces have no color - they are simply back and white. Two pieces that I find particularly interesting are Peter Azrak's Blue Moon and David Sunshine's Simplicity.

A blue moon is the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month, and given the interplay of the 28-day lunar month and the 30- or 31-day calendar month, a blue moon occurs about once every two to three years. Azrak's Blue Moon is a photograph of the blue moon that occurred in December 2009. Geometric? Of course. Also, an amazing photograph. The extreme brightness of the circular moon and the very gradual fading of the aura into the black night sky make this a remarkable and beautiful photograph. It is utterly simple - no color, really only a single white disc against a black background. But this photograph has a draw upon the mind and soul that can be felt. Spend some time with this piece and you will see what I mean. 

Then there is David Sunshine's remarkable piece titled, Simplicity. Photographers need a good eye for seeing things in their world. Photographers create a composition of what they see within the confines of the square or rectangle of their viewfinder. To compose Simplicity, David Sunshine saw two walls, a ceiling, and a floor like no one had ever seen them before. He arranged it all in his viewfinder to be just the way he wanted, and what he saw was captured forever. In my opinion, Sunshine's photograph is a masterpiece. With Simplicity, he cut through all of the complexity that often comes with geometric art and presents another view...the essence - a few simple shapes offered in shades of gray. There is energy in this piece...so much energy, yet it is all so simple.

Blue Moon by Peter Azrak (18 x 18), photography, not framed, $720
Simplicity by David Sunshine (20 x 16), photography, framed, $650

Still Point Art Gallery
March 1, 2010