Monday, January 15, 2007

Bonner David Gallery 2006 show
Southeastern ART Gallery News - 2005

AB/EX Paintings on Display - Mason Murer and Trinity Galleries

If you have read some of my previous articles you will know that I particularly like the work of pop art painters like Warhol and Litchenstein who knocked the abstract expressionist painters off their throne in the early sixties.

With that in mind, it is with pleasure to report that two artists passed my "Wow!" test. My Wow! test is when I visit a gallery and certain works of art cause me just to stop and say Wow!. Such is the art of Quim Bove being shown at the Trinity Gallery and Gary Grant's work being shown at the Mason Murer Gallery.

The Bove paintings are bright and bold with a tendency to move out of the 2D world into the 3D world. Alan Avery ( gallery co-owner) was helpful as usual in filling in some interesting information about the art. He indicated that they were having difficulty getting good photographs of the work because of the very reflective painting surface. The artists told him that he intended the work to seen with the reflections of the viewers and other background objects along with the art. So the viewer becomes part of the boldly colored art.

Gary Grant's art is also really quite beautiful with a lot of thought and detail applied to each painting. My understanding of the process is that he applies acrylic paint and silver or gold leaf over thin layers of clay on the canvas. This causes sub-surface cracks that appear under the gold leaf and acrylic paint. I suspect that it is a little more complicated than it sounds. This technique results in some really nice art that will add to the beauty of any room.

Here is what Bove has to say about his action paintings:

As a Contemporary painter, I want to express my concerns, my feelings from the Human and Universe interactions. I'm a visceral painter and I let the energy flow from a three elements cycle: Human, Universe and paint.

I feel the painter is like an alchemist who is looking for the philosophical stone.
When I'm painting I fall into trance, and the painting action becomes one, it is like a medium that transports you to a mystical level.

The painting action becomes very important, I make previous sketches for every painting, every thing is methodically calculated including the natural elements, which modulate and leave the print on them, (I don't like the accident.)

The techniques that I use are imperative for achieving the Sui Generis results. The use of resins has an important role, reflection of the space and most important the dialogue or dichotomy of the viewer and the painting.

I'm constantly researching and looking for the right contemporary vocabulary to express myself, it is like a child who discovers the world and likes to explore every thing, playing, fighting and loving with the paint.
I like to project beauty, energy and most important meaning.

I'm part of the universe and the Humanity, and I want to leave a print of an artist who loves the world.

I again recommend that you high powered type "A" personalities take a very long lunch from noon to four and visit the Trinity and Mason Murer galleries. On Tuesday through Thursday, you will often find the gallery owner available with a wealth of information about the fine art hanging on their gallery walls. These gallery owners are very helpful and willing to answer any questions. Don't worry about asking dumb questions. Just explain you are new to the art scene and are learning. Today's student is tomorrow's collector and gallery owners always love to expand their collector base.

Investing in art is a good practice if you pay close attention to what the gallery owners are telling you. The gallery owners have limited wall space and just by virtue of providing that space to an artist you can be assured that they think that the art is a good investment. Gallery owners rarely exhibit an artist on a whim. You would be surprised at the number of gallery owners who also collect the art that they exhibit.

John Rapp

Bove Paintings - As with most art, you really have to see it in person to appreciate the dynamics. Rarely does 2D art reproduced on the Internet show you exactly what the artist intended you to see. - JR

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