Friday, December 27, 2019

Sober Collective Art Gallery Wynwood Closing Reception

Tim Boin, Geometry is Life

You are cordially invited to the Closing Reception on Saturday, December 28th from 7 - 10pm for an exclusive tour of the collection curated by Sober Collective's Tim Boin.
 


Sober Collective Art Gallery Pop-Up
80 NE 29th Street, Wynwood
 
Sunday, December 28
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 
RSVP HERE

Known for their public art projects and street art exhibitions at their gallery in Rotterdam and around the world, Sober Collective Art Gallery brings their pop-up exhibition to run all month long from December 1 through December 30, 2019.

This group of artists all excel in bold, abstract and unconventional large-scale work found internationally and celebrated globally.


“Everything in life is based on balance. Geometry is the key to balance, according to the laws of the universe.”

-Tim Boin

 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The magnificent Oeno Gallery of Prince Edward County east of Toronto


Just east of Toronto, Oeno Gallery has dedicated itself to a contemporary reinterpretation of the English landscape movement. This contemporary gallery is situated amidst pinot noir vines in a burgeoning wine region that Time Magazine declared to be one of the top 50 places in the world to visit. The only Canadian destination to make that list, Prince Edward County is gaining international fame for its stunning landscapes, award-winning wines, and most recently, as a mecca for art lovers.


Designed in 2010 by Oeno Gallery owner Carlyn Moulton and landscape architect Drew McCandlish, this garden is now one of the largest private retail sculpture attractions in North America. Over 40,000 visitors arrive each season — whether by private plane, the helipad next to the garden, by train or by car — to enjoy over 70 outdoor sculptures installed by wild grasses, ponds, butterfly gardens, maples and curved garden beds brimming with purple sage and lavender.
www.oenogallery.com

Oeno Gallery
2274 County Road 1
Bloomfield,
Prince Edward County
Ontario, K0K 1G0
Canada

Phone: (613) 393-2216
www.oenogallery.com
info@oenogallery.com

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair January 9-12, 2020


Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair is back for it's fourth edition January 9-12, 2020. Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C) is presented by Art Miami and hosted by the City of West Palm Beach, FL. PBM+C is the most important fair to take place in Palm Beach during the winter season as it brings a world-class, internationally respected group of art dealers and their artists to one of the most culturally savvy and discerning collecting audiences in the world. Purchase tickets here.


VIP PREVIEW

Thursday, January 9 / 5 pm – 9 pm

Access for PBM+C VIP Cardholders & Press



GENERAL ADMISSION

Friday, January 10 / 11 am – 7 pm

Saturday, January 11 / 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday, January 12 / 11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, December 22, 2019

#CallForArtists: SaveArtSpace presents Your Art Los Angeles

SaveArtSpace Will Be Transforming Advertising Spaces Into Public Art In Los Angeles. All Artists Nationwide (Including Puerto Rico And US Territories) Are Encouraged To Submit. 

Submit Now For Your Opportunity To Have Your Art Displayed On Advertisement Space In Los Angeles.

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2020
Local Community Curator: Parker Day
- Each artist is encouraged to submit up to ten (10) images. $10 per image.
- We will announce the selected artist via social media and email.
- There is a 2 to 6-week turnaround time for notification and installation after each deadline.

Canine Art, Man's Best Friend, Flying Dogs — Oh My!

Renowned South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates unique art inspired by man’s best friend. His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend. The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties.


The artist creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog”. He is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce. His painterly expression captures each dog’s own personality with beautiful textures, line and brush strokes using mixed media to bring each dog to life.

Skip Hartzell in his art studio with his dogs.

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.


The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more. Skip Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com / visit www.skiphartzell.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami, The only two shows under one roof during Miami Art Week


Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami celebrated a global showcase in contemporary art during Miami Art Week inside Mana Wynwood convention center, December 4—8, reporting record sales and more than 6,000 guests attending the Opening Night Preview Party. Both shows saw an increase of 5% in attendance over the five days.

To mark commencement of the five-day global kaleidoscope in contemporary art, culture and entertainment, the annual Opening Night Preview Party took place on Wednesday, December 4th, sponsored in association with Jadot and Bulleit Bourbon. Guests experienced the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier – a jaw dropping 3D printed bar designed by the award-winning architecture and inspired by the iconic Bulleit Bourbon label and award-winning whiskey. Guests lined-up for hours for their own 3D printed cocktails and the debut of the new Bulleit Art in a Bottle Collection, with live demonstrations by contemporary artist Elidea, together with urban artist Jason Skeldon. Thousands of the world’s most affluent art dealers, collectors, artists, gallery owners, curators and art enthusiasts attended the opening night extravaganza for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami to enjoy Louis Jadot Wines and hors d'oeuvres, as well as the hottest sounds, presented this year by San Francisco's DJ Jazzy T.

Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

“This year’s shows saw a far more sophisticated audience,” says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Media Group. “Through our ongoing and long standing partnerships in the arts, culture and luxury lifestyle industry, we enjoyed a record attendance through the doors over the five days of Miami Art Week. With both shows inside Mana Wynwood convention center for the very first time, the experience overall was raised significantly from an attendee and exhibitor perspective. Our exhibitors across both shows reported excellent sales and a far more qualified clientele of collectors and art enthusiasts. We look forward to our future in presenting an elevated, world class contemporary and fine art experience. I’d like to thank all our sponsors, partners and patrons for helping to make our return to Wynwood such a success.”

When attendees weren't meeting the exhibiting artists and gallery owners, they were watching Artblend artist Anna Thurber take a chainsaw to a block of frozen flowers to create her next masterpiece and street artist and muralist Cloe Hakakian use a Lamborghini Aventador-S as her canvas outside the main entrance, among other live demonstrations.

Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

Spectrum Miami, presented for its 9th year, featured the works of more than 200 exhibiting galleries and artists from the Florida region, the U.S. and around the globe, informed by the 2019 curatorial theme [IGNITE]. Known for its urban and upscale works of art, the five-day show attracted more than 40,000 visitors and high-net-worth collectors who interact with the specially curated programming, while celebrating the fine art experience with music, entertainment and other special events. This year’s Spectrum Miami included Art Labs, the Spotlight ProgramDiscoveries Collection, live art demonstrations and the new [LOCAL TALENT] Program, showcasing a curated group of emerging and unrepresented artists who created a special exhibition at the show, selected from a collaboration among local art institutions and galleries. This year’s Art Labs included SCIENCE AND HUMANISM presented by artist Yang Yibin; FLOWER KISSES presented by artist Grace Chadwick and IGNITING THE MATADOR: A LAMBORGHINI INSTALLATION presented by street artist Cloe Hakakian. This year’s Spotlight Program was a focused look at a specially curated group of recipients: Alfano SculptureArtnWordzElidea ArtHenrie CollectionJason Perez Art, and Todd Monk Art.

The Spectrum Miami Discoveries Collection presented a selection of unique discoveries from this year’s exhibitors, including Chat Art StudioMalcolm SmithHamilton ArtistryMiri MarcheseTom Lohner, and Coco GenZ. The Discoveries Collection at Spectrum Miami showcased a broad range of artist’s work priced at $3,000 or less. The inaugural [LOCAL TALENT] Program represented some of the exceptional artistic talent residing in Miami-Dade College and attending the sought-after Kendall Campus Art Program. [LOCAL TALENT] is intended to amplify and support the best of Miami’s emerging visual arts community.

Artblend artist mosaic master Doug Powell placed the first piece of the weekend, "Route 66," for $16,000, and by the end of the weekend, Michaela Kuechenhoff and Grant Rosen of Artnwordz had placed over 39 pieces, including "Winging It" for $5,800 and "Cool Hand Luke" for $4,500.

Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

Additional exhibitor sales highlights at Spectrum Miami include:

  • Michaela Kuechenhoff and Grant Rosen of Artnwordz placed over 39 pieces, including "Winging It" for $5,800 and "Cool Hand Luke" for $4,500.
  • Artblend placed 20 pieces, including an Alexandra Murguia sculpture for  $1,600; "Genesis" by Juliana Sheehan for $2,000; a Christine Alfrey piece for $2,400; Shawn Farester's "Pied Piper" at $6,000; Doug Powell's "Route 66" for $16,000; and Rene Cheng's "Raindrop" at $1,850.
  • Jason Perez Art placed Captain Casual's "Don't Hate, Celebrate" for $1,500; Diane Portwood's "...But Take No Shit" for $8,500; and Skel's "The Kennedys" for $3,000.
  • Robert Leone placed a Clarence Clemens original at $15,000 and Clarence Clemens print at $5,000. plus several others.
  • Ritchard Rodriguez placed "Passion Nocturnale" at $8,000 and "Fear of Awareness" at $1,100.
  • Tom Lohner placed "Lady Gaga" for $8,500.
  • A&E Fine Art/Sarona Gallery placed four paintings at $5,000 each.
  • FK-Art placed "A Foot in the Sand" for $6,500.
  • Galeria Uruguay placed Graciela Araciso's "Redimir" for $4,200; Ingrid Ruprechter's "Sunset" for $800; and Isabel Blanco's "Juntos" for $2,400.
  • Grace Chadwick placed "Masking Addiction Series No. 1" for $2,500.
  • Deanna Grant Studios placed "Sigurd" for $2,850 and "Golden Moire" for $1,275.
  • Raymonde Perron placed "Surplus Floral" at $1,600 and "Immersion" at $3,800.
  • Renata Cuellar placed "Puesta del Sol" at $5,500.
  • Richard Reuys placed 15 pieces, including "MaNigiri" and "WomaNigiri" at $2,210 each.
  • Liliana Mendez placed six "Climbers Collection" pieces at $580 each and another piece for $4,800.
  • Monica Perez placed three pieces for a total of $16,000, including "Milan" at $5,900.
  • Nathalia Delgado Nachtigall placed "Urban Nature" at $3,000.
  • Pigment International placed "Because Being Black in a White Space is a Real Thing" at $3,000 and Tyler Clark's "GodFidence" at $1,900.
  • Malcolm Smith placed 12 pieces, including five prints at $1,000 each and two "Shopper 4" prints at $1,800.
  • Karin Brauns placed "Sea Turtles" for $3,000. along with several other pieces.
  • The Fab Four placed three pieces, including Maya De Rodt's "From My Window" at $1,000 and Pamela Awad's "Happiness" at $2,500.
  • Victoria Velozo placed six pieces, including "Pretty Fly" at $1,400 and "Our Power" at $1,400.
  • Vincenzo Greco placed "Red Lips" at $1,800.
  • World Art Fest placed a Reuben Rodriguez piece at $1,500.
  • Layla Dangelo placed her "B Forever" wall sculpture for $3,000.
  • Eduardo Cabrer Studio placed "Thank You" for $2,000.
  • Henrie Collection placed "Rhythm" for $2,100 among several others.
  • Artelisted placed four paintings, including one for $1,750.
  • Elidea Art placed "Sigurd" for $2,850 and "Golden Moire" for $1,275.
  • Alfano Sculpture placed 17 sculptures ranging from $300 to $4,400.
  • Anjos Art Studio placed three pieces, including a Rose Rosetti sculpture for $1,200.

Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

Spectrum Miami Award Winners included:

  • Directors’ Award: Artblend
  • Best Booth Design: Artavita - World Wide Art
  • Best International Exhibitor: Yang Yibin
  • Best New Exhibitor: Robert Leone
  • Sculpture: Elisa Adams Sculptor
  • Rising Artist: William Couture
  • [SOLO]: Malcolm Smith

Red Dot Miami, a curated gallery-only contemporary art fair, presented for its 14th year, saw the highly anticipated annual presentation of leading galleries and their artists, informed by [PASSION] as the curatorial theme for 2019. Red Dot Miami featured more than 60 galleries representing over 500 leading contemporary artists from primary and secondary markets throughout the world. The five-day show attracted more than 40,000 visitors and high-net-worth collectors who interacted with the specially curated programming, including live art demonstrations, the Spotlight ProgramArt Labs, and the Discoveries Collection: presenting a series of unique discoveries from this year’s exhibitors.

This year’s Art Labs included: TRIBUTE TO THE MASTERS: KINETIC INSTALLATION presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA; TINY PRICKS PROJECT presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA; ART ON OLED presented by LG Display and THE ZENITH OF ART: SCULPTURE MEETS COUTURE presented by Zenith Art & Fashion. The 2019 Spotlight Program presented the selected group of recipients: Diego VictoriaIlan Neuwirth Pop ArtStudio JackieThe Wall of Arts, and Woodrow Nash Galleries. The Red Dot Miami Discoveries Collection presented a selection of unique discoveries from this year’s exhibitors, including Agora GalleryAtelier Without BordersContemporary Art Projects USAHadani GalleryKirill Simakov CollectionThe Lawley Group, and Steidel Gallery. The Discoveries Collection at Red Dot Miami showcased a broad range of artist’s work priced at $5,000 or less.

Contemporary Art Projects USA artist Luis Kaulani placed the first piece of the weekend, “Metal Shape 2063”, along with Jackie Fuch’s diptych “Well, Well, Well…” and “What Do We Have Here?” By the end of the fair, Renssen Art Gallery had placed 12 pieces, including three originals, ranging from $10,000 to $12,500.

Additional exhibitor sales highlights at Red Dot Miami include:

  • Gallery Art placed 32 pieces, including 10 Banksys, a Warhol, and a Dali.
  • Contemporary Art Projects USA placed three Luis Kaulani pieces at $10,000 each and two Leo Di Tomaso's "Tribute to Pablo Picasso" at $4,500 each.
  • Renssen Art Gallery placed 12 pieces, including three originals, ranging from $10,000 to $12,500.
  • Sammoun Fine Arts placed five pieces, including "Sunrise on the Beach" at $26,000 and "Luminere et Lavande" at $37,100.
  • Blu Egg Interiors & Art Gallery placed six pieces, including "Red + Blue" at $1,605.
  • Diego Victoria Fine Art placed four pieces, including Norman Libman's "Abstract" at $25,000.
  • Studio Jackie placed 15 pieces, including "Office Party" at $9,000; "I Want My Life in the Clouds" @ $4,000; and "Vintage Playboy in a Bag" at $5,000.
  • The Lawley Art Group placed 11 pieces, including three Tanner Lawley paintings at $1,440 each and two Raphael Crump pieces.  
  • Woodrow Nash Galleries placed "Husani" at $11,500 and a sculpture at $6,500.
  • Roka Art Gallery placed four pieces, including three Eduardo Cabrer Resin Block pieces at $2,00 each.
  • Easton Art Galleries placed "Queen of Games" at $3,500 and a mixed media sculpture at $3,000.
  • Steidel Fine Art placed a ceramic vessel at $3,000.
  • Artlink International placed "Crash the Thing," watercolor on paper, at $2,800.
  • European Art & Design placed Red Bike's "Freedom" sculpture at $2,500.
  • Atelier Without Borders placed five Sebastian Heynig's prints at $200 each

Photo Credit: Rob Hibbs/Redwood Media Group

Red Dot Miami Award Winners included:

  • Directors’ Award: Zenith Art & Fashion
  • Best Booth Design: Contemporary Art Projects USA
  • Best International Exhibitor: The Gallery Steiner
  • Best New Exhibitor: The Wall of Arts
  • Sculpture: Ilan Neuwirth Pop Art

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have grown to become the ultimate destination for the fine art industry professional and contemporary art enthusiast who collectively seek a more accessible experience with exhibits showcasing the world’s most progressive portfolios by some of today’s elite artists, galleries, and emerging talents. With tens of thousands of art aficionados and collectors flocking to see the artwork of the 1,000+ artists showcased by over 250 exhibitors, these are two non-stop, not-to-be missed destination Miami Art Week shows. For more information, visit www.reddotmiami.com or www.spectrum-miami.com.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

JonOne Limited Edition Giclée "My World" | 48 hour sale, Dec 18-19

JONONE presents a Time-Limited Edition Print


Limited edition giclée print
on 300g cotton fine art paper
24 x 20 in. (61x51cm)
Signed and numbered

200 USD + shipping*
ON SALE FOR ONLY 48 HOURS
12:00am (EST) Wednesday December 18 to
11:59pm (EST) Thursday December 19
* This is a special time-limited edition event, thus final edition number and production will not begin until AFTER December 19. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Contact now to pre-order and reserve your print.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Artist Robin Babitt Combines Her Passion For Art & Cooking Into Her Work, With Recipes For Each Art Piece!

‘Split Happens’, 16″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas

Contemporary artist Robin Babitt is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Her work is colorful and fun, she creates the ultimate “conversation pieces” with a twist. Robin combines her passion for art and cooking into her artwork, each piece includes it’s own authentic recipe in the back for the particular personality of the art piece.

‘Pineapple Upside Down’, 16″ x 16″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas
Original is Framed: 17.5″ x 17.5″ in a Black Lacquer Floating Frame

Robin has always seen life in color, “Letters are different shades of colors. Numbers are primary colors. In elementary school I saw the alphabet above the black chalkboard as a rainbow. Art class was my ally, and algebra my adversary. I thought everyone saw the alphabet as I did until I learned of a phenomenon that identified me. I have been described as unique, colorful and animated and I could not tell you why,” explained the artist. This phenonmenon is known as Synesthesia, and it can involve any of the senses. The most common form, colored letters and numbers, occurs when someone always sees a certain color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number. Welcome to the vibrant and exciting world of Robin Babitt!

‘Chckn & Dmplns’, 30″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas

The artist’s work reaffirms her feeling that we all have the desire to create, interact, with a pinch of fun and a dash of humor. Robin’s medium is acrylic on canvas. Giclees and prints are available, and all paintings are accompanied by authentic recipes. Her Bon Art-Petit Recipe/Art Book is presently in production. We recently had the pleasure to chat with Robin to learn more about her art and current projects:


Q – What is the best part about being an artist?

A – Being an artist allows me the freedom to express myself beyond the written word. We take up a lot of air space talking about nothing but one painting, one photograph, a recipe, a song or a dance can be expressed without uttering a word. I don’t know of any other profession that validates and honors ‘the art of being unique’. One of the best things about being an artist is that I get the chance to “start over” every time I unwrap a new white canvas. To me its like a new day, an opportunity to better my craft, better myself, and see the vision of a new outcome that I’m bringing to life.

‘I Wonton More From Life’, 30″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas
Original is Framed: 31.5″ x 25.5″ in a White Lacquer Floating Frame

Q – You have such a magical talent, can you tell us about “seeing letters and numbers in color”?

A – My magical talent is that I see things differently than others see them. I see things through a child’s kaleidoscope. From the very beginning, I’ve been described as unique, colorful and possessing a ‘light’. Some have told me that people are drawn to me because of this ‘light’. I see letters as shades of colors and numbers as primary colors. Days of the week are colors as are months of the year, and music and songs. The letters in someone’s name will determine whether or not we’ll have a friendship, relationship, be acquaintances or possibly nothing. The price on a menu (numbers) is a determining factor in what I’ll order. I would easily choose an entrée for $26.00 over an entrée for $29.00. The ‘6’ in the $26.00 is very bright compared to the ‘9’ in $29.00. The position of lighter letters in someone’s name is a determining factor as well, but this was normal for me. I never gave it a moment’s thought. I though everyone saw things in color, until my daughter called me from college one day in 2007 and told me that she had learned about what I have. I didn’t know I had anything! She proceeded to tell me that it’s a phenomenon called Synesthesia, aka Graphene-color synesthesia and Chromesthesia, sound-to-color. After she explained it to me, I did some research. It was to a ‘T’; exactly what I’ve seen throughout my life and at that moment I realized that others did not see the world in color as I do. My life is in color as you can see by my art. I can’t imagine living any other way. I choose to create fun in vibrant colors to jolt fond, happy memories from that inner child that may have been lost while we are trying to grow up.

‘Somewhere’, 36″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas

Q – Can you tell us about your Recipes for Art and how you incorporate feelings and experiences into your art practice?

A – My recipe book for art is designed to give children, teens and young adults not only a taste for cooking, but a taste for art. Combining these two ingredients is the perfect recipe for simple fun, interaction, laughter, creativity and joy. My book will be a Kitchen/Coffee Table “Gotta Have”. Bridging the gap between the generations, bridging the gap between knowing how to boil water and making something worthy of serving is a positive, fun way to learn, make mistakes, laugh at yourself, be humble, be confident, knowing all the while that if all else fails, you can either send out for a pizza or make one yourself! All recipes are tried and true, and each original painting giclee or print is accompanied with the specialty recipe for that piece of art. The Bon Art-Petit Recipe/Art Book is presently in production.

‘Broccoli Gnocchin’, 20″ x 20″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas
Original is Framed: 21.5″ x 21.5″ in a White Lacquer Floating Frame

Q – In your opinion, what role does an artist have in society?

A – The role of an artist in society is to give others a reason or cause to engage; permission to express themselves, seeing different perspectives and accepting another’s uniqueness. Artists exist in a world where conformity and judgements have no place and diversity is embraced.

‘Chasing Cars’, 36″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas

Q – What is your creative process like?

A – My creative process is simple. It’s all personalities. I see my creations with individual personalities: playful, fun, and happy. Broccoli has big hair. My leek pancakes look like Wolfman Jack. Ms. Bomb is a banana and a pole dancer, and the Christmas Tree just wants a ‘Silent Night’. A fortune cookie dressed in a suit with a briefcase filled with cash envies, the wontons floating down the river in soup bowls. Any woman would prefer a beautiful stiletto to a skewer when preparing shish kabob.

‘Long and Winding Road’, 30″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas

Q – You’ve worked on so many incredible projects, which one was your most enjoyable?

A – I love all the pieces I create. I create personalities. My favorite pieces are those that make a statement and the pieces that made you who you are. Big Yellow Taxi was awesome because we are losing a lot of our paradise to demolition and continuous building. Chasing Cars was created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as I am a survivor since 2006. It was a thrill to do this painting and donate it to my Doctor of Oncology at Lynn Cancer Center and send copies to the doctors who took care of me in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My political series is called ‘Iffencare’, and those are more personal like the shooting in Parkland titled “Every Parent’s Nightmare” for gun control. My political paintings have been sent to Washington and various media institutions.

‘Fonduzzi’, 24″ x 30″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas
Original is Framed: 25.5″ x 31.5″

The artist recently exhibited at Spectrum Miami during Art Basel Week with Artblend Gallery in Booth #720, December 4-8, 2019. For more information about this fascinating artist, upcoming exhibits, sales or commissions, and general information visit: www.robinbabitt.com

University of Miami Lowe Art Museum: Carlos Estévez, Cities of the Mind

Carlos Estévez, 'Citadel' (2017), Oil and Watercolor Pencil on Canvas, 88 x 88 Inches.

The University of Miami Lowe Art Museum presents the most recent project of renowned Cuban-American artist Carlos Estévez, Cities of the Mind features nine large-format paintings that reference the artist's fascination with city plans. Inspired by the Havana of his youth, the Medieval European cities to which he has traveled extensively as an adult, and his abiding interest in symbolic cosmology and origin stories, Estévez has created in this body of new work personal maps of the human mind influenced by ancient cartography. Guest curated by Dr. Carol Damian and generously supported by Laura Blanco, Chris and Susanne Armstrong, and Rafael and Marijean Miyar. This exhibition is on view through May 3, 2020.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

“Dog Artist” Skip Hartzell Creates Art Inspired By Man’s Best Friend

For Skip Hartzell, known locally as “the dog artist,” inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk—accompanied by a furry friend. The act of making art is one of benevolence for Hartzell, and also his dog art sells. He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters.

‘Raw Dog #1’, Mixed materials with Burlap and Concrete, 75 x 45 x 35 Inches

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.

Skip Hartzell in his art studio

The artist creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog”. He is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce. His painterly expression captures each dog’s own personality with beautiful textures, line and brush strokes using mixed media to bring each dog to life.

‘Bosco’, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 Inches

Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork.

‘Golden’, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 Inches

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County ‘Reimagine’​ Exhibition
Featuring Skip Hartzell’s work in Paws & Claws: Animals in Art, 2019

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.

‘Swimmer #2’, Flashe on Canvas, 72 x 72 Inches

“If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell’s soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs,” said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce where Hartzell has held exhibitions. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com / visit www.skiphartzell.com