Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

Gallery Spotlight: David Lusk Gallery

October 13, 2010

I don’t know much about the art scene in Memphis, but I do know that this is a great gallery, with some nationally (and possibly internationally) known artists.  The imagery ranges from the non-objective to the realistic; from the serene to the scribbly; from the sensitive to the conceptual; and from serious to whimsical.  Also, they only represent close to 40 artists – anything over 50 and you are getting into the money-making more than than the artistry.  At least that has been my experience.

Let me give you a little taste of what the gallery is like based on the above descriptions:

NON-OBJECTIVE

“Balls”, Pinkney Herbert, 53 x 42”

REALISTIC

Jared Small, Untitled Mint, 48 x 34”

SERENE

“Shrouded Sun II”, Bruce Brainard, 36 x 60

SCRIBBLY (or autonomous)

Wayne Edge

SENSITIVE

“The Back of Beyond”, Maysey Craddock

CONCEPTUAL

Terri Jones

SERIOUS

Jeane Umbreit, photograph

WHIMSICAL

Kat Gore, mixed media

Now, mind you, these are MY interpretations and labels (but I do have Master’s degree)!  Some of these images could fall under more than one “label”.  I’m just showing you a sample. 🙂  If you are ever in the Memphis area, check it out!

This gallery also carries one of my favorite contemporary artists, Anne Siems.  Look at the amazingness.

David Lusk Galery also represents the estate of  Carroll Cloar (among others).

In the studio

September 30, 2010

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last painted, and boy does it feel good to get back into it.  I find that I am a much happier person if I can just work with my hands for a few hours – even if I am crocheting.  There is just something about taking a raw material and working it into an idea  – or even just seeing where the raw material takes you just by the nature of the material.  Also, my introverted half (when I took that Myers-Briggs test I was an I/ENFP – half introvert and half extrovert, plus the “NFP”.  It makes perfect sense if you know me.) really enjoys the solitude and refueling that working alone brings.

This is a detail shot of a new painting I’m working on – which is, of course, on a circular canvas – 30 inches in diameter.  I really like to go ahead and get the figure established with the unfinished background so that I can now start working on both at the same time.  I have no idea where all the green is going.  Some of it will probably be glazed over and pushed more to yellow or blue.  I did, however, LOVE what the greens were doing in this painting by William Holman Hunt called “The Light of the World” (oil on canvas over panel, 49 x 23, 1851-53):

This is in a book I own called “The Pre-Raphaelite Dream”, which was the name of an excellent exhibit at the Frist Center in Nashville several years ago.  Love those Pre-Raphaelites.

I am also working on something a little more sculptural.  In case you didn’t know, I love medieval art (and NO, I do not frequent the Renaissance fairs) – the manuscripts, the pattern, the gold leaf, and yes, even the jewelry – which tended to have circles within circles within circles – as well as other shapes and patterns.  I decided to make a larger and simpler  version of a medieval brooch that I saw, with the intent of painting some of my typical imagery on it after the construction.

Sooooo… several months ago I went to a place where they make stereos for your car, and asked them if I could have their scrap circles that they cut out for stereos.  They were happy to oblige.  The image below is a result of me gluing together several of these cutouts and then priming them.  I am not sure what to do with it yet…we shall see…

That’s all from the studio as of late!

On another note, I think I have found my first artist to interview.  Stay tuned!