Edgar Allen Poe, a master of Romanticism, wrote: “no such combination of scenery exists in nature as the painter of genius may produce.” Early Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and fantasy, especially being in nature. For example, artists like Waterhouse had a passion for a natural setting and love of strong and beautiful figures. While some artists portrayed humans at one with and a part of nature, others drew nature's power, evoking a feeling of the sublime - awe mixed with terror. They longed to belong to a society that went back into the mists of time where life seemed so much simpler and far more beautiful.
In today’s society, a new yearning for intimacy and beauty prevails. The flood of bad news and images of terror makes people long for safe places and redeeming perspectives. Neo-romantic artists have clearly taken up a thread of the Romantic spirit. Yet, behind the desire for the paradisiacal, the beautiful, and the magic of fairy-tales, the dark and the eerie are as present as the insight that utopias are doomed to failure.
I am so please to announce my first public gallery exhibition!
The Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim, New Zealand will be hosting a show of up to 20 of my paintings from the past few years. I will be giving a floor talk on the opening day Saturday 12th May at 4pm. All welcome.
Curated by Michael Cuff of The Warholian
Such a cute premise for a show! Artists from all over the world have been selected to recreate an animated character in their own style or interpretation. Ive been working on a piece reimagining The Little Mermaid. Heres a peek of the work in progress...
This is going to be an intriguing exhibition!
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The way society, culture and attitudes to the environment have been heading over the past few years, as well as the current political climate, have created something of a renaissance for speculative and dystopian fiction writers. “Little Utopias” is a tribute to one such author in particular, Margaret Atwood.
“Our problem right now is that we’re so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there’s a little utopia.”
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This year we have challenged 30 of our favourite artists to create original artworks with 300 custom-cut plywood leaves.
We are pleased to announce KidsCan as the charity partner for New Leaf, with $10 from each piece sold going to the charity. Through practical means, KidsCan helps Kiwi kids living in hardship to reach their full potential and create brighter futures for themselves.
The exhibition will be held at Allpress Studio, at 8 Drake St in Auckland City. Please join us at 6pm on 8 November to celebrate!
30 artists, 300 artworks, $100 each
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opening: Wednesday 8 November at 6pm
exhibition: 9 – 10 November 2017
open 10am – 3:30pm daily
at Allpress Studio
8 Drake Street
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King Woman, Opening Reception: Oct. 12th, 7-9pm
Exhibition On View Through Dec. 9th. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 12-6pm
This fall, Pen + Brush is collaborating with curator Mashonda Tifrere, who founded ArtLeadHER, on a group exhibition titled King Woman. This exhibit will uniquely pair underexposed female artists with their established contemporaries in an effort to support the less recognized artists within a community of like-minded women who share the ultimate goal of effecting real change in the marketplace for all women artists.
"It is through this critical pairing of recognized and less well-known women artists that I, and Pen + Brush, hope to showcase the talent, power and breadth of the work that women can create," says Tifrere.
Prior to graduating from Christie’s Education and launching ArtLeadHER, Tifrere became a champion for women artists as a collector when she began to experience the same lack of equity within the art market as she faced in the recording industry.
Tifrere’s work, and the founding of ArtLeadHER as a platform that offers exposure and strategic access to the primary market for talented female artists, is directly in line with the mission of Pen and Brush and the re-launch of our 123 year-old organization in 2015.
“This show is not only a celebration of outstanding work by women, but also of our shared mission to provide professional female artists with a channel for acknowledgment and recognition,” explains Pen + Brush Executive Director Janice Sands.
This group exhibition will feature the work of 25 visual artists, including performance and video installations. King Woman will encompass a mix of styles from renowned street artist Swoon whose work depicts everyday men, women, and life often as religious icons, to Lola Flash whose regal portrait series SALT, captures woman who are 70 in an unexpected light, to the extreme hyper-realism of Carole A. Feuerman, Kit King, and Ingrid Baars, whose work is juxtaposed with a group of explosive and gestural abstract painters including Taira, Rebecca Allan, Renee Phillips, and Trixie Pitts. The exhibit will also feature the award-winning screenwriter and director, A.V. Rockwell, creator of The Gospel, a music-driven short film that serves as a visual prelude to Alicia Keys’ sixth studio album, Here. King Woman will be the first exhibit installation of the film.
WOW x WOW is incredibly proud to present ‘LIGHTNING BOLTS & LITTLE SPARKS’, the exciting inaugural group exhibition from our new online gallery. With this gallery platform, WOW x WOW intends to take a step back from any of the restrictions that ‘themed’ group shows can impose on an artist’s natural expression, and instead provide a stage for participating artists to showcase new pieces from their personal and ongoing output of work.
The show title, ‘LIGHTNING BOLTS & LITTLE SPARKS’, is a metaphorical reference to both the ‘eureka’ moments and the smaller inspirational steps forward that are experienced by every artist; all of which are significant and of relevance to the continual growth and development of the true artistic voice of each creative individual.
Curated by WOW x WOW’s founder, the Scottish artist, curator and writer, Tim Maclean, ‘LIGHTNING BOLTS & LITTLE SPARKS’ will feature the work of over 90 artists, and gathers together a powerful roster of both established and emerging talent from within the international New Contemporary Art movement.
Susanne Apgar | Mia Araujo | Jean Pierre Arboleda | Ana Bagayan | Paul Barnes | Tom Bagshaw | Marcela Bolivar | Robert Bowen | Jana Brike | Adrian Landon Brooks | Scott G. Brooks | Mark Bryan | Chris Buzelli | Zoe Byland | Jeff Christensen | The Chung!! | Sam Wolfe Connelly | Robert Steven Connett | Adrian Cox | Lara Dann | Niels de Jong | Kelly Denato | Bob Dob | Bob Doucette | DXTR | Mike Egan | Michael Forbes | Natalie Foss | Renee French | Sonya Fu | Frank Gonzales | Femke Hiemstra | Anthony Hurd | Charlie Immer | Shoko Ishida | Andy Kehoe | Ben Kehoe | Richard A. Kirk | Roman Klonek | Caia Koopman | Tara Krebs | Travis Lampe | Edith Lebeau | Declan Lee | Tim Lee | Chris Leib | Jason Limon | Alice Lin | Dan Lydersen | Dave MacDowell | Jon MacNair | Danny Malboeuf | Meredith Marsone | Dan May | Julianna Menna | Moki | Jaime Molina | Heiko Müller | Sean Norvet | Peca | Boris Pelcer | Kevin W Peterson | Bao Pham | Bruno Pontiroli | Matthew Quick | David Rice | Eric Richardson | Bene Rohlmann | Saddo | Henry Schreiber | Hikari Shimoda | JR Slattum | Allison Sommers | Nathan Spoor | Jophen Stein | Deth P. Sun | Erlend Tait | Pamela Tait | Roland Tamayo | Gary Taxali | Jon Todd | Ania Tomicka | Amandine Urruty | Joe Vaux | Edith Waddell | Wiley Wallace | Helice Wen | Dan Withey | Sandra Yagi | Graham Yarrington
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Aeternus: Aeternus is an exhibition that explores the superior entities that have populated our mythologies since the dawn of reason among homo sapiens. From the earliest veneration of our planet’s life-giving sun, through the varied polytheistic mythologies that subsequently developed over time, and to the monotheism of the world’s most cultivated religions of modern times, gods have been given authority over our lives as creators, providers and overseers, whether interceding in our lives or not. For thousands of years rich cultures of worship, ritual, and have developed with beautiful stories that give life meaning to many people. Deities will feature works of art by international, national, and local artists who are inspired by these stories presented in a variety of mediums.
Opening Reception: April 7, 2017
Exhibit Runs: April 7 – April 28, 2017
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A visually poetic journey through the eyes of the international woman
Featuring 11 female artists from across the globe
Exclusively curated by ArtLeadHER for Lawrence Alkin Gallery Exhibition dates: 7 April – 6 May 2017
Private View and Press Preview: 6 April 2017
Exhibiting artists include: Swoon, Kit King, Ingrid Baars, Delphine Diallo, Elizabeth Waggett, Meredith Marsone, Lucy Sparrow, Zoe Grace, Teresa Duck, Abi Whitlock, and Juliette Clovis.
Lawrence Alkin Gallery presents upcoming group show Underneath, exclusively curated by ArtLeadHER, an organization dedicated to empowering and celebrating women in art. It features work from eleven international, contemporary female artists at various stages of their careers, highlighting the contributions and dispositions of working female artists in the modern market.
ArtLeadHER has cherry-picked a selection of new and recent works by artists communicating the multitudinous forms of female perspective. Themes of struggle and pain, softness, and a near-constant grappling with visible and invisible power structures are revealed. Underneath is a demonstration of every woman's journey. It lends feeling and understanding to the dynamics and dimensions of feminine energy.
The 15 works on view range in scale, media, and approach, and include ﬁgurative and abstract portraiture, sculpture, photography, and street art. Underneath is a celebration of women, providing a platform for acknowledgment and appreciation.
ArtLeadHER founder, Mashonda Tifrere launched the platform in March 2016 as a dynamic way to showcase, celebrate and bring awareness to the women creating, curating and thriving in the male-dominated art world. She explains:
“After collecting art for 15 years, my enthusiasm for bringing women's work into the forefront of the art world became a priority. The development of ArtLeadHER over the last year has provided female artists with a safe haven to be completely expressive in an open environment and gain the recognition they deserve.”
The London show draws attention to the array of techniques used by artists and various influences from different cultures and experiences. From Ingrid Baars’s unique style of photographic manipulation, to Zoe Grace’s uplifting neon pieces, sources of inspiration are diverse and often deeply personal. Whether a proud acknowledgement of rich, African heritage, to more turbulent experiences with issues such as depression, drug addiction and homelessness, each piece tells a story about its creator.
Sam Rhodes, Lawrence Alkin Gallery Director, says:
“Our gallery roster has always heavily featured female artists, helping champion individuals for their unconventional style and practice and gaining recognition where it’s due. Unfortunately, still to this day, the art world appears skewed towards male artists, so when the opportunity arose for us to collaborate on a showcase of women artists, it signified the realization of an exhibition we’ve long wanted to host.
“The collaboration with ArtleadHER provides the perfect opportunity to emphasize the importance of equal and fair opportunities – male, female, internationally recognized or just starting out. The show brings together great talents from across the world, uniting cultures at a time of division and celebrating beauty in humanity.”
In the run up to the show, the gallery and ArtleadHER are also hosting a Women in Art
Panel moderated by Susan Mumford, the founder of the Association of Women Art Dealers. The discussion will explore topics relevant to women in art, and what it means to be a working female artist in today’s art market.
Underneath runs from Friday 7 April to Saturday 6 May at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42
New Compton Street, London, WC2H 8DA www.lawrencealkingallery.com
This body of work centres around the emotional life and the internal workings of the female experience, as I know it to be. The complexities of being highly involved in wounds, at the same time aware of a higher state of awareness that relieves those hurts. Its a very personal exploration which has been a largely intuitive journey, producing work that involves a high level of vulnerability. As artists we expose ourselves whenever we create, but to say openly, ‘This work is about my internal world, my failings and my realisations’, opens me even further. As a parallel to this statement is my methodology which is also full of risk and trust. I render my figures lifelike, painstaking work which requires all of my skill and concentration. Only to be followed by a highly intuitive stage involving bold decisions, holding my breath, risking the work gone before, and a lot of paint! This work is me- openly, lovingly and honestly presented to you for you to take what you like from it. Ultimately, I hope you find connection or understanding, or some kind of recognition that we are all, fundamentally, the same.
Opening September 3rd at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, is LAX/ORD, a group exhibition showcasing new small format works by some of the most relevant and exciting artists working in the New Contemporary Art Movement. Connecting the West Coast art scene to that of the MidWest’s, this survey exhibition will feature local and international artists curated by one of the movement’s most active and respected proponents: Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery. This collaborative presentation with Patrick Hull’s Vertical Gallery is Thinkspace’s tenth iteration of its successful traveling exhibition series, and will be the largest presentation of New Contemporary art ever to take place in Chicago.
Featuring 12″ x 12″ small format works by nearly one hundred individual artists, LAX/ORD is broadly curated by Thinkspace’s co-founder Andrew Hosner. This comprehensive exhibition is meant to capture the diversity and dynamism of the steadily growing New Contemporary Art Movement, bringing the largest representative cross-section of its burgeoning international community to the MidWest for the first time. In addition to the ambitious gallery display, a site- specific mural collaboration between Ghostbeard and Patch Whisky will be presented in tandem with the exhibition.
“With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art, and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” said Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner.
Participating artists include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amanda Marie, Amy Crehore, Apex, Ariel DeAndrea, Baghead, Benjamin Garcia, Brandi Read, Brian Mashburn, Buff Monster, C215, Candice Tripp, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Chad Pierce, Chie Yoshii, Christina Mrozik, Colin McMaster, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Cycle, Dan Lydersen, Dan-ah Kim, David Rice, Derek Gores, Drew Leshko, Drew Young, Dulk, Edwin Ushiro, Ekundayo, Erik Siador, Felipe Pantone, Fernando Chamarelli, Fintan Magee, Frank Gonzales, Fumi Nakamura, Gaia, Germs, Ghostbeard, Greg Mike, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Icy and Sot, Jaime Molina, James Bullough, James Reka, Jana & JS, Jason Thielke, Jason Woodside, Jeremy Hush, Joanne Nam, Josie Morway, Juan Travieso, Kelly Vivanco, Kohshin Finley, Kwanchia Moriya, Kyle Stewart, Linnea Strid, Lisa Ericson, Liz Brizzi, Lunar New Year, Mark Warren Jacques, Martin Whatson, Mary Iverson, Matt Linares, Matt Small, Matthew Grabelsky, Meredith Marsone, Michael Reeder, Mike Egan, Miles Toland, Molly Gruninger, Nevercrew, Neil Perry, Nosego, Oneq, Paul Barnes, Pam Glew, Patch Whisky, Peter Adamyan, Seamus Conley, Sean Mahan, Sean Norvet, Sebastian Wahl, Sepe, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Tatiana Suarez, Tony Philipppou, Troy Coulterman, UR New York, Wiley Wallace, Woes, X-O,Yok & Sheryo, and Yosuke Ueno.
Group show at Smash Gallery, San Francisco
"This July marks Smash Gallery's one year Anniversary, and we are commemorating this milestone with our second annual summer show, Familiar Deconstructed. Over the past year we have evolved as a gallery, refining our program, and celebrating the artists that we have represented as they define and redefine their style and intent.
Familiar Deconstructed will be both a retrospective of our first year, and a look forward at what's to come. Featuring work by Abigail Drapkin, Alex Murray Clark, Daniel Segrove, Jane Radstrom, Meredith Marsone, Michael Aaron Williams, Sergio Lopez, and Taylor Smalls, with more artists to be announced. This dynamic, bold group show is the perfect salutation to summer.
Please join us for an Opening Reception for Familiar Deconstructed on Saturday, July 23, from 7-11pm; raise a glass of something sparkling and help us celebrate our First Anniversary!"
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New paintings will be presented at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney Australia, opening 26th May 2016!
Friends of Leon Gallery presents one of New Zealand’s most exciting art exports
In her highly anticipated Sydney show
The benevolence of messy love: Abstracting from real-world relationships
‘Simulacrum’ is an exhibition of contemporary portraiture and art featuring the human figure.
The exhibition runs from 6th May until 26 June. Our opening night party is on the 6 May and as usual it will be a fun filled evening with champagne cocktails and snacks. We are privileged to welcome Ben Brown, the Lyttelton author and poet who will read some of his work on the opening night. Many of the exhibiting artists will be at the opening night party.
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Beautiful Grimes 2015, oil on board, 300 x 250mm
Portrait of Ben Brown, poet and writer, 2015, oil on board, 600m tondo
***ONE NIGHT ONLY***
See the collection of paintings by Meredith Marsone - ABSTRACTED LOVE, for one night only in Christchurch before its packed up and sent on to Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney.
Friday April 29th 5:00pm
Followed by Classical Soiree from 8pm-10pm with Chirny Presents
Artist Meredith Marsone - Abstracted Love
The benevolence of messy love: Abstracting from real-world relationships
Over the past 12 months, Meredith Marsone has exploded onto the international art scene with her unique mixture of refined portraiture and abstract art. She is showing this entirely new body of work for one night only prior to shipping it to Sydney's Friends of Leon Gallery for an opening May 26th.
Hailing from Lyttelton, Marsone captures intimate moments in human relationships, and depicts them in delicate but evocative artworks laced with cool icy tones. She observes how we connect to each other through our body language – her paintings capture an intimate glance, a blush, or the slightest touch of skin.
Her latest body of work is titled ABSTRACTED LOVE. Her collection depicts love and loss, with her characters frozen in a moment of time – an embrace, a hug, losing a loved one or holding onto a fragile love.
Within her visually arresting paintings, the characters seem to appear and disappear amongst her dripping thick oil paints of pastel blues, washed out ochres and lashings of silver foiling. Her realistic detailed figures are juxtaposed against areas of gestural abstract brush strokes applied with a palette knife to board.
"I love translating the dance between people into my work, which for me is about being courageous with the juxtaposed elements of figurative and gestural. The unique point of tension for me is risking the whole piece with the palette knife. After I've poured myself into rendering the figures I add the impasto, often with a knot in my stomach. Being vulnerable, like in good, genuine relationships, makes for better art and better love." Meredith Marsone
Meredith has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and is currently working with galleries in New York, San Francisco and Illinois. She has been featured in Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz and Masters of Paint. She currently is a finalist in the Adam Portrait Award 2016 and won first prize in the Lysaght Watt Art Award 2015.
For more about Meredith please visit www.meredithmarsone.com
After the One Night Only the work then travels to Sydney. Abstracted Love opens at Friends of Leon Gallery on Thursday 26 May 2016 from 6-8PM
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Exhibition runs until the 11th of June
82 Marlborough Street Surry Hills
A collection of tiny artworks from Smash Gallery artists! Each artwork has one side no larger than 4 inches! A perfect way to start your art collection or to add a sweet little touch to a growing one.
Address: 210 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Opening Reception: March 5 (6-8pm)
Runs: March 5 – 26, 2016
At Alexi Era Gallery, Mascoutah, Illinois, US
This exhibition is created in a partnership with The You Rock Foundation. One in Four people have or will struggle from a diagnosable mental health struggle in their lifetime. There is an intense need for awareness of this difficult subject matter as an insight into the atypical release artists face as they express some of their deepest motivations, feelings and their own personal contact with the subject matter portrayed through their work. Each artist will work with a mental health disorder of choice based on personal experience or outside influences that have impacted their lives. Art is an invaluable, an incredible resource to educate people on mental health crisis we face worldwide and the stigmas unfortunately still attached to them. This exhibition hopes to bring hope, understanding and awareness to a very important topic.
Artists Exhibited: Anita Inverarity, Anja Altenburg Laursen, Anka Lavriv, Aunia Kahn, Bella Harris, Blaine Schanter, Bob Doucette, Catherine Moore, Chris Mars, Damian Chaves, Deborah Jackson, Emma Overman, Encarni Diaz, Erich J. Moffitt, Gretchen Lewis, Hikari Shimoda, Inge Vandormael, Ingrid Tusell, Jessica, Perner, Junker Jane, Kelly McKernan, Lea Barozzi, Lioba Bruckner, M de Vena, Marie Larkin, Mary Syring, Meredith Marsone, Paul Chatem, Relm, ShirrStone Shelter, Susannah Kelly, Yishu Wang