Archive for the ‘Red’ Category

Bigger is Better

October 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,mixed medium,Paintings,Red,trees | Comments (0)

Prophet, 60x48

After a three-month exhibit in Colorado Springs Airport, regional artist John Sherman’s remaining (unsold) paintings moved to Hunter-Wolff Gallery this week.  Large and larger-scale paintings in bold blocks of color adorn the walls for a big splash. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find John Sherman’s work intriguing, even irresistible.  It is hard to put one label on the style of his work.  It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even  his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and hardly a traditional style of work.  He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is typically red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.”  Realism mixed with abstract?  Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter.

We love styles that are outside the box, and we would love to hear about your unique style and the style you appreciate most.

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Living Large, Large-Scale

August 30, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings,Red | Comments (0)

Grand Red Tree 55 x 70

Large-scale artwork isn’t for everybody.  But when a large room with ceilings that seem to extend to the sky, the biggest mistake you can make is to hang  undersized artwork.

John Sherman at Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been exhibiting work at this location in Colorado Springs for almost seven years and although collectors really love his red trees, they REALLY love his large-scale artwork.  The image to the left is an original called “Grand Red Trees” and it really is grand.  There is nothing like putting a bold, colorful painting with large blocks of color on a wall that needs big artwork.  Don’t make the mistake of hanging a bunch of little paintings in a grouping on a really big wall.  When  you need a 5, 6 or 7′ painting, go for it.  You will never regret it.
Too many gallery visitors tell us they made the mistake of  going with a smaller painting because it was less expensive and they thought they could save a few hundred dollars.   Price is always a consideration and everyone needs to watch their budget, but in the long run you will regret skimping on size because of a few dollars.  Look at the size of your walls and be realistic about what it needs.  Work with a decorator and tell them you want original artwork from regional artists to get the biggest bang for your buck if you don’t trust your own instincts.
Remember, one of your biggest investments in your life is your home.  Don’t devalue what you invested with prints and reproductions, or undersized artwork.  A big home is expensive and showcasing it will require an investment too.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery can help with your budget plan and find the most affordable, desirable art offered by regional artists in Colorado. Let us help with ideas and consider colorful, bold, unforgettable art like John Sherman’s red trees.
When you visit us in person and don’t see large-scale on the wall, ask about commissioning something special that fits your requirements and your personality.
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A New Life in Red

June 17, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Red | Comments (0)

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Colorado Rope Baskets

Embellished with Deer Horn

Not long ago these baskets were just a pile of lifeless lariats tossed aside without a purpose. After thousands of hours working on a ranch, doing dozens of jobs all cowboys and ranchers know about, the lariat just loses its life and is tossed aside.  What does a rope do then?  Like many things, it is given a chance for  a new life.

A sculptor and cowboy named Gary Campbell took one look at those dirty old ropes that just seemed to pile up and decided he had to find a way to breath new life into them. Being an artist  and working cowboy, the lariat had practically lived in his hands for 40 years and he knew how to handle it for ranching purposes.  Now he was going to take on the challenge to handle it in another way — a way that made sense to an artist.

If weavers can make baskets from reeds and fiber, he could make baskets from a rancher’s working ropes. After making a few baskets, he began to picture more elaborate designs and  in a more colorful way and started dying the ropes (with some coaching from  his wife) in shades of red and rust and soft greens and grays.  He wanted to stay true to the southwest color families and keep the colors rich and inviting.  Gary’s been making his baskets for a number of  years, not as long as he trained horses but long enough to have a strong following. Today he handles those lariats with as much expertise as he did when training horses in the corral. We think you will agree when you see his baskets in person. His work is found in fine retail stores and art galleries like Hunter-Wolff Gallery in southern Colorado.  Some baskets have open tops, while other baskets are lidded or embellished with deer or elk horns and bone.

No two baskets are ever alike; they come in all shapes and sizes. Sizes run from small to larger scale and based on complexity can run up to over a $1,000, although the average mid-size basket is closer to $400. It’s time to lasso one of these beauties for yourself!

 

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