Posts Tagged ‘Still life’

Stills, Far From Dead

November 2, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Janelle Cox,Oils | Comments (0)

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Still Life

16×12 Still Life by Greg Custer

He’s busy. He’s teaching. He’s working on new work for Hunter-Wolff Gallery! There’s little downtime in the life of an artist.His name is Greg Custer and like many artists, Greg is happy to let someone else name his paintings.  His newest painting (left) is beautiful and deserves a beautiful name. Greg asked that we name his painting so it doesn’t have to hang on the wall called “Still Life”. We are happy to accept ideas from our readers, too.

Did you know that a still life painting is the study of inanimate objects (referred to a nature morte which is a French term meaning dead nature)? Often, the objects are ordinary, everyday objects that anyone might recognize. Still lifes are often groupings that include floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, kitchenware, and more. But, perhaps even more importantly, a key feature of still life art work is the degree of control that the artist can exercise over the work. The elements that make up a still life are grouped or positioned by the artist. Lighting is also an important element in a still to create a mood. Still life painting can be seen to be a relatively pure, even abstract, form of art.

While still life painting can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, it was only with the Dutch painters of the 17th century that it came into its own as a painting genre. Still life artists of the 19th century such as Cezanne, Renoir, Fantin-Latour and, in the United States, Raphaelle Peale took still life painting in new directions.

Stills remain a popular genre and often found in art collections to some degree. Highly popular Hunter-Wolff Gallery artists who specialize in this genre include Greg Custer, Clifford T. Bailey, Janelle Cox, Justin Clements, and more.

We look forward to learning if you are a collector or fan of still life paintings. Send us your comments.

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A Rose for You

October 8, 2011 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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The Rose, 4x6

How does one explain the ability of a self-taught painter like Clifford T. Bailey?

It is like trying to explain the beautiful voice of 9-year-old Jackie Evancho.
It’s simply exciting to find these wonder-stars.  They are gifts we are lucky to receive. Like Jackie, Clifford Bailey quickly became one of my favorite artists. The fact that he is self-taught just amazes me.  His small still life works are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Anniversary event last evening, his small collection of perfectly rendered apples and pears created a stir along with his landscapes.  Everyone just loved his work. Now he is finishing another new painting of  a flawless single rose to add to the collection.  What will he do next?
If you love small paintings, he has several 4×6 and 5×7 framed still life works along with 8×10 landscapes you might consider.
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Let the Sparks Fly

July 9, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Sparky_BW_0001_tnArtist Sparky LeBold’s swarthy, good looks and Ipana smile draw strangers in closer like a magnet. It could be his shiny black full-head of hair pulled back in a neat Steven Seagal-style ponytail or his boyish charm, but like bad-boy Seagal’s character it’s impossible to ignore this man and his mesmerizing art.

LeBold is making a guest appearance in Colorado Springs at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  His collection of landscapes and still life work will be on exhibit for less than two weeks starting July 20. There’s a definite buzz on the street as invitations are received by collectors. On July 23, Hunter-Wolff Gallery is hosting a private Opening Reception, showcasing several dozen paintings inspired by LeBold’s European travels, the coastal region of Sesimbra, Portugal, where he paints throughout the seasons when not in Colorado visiting family.  If you love fine art and charming artists, especially one who freely showers patrons with beijos, call for an invitation.  Because of limited space and the popularity of this artist, the gallery is requesting attendees RSVP—we want to make sure that the banquet table is adequately stocked too!  Call to receive an invitation to this one-time-only exclusive Opening. 719-520-9494. Don’t miss it or the beijos.

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