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Consumptive Histories: Norah See

12 Nov

You can take the Art History major out of college, but you can’t take the Art History major out of the girl.  Yep, I still completely geek out on anything art historical, especially when it’s done in a dynamic way.  Enter Nora See, a New Orleans artist whose Reboot series elegantly repositions famous works of art as tiny trinkets, giving us a lesson in our history of consumption.

The Loss of Man, oil on canvas, 18×24

In her take on Rene Magritte’s Son of Man, Magritte’s infamous face obscuring green apple is replaced with the Apple computer logo, showing us a link between the advance of technology and the loss of human interaction, as well as a loss of our connection to our own selves outside of our technologically driven lives.

Portrait of Madame Y, oil on canvas, 18×24

Her Portrait of Madame Y reworks John Singer Sargent’s famous portrait into a modernized version of what a 19th century trophy wife might look like– fake tan, breast implants and all.

The Cliff, oil, ink, gold leaf and enamel on canvas, 18×24

Green Wall, oil on canvas, 18×24

To see more of Nora See’s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in New Orleans, her Reboot series can be seen at her representing NOLA gallery, Gallery Orange.

All images are via Nora See’s website.

Toast of the Town: Grant Schexnider

13 Sep

Few places in the US hold our fascination like New Orleans does.  It’s heady dose of hard partying, spirituality and historic charm completely enchants us.  Chicago artist Grant Schexnider ‘s work addresses the iconography of New Orleans and the bayou with bold strokes and a seemingly carefree style, much like NOLA itself.

Sazaerac, oil on canvas, 36×36

Old Fashioned, oil on canvas, 36×36

You can practically hear the jazz horns, taste the andouille, feel the misquitos’ sting.  His palette is rich and warm, like the colors of the city’s weathered buildings and vibrant characters.

Blue Heron, oil on canvas, 20×20

Deliberately messy layers remind us of a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously in spite of its history of hardship.  The cheerful resilience of the people of New Orleans may be captured in the warmth of Schexnider’s palette.

Blue Shotgun, oil on canvas, 18×36

Shotgun 2b, oil on canvas

To see more of Grant Schexnider’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website and the website of his representing NOLA gallery, Gallery Orange.

Friday Finds: Galleries to Love

7 Sep

This whole economic mess has contributed to the loss of countless galleries around the US.  I know first hand what it is like to put blood, sweat and tears into one.  OK, maybe not blood, but plenty of sweat and tears, I assure you! 😉  I’ve heard some folks say that the old gallery model is a thing of the past, gasping for air, dead in the water.  But I believe in galleries!  And today, I’m featuring some brick & mortar galleries that are out there, doing it right.  These folks are hustling, marketing, selling and making magic happen for their artists and communities.  Put ’em on your list to check out, whether you can do so in person or online!

Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Florida Mining Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, Louisiana

Taylor de Cordoba, Culver City, California

**I’m so excited to finally get a chance to visit Taylor de Cordoba and all the other LA area galleries when Mr. Forager & I hit SoCal in October!  Can’t wait to drag him all over Los Angeles.

Diehl Gallery | Florida Mining | Foster/White | Gallery Orange | Taylor de Cordoba

I hope you’ll check out these galleries when you’re in their respective cities– well worth the trip!  You can see more of my favorite artsy spots on my Pinterest board, Artsy’s Guide to Galleries.  Do you have a favorite gallery?  Let me know in the comments below!

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Aaron Reichert

3 Jul

Tracy Geilbert at Gallery Orange in New Orleans has a fantastic eye for art.  It isn’t any wonder that many of my faves have come from her gallery or made their way into it!  Today on Escape Into Life, I’m featuring an incredible young figurative artist, Aaron Reichert, whose work can be seen in person at Gallery Orange.  I think you’ll love his graphic portraits!

Wasted and Wounded, Portrait of Tom Waits, acrylic on canvas, 60×48

Aaron Reichert on Escape Into Life

Artsy Spot: Gallery Orange

22 Feb

In the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, housed in a 200+ year old classic Creole building lives Gallery Orange, a contemporary fine art gallery whose vibe and vision match the freshness of its signature color.

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, exterior

If you’re a regular Artsy Forager reader, you’ve heard of Gallery Orange before.  I first found GO when I discovered the work of Sarah Ashley Longshore, which then led me to Gallery Orange, her exclusive representation in New Orleans.  I found gallery owner Tracy Geilbert’s aesthetic and taste to be quite similar to my own and have been happily watching her list of artists grow and work by those artists flying off the walls!  Tracy’s love of art and enthusiasm for original work is infectious, I’ve never seen a gallery promote their artists harder than she does!

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, interior with works by Sarah Ashley Longshore

Owner Tracy Geilbert was already selling art at a young age, making sketches of Duran Duran, photocopying them and selling the “prints” to her classmates. ( Ah, a fellow 80’s girl! )  Part Dutch and part British, Geilbert studied  art and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of the Arts at The Hague.  Life would eventually take her to post-Katrina New Orleans and, after working for another high-end New Orleans gallery, heeded the call of her heart to open a space of her own.

Gallery Orange, interior, works by Guus Kemp

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, interior, works by Gigi Mills, Carlos Lopez and Jill Ricci

Starting in a tiny 600 square foot space, with only two artists on her roster, Tracy’s hard work and eye for unique talent led to the gallery’s current space on Royal Street where boutique galleries are springing up and blazing new trails on the New Orleans art scene.  Tracy brings her Dutch artistic sensibilities to the gallery, offering only exceptional original work ( no giclees here! ), creative energy galore and a bit of good humor thrown in.  Gallery Orange is all about serious art that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, exterior

If you are in New Orleans or planning a visit, do not miss a trip to Gallery Orange!  Delightful, deliciousness awaits you!  You can see a list of upcoming shows at GO on their website— which is newly redesigned, make sure you check it out!

All images are courtesy of Gallery Orange.

Friday Faves: Masters Remade

17 Feb

If you’ve ever taken an art class, I’m sure you’ve copied the work of a “master”.  Redrawing and painting great works of art is one of the tried and true methods used to teach basic skills.  I love the way some artists are taking masterworks and recreating them in fun and interesting ways.  Check ’em out!

Out of the Square by Cesar Santos ( via artrenewal.org )

Frida Dog by Clair Hartmann

Man Ray by Jocelyn Grivaud

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Sarah Ashley Longshore ( via Gallery Orange )

Have a fantastic weekend, Artsies!  Any plans for museum visits this weekend?

Cesar Santos ( His official website seems to be down. You can see some examples of his work at Art Renewal Center. )

Clair Hartmann 

Jocelyn Grivaud 

Sarah Ashley Longshore 

Featured image is Picnic in Central Park by Cesar Santos ( via Art Renewal Center ).  All images are via the artist’s websites, unless otherwise stated.

Complexity of Simplicity: Gigi Mills

30 Jan

Dance is one of the few art forms requiring no materials, only ourselves.  Santa Fe artist Gigi Mills, a former dancer now self-taught painter, transfers her dancer’s fluidity and grace into her compositions.

Girl With Dog and Boxes, oil on panel, 24x18 ( via Watts Fine Art )

Mills’ work focuses on simplified forms, figures and shapes are reduced to their simplest outlines, planes and colors, so that the viewer is instead caught by the emotional power present.

Girl With Plaid Dress and Bird Dog, oil, crayon, paper & charcoal on paper, 11x14 ( via Gallery Orange )

By keeping her color palette neutral, her use of the occasional bright color takes on a much more powerful significance, it becomes the staccato highlight, delightfully drawing the viewer’s attention.

Girl With Striped Dress and Birthday Cake, oil on panel, 30x24 ( via Gallery Orange )

Resting Spot With Birds, oil on panel, 18x24 ( via Gallery Orange )

Gigi Mills doesn’t currently have a website, so check out her work online at representing galleries: Gallery Orange in New Orleans, Watts Fine Art in Indiana and Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe.

This artist found via Gallery Orange.

Featured image is Ocean With Sea Birds and Yellow, oil on canvas, 60×36.  All image sources are noted above.

Harnessed Energy

29 Nov

This Fall, the leaves in Oregon have been full of riotous color, bursting forth in celebration of the last days of sunshine and warmth.  But to find happy energy in the long, grey days of winter, one only need look as far as Dutch painter Guus Kemp’s work.

Just Beautiful, oil on canvas, 36x48

Thick bursts of glossy paint almost leap of the canvas, like fireworks in the sky.  This is an artist using the properties of paint– its colors, texture and sheen to bring joy to the viewer.  The works elicit emotion, excitement and energy.

Red Man, oil on canvas, 48x60

A Dutch-born artist, now a resident of Houston, Kemp began working with oils in 2008, opening up a whole new means of expression.  According to the artist, “My paintings are a reflection of who I am . . . an extrovert who takes life by the horns!”

Female Tornado, oil on canvas, 48x60

Indeed, these large scale, intensely hued works are no shrinking violets.  These are pieces that demand your attention.  And once they get it, you can’t help but be happy and energized.

Riot of Parrots, oil on canvas, 48x60

To be enlivened by more of Guus’s work, please take a peek at his website.  Thank you to Gallery Orange for introducing me to this artist, if you’re in New Orleans, be sure to check them out!

Featured image is Carpe Diem, oil on canvas, 48×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Rhythm of Discovery: Susan Morosky

21 Sep

It has been a while since I’ve featured an abstract painter.  Maybe it’s because I see so much abstract painting that is good, but not exceptional.  Completely nonobjective abstract work looks like it’s easy, but in actuality it is very, very difficult to do well.  ( I know, I tried in college and the results were, well, not so good.  Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to try again ).  That being said, Susan Morosky’s work is definitely of the exceptional kind.

Big Grass Creek, acrylic on canvas, 46x68

Susan’s brushstrokes, while seemingly frenetic, are essential to her sense of composition.  They lead the eye in, out, up, down and around.  There is a sense of movement, yet the work feels peaceful, not chaotic.

Canyon River, acrylic on canvas, 36x36

Her work is an abstract inspiration of the properties of water, fields and their boundaries.  It is from this beginning that the finished pieces find their organic rhythms.

Creekside Spring, acrylic on canvas, 36x36

Night River, acrylic on canvas, 36x36

Layers of paint, some left piled onto the canvas, other layers extracted from it, create an undulating surface as vibrant and lively as a rushing river.

To see more of Susan Morosky’s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the New Orleans area, you can see her work in living color at the fabulous Gallery Orange.

Featured image is Belle Island Shore by Susan Morosky.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

PS– I often listen to music while writing artist features and usually try to choose a musical artist that inspires me in the same way that the art does.  Susan Morosky’s feature was written to Tiger Lily by Natalie Merchant.  Thought it would be fun for you to know my “soundtrack” for artists.  Is it fun?  Do you care?  😉

Cure For The Mean Reds: Sarah Ashley Longshore

16 Aug

Today, I have a case of the mean reds.  If you know what that means, you’re awesome.  If you don’t know what that means, you need to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s asap.  Holly Golightly’s cure for the mean reds is to get in a cab and go to Tiffany’s.  Well, there is nothing even closely resembling a Tiffany’s here in Aberdeen.  It wouldn’t be my happy place anyway.  Anthropologie would be more like it, but there’s nothing like one of those here either.  So today, I’m trying to cure the mean reds by enjoying some artwork featuring Miss Golightly herself, the fabulous Audrey Hepburn.  Yes, I know I’ve already done a feature on Sarah Ashley Longshore’s Audreys. But she’s been busy painting some new ones, so I think they deserve a second look.  And a third and fourth look.  Really, as long as she’s painting them, they’ll be showing up here.

Now that is all the chatting I feel up to today.  Enjoy Sarah’s Hepburns.  Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly seized by the urge to put on a little black dress and pearls.

Mariposa, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss resin, 60x72

Audrey With Peacock, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss resin, 48x72

Audrey Underwater With Goldfish, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss resin, 24x24

Audrey Rojo, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss resin, 24x24

You can see more of Sarah Ashley Longshore’s work on her website or by visiting the Gallery Orange website, her representation in New Orleans.

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