In Richmond, we are close to both the mountains and the sea. So we are neither, nor, so to speak. We have plenty of city-scapes. lots of parks, rolling hills and even flat areas (fortunate for the airport.) But here we are, in our in-between state--in between the mountains and the sea with neither in sight.
This week Penny Ritch brought her paintings into the gallery and with them she brought the ocean--not the seascapes you might imagine but rather the minutia of waves and even sediment in abstract form.
Take a look at these six paintings priced from $50 to $200, masterfully done and available online. We deliver!
Ocean I - Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. In Ocean I, an acrylic in blues, grays, greens and whites the artist provides an abstract view of the ocean. The painting is on canvas. It is 24" x 30" and the price is $200.
Ocean II - Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. In Ocean II, an acrylic in blues, grays and whites the artist provides an abstract view of the ocean. The painting is on canvas. It is 24" x 30" and the price is $200. A similar painting Ocean I is also available and makes a good paring.
Ocean III - Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. Ocean III is a small version of an abstract view of the ocean. This painting is acrylic on canvas with swirls of blue, white, green and gray. It is 12" x 12" and the price is $75
Ocean IV - Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. Ocean IV is a small version of an abstract view of the ocean. This painting is acrylic on canvas with swirls of blue, white, purple and gray. It is 12" x 12" and the price is $75
Ocean V - Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. Ocean V is a small version of an abstract view of the ocean. This painting is acrylic on canvas with swirls of blue, white, purple and gray. It is 12" x 12" and the price is $75
Sediment II- Acrylic on Canvas by Penny Ritch
Penny Ritch's artwork displays the beauty of nature. Sediment II features a view of the ocean beneath the waves. This abstract painting is acrylic on canvas with swirls of beige, brown, white and gray. It is 9" x 12" and the price is $50.
It is November in Richmond, Virginia. As the fall sets in and and warm days turn crisp, thick leaves shuffle and crunch under my shoes, and the hint of chimney smoke faintly creeps in,
I notice the beauty of the sun glowing behind and lighting up the bright yellow leaves of an one-hundred year-old tree. It is the little things that compile to make one feel a specific place and a specific moment in time-- it's a smell, a whisper..
These are the things that can't be fully described, they have to be felt. When an artist captures a mood, a place, a feeling through color, rhythm, energy....we can be transported. An adventure awaits!
The luscious texture in many of Paul Germain's works is due to a cold-wax process which can be built up and worked and reworked, polished, and, scribed into.
Different than encaustic, which uses hot wax, this process is to use a beeswax-resin-mineral spirits medium (Germain uses one made by a British company called Doralnds). It is soft enough to mix with oil pigments immediately. The damar varnish helps it dry hard. Germain mainly uses it on those pieces where a matte, dull finish is desired and it is usually varnished with a matte damar varnish (rather than a gloss varnish).
See the depth of Paul Germain's surfaces in person at Art Works through November 19th, 2017.
New Work by Hina Naeem has arrived at Art Works this week. Her still-life paintings give us a glimpse into a specific moment. From colorful light reflecting off of various wine glasses and bottles, to a pair of heels and half finished cigarettes strewn about. Her scenes leave us wondering-- imagining the mysterious lives of these objects' owners. See more of her collection here.
New this week is Jon Jelling at Art Works. His photography is for sale at Art Works and can be ordered online. Here is a sample of one of his masterpieces. PhotographyClick here to see more.
Only ten days left of the Maximo Laura exhibit at Art Works. These tapestries were created especially for this exhibit. Maximo Laura has shown his work at the gallery twice before but it's been six years since we'd seen his work in person. When we opened the boxes to unpack the work, we were astonished. We didn't think Laura's work could improve, be brighter, be more moving than what we'd seen before but they were!
Look for the love, the hope, the trials overcome in these tapestries. They won't just adorn your space. They will pull you into the creator's realm of imagination.
The tapestries leave us on 8/21. Take one home with you!
I've been thinking about the Maximo Laura exhibit at Art Works which will be with us 21 more days. These tapestries are collector items, numbered editions, one of a kind even. They take months to make. So as a collector's item, what does that mean?
Richmond, Virginia, of all places to find a collection of Perurian, Inca inspired tapestires. But here they are! Fifteen to pick from. All are hand-made, woven on a loom in Maximo Laura's workshop.
These are collector items, uniquely different and limited editions.
Visit Art Works Gallery and make one of them your own. Or buy online and we will ship to you.
From the words of Maximo Laura:
Tapestry-making requires a progressive, slow and irreversible system of work that allows for the miniscule, patient and intimate meeting of technical and visual solutions, leading to the opening of an infinite repertoire of possibility, subjected to the communicative intentionality of the work.
In my case, I look for a language that emanates spirituality, aesthetic beauty and lyricism. I try to submit myself to the limitations of the materials and to the requirements of the act of creation, under the light of an obsessive taste that will, in the end, reflect a cultural and textile connotation that is typically Peruvian.
Collection of tapestries at Art Works Gallery on sale through August 20, 2017. Call for an appointment (804.291.1400) or come Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm -6 pm to see the exhibit.
In Celebration of the Harvest II, you'll notice geometric patterns.--specifically the squares and rectangles. These checkered patterns in a Maximo Larua tapestry represent a natural landscape, the crop fields. Notice the plants at the bottom of the tapestry.
This tapestry is $4,500. It measures 47.24" x 47.24". It is currently on display at Art Works and can be purchased in the gallery or online.
Glenda Kotchish is the owner of Art Works, Inc. and Jessie Boyland is the Gallery Director. Art Works has 6 galleries and 75 artist studios full of contemporary art. Let us help you find art for your home or office.
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