Donald Baechler’s ingenuous depictions of everyday objects and simplified forms intermingle with worldly motifs and tap into an essential human nostalgia for childhood.  The characters of his art—flowers, beach balls, toys, ice cream cones—simultaneously recall Pop Art and folk art.  Baechler’s series of flower prints, made by combining inked cotton and linen fibers, depict botanical silhouettes and are both painterly and sculptural.

Baechler studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Cooper Union in New York. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Academy, Chelsea Art Museum, and Cheim & Read, all, New York, NY; Centre Geores Pompidou, Paris; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  Baechler’s work is in the collections of Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Eli Broad Family Foundation; Museum of Contemporary Art, both, Los Angeles, CA; and Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, all, New York, NY.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Great Prints

Andras Bality is a modern-day impressionist, drawing inspiration from predecessors Bonnard and Van Gogh. He captures vistas across Virginia with lightness, freedom, and intensity.  Although based in realism, his paintings blur representation he applies paint to convey a scene’s energy as opposed to its accuracy.  Small, vigorous strokes build into tangible layers, transporting the viewer to vistas of Warm Springs, James River, and Page County.

Bality received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and later continued his studies at the Cyprus College of Art (1986, 1987-88).  His work is in the collections of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the College of William and Mary, Media General, the Medical College of Virginia, Capital One, Markel Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, to name a few. He is a recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship and a Theresa Pollak Award in Visual Art (2002, 2013).

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Summer Steals

 

Cloth is a powerful conduit for the subtleties of our human experience.  I make cloths with great presence and great vulnerability, investigating psychological and literal relationships between our physical bodies and the world we inhabit through the act of weaving by hand.

The intricate and time-consuming processes used to transform thread to cloth are the conceptual backbone of my work.  I touch every inch of thread in the woven-painting-object-artifacts I create, imbedding imagery and forming figures locked within textile structure.  I paint woven cloth, only to take it apart then weave it again.  Through unraveling and rebuilding this visual language I excavate deeper meanings in the collaboration of tool, material, and intention.  

-Artist Statement, 2017

Andrea Donnelly received her Bachelor of Arts and Design and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2006, and later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fibers from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Her work is in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Capital One Corporate Collection and Federal Reserve Bank, both in Richmond, VA. She lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Natalie Westbrook collages the world around her into vibrant expressions of acrylic, colored pencil, and cut paper shapes. Her inspiration stems directly from life observation, living in the wetlands of Connecticut and traveling across Hawaii. Abstract, yet of the body and nature, her paintings and paper works present a bold take on the interconnectedness within environment, humanity, and the painting process. Westbrook was born in Louisville, KY in 1980 and currently lives and works in New Haven, CT as a painting and drawing professor at Yale University. In 2010, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts form The Cooper Union School of Art, and a Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville (2002, 2004). She is co-founding editor of Lookie-Lookie, a quarterly art journal.

 

Grounded in scientific elements of photography, Brittany Nelson explores the chemical reactions taking place under film, seemingly freezing a moment in time. For the past few years, she has explored mordançage, a photographic process originating in the 1800s which deteriorates the print’s nature, creating a soft, ghost-like bleached image. Her newer work dissects the elements of tintype photography, which she reinvents with novel chemical solutions and layered photoshopped imagery. By implementing the process and allowing the photograph to become denatured, her resulting image presents a poetically conflicting environment which is artificially derived yet organically formed. An emerging pioneer in alternate photographic processes, Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts at Montana State University (2007) and Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011). Born in Great Falls, Montana in 1984, she currently lives in Richmond, VA where she teaches photography at Virginia Commonwealth University and runs her own professional printing studio, Flatten Image.

 

Isca Greenfield-Sanders blends the elements of time through paint, manipulating memory, vision, and historical art practices. Her large and small-scale pieces expose a multi-layered process based in photography and influenced by contemporary painting. Beginning with found film photographs from the 1950-60s, she implements a system of scanning, gridding and painting to reference quintessential American life experiences. By deconstructing and reimagining old slides, Greenfield-Sanders implies a collective memory. As color bleeds into faceless figures, her paintings evoke an air of nostalgia, operating as dream-like snapshot of time passed. Greenfield-Sanders was born in New York City in 1978, and currently lives and works there. She graduated from Brown University with a double major in Fine Arts and Mathematics (2000). Her work is held in major collections, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

 

Alison Hall’s practice is rooted in ritual, meditation, and repetition. Her works are captivating in their formal complexity and subtlety.  From a distance, Hall’s paintings may appear like monochrome color-field works.  On a closer look, the paintings reveal unfathomably intricate geometric patterns as light plays across the surface. These graphite line patterns are optical and interactive; they seemingly change as the viewer moves and light shifts. Studying abroad in Corciano, Italy, she delved into 13th century Italian art and architecture, parsing out repetitive patterning within frescoes, ceilings, and floors of proto-Renaissance monuments. Her reflective paintings allude to this Italian style in both design and material, as precise shapes and angles created in graphite overlap imperfect and painterly gestures of oil paint, all covering a rich layer of Venetian plaster. Grounded in the weight of deep blacks and blues, the imposing paintings still seemingly float as the viewer is transported to the ceilings of Renaissance chapels—glorious yet mysteriously temporary. Born in Virginia, Hall received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from American University, Washington, DC (2001, 2004). She has exhibited at Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY; The Arts Club of Washington and the Katzen Museum at American University, both, Washington, DC; Kunstgaleriebonn, Bonn, Germany; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Claiborne Robertson Board Room at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, in addition to others.  Further, she is the recipient of the Bethesda Urban Partnership Fellowship (2011) and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship (2011). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

 

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Nicole Mauser’s paintings demonstrate a version of neo-Abstract Expressionism, with bold swaths of color, intuitively controlled gestures, and layered markings.  She has a keen instinct for color theory and allows her paintings to play in the spaces between control and abandon, real space and constructed depth.  She states, “I am drawn to abstraction because of its ability to easily slip into surrounding territories of figuration and spatial illusion.  In these painting modalities I seek to create a tension between the materiality of the painting and the image” (2014).  Mauser received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago (2006, 2010).  She received a teaching fellowship at The University of Chicago, was invited to lecture at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.   She has exhibited at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO and others.  Her work is in public and private collections including The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS and The Alexander Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Mauser currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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Incorporating dripping paint within repetitive strokes and pattern-like forms, Steven Cushner creates works both gestural and concrete. Playing with abstraction and representation, he presents various imagery inspired by everyday sights. Fan-like, bulbous, or open-ended shapes vibrate with intensity as their thickly painted bands emerge from watery backgrounds. Deep, earth-toned color intersects with fluid lines to shape meditative, sinuous patterns. The dynamic compositions further this organic energy, almost mimicking nature with their cyclical, ordered quality. Loosely rendered forms and splashy backgrounds allow for open interpretation of Cushner’s imagery. Whether the viewer correlates branches, signs, birds, or incomprehensible abstractions, the paintings all emanate an electric energy, a quirkiness separate from living things…perhaps conveying the root of Cushner’s passions and spontaneity.

Cushner was born in Cleveland, and later moved to receive his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (1980, 1976). He currently lives in Washington, DC, where he teaches at George Mason University and previously taught at the Corcoran School of Art. He is the recipient of two Visual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumni award from University of Maryland.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Tautology
Summer Steals
Dog Days
Paintings 2013

Links
Washington Post

 

Jiha Moon investigates cultural identity and understanding through enigmatic paintings in which art historical references, pop culture symbols, and traditional folk art imagery commingle. She is fascinated by linking and cross-referencing societal idiosyncrasies and exposing underlying motifs across many peoples and places. Moon’s paintings affect a polyglot visual language that ranges high and low, traditional and contemporary, East and West. She is an adept choreographer of diverse influences: traditional Japanese woodblocks, the Chinese landscape painter Tao Chi, national flags, women’s art (embroidery and weaving), Renaissance etchings, Korean folk art, and Pennsylvania Dutch iconography. Moon states, “I want my works to appear to be lighthearted, breezy and funny. Yet, beneath the surface, they are teeming with ideas, full of old and new, fast and slow, spontaneous and deliberate. I want my work to symbolize the diversity and identity of the various worlds we live in. I want to be a visual interpreter of the mixed-cultural world of my generation.” Originally from South Korea, Moon currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Korea University, Seoul, a Master of Fine Arts from Ewha University, Seoul, an Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa (1996, 1999, 2001 and 2002). She has exhibited at Weatherspoon Museum of Art, University of North Carolina; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Arario Gallery, Sarubia Project, both Seoul, Korea; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and Miki Wick Kim Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the MOCA-GA Working Artist Project (2012-13), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2011), a residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2009-2010), and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency (2002).

Color, shape, and weight merge into a greater organic display as Chris Gregson conveys concepts within architecture, mathematics, and personal experiences. Gregson’s approach parallels the work’s patchwork nature; he works on multiple small panels in tandem, loosely establishing color blocks and relations across several groupings. Through a process of layering and removing, the paintings progress into intricate yet unassuming grids, often relating to one another as similar angles and line work communicate across their surfaces. He states, “My open-ended approach can be frustrating because I don’t have a strict formula…what I let in are the impulses feeding my immediate physical, intellectual and emotional world. What I keep out is a planned agenda, signature style and pre-conceived painting formula. For me it is about problem solving and that moment of inspiration.” Gregson graduated from the University of Arizona and later studied at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design under Lester Polakov, and worked as a stage artist at the Julliard School of Music and Brooklyn’s Chelsea Theatre. He has exhibited throughout Virginia, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Italy. His work is held in the collections of the U.S. Embassy, Guinea, Africa; Markel Corporation and Capital One, Richmond, VA.

Ben Durham’s works depict portraits drained of representation, expressed through road maps or jumbled lettering. He approaches mark-making as a physical and performative act, a repetitive and irreversible process without erasure. In much of his work, imagery is not drawn but sculpted into the surface of handmade paper or delineated by lead lines in stained glass. The resulting portraits exist almost as sculptural drawings, emerging from the canvas in layers of paper pulp which forming tangible yet unidentified figures. Across realistic and abstract media, Durham portrays faces of childhood peers who have turned felons, conveying unpredictability in transformation and identity.

Durham was born in Lexington, KY in 1982 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. He currently works and resides in Richmond, VA. His work is held in major collections, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Sonya Clark readdresses social implications within materials as she manipulates real hair, extensions, combs, thread, and beads across three dimensional and interactive work. Hair serves as a metaphor for identity for Clark, as she dissects how the politics of hair influences an individual’s public image. Literally and metaphorically unravelling the heritage within hair, she explores theories of humanity, individuality, heritage, and racial difference as an outward construction. By stitching these signifying elements onto her chosen artifacts, she layers an alternate, overtly political narrative that speaks of perseverance and continuity.

Clark received her Doctor of Arts from Amherst College, Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.  Her work has been exhibited widely, including shows at University of Delaware Museums, Newark; Indianapolis Art Museum, IN; Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, TX; Anderson Gallery at VCUarts, Richmond, VA; Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at College of Charleston, SC; and many others.  Clark is a recipient of the VCUarts Affiliate Residency at the American Academy in Rome (2017), a Pollock-Krasner Grant (2006), a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy (2006), the Virginia Commission for the Creative Arts Fellowship (2009), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship (2010 & 2011), the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2011), and the United States Artist Fellowship (2011).

Past Exhibitions
Same Difference
Missed Connection

Links
Gallery Talk 2014
R-HOME Sep/Oct 2013

Amy Feldman’s large scale gray-on-gray abstractions are recognized for their bold display of form, isolation and distillation of image, and for their reductive yet impactful language. Oscillating between figure and ground, her seemingly simple compositions undermine the logic of their own stability, and pivot immediacy with resonance. The suspension between surface, iconography, and geometry highlights the significance of her selected imagery. Contemporary signs, symbols, digital ideograms, and figures emerge from gray drips and open strokes. Coming in and out of legibility, the forms push and pull, move and undulate, alluding to the instability of images and signs, and their increasingly unstable role in contemporary culture.

Feldman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University (2003, 2008). She has exhibited at James Cohan Gallery, New York; Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium; ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Museo Britanico Americano, Mexico City; Musée d’art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; and Bronx River Arts Center, New York, NY.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, residencies, and grants including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2013) and VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship in Painting (2008-09). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Summer Steals
Markings: New Work
Hot Fun In The Summertime 
Mirror Cool
Other Imperfect Provisions

Links
ArtForum April/May 2015
Art In America October 2012
The New York Times 2012

Stephen Fox’s photorealistic approach to painting renders nighttime scenes eerily dark yet charged with light. Glowing with the beams of car lights or orange sunrise, the oil paintings peer into the mysterious, almost fantastical nature of night. Fox’s color palette heightens light and atmosphere as warm yellows exerted an arresting contrasting among deep blues and violets. Inspiration originates from a snapped photograph or reoccurring dreams depicting dim phone booths, roadways, distant cities, and slick streets. Usually devoid of figures, the landscapes present a striking stillness reminiscent of 19th century Romantic landscape paintings, yet infused with a modern perspective.

Fox was born in 1957 in Richmond, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (1980). He completed his Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1997) and later moved to Brooklyn, where he currently resides. He has exhibited at Arcadia Contemporary, O.K. Harris Works of Art, both, New York, NY; Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC; Tucson Musuem of Art, AZ; Posco Gallery, Seoul, SK; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, among others. His work is included in several permanent collections such as CSX Corporation, Ethyl Corporation, Virginia State Bar, and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Vacation Days
VIEWPOINT
Re-Imaging The Hudson

Siemon Allen’s studio practice reflects numerous distinct yet interconnected processes in which his overlapping interests in aesthetics and politics allow him to produce works that are loaded with historical significance and visual magnitude. He systematically accumulates mass-produced materials including postal stamps, newspapers, old film stock, trading cards, comics, and audio recordings. Allen catalogues, displays and utilizes these visual culture artifacts as raw material for creating large-scale works that challenge the division between sculpture and painting. His approach is not unlike that of an archivist, each collected item bringing with it the narrative of its production, dissemination, and function. Configured for exhibition, Allen’s collection projects operate as gridded pattern fields and are transformed into autonomous art objects.

Born in South Africa, Allen received his National Higher Diploma in Fine Art and Master’s Degree in Technology, Fine Art (1992, 1999) from Technikon Natal in Durban, South Africa. He was awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and served as an artist-in-residence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he lives and teaches.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Rock Candy
Siemon Allen: Exhibition

News
Richmond Times Dispatch 2014
ARTFORM 2014
VMFA Panel Discussion

Interested in an object’s allusion to time and space, Don Crow projects abstract imagery onto myriad backdrops including canvas, digital print, and paper. Collaged geometric forms become compositional obstructions, revealing tension between objects removed and inserted. The shapes’ juxtapositions become a metaphor for belonging, or lack thereof. Exploring color and shape relations, Crow unearths underlying concepts of silence versus noise, environment as memory, and how varied surface application magnifies these concepts. Crow lives in Richmond, Virginia and Doha, Qatar where he works as assistant professor in design and art foundations at VCU-Q. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has shown at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Design Box, Raleigh, NC; Seoul Hae-Tae Gallery, South Korea; Corcoran Museum, Washington, D.C., Bronx River Art Center, NY. He is a recipient of a Pollak Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

Joan Gaustad addresses the human body as a fleeting form, interpreting figures more as an element with a moment, feeling, or communication.   The artist often uses her nieces as models, portraying a youthful beauty both gossamer and abnormal.  Gaustad’s figures dance, play, and sleep.  They are haunting in their ethereality, seemingly as fleeting as the moment depicted.  The artist explains, “The figures evoke something apparitional or damaged: a sinking down, lowing control, not-knowing” (2014). Her spontaneous use of Mylar—a type of polyester film paper—and washes of acrylic paint guide her approach to composition and form.  As acrylic intermingles on the Mylar surface, color and weight fluctuates, developing relationships sometimes diaphanous, sometimes bold, and often unexpected. Gaustad lives and works in Richmond, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (1974). She also studied at the University of Maryland’s Far East Division in Bangkok, Thailand and the Offenbach Hochschule Fur Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany.  Her works have been exhibited at the Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Hunter Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA; Dupont Gallery, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA; Lavori Su Carta, Milan, Italy; Virginia Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA; SCOPE Art Fair, Wall Street Gallery Walk, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all, New York, NY; 1708 Gallery, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School, and VCUarts Anderson Gallery, all, Richmond, VA.  Her paintings are in the collections of the University of Virginia Health and Science Center, Charlottesville, VA; and Markel Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank, Medical College of Virginia, all, Richmond, Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions:

Hot fun in the summertime

Jason Keith abstracts familiar forms and cultural icons through layers of peeling paint and mass print materials. He plasters newsprint, yellow pages, and movie posters over the canvas, with intermittent oil and acrylic layers, and then sands down the buildup to create variable depth within surface and texture. The old and new blur together as certain forms and text emerge and withdraw from the paintings, communicating a palpable sense of energy. A full-time colorist for Marvel Comics, Keith not only incorporates a relevant commentary on current media culture, but also imparts a similarly intense color palette. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts as an Emerging Artist (2013, 2012). His work is held in numerous collections including Markel Corporation and First Capital Bank, both Richmond, VA.

Fascinated by representational work of master artists Van Gogh, Matisse, and Michelangelo, Conor Backman translates their techniques into the modern age. He expresses objects, landscapes, or elements of time with thousands of small brushstrokes, stippling oil paint to create photorealistic paintings. Although referencing pointillism, he combines this technique with abstraction, often changing perspective, scale, and material. He often incorporates man-made and common materials into the canvas, creating complex juxtapositions. Backman challenges how we see and interpret classic and modern art. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 with dual Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking, and Sculpture and Extended media. Having already mounted major solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, in 2017 he will have his first museum solo show in the United States at the University of Albany Museum SUNY. He was listed as one of the top 15 artists to watch in 2015 by The Huffington Post.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Circular Garden
Taking Off: Hot New Painters
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Almost Famous

News
Richmond Times Dispatch 2016
Art Papers 2013

Fabricating wildly detailed botanical drawings, Nancy Blum confines nature’s endless energy into layers of colored pencil and gouache. Her large-scale works present elaborate and accurate renditions, yet she composes each piece in an “inaccurate” way—commingling flowers that normally grow apart in nature. In a recent statement, she notes “I use botanical motifs to create images that are universally associated with growth and continuity. My deeper intent is to conjure the ‘flower’ as an active, forceful agent, subverting a culturally conditioned point of view that often deems the ephemeral and the organic as less powerful and of limited value. My ‘wonderland’ presents a view of life that pulses with expansive fecundity; hopefully, it also propels comprehension of the connectedness of all beings within the limitless energy operating throughout this world.”

Blum received her Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1991) and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
New Drawings 2012
Hot Fun in the Summertime

Links
Style Weekly 2012
2012 Gallery Talk

A street artist known as HENSE to the graffiti community, Alex Brewer pushes color theory and abstraction through collage-like paintings. He layers acrylic, spray paint, silkscreen, and ink on varied surfaces: billboards, blank canvas, cement walls, and creamy white paper. Whether it’s through murals or framed paintings, he allows splashy shapes and geometric lines to contrast and emerge from simple backgrounds. Juxtaposing white backgrounds with neon colors confined within bulky strokes, a crazed energy creates dynamic yet sophisticatedly constrained compositions.

The Atlanta native has executed several large-scale, site-specific commissions across the country, including Madison Theater, Detroit, MI; Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL; Apple Inc, Miami Beach, FL; and Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, CA; the public collection of the Atlanta Cultural Affairs office, and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. He has exhibited since 2002, including shows at the High Museum of Art and Sandler Hudson Gallery; Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Magazine voted Brewer the Artist of the Year (2013).

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions 
Alex Brewer

Links
Style Weekly 2014
Mural at Reynolds Gallery

Philip Geiger works within the tradition of American Romantic realism, which can be traced to realism, but has deeper roots in abstract, tonal compositions. Geiger’s domestic scenes—snapshots of his friends and family in their Charlottesville homes—communicate an authentic intimacy. He doesn’t overly sentimentalize; he paints women standing with arms crossed and backs turned, seemingly oblivious to their observer. His paintings exude a tension as serene environments commingle with embedded, arrested emotions. Geiger’s unique portrayal of light lends to each work’s palpable energy, which emanates from a light bulb’s burning glow, or a window’s imposing glare. Geiger earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University and Master of Fine Arts at Yale University (1978, 1980). He currently lives in Charlottesville, VA where he has been a University of Virginia art professor for over 30 years.

Jill Moser’s paintings, prints, and works on paper are gestural, richly colored works in which chaotic bursts of energy are balanced by the artist’s impulse toward minimalism. Moser explains that her intention is to celebrate and crystallize the event of making—exposing the performative aspects of the painting process. Vibrant strokes and layered gestures appear on canvas and etching plates as an indexical record of her hand and body in motion. Born in New York City, Moser earned her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University (1978) and her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College (1981). In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, she has exhibited in major group museum shows including Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2010); Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2003); Black & White Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art (1993), all, New York, New York; American Art Since WW II: Prints & Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1989); Line: Making the Mark, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2015). She currently lives and works in New York, NY.

 

James Busby’s paintings are carefully crafted, labor-intensive minimalist compositions.  He adds multiple layers of gesso over birch plywood panels while sanding and polishing each layer.  The resulting structure is object-like in its depth and presence.  On many of the panels, Busby incorporates texture either from cross-hatching the gesso or adding burlap to the surface while the gesso dries (the burlap is later removed so only its imprint remains).  He paints over the surface with oil, acrylic, and graphite in a process of application and removal as certain marks are figured then burnished out. The process of erasing marks adds to the history of the paintings – perhaps a hint of color is left behind, or the scratches left by sanding become part of the work.

Busby received his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (2003, 2000).  He has held solo shows at KravetsIWehby Gallery and Stefan Stux, New York, and Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore.  His work has been included in group shows at Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; Dickinson Gallery, London; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Galerie Jean-Luc, Paris; South Carolina State Museum and the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, both, Columbia, SC; and 1708 Gallery and the University of Richmond Museum, both, Richmond, VA.  He has taught drawing and printmaking at the University of South Carolina since 2004.  His paintings are in significant collections including Hubert Neumann Collection, New York, NY; Progressive Auto Insurance, New York; and Markel Corporation, Richmond, VA. He currently lives in works in South Carolina, where he was born.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Talking in Code: New Paintings and Drawings
Vacation Days
New Work 2010
Sweet Summertime
Reduction: New Works

Carolyn Case uses rich patterning and intense colors to convey a spiritual and psychological experience. Based in Maryland, Case has travelled extensively to Iran and Egypt, incorporating Middle Eastern textiles into invented landscapes. Establishing texture through varied, layered line work, she allows aggravated strokes to form strange plants and ombre urns, collaged against a pointillist sky or undiscernible figure. Her indiscriminate use of color and compiled symbols intentionally muddles distinctions between East and West, Earth and Space, Physical and Spiritual.

Case received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University and Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art (1994, 1997).  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Maryland Institute of Art and Vermont Studio Center, as well as a residency from the Kanoria Art Center in Ahmedabad, India. She has exhibited at the Katzen Art Center, the Corcoran Gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.  She currently lives in Baltimore where she teaches painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Influenced by minimalism and abstract expressionism, Cindy Neuschwander allows simple shapes and nuanced lines to take form in sophisticated compositions. Her marks are purely organic—varied, imperfect, and soulful. Her media varies—monochromatic pastels, oil and wax canvases, and encaustic—yet they share a similar energy as lines dance with distinction, intensified by bold color and application. She states “My process is one of continual adding and subtracting, where rawness is countered by periods of intentional recovery. This intuitive unfolding is at the core of my most recent abstractions, a method that echoes the working of an etching plate. Rubbed, pigmented, and rubbed again, erased passages can resemble pocked stone or a distant space. Marks drawn with a blade come and go, gestures thin as hair, surprise elements that ask for intimacy and synthesis. What remains is evidence of a desire to lay bare moments of authenticity.” A Texas native, Neuschwander received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin and her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work is held in several important collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Federal Reserve Bank, Markel Corporation, Altria Group, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Collection, all, Richmond, VA; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; and Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; among others. She lived and worked in Richmond, VA until her passing in 2012.

 

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Reviews & Links
James Prosek in Garden and Gun Magazine, 2012 
Review of James Prosek at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2009
Op-Ed piece by James Prosek in New York Times

An extraordinary painter and furniture designer, Richard Roth urges viewers to consider the delineations between kitsch and art, object and idea, material and form. Inventing his forms from myriad of sources such as Navajo blankets, mollusk shells, or licorice candies, Roth hand-paints geometric patterns and colorful blocks on birch plywood panels. His paintings are minimalist but bold, jutting forth as mini-obstructions challenging the traditional painted canvas. Presenting 12 x 8 x 4 inch boxes alongside elongated 2.5 x 96 inch “blades,” he confines the paintings to these dimensions, creating great freedom and challenge to continually invent within the structure. Roth is a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught in the Painting and Printmaking department from 1999 to 2015, serving as department chair for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union in New York and Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1991, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, and later received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting (2008–09). Roth currently lives in Camarillo, California.

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Inspired by her travels to Australia, New Zealand, and most recently, Spain, Joan Elliott translates vast landscapes into saturated oil paintings. In earlier work, she realistically captured landscapes with an intense palette which conveyed a strong emotional quality. Her recent paintings advance this technique, incorporating geometric designs which Elliott saw decorated throughout Spain. She layers bold patterns over loosely depicted landscapes, resulting in paintings both delicate and powerful, natural, and densely graphic. Elliott states, “The surfaces are slowly built, layer after layer, with broad paint application and selective removal—drawing and etching into wet paint and intermittently sanding to build a translucent skin and tactile experience.”

Elliott received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University (1978). Residing in Richmond, VA, she has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for over 25 years. She is a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant award recipient (2013).

Curriculm Vitae

Past Exhibitions
A New Day
Vacation Days
Wired
VIEWPOINT
Entanglement

Links
Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant
Richmond Times Dispatch 2016
Richmond Times Dispatch 2012

Deborah Ellis effortlessly manipulates watercolor in her striking renditions of nature. Realistically rendered, her paintings impart an atmospheric nature as deep blues and earthy greens bleed into creamy white paper. The work exists as a moment of bliss: portraying serene ponds and blooming flowers which appear to ebb and flow across the paper. With a slight hand and observant eye, she paints an environment both cool and peaceful yet richly captivating. She states “the indirect view – memory and refraction – coalesces for me in ponds and sea, clouds, ice, glass, windows. Trees (solid and textured) and water (ephemeral and textured) are a large part of my subject matter. Watercolor, with its possibilities of hovering, layered washes, continues to fascinate me as my medium.” Ellis received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History at Radcliffe College. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has taught at The Art League since 1989.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Vacation Days


Louisa Matthiasdottir demonstrates a mastery of color and brushwork in her bold and brightly colored representational paintings. One of her most recurring subjects is the Icelandic countryside, near her hometown of Reykjavik. She translates the strong outlines of a hill, sheep, or house through blocky marks to project a tangible sense of environment.  The paintings are simple in their crisp straightforwardness, but complex in their unique coloration and varied perspective. Matthiasdottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland (1917). She studied art in Copenhagen and Paris, later moving to New York to study with abstract-expressionist teacher Hans Hofmann.  Her works have been internationally and nationally exhibited at Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA; Maier Museum of Art in Lynchburg, VA; The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Iceland; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; National Academy Museum, and The Studio School, both New York, NY, among many others.  Additionally, she was curated into the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition in 1973.  Her works are in the notable collections of Tate Gallery, London; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.  Matthiasdottir passed away in 2000 in Delhi, NY.

From the treasure house of imagery arises an authenticity within Gerald Donato’s work, amplified by his sense of material and unrestricted by conventional methods. Wooden doors replace canvases, and house paint supplants acrylic as subtle lines of wood grain peer beneath cartoonish scenes. Cut-out canvas exaggerates surface, paralleling shapes and forms within the paintings. The contrast between two- and three-dimensional spaces is reproduced in his imagined characters, ranging from smiling Buddhas, muted nudes, bowties, and wonky figures. The characters dance along the work’s surface: their narratives communicating comedy and wit, laced with implications of race, culture, religion, and alienation. Each piece requires an intense engagement; as we assess each scene, unravelling the complexities of characters and nuanced art references, we undergo a deeper process of inner-reflection. The paintings exist mirror-like; created years ago, they adapt and challenge their current age as relevancy and historical narrative merge.

The Chicago-born artist (1941) received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Northern Illinois University, and later earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was among the core founding teachers of VCUarts (originally known as the Richmond Professional Institute), where he taught for 38 years in the Painting and Printmaking Department. Among many accolades, he received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a VMFA Professional Fellowship. He was a founding member of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art venue in Richmond, VA. Donato passed away in 2010 in Richmond.

Reviews & Links
Gerald Donato in ARTnews, 1988

John Baldessari juxtaposes material, form, and text to create a challenging visual and narrative expression. With a tongue-in-cheek approach, he skews the traditional expectations of an image’s function, requiring the viewer to act and react to each wryly-composed drawing. Each piece exists collage-like: paint or ink acts as if scissors and glue, metaphorically cutting and layering shapes and colors. Color relations pulse across the paper as he interrupts deeply monochromatic scenes with vibrant orbs, forming matte renditions of a deconstructed figure or unassuming object. Baldessari remains a master of American conceptual art, both as educator and artist.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from San Diego State College, and now lives and works in Santa Monica, California. He has mounted over 200 solo exhibitions and 1,000 group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work is in collections worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Collection, London; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. He has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from the College Art Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Tongue in Cheek
Missed Connections
Great Prints

Janet DeCover paints dynamic, abstract compositions, where color-fields flow and interact with sketches, dotted lines, and abstracted forms. DeCover was an adept colorist; bold hues mingle and merge without tendency toward murkiness, and the colors maintain transparency despite the depth of saturation. Her marks—broken gestures, wonky tables, and doodle-like forms—uphold gravity despite their apparent blithe application. Black, amorphous forms often ground the work, disturbing the overall picture plane and contrasting vibrant backgrounds. The black shapes fluctuate, appearing to recede from the color, and yet simultaneously moving forward toward the viewer. This push-pull relationship echoes DeCover’s whimsical yet intensely curated approach, challenging our perception of the visual world.

DeCover earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (1971). Her work is in the collections of Markel Corporation, Ethyl Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank, and Capital One, all Richmond, VA, and numerous private collections. The founder and co-owner of Main Art in Richmond passed away in 2015.

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Exploring the malleability and reconstruction of quotidian materials, Tara Donovan transforms familiar objects into transformative sculptures. In earlier work, she exhibited large-scale installations of Styrofoam cups and a floorscape composed of thousands of trimmed No.2 pencils, both pointing out the aesthetic qualities of everyday materials through intense manipulation. In her recent Slinkys series, she produces lyrical, coil-like prints of Slinkys. The prints evoke meandering road maps to nowhere, both restrained and full of looping action. Obsessive, repetitive patterning imprints an imposing quality within Donovan’s work—yet the constantly visible trace of her hand imparts an addictive tenderness.

Born in 1969, Donovan graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University with an Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture (1991, 1999). Her work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pace Gallery, both, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all, New York, NY; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA, among others. She has received major accolades including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award (2008) and the first annual Calder Prize (2005). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Slinkys
Refracting Light
New Year: New Work

Born in 1899, Theresa Pollak soon became a major fixture in Richmond art scene and beyond. In 1928, she founded the art department at the Richmond Professional Institute, which grew into Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, now ranked as the number one public art school in America. A past student of Hans Hofmann, she showed at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. Mastering a unique abstract expressionist tone, Pollak’s hand moves fluidly through figures, landscapes, and street scenes. Scratchy black ink and billowy pastels capture a liveliness characteristic of her work. Pollak passed away in 2002, though her impact on the Richmond arts community lives on.


Capturing scenes of Charlottesville, Virginia through the passenger seat window of his car, Richard Crozier embraces the impermanence of landscapes through painting. Rendering stray houses, construction sites, and quiet highways with loose, thick strokes, he imparts a contemplative, passionate nature within quotidian scenes. His casual approach lends to an abstract perspective, imparting an emotive quality heightened by color and light. The Hawaii native received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Washington in Seattle, and later his Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Davis alongside artists Wayne Thiebaud and William T Wiley (1974). His work has been exhibited widely at Tatistcheff & Co., New York; College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond; Long Beach Art Museum, California; and Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia. Several public collections hold his work, including Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Davis Art Center, Davis, California; the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond; School of Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and the Sturgis-Young Art Center, Sturgis, MI. He currently lives in Charlottesville, where he retired as a professor at University of Virginia in 2011, having taught there for 37 years.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
VIEWPOINT
Virginia Landscapes

Blaine was foremost an abstract painter, first a student of Theresa Pollak at the Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), and later moving to New York in the 1940s to learn under Hans Hofmann. She immersed herself in the post-World War II New York art scene, which embraced color and gesture through Abstract Expressionism. The acute sense of hue, shape, and line apparent in her oil paintings originate in part from her early stages of art making, characteristically unabashed and intuitive. Instinct carried Blaine through her work; in 1959 at the age of 37, she contracted bulbar-spinal polio which paralyzed her from the waist down, forcing her to relearn how to paint. She began painting in oils with her left hand, adding a genuine looseness and determination. This persistence seeped into each scene as Blaine transitioned to a representative style, her hand capturing parks and rivers outside her Gloucester, Massachusetts home, her Upper West Side apartment in New York, and floral studies neatly arranged in her kitchen. Poetic, lyrical, and charmingly clever, Blaine’s oil and ink compositions lure in viewers as their luminous quality carries through to present day.

Blaine was born in 1922 in Richmond, VA. In her lifetime, she exhibited at major galleries including Tibor de Nagy, Jane Street Gallery, and Fischbach, all, New York, NY; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL, among others. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Blaine passed away in 1996 at the age of 74.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
VIEWPOINT

 

Sally Bowring’s form of abstraction takes its cues equally from color field painting, expressionism, and even impressionism. Her newest works are more fractal and spatially complex than ever. Yet, she allows naturalism to have equal primacy in the forms and lines she chooses. Strolling through Richmond on early morning walks, Bowring exalts spring’s earliest green shoots, summer hydrangea’s orbital color, the path of fall leaves drifting into a pond, and bare winter branches’ spindly geometry. Taking these observations to the studio, she distills them into compositional cues for her paintings. She engrains a lyrical quality into thin applications of acrylic paint, allowing rhythm and form to emerge from each stroke.  Poppy yellow lines and blue bands extend beyond pleasing symmetry, allowing a lively texture to exist within the flat panels. Her work becomes a dynamic force, much like the changing of seasons and the unpredictability of nature.

Bowring teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Museum Studio School, and served as Public Art Commissioner for Richmond. She received a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship and a Theresa Pollak Visual Arts Award (2003-2004), among other accolades. The New York native earned her Bachelor of Arts from Goddard College in Vermont (1978), an Associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (1975), and an Master of Fine Arts from VCU (1983).

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Summer Steals
Weather Report
Off The Cuff: Georgetown
Dog Days
Vacation Days
Local Paradise
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Summer Solstice
Patina
Sweet Summertime
Dancing in the Dark

Links
Richmond Times Dispatch 2016
R-HOME 2016
“Spring Follows Winter Again” Exhibition at Rawls Museum
“Mixed Greens” Exhibition at VMFA
“Meander” Exhibition at Randolph-Macon College
Gallery Talk 2013
Style Weekly 2013


Julien Binford was born in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1908, and later travelled to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and schools in Paris and Spain in the 1930s. He returned to the United States where he was commissioned to paint murals in southern post offices and public buildings as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Programs.  Further, during World War II he was commissioned by Life Magazine to depict the wartime happenings in the New York Harbor. Over his lengthy career, he mastered both representative and abstract portrayals of everyday scenes and objects. Exploring several mediums including oil, ink, pastel, and gouache, his sense of material evokes a tactile nature within the work. Pastels smudge into faces and forms, and egg tempura washes over geometric abstractions, conveying transparency through soft yet intentional strokes.

He was a professor of painting at Mary Washington College for 25 years, and many of his works are in the Mary Washington University Galleries’ permanent collection.  His work has also been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Binford passed away in 1997.

Past Exhibitions
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Summer Solstice

Kendall Buster’s large-scale sculptures and site-specific installations combine art, science, and fantasy. She projects the curious intensity of cells and tissue with shadecloth and steel, creating skin-like vessels. Suspended from the ceiling or billowing out from the ground, her transparent, multi-layered pieces exist as independent environments floating through space. The small world of molecular biology is magnified as her work requires the viewer to physically engage with the piece and overall environment.

Buster earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Yale University, and completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Studio Program (1981, 1987, 1984). Her work has been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum, Kreeger Museum, both Washington, DC; Artist’s Space, American Academy of Arts and Letters, both New York, NY; Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; Bahnhof Westend, Berlin; and KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa. Buster has commissioned sculptures for the DC Convention Center and Wilmer Cutler Hale, Washington, DC; Markel Corporation, Massey Cancer Center, both Richmond, VA; The Bank of Oklahoma Arena, Tulsa, OK; and The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV. Other sculpture commissions include The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, The San Francisco International Airport, The University of Houston Health and Biomedical Center, and the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, among others. She was the recipient of a 2005 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in the Arts.

Buster currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia as a Professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Corporate Collections

An influential artist, educator, and promoter of the Richmond art scene, Richard Carlyon was a highly regarded painter for over 50 years. Interested in the simultaneous linkage and split between time and space, Carlyon created work with graphic lines and bold color—constantly challenging compositions through wonky planes or aerial perspectives. He communicated across a spectrum of mediums, including painting, drawing, collage, and video, all activated with a conviction characteristic of his work and persona. Just as he conveys emotion through geometric, minimalistic paintings, he fluidly transitions these qualities in figurative and still life work.

Carlyon was born in New York in 1901, and attended the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University), earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts (1953, 1963). He taught at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts for 40 years, becoming a professor emeritus. Carlyon passed away in 2006.

Past Exhibitions
Early & Late, Eleanor
Vacation Days
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Missed Connections
Summer Solstice
Selected Works 2008

Links
VCU School of Medicine Collection
“Selected Works” at W&L University

David Freed’s landscapes capture the energy of nature, with all its unpredictability and imperfections. Drawing inspiration from the seasons, atmosphere, and changing weather, he adapts an intimate relationship with his subject, making paintings with a distinct perspective. Layers of etchings and mixed media techniques unite with varying hues and textures to convey an essence as opposed to accuracy. Freed’s touch and eye for color lends to the subtlety and undoubted sincerity present in each piece.

Born in 1936, his career as an artist spans over fifty years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University of Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa (1962), and went on to found the printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1966. He has been awarded numerous grants and prizes over his career, including the Fulbright Grant (1963-64), the World Print Competition (1977), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship (1983-84), the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts (2001), and the VCU Award of Distinction from the Southern Graphic Council (2009). The VCUarts Professor Emeritus currently lives in Richmond, VA.

Past Exhibitions:
Windows: For Bev
River on My Mind 
Here and There

Reviews & Links
Exhibition at Beverley Street Studio School
Richmond Times-Dispatch 2009

Regarded as one of today’s most important representational painters in the nation, Wolf Kahn renders stunning landscapes and abstracted scenes in vibrant hues. Exploring color and light as an aesthetic and emotional field, his oil paintings and pastels exhibit unique color combinations both intriguing and complex. His work truly serves as a vehicle for expressing tone, energy, and movement. Kahn immigrated from Germany to New York City in 1943, where he studied with artist Hans Hofmann, and later received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago (1951). His work is held in major collections, including the Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, all New York, NY; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. He has received major accolades, including the Department of State’s 2017 International Medal of Arts, Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters, among others.

Curriculum Vitae

Reviews & Links
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2011
Style Weekly, 2005

 

 

 

 

By painting over photographic inkjet prints, James Hyde redefines his own experiences and subsequently how we perceive painting, photography, and nature’s aesthetic. An avid traveler, Hyde photographs scenes of California which he prints and mounts over canvas. He then paints over the inkjet print with acrylic, allowing abstract shapes and bands of color to interact with printed shrubs or lake shores. This combination of acrylic and inkjet disrupts the normal viewing process, forcing viewers to examine the fundamental tropes and techniques of painting and photography. Hyde was born in Philadelphia in 1958 and currently lives in New York, teaching at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art. He is the recipient of several prestigious grants, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant (2011-12), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2008), Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship (2000-01), among others.

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For over thirty years, Ray Kass has found his muse in nature, the landscape, and his garden. Layering washes of water media, oil emulsion, dry pigment, and smoke, Kass forms bold yet abstracted floral and arboreal imagery. The rag paper surface, covered with shaved beeswax, lends to a soft aesthetic that reflects the natural elements found within the paintings’ composition. The ground of his paintings is created in one of two manners: smoking or staining. Kass developed the technique for smoking paper in the late 1980’s while working with the highly influential composer and artist John Cage. In this method, Kass lays wet paper over a fire, allowing smoke to overtake the surface as uncontrolled marks and traces remain. Though abstract, these forms capture the spiritual quality within nature, and often mimic organic shapes of foliage.  Kass received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and an Individual Artist’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kass’s work is in the collections of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Boston Public Library, Boston, MA; Phizer Corporation, all, New York, NY; and Medical College of Virginia, SunTrust, and Ethyl Corporation all, Richmond, Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions:
Forming Surface 
Ray Kass 

Reviews & Links
Ray Kass Forming Surface at Reynolds Gallery reviewed in Art Papers 
Ray Kass at Reynolds Gallery reviewed in Style Weekly 

Playful yet methodical, Ron Johnson’s process-driven work is defined by chance. Pouring pigmented polyurethane over wood panels, he investigates the effects of layering transparent color. In a recent Art Pulse interview, he states “The medium allows me to control (for the most part) this idea of translucency which in turn allows the viewer to access my work in layers. So viewers are literally able to see the archeology, or experience my thoughts in an archeology of seeing.” What they see is vibrant, abstracted landscapes simultaneously constrained and released in flowing pools of acrylic. Johnson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio State University (1999) and Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University­ (2003), where he currently works as an assistant professor in the Painting and Printmaking department. His work has been exhibited at Washington & Lee University, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Cite des Arts Gallery in Paris. His work is in numerous public and private collections including Altria Group, Capital One, the Federal Reserve Bank, and Markel Corporation.

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions:
Between Surface
New Work 
Inside Out/Outside In 

Reviews & Links:
Ron Johnson’s Between Surface reviewed in the May/June 2012 issue of Art Papers 

Since 1983, Paul Ryan has cultivated his own powerful “brand” of abstract painting by boldly applying acrylic to large-scale canvas. He is inspired by the banality of everyday commercial packaging, and uses these forms as a means for investigating the underlying major societal consequences of consumerism. Collecting magazines, cartons, and mass-produced goods, he reimagines these products like stencils for creating the formal structures of his paintings. Mundane symbols of consumerism become dramatic expressions of “desire, exchange, acquisition, consumption, and loss” as they litter the canvas in acrylic form (Ryan, Forward, Exhibition Catalog). Ryan received his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (1986), where he was a professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 2005-2016. He also taught in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus. He is a recipient of two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships (2009, 2016). The painter and art critic works and resides in Staunton, Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae

Reviews & Links
Paul Ryan reviewed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tanja Softic explores questions of communication, migration, and cultural identity in her paintings and mixed media work on paper. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and later moved to America, spurring an investigation of personal and global belonging within her work. Interweaving imagery of telephone lines, birds, and disjointed lanscapes, her collaged work is reminiscent of a subtle map. The abstracted scenes simultaneously partition and overlap each other in a frenzy of web-like lines, creating a visually delicate and emotionally jarring atmosphere. Softic acts as a master artist and informer, with works which can be read as visual poems as elements within inform subsequent works. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 1992 received her Master of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has been awarded numerous accolades, including a 2012 Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in Visual Arts, a 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among others. She currently resides in Richmond, VA, working as a Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.

Reviews & Links
Tanja Softić featured in Virginia Living, 2011

Sally Mann’s importance as a photographer, contemporary artist, and Southern cultural icon cannot be overstated. Since publishing her first books of photography in the 1980’s, she has been a pioneer in the national and international contemporary art scene. She fiercely produces art that challenges the role of photography in contemporary art, relying on antique film processes to compose reflective, eerie images. Her work ties back to her life in the South, photographing scenes of Virginia, Georgia, and Mississippi with an intensely poetic, nuanced touch. Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951 and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Writing from Hollins College (1974, 1975). She has held major solo museum exhibitions including Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2010); Sally Mann: What Remains at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC (2004); and Sally Mann: The Family and the Land which traveled throughout Europe to the Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway (2007-2008). Her 2015 memoir, Hold Still, is a National Book Award Finalist and NY Times Bestseller and won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Guggenheim Foundation grants, and additional significant recognitions. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York and currently resides in Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae

Reviews & Links
Art Papers, 2011
Arts in Art in America, 2011
New York Times Magazine, 2011

 

 

Robert Stuart’s glowing paintings and works on paper engage in the mysterious qualities of light. Inspired by both natural and man-made sources, strips of paint become metaphors for beams of sunlight or neon sculptures. Carefully building rich layers of oil and wax, he juxtaposes inky bands of color against subtly iridescent grounds. Stuart’s paintings hum with atmosphere and evanescence, yet are grounded in clear compositions and tactile materiality. He states, “At times there have been particular correspondences in the natural, phenomenal, physical world to what I hope for in a painting. One such time was when I was walking in the loft space of our big, old, barn. Early morning sunlight was flooding the interior below. As I glanced down, the light was bursting through thin slits between the floor boards, making brilliant crevices of light—a metaphor, perhaps, for some sort of transcendent, otherworldly, awakening.” Stuart received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and his Master of Fine Arts from James Madison University (1977, 1984). A nationally exhibiting artist, he has received numerous awards and honors including the prestigious Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2004). Stuart currently lives and works in Staunton, Virginia.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions:
Torn Lines
Robert Stuart 

Reviews & Links
Robert Stuart in Virginia Living, 2010

Born in 1957 in Lima, Peru, Javier Tapia grew up in a tumultuous period as guerrilla warfare dominated political and social movements throughout the country. He moved to the United States in the 1980s, having witnessed the many binaries of humanity: good and evil, intellectual and primal, connection and detachment. His work explores how these opposites manifest in life; abstract shapes and broad strokes become metaphors for chaos and control, or structure and disorder. Much like traditional Peruvian weaving, Tapia overlaps, subtracts, and reworks layers of watercolor, creating dynamic compositions which emanate physicality. We recognize the work as energetic, on the brink of chaos, yet ordered within the constraints of the paper. Tapia earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin (1984, 1987). He has exhibited at the Embassy of Peru Art Gallery, Washington, DC; Museo de Osma, Barranco, Peru; Bloom Gallery, Milan, Italy; Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA; 1708 Gallery, and the Anderson Gallery, both, Richmond, VA. He is a recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts (2010). He currently lives in Richmond, VA and works in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Painting and Printmaking, where he has taught since 1988.

Heide Trepanier’s artistic practice parallels life’s unpredictability and our unbridled desire to control its randomness. She freely splatters and sweeps paint over the surface of her canvases, and then returns after the paint dries to outline, and thereby control, the disorderly marks. The resulting overlay of ink and acrylic conveys an entrancing liveliness with rich colors and wild strokes. Recently she has bridged this process into photography, composing inky light jet prints which both maintain and advance elements of her painting practice. Dropping alcohol-based inks into different types of milk (cow, human, and goat), she activates a chemical reaction between the two products, causing the pigment to flow and disperse. She photographs the effects, ultimately selecting only one image from each ink-and-milk reaction as the finished art work. Once the photograph is printed, she destroys its original highest-resolution image so that each photograph is unreplicable and unequivocally unique. Trepanier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has held adjunct professor positions. She has received multiple accolades, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2011), VMFA Professional Fellowships (2009 and 2002), and The Theresa Pollak Fine Art Award (2004).

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Blending abstraction with familiar natural elements, Isabel Bigelow creates paintings and prints rich in color and texture. In her work, peacefulness coexists with the hum of nature’s energy. Bright images of trees, horizons, and geometric forms bleed into matte backgrounds, creating an airy yet structured atmosphere. She builds the vibrant surfaces of her paintings through a slow and additive process: painting layers of gesso and oil and burnishing them in between applications. The result is a smoothly finished painting that glows and vibrates with intensely saturated color.

Bigelow grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and now lives and works in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion from Harvard University (1989) and went on to study painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her Master of Fine Arts (1998).

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions
Off the Cuff: Georgetown
Dog Days
Likely Places

Hot Fun in the Summertime
Summer Solstice
New Work 2011

Sweet Summertime 
Isabel Bigelow and Javier Tapia 

Links
Elle Decor 2008
Art in America 2008