Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Art Fair Season in the Hamptons

This Summer, the Hamptons played host to three art fairs -- all in the month of July!

As an art dealer and art consultant, I love to go to the fairs to see the range of artwork - some surprising, fresh and engaging...others less so.

In particular, I love to see work created from unusual materials.

Here are a few of my top picks:

Zac Freeman's work at the UK's Woolf Gallery was fascinating.

From a distance, he creates strong portraits and up close, you start to see the work is made from found objects...many of them plastic.

From buttons, to forks and all objects in between, the depth, layering and tones are captivating

Tim Bergstrom's new work at Halsey McKay gallery was also intriguing.

While the layered work looks like metal threads or wiring, the top layer is created with glue!  Lines of melted and hardened glue that are layered over a wire foundation and then painted.

Very innovative, dimensional and engaging.

David Adey's work at Scott White Contemporary brought me in like a snake charmer's notes, but what charmed me the most is this piece is comprised of cut-out lips from magazines and then pinned to board.

Creative, unusual and powerful.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Strength and Grace, our 2012 Summer Olympic Tribute

The 2012 Summer Olympics are kicking off today in London and across the pond we've got it covered in our latest art exhibit from Elisa Contemporary Art, Strength and Grace. 

Our Riverdale Gallery is ready for action and all about the Summer games - focusing on the highly competitive areas of Swimming and Equestrian events. 

The Olympics play a starring part in this exhibit.

Scottish-born artist, Sheona Hamilton-Grant started her artistic career when she worked for 1988 and 1992 Olympic Gold medalist, Nicole Uphoff, the German Dressage rider. During this time, she first started drawing equine Superstar, Rembrandt Borbet and forever considers “Remmi” her first muse. 

The exhibit includes her graphite portrait of the German warmblood sire, Florestant I. Many horses performing in the London 2012 Summer Olympics will be of Florestan I decent. 

And it wouldn’t be the Summer Olympics without the highly anticipated and captivating swimming events.  This year's competition between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte promises to be thrilling! 

Kaua'i artist, Carol Bennett, started painting her competitive swimmers when she was living in Los Angeles and swimming at the LA Athletic Club. According to Carol, “The floor beneath the pool, with its ethereal skylight was an underwater observation room...used by Olympic coaches in the 1920's. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer's private time and drawing in their beauty.” It was here she learned to capture their movement, reflections and grace. 

We held our kick-off reception on Sunday, July 22nd and we were joined by the parents of Olympic Silver medalist ('08 Beijing) in Fencing, Tim Morehouse.  Tim will be competing again in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  His parents will be flying to London to cheer him on.  And we all wish him much success!

We're thrilled to be celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics in our own artist way.  The exhibit will be up through mid-August at Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY and features:

  • Arizona Mixed Media Realist, Ken Peloke 
  • European Graphite Artist, Sheona Hamilton-Grant 
  • Expressionistic Idaho Artist, Donna Bernstein 
  • Hawaii Artist, Carol Bennett S
  • San Francisco Minimalist, Jeffrey Palladini. 

It's a gold medal performance by all!  To see more and our walkaround video, visit: