Archive for the ‘Interviews & Insight’ Category

Holiday Jewelry Journal

Posted on: December 26th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

Julie Vos Christmas

Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone for making this such a fantastic year! We are so thrilled to have added so many new clients, artists and Julie Vos jewelry to the gallery. We had some of the jewelry from the gallery professionally photographed to create a little holiday jewelry journal for you to enjoy. All of the images are linked to our website for pricing and more info.

Julie Vos Ella W. Richardson Fine Art

Julie Vos Ella W. Richardson Fine Art

Julie Vos Ella W. Richardson Fine Art

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Julie Vos Ella W. Richardson Fine Art

  Photography by Benjamine Van Peel. Best wishes for a bright and happy New Year!

Alex Radin: Discovery

Posted on: September 4th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Day 5 and the last big reveal of Alex Radin’s inspiration for his Proximity series. At least for now…

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“Discovery”     60″ x 41″    Oil on Panel

“The inspiration for the “Discovery” piece was an Instagram photo that my wife captured of our daughter, Elianna, as our family headed out for an evening walk after supper. Ellie had made a paper scope out of toilet paper rolls and tape that she brought to spy out little treasures along the way. Her childlike curiosity and creativity are often arresting, reminders to me not to become jaded and forget the good parts of youthfulness. In the painting, I placed her in a winterscape as a nod to the hidden life that takes place under the cover of snow and the guise of barrenness. There is so much depth to tapping into a place or approach of simplicity like that of a child. There are keys to be found that unlock mysteries and exciting adventures in a moment of inquisitiveness.”

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Alex Radin: Resilience

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Day 4 with Alex Radin on the blog and he describes the inspiration for his piece, “Resilience.”

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“Resilience”                33″ x 96″                 Oil on Panel

“A photo that I took while on a trip to Peru was the spark for the “Resilience” piece. A young Peruvian girl, Sesia, is featured in the piece dancing, happy and full of life, seemingly without a care in the world. Yet, the conditions in which she lived would be the cause of many cares/worries here in the States. While I was preparing this piece, thinking about what extra elements would appear, the words “prickly pear” came to mind. I did not know what a prickly pear was or even if there was one, so I googled it and discovered that it was a cactus. It was a perfect fit for the piece contrasting the harsh environment of desert living with the plant’s ability to blossom and thrive, just as Sesia was doing in her own life.”

Alex Radin: Captured Moments

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Day 3 on the blog with Alex Radin and he explains how he uses “captured moments” to create compelling artwork.

Wonder

“Wonder”       60″ x 41″      Oil on Panel

“In the Proximity series, including the works at the gallery, I wanted to capture the moments in life that arrest us, moments that are seared into our minds forever. There have been very specific ones over the years that stand out for me. Many of them have happened when I have traveled to different places. Often when we are out of our everyday elements, we are more aware of these moments; we are actually looking for them.Yet, they occur every day and my desire is to look for them in the ordinary as well as the unusual. There are so many moments in our lives that are really precious; they are times that can’t be traded for anything. Moments of discovery, revelation, bravery, kindness, beauty, joy, authenticity, mystery and wonder.

My hope is that I will continue to recognize these moments more and more, that I will take the time to pause and take in the goodness while it is happening and not to forget it and that I will be able to effectively share these moments with others. It is easy as a dad of four children to forget to live in the present. I may be thinking about things that are really not that important in the grand scheme of things and miss out on experiencing things that I will never get to experience again with my children. I don’t want to miss one moment of the shared joy of seeing them discover something for the first time.”

Alex Radin: Journey

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Day II with Alex Radin on the blog and today he explains the meaning behind the painting, “Journey,” pictured below.

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“Journey”          60″ x 41″      Oil on Panel

“The painting titled “Journey” is of my youngest daughter. She is fearless. When she sees something she wants she goes for it. She loves the camera and one day while we were just having fun doing a photoshoot this aspect of her personality came out and I got the idea for this piece. I gave her some artistic direction which was different as I usually take candid shots. I told her to look off into the distant setting sun and imagine she was about to go on a great journey to a mountain she could see ahead of her. She looked with boldness yet with a slight hint of being unsettled. It was the perfect photo which I rarely get from a staged shot. I knew I wanted to paint her in the desert and to have a compass represent direction but the tiles swirling around her was a surprise. As I closed my eyes and envisioned the piece I kept seeing the tiles forming a wall around her as opposed to the flat walls in most of the other pieces. I placed her in the desert which is a harsh environment but as she journeyed through the desert I saw grass forming under her feet almost like a traveling oasis. Having her in the tutu represented dancing through the harsh environment finding joy in the journey while the tiles seemed to form a wall of protection around her. Also the inside of the tiles were colder blue tones and the outside were the warmer orange and red tones. I had no idea why it was just how I saw it. After meditating on the piece for several days I was reminded of the story in the Torah of the Israelites making their way through the wilderness to the promised land. As I looked at the cool blues of the tiles and the warm reds I was reminded of how it says they were led by a cloud during the day and a fire by night. I began looking at the tiles swirling around her in the painting as God being ever present with her and protecting her as she Journeyed through the wilderness.”

Alex Radin: Proximity

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Welcome to a very special week here on the blog, in which we will be revealing several of the writings of Alex Radin, who was one of four artists featured in our Emerging Artists Exhibition. Today’s topic: Proximity. Radin’s works at the gallery are a part of his “Proximity” collection and they explore this theme in many different ways. Here, Radin explains why he chose this theme and how ideas come to him based on his awareness of the people and places around him.

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 Rest          43″ x 43″        Oil on Panel

Radin: “Proximity is the state, quality, sense, of being near or next to someone or something. It is a state of closeness. To be fully present is necessary in order to be fully engaged and close to what is happening in a moment or space inside or outside of time.

I am an observer, so living in the moment for me often means paying attention to what is happening around me. Often things are highlighted as I am going about my day. It may be a piece of paper floating in a puddle with a word written on it or seeing a woman with her head bandaged standing in the middle of the street staring at a traffic light. Things that may seem like random images at first will start to form connections. As I ponder them, I realize they contain stories and significant revelations that impact my life and how I view the world. These ideas, objects, messages, stories and people find their way into my paintings. It may seem surreal but for me everything contains meaning and connection.

Sometimes an element finds it’s way into my work that I don’t fully understand ahead of time. As I was sketching the pieces for the proximity series the tiles kept showing up. They formed walls, windows, and openings that highlighted objects and additional elements. I was not aware of what the tiles represented at the time, only that they were always present and woven into the fabric of the landscape, drawing attention to the objects that offered clues to meaning or pathways to destiny.”

 

Please stay tuned, tomorrow more will be revealed.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

Two out of four of our emerging artists, whose exhibition opens at the gallery this Friday share a similar background: Both are oil painters, both were born in South Korea and now reside in San Francisco. We asked Sung Eun Kim and Jin Hee Lee why they moved to the states and what about the Bay Area inspires them.

 

Sung Eun Kim

Sung Eun Kim in his studio

 

SEK: I have always dreamed of living in San Francisco. I first learned about the city from watching the movie “The Rock” when I was very little.  I immediately fell in love with the unique landscape – city, hills, ocean views, etc. I was fortunate to be able to get a green card through my family and decided to look at schools in the United States. The moment I saw that there was an art school in San Francisco, I knew I had to apply. San Francisco provides me with endless inspiration for painting; I’ve lived here for 10 years now and never tire of its diverse beauty.

 

                 

 

 

 

Jin Hee Lee in her studio

 

JHL: I was born and raised in Seoul, where I felt stifled under conservatism and the regulations on society. I felt pressure to be competitive and hated the strict rules that governed my life. Korean society is very closed, while American culture promotes opportunity and openness. That’s why I decided to move to the U.S.     Now I live in San Francisco where the weather is always gentle and people are open to new ideas.

 

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In Progress

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Artists Alex Radin, Lana Svirejeva, Sung Eun Kim, and Jin Hee Lee have been hard at work preparing for our upcoming Emerging Artists Exhibition!

Here’s Alex Radin’s “Flow” in progress:

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And complete!

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All Emerging Artists works are available for pre-sale before the show opens August 7. Please visit our website: http://ellarichardson.com/artists.php to view available works.

Window Shopping

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Spring is in the air and it is a gorgeous day to be strolling Broad Street. Pop into the gallery for a peek at some of our newest works!

 

"Grand Illusion" Jeff Jamison  24" x 36" Oil on Canvas

“Grand Illusion”
Jeff Jamison
24″ x 36″ Oil on Canvas

 

 

"Grapes and Vase"  Frans Van der Wal   16" x 20"  Oil on Panel

“Grapes and Vase”
Frans Van der Wal
16″ x 20″ Oil on Panel

 

 

"King Street"  Simon Balyon  24" x 36" Oil on Canvas

“King Street”
Simon Balyon
24″ x 36″ Oil on Canvas

#MWSecrets

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Ready for some secrets from our gallery? Here are two that we are more than happy to share! Happy International Museum Week!

 

1. Artist Karen Weihs has a knack for seeing forms emerge from nothing. A prime example? Her ability to see the sky and marsh as interchangeable in many of her works. Karen has more than once started a painting and flipped it over halfway, deciding that she liked it inverted better. Take a look at the works below & let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Our lovely bronze lady “On the Beach” by Marianne Houtkamp is so heavy you usually wouldn’t lift her to turn her around. But, if you happen to do this, there is a sweet surprise in the shape of a beautiful sun hat that she holds behind her back!

“On the Beach” FRONT

 

"On the Beach" BACK

“On the Beach” BACK

Gazing at the Sky: A quick word with Lowcountry artist J. Christian Snedeker

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

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Chris Snedeker, more formerly known as the local artist J. Christian Snedeker, creates realistic landscapes of our beloved Lowcountry in his newest show at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, entitled “Southern Landscapes.” He hits on all the major points of interest in Charleston—from the seashell- strewn beaches to the Angel Oak Tree, while also capturing quiet moments in the marshes of Rockville and the Cumbahee Rice Fields. I sat down with Chris to gain some insight into his artistic world.

ABOUT HIS PROCESS:

Chris begins with a concept. As an idea brews in his mind, he sees the outline of a work emerge and evolve. Starting with a monochrome base, he lays the foundation for a composition that will soon be bursting with pigment. Suddenly, the image in his mind shifts and he is thrown in a completely different direction. “Especially with skies,” he says, “I’ll have a painting laid in and before I know it, the clouds are moving and the light is shifting, just like the subject.”

HIS EXPERIENCE:

Chris began his professional artistic career as a woodworker, designing and carving up furniture for the home and office. While he kept his hands busy, he never felt creatively satisfied. “A woodworking project is usually a step-by-step progression that leads to a preconceived design. Inspiration is rarely involved beyond the initial design,” he explains. It is not only the creation process, but also the spontaneous freedom of painting that allows Chris to fully realize his potential.

THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOUDS:

What a lot of Chris’ patrons don’t know is that the artist grew up sailing and surfing on the Great South Bay in Long Island. His ancestors came to America in the mid-1600’s, establishing residence and opening up a tavern in New Amsterdam (New York) near what is now Wall Street. While he is a Yankee by birth, he claims to be entirely southern at heart—“I lived on the south side of Long Island,” he quips. Not to mention, Chris frequently visited Charleston as a child and has called the Holy City home for over 30 years.

 

"Moonrise over Cumbahee Rice Fields," J. Christian Snedeker. 36" x 48" Oil on Canvas

“Moonrise over Cumbahee Rice Fields,”
J. Christian Snedeker.
36″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas

Emerging Artists Competition At Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is looking for emerging figurative artists! This is a great opportunity for selected artists to gain exposure by exhibiting their work in a prominent gallery in historic downtown Charleston as well as by being promoted in online and print promotions. The exhibition will open on August 7 and will run until September 26, 2015.

Several artists will be selected to participate in a collective exhibition at the Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art gallery, which is located at 58 Broad Street, Charleston, SC.

Please read and understand thoroughly what the Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art procedures are to apply and participate in this art competition.

  • Entries must be oil paintings
  • Competition open to professional figurative artists
  • Artists 18 years old and older may apply
  • Competition is international
  • Artists must send at least six examples of their works via email; approx. four will be chosen for the show
  • There is no entry fee
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline
  • Artists will be notified within two weeks after the deadline of the status of their application
  • Please do not attempt to contact us about the status of your application

Submission:

  • Please submit your entry as a PDF with bio and images of works within. 

For the bios, we ask that you provide a short description (1,000 Word Limit), written in the third person. Tell us a little bit about yourself: your artistic training, inspiration, any special techniques used, any prior exhibitions or collections… anything that you might like our patrons and visitors to know about you. Also, include your website URL if you have one.

For the images, do not send images with watermarks. If chosen, you will need to provide 300 DPI or higher professionally shot images of your works for use in publications and promotion of the exhibition.

Please label your images in the following manner: Title of work, size of canvas (height x width), price. Image name may not exceed 50 characters.

 

Please send images & bio to: EmergingArtists@ellarichardson.com no later than April 17, 2015 at 5:00pm.

 

Best of Luck!

Karen Weihs Demo in the Gallery

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by Kristie Landing

 

It is always a pleasure to have colorist Karen Weihs, a Charleston native in the gallery. She presented a demonstration of two paintings on Saturday, December 13 and her process is documented for the work, “Ashley” via photographs below. Enjoy!

 

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"Ashley" 24" x 24" Oil on Canvas $2650

“Ashley”
24″ x 24″ Oil on Canvas
$2650

 

 

Jeff Jamison Interview on Shades of Charleston

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Kristie Landing

Tennessean Impressionist Painter Jeff Jamison brings 14 new works featuring the Holy City to the Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art gallery this Friday, November 7.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Florida, Jamison utilizes Old Master techniques coupled with a manipulation of light and brushstroke to create his contemporary Impressionist style.  Jamison is internationally celebrated for his exquisite works and has received the “Award of Excellence” from the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Top 100 in the Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks, and Third Place in the Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters.

Jeff Jamison

Jeff Jamison

 

Kristie Landing in conversation with Jeff Jamison:

 

K: What inspired you for your newest show, “Shades of Charleston?”

 

J: I’ve been coming here for about 9 years with two to three shows annually…I’ve never really painted Charleston before, but I was taken with it immediately.

My friend once said to me, “As a painter, how do you walk around Charleston and not lose your mind…there are so many paintings it must be overwhelming.” It’s true, there are a lot of paintings, but they inspire me. There are a lot of things to paint here—architecture, shadows on buildings. Sometimes I play a game with myself—how many colors do I see, how many shadows can I count?

 

K: That game seems like great practice for capturing light and colors in your works…besides Charleston, what subjects do you like to paint?

 

J: Street scenes, typically figurative. I try to capture a fleeting moment in a simplistic way. There is always a little bit of mystery; the feeling that the painting is a little unfinished. This allows the viewer of my works to become more than a voyeur….they are a participant.

I am fascinated with the human ability to understand what they are seeing—they understand so much and are able to fill in the blanks. People finish the lines I leave out, they don’t need everything spelled out for them.

 

K: That’s beautiful. How has your process changed over time?

 

J: I started painting as an art student, which meant that I was copying everything that I looked at. For 20-25 years, I took what I saw and put that in my works. Originally, I wanted to paint in an Old World traditional style…like John Singer Sargent. Eventually, I began branching out and now 90 % of the subjects in my paintings come from my head. My advice to artists: Be true to yourself. Push yourself as far as you can when you are learning and then force yourself over a cliff. The process is painful, but that’s part of being an artist. Sometimes I tell myself to finish a work even if I’m unhappy with it…I tell myself I’m done and then I go back a few days later and change it. Artists have to be a little bit crazy.

 

K: In a good way! So, who is your favorite artist?

 

J: John Singer Sargent. And Joaquín Sorolla. They were put here on the Earth to show everyone else what is possible.

 

K: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

 

J: Someone said to me recently, “When I look at your work, I feel that if I close my eyes and open them again, the scene will be gone.” I’m not sure what they meant by this, but my hope is that they saw my work as a fleeting moment, like a dream. The painting was dreamlike…

 

K: What do you think about when painting?

 

J: Painting is a meditation for me. I don’t think about art or other artists when I am painting—I think about life. I’m interested in philosophical questions…in human behavior and how we think and act.

 

K: How would you define art?

 

J: What is art? Does it stop and make you ask questions, because if it does, it is art. But, who’s got time for that?

 

K: Is there anything you would like to add before we close?

 

J: I think it’s hilariously funny.

 

K: What is?

 

J: Painting, framing, shipping, boxing… everything. Making a living out of painting. I take my career seriously in that I would never want it to change. But it’s a trip!

 

 

Jeff Jamison: Shades of Charleston

November 7- December 1, 2014

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art

58 Broad Street, Charleston

Painting from the Inside Out: Aleksander Titovets’ “Past and Present”

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Kristie Landing

“I have done nothing…I have not built a house or made bread,” insists Aleksander “Sasha” Titovets, whose solo exhibition recently opened at the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas. The exhibition, entitled “Past and Present” is a rare retrospective of the living artist, whose graciousness seems to increase at the rate of his popularity. Born and raised in Russia, Titovets and his wife Lyuba relocated to El Paso in the early 1990’s, where they currently reside. His accomplishments are varied and include group and solo exhibitions, art competition awards, and the honor of painting First Lady Laura Bush in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. “Past and Present” runs from September 5 through December 7 and features nearly thirty of Titovets’ works from the past thirty years.

The night of the opening, nearly 460 visitors crowded “Past and Present” to witness the artistry of Titovets, a testimony to his widespread appeal. Organized by curator Christian Gerstheimer, the exhibition contains treasures borrowed from collectors around the country, including six sketches that date back to Titovets’ college years. Gerstheimer remarked that the collectors contributing to the show were like “family”—eager to support the artist and share the wealth. The exhibition is structured thematically and features the southwest, but Russian landscapes, Greek allegories, and Biblical references are also on view. Gerstheimer’s favorite work? Ironically, it is “Charleston Evening,” because it “seems to have a narrative.”

“Charleston Evening,” Aleksander Titovets. 30″ x 30,” Oil on Board. 2012-2014. Photo Courtesy of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Despite his humility, or perhaps because of it, Titovets admits that “Past and Present” is an educational and astonishing experience for him. “This exhibition is unique because it demonstrates to me how I have developed—I have used concepts that ultimately teach me about myself. Over the years, some themes become deeper and some I might come back to later.” Arising from his introspective nature, Titovets’ definition of theme departs from subject and encompasses such universal concepts as love and faith. In all that he does, the artist strives to “paint what is behind the canvas;” meaning that a landscape is more than just a field…it can go so far as to address human feelings and emotions.

When conversing with Titovets, it is clear that success has come to him as an organic byproduct of passion for his art form coupled with years of persistence. While many of his works are crowd pleasers, the intent, he explained, is never to impress. Yet, nothing is as joyful as hearing a viewer’s impression of his work. The day after the opening, Titovets received an email from a teenager who had attended the event on a whim, but ended up staying the entire evening. It read, “For Mr. Aleksander Titovets, I want to thank you for making me fall in love with life again. I say life because when I made contact with one of your paintings, I immediately fell in tune with it. So much emotion put into each one, it’s so beautiful.” Titovets has not brought us food nor shelter, but he has painted from the “inside out.” If for nothing else, his works have helped a disillusioned teen feel what it is like to truly be alive.

 

We currently have fourteen works by Titovets on display in our gallery- please take a look by clicking here.

A big thank you to the El Paso Museum of Art for sending us photos from the opening and speaking with us about their wonderful institution. In addition to Titovets’ works, the museum houses a permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art, including paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Anthony van Dyck, Canaletto, and Pablo Picasso, to name a few. Please visit their website for more information.