Posts Tagged ‘Charleston’

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

Julie Vos 456

Julie Vos Ella W. Richardson Fine Art

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

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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*All images are linked to the website for more information and pricing. Please contact the gallery at 843-722-3660 if you are interested in purchasing artwork.

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:

Progress

 

And complete!

Complete

 

 

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.

Singularly Miró

Posted on: June 13th, 2015 by Kristie Landing
Grand Personnage Noir, 1948 25 3/8" x19 1/2" Lithograph

Grand Personnage Noir, 1948
25 3/8″ x19 1/2″
Lithograph

 

With lithographs of organic forms, flattened picture planes, and boldly rendered lines, Joan Miró left his mark on the 20th century and beyond. Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró attended business and art school, focusing on art after suffering a nervous breakdown. He received early support from the art dealer, José Dalmau who gave him his first solo show at the Galerie la Licorne in Paris, 1921.

In his long, creative life, Miró experimented with Dada techniques, the Dutch Master style, Cubism and Surrealism using mediums that ranged from sculpture, collage, oil paint and lithographs. Music and literature were his muses and art leaders like Picasso and Ernst, his collaborators. After WWII, Miró focused primarily on graphic media and printmaking, which engaged him until his death. His works are more sought-after than ever by collectors and have inspired generations of artists, particularly the American abstract expressionists.

“The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I’m overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains – everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me.” —Joan Miró, 1958, quoted in Twentieth-Century Artists on Art

 

Fusee, 1959 11 1/16" x 15" Etching and Aquatint

Fusee, 1959
11 1/16″ x 15″
Etching and Aquatint

Showtime: “Crazy Love”

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by Kristie Landing
"Crazy Love" Mark Bettis 60" x 48" Mixed Media on Panel

“Crazy Love”
Mark Bettis
60″ x 48″
Mixed Media on Panel

We have nothing but crazy love for the new works by Mark Bettis at the gallery. I hope this last blog post gets everyone excited for the opening of “Get Lost” tomorrow night from 5-8pm—we sure are and can’t wait to see you. The last work we are featuring is “Crazy Love”…care to take a guess why?

“Crazy Love” is a giant, stunning example of Bettis’ creativity and passion. It is extreme with bright, neon orange and teal patterns and sweeping rings that simultaneously invoke sentiments of unity and frenzy. “Crazy Love” is also subtle, with the under layers oozing through like ghosts from the past.

There is a raw quality in “Crazy Love” that I talked about in the last post that make Bettis’ work urban and uncut. The texture of the works, which stems from his unconventional usage of cold wax gives the works an added layer of sensory stimulation. Bettis’ works are a departure for our gallery, but we thought it was about time to stir things up with a little mixed-media love.

Don’t miss a chance to meet Mark Bettis tomorrow night from 5-8pm at the opening of “Get Lost.”

To view more of his works, please visit our website: http://ellarichardson.com/paintings.php?artID=117

The Countdown Continues: “Past Memories”

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Kristie Landing
"Past Memories" Mark Bettis 24" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel

“Past Memories”
Mark Bettis
24″ x 24″ Mixed Media on Panel

 

About 8 years ago, Mark Bettis moved from Florida to the River Arts District in Asheville, where he turned over a new leaf in more ways than one. For starters, he began using cold wax as a medium to paint with, finding that it was “a great medium that thickens to allow endless possibilities of layering color and texture.” His approach to painting transitioned to more of a deliberate peeling process where he builds up a foundation of layers and then scrapes specific parts away. Revealing the wax underneath exposes the journey he took in creating his painting –past to present– a unique process that many Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1940s utilized.

The pentimenti, or remnants of earlier layers that peek through the top layer in “Past Memories” bring the work together visually and add complexity and intrigue. For example, having scraped the ivory layer in the top right, Bettis reveals a haunting maroon layer that echoes other traces of red in the painting. In more ways than one, Bettis is alluding to the past. The thin, scribbled turquoise, red, and black lines recall an unfinished sketch, even though they were almost certainly added last. The overall appearance is raw and uncut, yet the composition pulls the focus towards the center, clearly demonstrating forethought.

 

"Past Memories" Mark Bettis 24" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel

 

For more works by Mark Bettis, visit http://www.ellarichardson.com/paintings.php?artID=117

& don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another close look at a work premiering in the show!

The Countdown Continues: “Peaceful State”

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Kristie Landing
"Peaceful State" Mark Bettis 36" x 36", Mixed Media on Panel

“Peaceful State”
Mark Bettis
36″ x 36″, Mixed Media on Panel

 

Spoleto is about to begin and amidst this and other busy times in Charleston, we seek ways to bring a sense of tranquility to our lives. A Nest candle, white hydrangeas, and soft piano music might do the trick, but art also contributes to our moods. For this reason, we love rare gems like Mark Bettis’ “Peaceful State.” In contrast to his upbeat and joyful works like last week’s “Burst of Spring,” this work is designed to bring viewers peace of mind. Transcending the quiet, “Peaceful State” lifts the spirit, sending viewers into a state of pure visual bliss.

While highly abstract, this mixed-media work is designed to be very approachable. The symmetry involved, from the colors to the shape of the canvas- a perfect 36” square, achieves harmony  and balance. There is no object to focus the gaze on, which lends an air of mystery to the work; yet it is like wondering about the galaxy— baffling, yet strangely soothing. As the misty strokes of color pool together in “Peaceful State,” I’m left with the lasting impression of serenity. Are you?

For more works by Mark Bettis, visit http://www.ellarichardson.com/paintings.php?artID=117

Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another close look at a work premiering in the show!

Rainy Day Window Shopping

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Rain or shine, our windows are always dressed to impress.

Summer and the City Jeff Jamison 36" x 36", Oil on Canvas

“Summer and the City”
Jeff Jamison
36″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas

 

 

"Two for One" Jeff Jamison 24" X 24", Oil on Canvas

“Two for One”
Jeff Jamison
24″ X 24″, Oil on Canvas

 

"Charleston Harbor" Scott Moore 32" x 48", Oil on Canvas

“Charleston Harbor”
Scott Moore
32″ x 48″, Oil on Canvas

Window Shopping

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Sail away with us into a summery paradise…

 

"The New Sail" Evgeny & Lydia Baranov 36" x 48", Oil on Canvas

“The New Sail”
Evgeny & Lydia Baranov
36″ x 48″, Oil on Canvas

 

"'La Jeannette' at Full Sail" Evgeny & Lydia Baranov 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas

“‘La Jeannette’ at Full Sail”
Evgeny & Lydia Baranov
24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas

 

"Rockville Sunset"  J. Christian Snedeker 36" x 48," Oil on Canvas

“Rockville Sunset”
J. Christian Snedeker
36″ x 48,” Oil on Canvas

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

Remembering the Charleston Renaissance

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by Kristie Landing
"Flower Lady," Alfred Hutty. 6" x 4" Pencil on Paper. Price available upon request.

“Flower Lady,” Alfred Hutty. 6″ x 4″ Pencil on Paper. Price available upon request.

 

As one of the oldest cities in America, Charleston boasts a rich cultural heritage with the lasting impressions of many ethnic and religious groups. Yet, Charleston’s history is not without blemish. From the aftermath of the Civil War to Hurricane Hugo, Charlestonians have faced extreme loss and the necessity to pull together the pieces of a shattered cultural fabric. Our greatest strength is that when faced with tough times, we have not only been able to rebuild, but have preserved the art and architecture that make us the charming Holy City that we are today—one that consistently ranks as one of the top cities to visit in the world.

Born out of the shambles that the Civil War left in its wake, the Charleston Renaissance was perhaps our city’s most dramatic period of renewal to date. In the mid-1920s, a few forward-thinkers began writing about and painting what was left of the beauty of Charleston. With several women artists at the helm of the movement and a focus on African-American subjects, the Charleston Renaissance proved to be a pivotal time of transition for the art of the South in more ways than one. Among the artists celebrated during this time were painters Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Alfred Hutty, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and writers DuBose Heyward, Josephine Pinckney, John Bennett, and Beatrice Ravenel.

The sketch featured in this post is by Alfred Hutty, who wrote home to his wife in New York after first visiting Charleston, saying “Come quick, have found Heaven.” Like much of his work, Hutty’s sketch depicts an African-American going about daily life. As the object in her possession is somewhat ambiguous, we can only deduce from the title that this woman is holding flowers, perhaps those woven from sweet-grasses, a long-cherished tradition of African origin. This sketch is significant for many reasons, not the least of which being that it was produced by Hutty, who co-founded the Charleston Etcher’s Club and was the first American inducted into the British Society of Graphic Arts (1). “Flower Lady” is more than a depiction of a Southern woman; it is a statement acknowledging her value as an important member of society and a subject worth portraying in art. What’s more, it serves as a reminder to viewers that the magic of Charleston lies in its people, their traditions, and art.

View this work by Alfred Hutty on our website

To view other works by Alfred Hutty, visit the Gibbes Museum’s website by clicking this link

 

Notes:

1. Biographical information seen here was sourced from the Gibbes Museum of Art’s blog. http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/gibbes_blog/?p=2473

The Buzz

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Way to go Karen Weihs and J. Christian Snedeker! These two artists have been honored in not one, but multiple publications in the last month. Check out these news-worthy artists and events by clicking on the articles below:

 

KAREN WEIHS:

Carolina Arts

Moultrie News

 

 

J. CHRISTIAN SNEDEKER:

Carolina Arts 

Charleston Magazine

Moultrie News

 

JCS

 

Window Shopping

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

Our windows are looking toward the past & the future as we approach spring. Stop by to view these beauties on this sunny Saturday!

 

"Evening in the City," Aleksander Titovets. 20" x 24," Oil on Canvas

“Evening in the City,” Aleksander Titovets. 20″ x 24,” Oil on Canvas

 

"Gilt and Shadows in Late Afternoon," Lindsay Goodwin. 24" x 36," Oil on Canvas.

“Gilt and Shadows in Late Afternoon,” Lindsay Goodwin. 24″ x 36,” Oil on Canvas.

 

"Rockville Sunset," J. Christian Snedeker. 36" x 48," Oil on Canvas

“Rockville Sunset,” J. Christian Snedeker. 36″ x 48,” Oil on Canvas

 

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

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

JCS

 

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

Hemingway in Cuba

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

 

"Cojimar" 36" x 48" Oil on Canvas

“Cojimar”
36″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas

 

The year is 1928—Ernest Hemingway, his wife Pauline, their two sons, Jack and Patrick and Pauline’s sister Jinny Pfeiffer are traveling from Key West to Spain. Fate has it that they land in Havana, Cuba—a layover point on their westward journey. Unbeknownst to all, Hemingway will one day return here to live.

 

It is said that Hemingway felt such a connection with Cubans and their culture—from marlin fishing to Havana bars, that he called himself a “Cubano Sato,” or a garden-variety Cuban. He moved to Havana in 1939 and eventually settled in San Francisco de Paula, about 15 miles from Havana. It was here, at his house called Finca Vigía, “Lookout Farm,” that Hemingway penned the novel that he would be most known for, “The Old Man and the Sea.” Drawing inspiration from small nearby fishing village Cojimar, he wrote about an old fisherman’s struggle to subdue a captive giant marlin—a story that would be his last major work, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a significant contributor in his earning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

For its beauty and reputation, visitors seek out Cojimar, including our own artist Karen Weihs. Like Hemingway, Weihs was inspired to create something that spoke not only of the setting, but also the locals. Her work by the same name features abstracted huts in every color of the rainbow atop a field of grasses and under a misty blue sky. When asked why she chose so many colors for the buildings, Weihs responded, “In Cuba, people use whatever color they can find to paint their homes…they are a colorful people.”