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March 13, 2015

EARTH WIND and FIRE

 
I’m not referring to the music composers, popular since the 70’s, but the renowned clay composer, Wyandot potter, Jamie Zane Smith. Jamie’s sculptural expertise is evident once again, such as his piece “Head of the River Double Wall”.

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He continues to design and carve his own stamps of shape and subject for serial patterning and textural imagery.  

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The stamps content is an original rendering of ancient mound-builder copper plate design. In this piece he has used raptor imagery (bird of prey). The repetition of the design represents cyclical symmetry. The shape of the vessel itself is circular. All these elements together give it flow and movement…..and honor to his ancestors! The raptor pattern, likewise adorns his piece “Head of the River Plate”.

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In honor to the Maple tree, Jamie has created a large platter named “Maple Bridge”. 
His stamping and design work covers the front and the back of this piece, which depicts the growth patterns of the Maple tree.

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The wooden stand is made from Maple wood; a great detail. The Maple tree has ancient cosmological significance and ancestral importance and is the head of the phratry (clan) for its sweet sap, then and now. 

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“Head of the River Kettle” is another work of Jamie’s that shows his beautiful art of stamping. He creates his own colors and this vessel well displays graceful form and texture with the contrast of large and small patterns.

EARTH…..WIND…..FIRE…..PASSION

 

Not only learning and evolving new techniques in creating Wyandot pottery, Jamie Zane Smith is the type of person who purposes to learn and evolve in his personal life. This is an artist/man who feels deeply connected to what he does. Those indigenous roots have not only guided him…..they have grown in him abundantly.

Glad you are part of the Earth Jamie!

And a part of Lovetts!

WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION

Raven Sawyer

March 11, 2015

EATING…..DRINKING…..HANGING OUT………………..

Artist Josh George has been known to have affection for these activities, as most of us have experienced as well. A very human experience! Our lives are a collage, as we are a composite of our many experiences, past and present, with its attending pain and joys. Dimensional by all the layering of these elements, making us colorful and glued together (ok...so some of us are a little less hinged!)  A quick collage of Josh George shows us a man of many interests in life and the drive to seek them out.

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He moved from New York (a previous source of subject matter) to Virginia.    

He now enjoys a bigger studio that enables him to do larger pieces. Rural living in an antique dwelling makes him happy with the simple life. But the rest of this story is far more complex. His art story. His approach is narrative, not in words, but in emotion. Josh starts with wood panel as his working surface. Next is the placement of paper which can include wallpaper, wine bottle labels or whatever he may deem pertinent to his subject matter. He then paints with acrylics in dark and rich colors, followed by oils over the entire surface with a varnish glaze for a happy ending.

He has a realistic expression to the form of his people, leaning, turned, off-centered (in a good way) and angular. His characters are extremely demonstrative, but can leave you with a sense of mystery! Dominate in George’s art is “domesticity”; be it in his architecture or his figures and I think this is a strong pull in relating to his work.

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How wonderful to see how colorful real life is when you stand back and look. Thanks Josh!

Curious about the bats in his paintings?...One of the impactful things of living in Richmond for George is the bats. “I do a lot of bat paintings because I’m fascinated by them-never saw one in N.Y.!

We certainly agree with him! They are really smart and beautiful creatures. A few visit our home often! Movies have unfairly characterized these little fellows. Still curious… go to BATZILLATHEBAT

 

Editor’s note:

                Collage-French term “colle’”-to glue. This term was coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th Century when collage became a distinctive part of Modern Art. With influences from the Synthetic Cubist Period and other artists like Matisse, who expressed emotion with intense color, one can see these beautiful talents in Josh Georges work! Check out “Kissy Bat”, “Rough Enough to Tie One On”, “Honeyed Pie”, or “Point Adaption” and you’ll see what I mean!

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“I Know What Has Been Given To You” has sold, but is still hanging in the gallery at present. Come in and see it before it flies out the door “like a bat out of hell!” (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

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February 25, 2015

BABY.... IT'S COLD OUTSIDE....

     But it’s warm and blazing at the gallery with all the friction of new art coming and going!

     Colorado artist, Julie Bender, likes to play with fire!

     Her burning passion for Pyrography (the art of drawing with fire in traditional terms) is paralleled by her precise and adroit depictions of her favorite subjects.  Animals!  She is continually inspired by the Western natural world, high country and prairies.  Excitement ensues when she captures a special look or behavior that she considers rare.

     Pyrography is the applications of variant degrees of heat that produce sepia-like hues, generating subtle values and tones.

     Julie utilizes hot metal tips to burn images on a natural surface.  She burned on wood for years previously, but now as a substrate, she prefers heavyweight watercolor paper.  Bender enjoys the distinctive challenges and results that push her outside her comfort zone.

     Her expertise is profound!

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     Check out several new pieces like “Amid the Cattails” or “Staking His Claim”, “Tuesday Afternoon” and others at the Gallery now.  In addition, she will be a featured artist in the Lollipop Guild miniatures exhibition in June. 

     Julie is graciously doing a live demonstration of her pyrography on March 6th and 7th.  Both days from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

     You don’t want to miss her in action, so be sure to come to the gallery – the heat is on!

     Julie says, “Executing with accuracy and imagination is her constant goal in producing a unique and evocative work of art”.

WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION

 JULIE BENDER

 

     Question:

     What do you get when you combine applique work in silver as well as cut-out, mosaic and inlay?  The finest natural Turquoises (Lander blue, Bisbee, Lone Mountain and Red Mountain).  The highest grade coral and the best gemstones?  Geometric patterns, Navajo designs and ancient petroglyphs (ancient rock carving or inscriptions)? 106790

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     You get master metalsmith, Kee Yazzie Jr.

     Kee’s mission is to translate the symbols of his ancestors, preserved in the very stones of the earth, into contemporary, wearable metal art.  He says, “To create something that people will like to wear”.

     And they do!  His native jewelry pieces sell very quickly!

     Another artist who has fiery talent is Brent Cooke, from British Columbia.

     As a remarkable bronze craftsman, he sculpts birds and marine subjects with great attention to detail.  He transmits movement, propulsion and flight in his works as well as insuring anatomical accuracy.

     His sly and furtive piece “Stealth” is the interaction between a leopard shark and an opalescent squid at half scale.  The sculpture is mounted on green marble.

     Curiosity and drama.

     Depictive of the marine life of the Grand Cayman Islands is Brent’s bronze work “Underwater Waltz”, featuring two French angelfish circling each other in mid water.  The abstract vase allows the fish to “float” without being attached to the bottom.  The angelfish are bronze – The support structure is cast stainless steel and it’s mounted on a base of black granite.

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     A unique detail to know about “Underwater Waltz” is that the stainless has been cast just like a bronze, NOT just a bent rod, but a sculpted and casted work!

     Fly in and see Brent’s “Split Decision”, “Into the Blue” and “Sweet Tooth”, as he has worked his magic with these spirited bronze pieces of birds.

 

     Stoking the fire…PIT fire…is Jody Naranjo.

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     Jody Naranjo – to those who know her and her pottery already, also know what a severely talented contemporary Tewa potter she is.

     To those of you who are unfamiliar with this extraordinary woman – allow me to introduce you.

     Jody draws breath from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.  She is traditional in her approach and application to pottery making as she excavates and processes the raw clay from Pueblo lands.  You’ve got to like a girl who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She is as down to earth as the clay she works with, and fun to visit with when she comes to the Gallery.

     Her style is traditional – in how she acquires the clay, builds her own coils and pit fires her work.  Her style is modern – by her choice of varied shapes, (she really likes squares and symmetry), etching and storytelling.  A great combination that makes her style creative and definitely signature.

     Highly sought after she is!

     Highly recognized for outstanding talent as one of the most premier, prominent and preeminent contemporary Southwest potters with numerous and distinguished honors and awards.

     We at Lovett’s, are very fortunate and honored to carry Jody Naranjo’s pottery and we want you to share in that with us.  Let the earth move you with her “Taos – Landscape”, “Mimbres Pot” and “Snow Birds”!

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     I’m so glad we had this conversation today! (Oh…. I’m the only one talking!)

Welcome To My Imagination

 

     This is Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s; reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude.

February 12, 2015

Lock, Stock and Barrel!

The Young Guns exhibit this past weekend went over with a bang!  Lock, stock and barrel!

Arranging an art exhibit is a formidable task – for the Gallery and for the artist.  Once again, sacrifices were made and well worth it!

The event was lighthearted, even a bit playful as Jack, the Gallery owner, was teasing one of our clients who sat for a self-portrait done by Jane Radstrom.  He was trying to make her laugh and break her composure as she was supposed to be still.  I think they traded some “hand gesturing”!  All in good fun!

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With Timur Akhriev, Jane Radstrom and David Shingler doing live paintings on site, this makes for an intimate occasion as you can admire and inquire at the same time.

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Art is really a two-sided coin:

One – what a piece speaks or means to you.  Through your eyes.  This reason can stand on its own.

Two – to know what a work of art means or feels from the artist perspective.  Through their eyes.  This reason is legitimate as well. Kind of “getting the whole picture” when you consider both.

I like this approach.  It can be very relational and I think exhibits with artists grant this opportunity well.

It was deeply pleasurable to talk with Jane and to observe her technique while surrounded by her paintings that are figurative and depictive of the many moods and movement of femininity.  Her husband Tom, who was fun to visit with and very supportive of his wife, even braved a new city to find her the exact supply she wanted!

Timur – Well, I almost asked if I could adopt him – but thought that might freak him out! With his “Bear Territory Trash Burning” in Alaska or “Asian Vendors in Florence Italy”, “Timeless” tide pool, talk of Spain and bullfighting, Russia and family….whew…you’ll see he is as colorful and multi-dimensional as his artwork.  The gouache sketch he did live at the Gallery was suspenseful!

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David is studious and fluid in his movements as he manipulates and texturizes the paint with his palette knife, as in his “Gibbon River Yellowstone” painting.  A little quiet and body relaxed, but when you speak he stops and turns with kind gentle eyes and a somewhat boyish grin coming from under the bill of his hat.  Grace, his wife, (and believe me, her name fits her),newly pregnant and dealing with some of the sickness that can come along with that, plus travel to Oklahoma, speaks adoringly about David and her desire to see him live his passion in art.  A very caring couple.

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A heartfelt thank you to Jane, Tom, Timur, David and Grace!

At Lovetts we always mission to encourage art appreciation….that also includes artist appreciation as well.

It is these relationships we seek to foster as we continue to bring artists of high caliber talent from around the world to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

You, our clients, help us do that and we affectionately appreciate your business!

Check in with us next week to hear about our new artists and the new art arrivals we have!  Better yet, come by the Gallery and see them in person!

December 18, 2014

Illuminati

It’s all about the lighting. And no, I’m not talking about the rampant proliferation of holiday lights on the homes and businesses of Tulsa.

(We actually had a brief conversation about syncing up the LED lights in the gallery’s front windows to some Slipknot, but decided against it.)

I’m talking about art lighting. The proper lighting can make or break a piece of art.

In the gallery, we have more than 250 light fixtures illuminating art at any one time. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Each fixture requires a trip up and down the ladder. Adjustments must be made. What looks good from the top of the ladder might not look good to the person standing in front of the art on the gallery’s floor.

I can’t really understate how important it is.

Another of the ways we control the light in the gallery is by blocking out the light from the front windows. This summer, we had some window covers made to hang outside. They were better than the old ones that hung inside for a couple of reasons. 1) They blocked the outside light better; 2) They looked more awesomer from the parking lot. (I am aware that awesomer is not a word; maybe it should be.)

For reasons beyond our control, we’ve had to replace them already, so we took the opportunity to switch out some of the images. We think they came out pretty well. You’ll have to swing by and see them when you to get presents for your loved ones.

Here’s are gratuitous pics of Jack standing next to a couple of the window covers:

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If you have lighting needs in your home, we will be happy to come out and do a consultation with you. We work closely (and exclusively) with Gilley’s electric on these projects.

We can light up your life.

 

Continuum

Rolling on with last week’s blog theme, we have a couple other new artists to introduce you to: Stefani Tewes and Kierstin Young.

Biographically speaking, I’ll have more on them later. But for now, two awesome works of art:

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Stefani Tewes, Stop All the Clocks, Oil on Panel, 40" x 40"

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Normally, I’d tell you to come see this amazing art in person, but … it’s not here yet. It’s on the way. Stay tuned, true believers!

And with that, I’m leaving you short this week.

Thanks for stopping by.