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Connectivity in Diversity

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Welcome to my blog "Life is Art"

 

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By gabrielfineart, Sep 20 2016 09:25PM



Tony Pro is a Californian romantic figure painter dividing his time between portraits, still-lives, landscapes and teaching at the Coppini Academy of Art in San Antonio, Texas, where he is an Executive Director. His recent series, Sarcasm, deftly taps into the grotesquery that is American celebrity culture and the US presidential elections, blending cynicism with touches of surprising grace. We spoke recently on of his latest piece depicting Trump and Clinton as smoking Renaissance jesters, and what lies behind some of his work.


What is it about these larger than life figures that draws your eye?


My Sarcasm series is my reaction to popular culture and politics. In this culture of Facebook and where everyone has their own little soapbox to complain or grandstand using words, I choose to do it through my art. Whether its commentary about politics with Trump and Clinton or my sadness about Robin Williams death or my annoyance with the Kardashian culture...


In Sarcasm, your subjects are all in some way performers...


The performers are the ones we see on our screens everyday. A politician is a performer as well as the actor.


Can you tell me a bit about the Clinton and Trump paintings? What is the meaning behind it?


The cigarette is a symbol that means they go through their lives not really caring about who is around them or how they affect people. The choices we were given as who would run our country were slim at best. This was my reaction to it.


There’s something about the fool, the jester - is it the archetype? The costume? The laughter, or tears?


The world is a stage and these performers, sometimes fools, are the characters.


Why have you chosen figurative painting, what seems to be quite a delicate, poised realism, to work in?


I was raised in a family that collected art, primarily American Western Art. Being very illustrative and finely crafted, it was a major influence in what I did in art school.


There’s something extremely graceful about some of the poses in the portraits which combine with the light and shading. How do you find a pose?


Simply by seeing something that takes my breath away.


What are you trying to paint, or catch?


A moment in time, a thought, an experience that can’t be captured by a camera.


Could you tell me something about your influences?


I was heavily influenced by John Singer Sargent and Rembrandt. Their works spoke to me at a young age. As I get older, I see many artists doing some good work but it’s usually the old masters who inspire me more. Vincent Van Gogh also was a big inspiration to me in High School. His want to make people ‘feel’ through his painting was something I found intriguing.


You’ve mentioned your father’s importance to your work….


My father was a huge influence on my work as well as my older brother, Greg, who is an illustrator. My father was a collector of art and as a child, he took me around to all the art shows and museums which really inspired me to draw and be an artist.


The Old West series seems to me laced with elegy: the colours, the light, the quietness of the figures in the landscape. Do you think your work is elegiac?


The Old West paintings are done in memory of my late father. He was a collector and painter of the Old West and after he passed away, I wanted to create a body of work dedicated to him. It is elegiac for that very reason. The Old West was a lonely rough place for the cowboy. It was man against man, whether it was conflict with the Native Americans or conflict between Americans. That’s a lonely place and one we like to remember and some may try and romanticize.


A selection of Tony’s work is on show from 9th September - 1st October at ‘Intersection’, Gabriel Fine Art’s inaugural exhibition in Canary Wharf, 15 Skylines Village, Limeharbour.





By gabrielfineart, Aug 26 2016 09:44AM




Borders and boundaries appear to be in season these days. Yet fluidity of national borders, national identities, national ideas, is central to difference and central to art. In fact, boundaries are antithetical to art, which allows for change, the new, the unknown. By being willing to accept things we do not know we offer the world our hand. If we are hopeful, we will not assume the world will bite us like a rabid dog. If we are fearful, we will wear a glove and never touch, share or feel a thing. Hands that never see daylight, feel air or touch other living things eventually shrivel, become gangrenous, and die.


Connectivity – as a space for sharing and exchange – is the doorway to diversity, to welcoming diverse ways of thinking, being, doing, and changing the way things are as a result; and diversity – as a platform for the new, as a platform for all this – is the air that art, culture and new thinking lives on. Connectivity and diversity are two sides of the same coin and they both do the same thing: break down boundaries and create change. Ask Patrick who co-founded Gabriel Fine Arts and he’ll tell you, probably twice: ‘creativity has no boundaries’.


The only way we can prevent the world from crushing difference, crushing art, is to ceaselessly encourage and celebrate diversity; diversity of thought, diversity of people, diversity of art and the connections we can make between people.


Gabriel Fine Arts aims to create a space where people from around the world can join in their shared appreciation of creativity, connectivity, art and diversity. Art and Emotion (one of their recent exhibitions) had 26 artists from around the globe (big up Guatemala!); this Autumn will see Haitian art, the art of politics, and in this opening, Intersection, more artists from around the world with different ideas that challenge us. Among the many things that we need at the moment, it’s to be challenged.


The gallery is now based in Canary Wharf, a boats throw away from the trade routes of the past through which England begged, borrowed and stole its polyglot of identities from other countries, peoples and cultures. The language we speak, the thoughts we think in here in London, are a cauldron of past and present cultures from other parts of the planet. This place has been a part of that for centuries: an intersection, where many paths meet. We are going to celebrate that, and through art, keep connecting, keep diversifying, keep challenging, keep creating.



Art, like thought, is about making connections. Connections both vulgar and pure; connections with people, with place; connections of the mind. Connectivity can propagate the same by increasing the means of consolidating a collective identity, or it can bring difference together into a shared space and welcome it, giving different people, cultures and ideas a bit of space.


We live in a time dominated by the former, but, leaving that to facebook, art in the latter breaks down conceptual, intellectual and creative boundaries by questioning them nakedly (think R. Mutt). Some of this, after a time, crosses over into the social body, dissipating boundaries as new ideas spread and doors are opened in people’s minds to the possibility of other ways of thinking, creating, and living; or even just the possibility of other doors at all. Thus art makes boundaries fluid. But when times are harder, people poorer, voices shriller and communities more isolated, fluidity and nuance recede; borders get rebuilt; simple, straightforward ways of thinking are seized – there’s no blunter weapon than a soundbite (ahem) – and people have less time and space for difference, less time and space for art.




Saffron Harper Gow 'Summer Country Living'
Saffron Harper Gow 'Summer Country Living'

Intersection, where two paths meet, opens on 9th September at Gabriel Fine Arts, 15 Skylines Village, Limeharbour, London, E14 9TS.



Max Baccanello 'Kimono'
Max Baccanello 'Kimono'


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By gabrielfineart, Aug 10 2016 09:22PM

Gabriel Fine Arts are happy to announce the grand opening of their new East London Gallery space.


For those who do not already know us Gabriel Fine Arts is a London based gallery and artist community promoting internationalism and diversity both with our artists and the work that they create. We believe art unifies us all, no matter where you come from or who you are.


We have always been London-centric as the city reflects our multicultural values. We've recently exhibited all over; Notting Hill, Greenwich, Battersea, Old Street and frequently at our previous space in Waterloo. However we are once again putting down our roots, and this time our epicenter will be in Canary Wharf. Here we hope to bring more art and colour to the City of London itself.


Based only a 10 minute walk from Canary Wharf station the new gallery space is situated on the Isle of Dogs, surrounded by the rich culture and history of London's infamous Docklands. This area has historically always been culturally fluctuating, as it's imminence to the docks and the shipping trade meant that it had constant waves of new people coming and going. The area acted as the gateway to London for people coming from afar and was the point of welcome for them. We're hoping to renew this gateway by maintaining the stream of new art and culture through the Docklands and into London.


The phrase 'The Isle of Dogs' was first used by Henry VIII in 1520. However the area was largely marshland and was not urbanised until the early 19th Century, with the construction of the East and West India Docks. From this point on it became a bustling centre for trade particularly with sugar, flour and ship building. However these trades have been and gone and the area has become the heart of business in London and one of the financial centres of the world.


The opening exhibition, INTERSECTION (9th September-1st October) represents this new milestone and the start of new things. An intersection can be seen as a meeting of different directions. The cross-over place where two meet. This new exhibition evokes our very ideals by creating a space for artists and artwork to cross paths and be momentarily united.

By gabrielfineart, Jul 19 2016 10:25PM


Curtis trained in film and photography and for many years worked as a film director. He is a graduate of the Royal college of Art with Ba (Hons) Photography and MA in Film. He conceived and directed two commercial feature films.


Canary Wharf Reflections - What caught my eye were the myriad reflections in the glass and steel so characteristic of Canary Wharf. Half-shutting my eyes gave an impression of dark corners and abstract shapes, materials transmuted by light, planes forming impossible intersections. A new space between dream and reality. That's the effect I tried to achieve in the finished image. (Curtis Radclyffe)


Curtis is being solely represented by Gabriel Fine Arts.


Curtis's work will be displayed in Canary Wharf between 4th - 30th September 2016.


http://canarywharf.com/arts-events/

By gabrielfineart, Apr 30 2016 06:49PM

‘The artist who paints the emotions creates an enclosed world... the picture...which, like a book, has the same interest no matter where it happens to be.’ (Pierre Bonnard)


Art goes beyond the surface, the simplistic and one-dimensional. It is a portrait and exploration of emotion itself. With this selection of international artists Gabriel Fine Art explores the hidden depth to the mediums. Each individual artist depicts emotion within their work while triggering the emotion of the viewer. The artwork itself acts as a conversation of emotion between the artist and audience.


Gabriel Fine Art presents a selection of artists showing a variety of different styles, techniques and mediums. The connecting factor between each is the rich language of art and emotion. Bringing together a variety of opposing cultures and artwork, Gabriel Fine Art’s ‘Art and Emotion’ demonstrates the unifying nature of art.


The private view includes a performance by artist Christine Walters. Christine combines music and performance painting. To enhance the performance she embraces a sensual persona, bringing the art form away from just the painting but to the very act of painting itself and the physical, human involvement with it



Exhibiting Artists:


Johanna Amnelin - Sholto Blisset - Hilary Dunne - Amr Fadl - Sadaf Farasat

Martina Furlong - Robert George - Benjamin Golding - Tashi Khan - Sandy Layton

Aurore Missud - Lili Morgan Peter Eugen Nilsson - Ana Lorena Nunez - Yve Poucet - Berkeley Rodmell - Rosso - Mendel Samayoa - Susanne Schwarz - Carolyn Storey

Heather Stuart - Jennifer Suellen - Mayumi Takigawa - Oke Ugonna

Christine E Walters - Teresa Wicksteed



Open: 15th - 20th May 2016 every day between 11am - 6pm


Private view:

Sunday 15th of May, 4-7pm


At:

Gallery on the Corner, Battersea

155 Battersea Park Road

London

SW8 4BU



Get your tickets here:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-and-emotion-tickets-24471416666







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