Solo Exhibitions by Al Pounders and Loren Olson

The Illusive History of the Still Life in Modern Art: An International Exhibition

JANUARY 3, 2018JANUARY 27, 2018

The Illusive History of the Still Life in Modern Art: An International Exhibition

When:

The John Natsoulas Gallery is pleased to announce the International Still Life Exhibition. The exhibition will run from January 3rd-January 27th, 2018. The opening reception will be on January 6th, from 7-9pm.

Lecture: 

Internationally known still life painter Guy Diehl will be speaking and answering questions at 4pm on January 6th.

Where:

John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, CA 95616.

What:

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts International Still-Life exhibition will feature artists from England, Poland, Spain, and Italy, as well as artists from our own United States. This exhibition will bring together historical and contemporary references for the still life with paintings by Guy Diehl, Boyd Gavin, Frank Damiano, Gregory Kondos, Wayne Thiebaud, Carol Stewart and other renowned US artists; international artists will include James Bland (England), Ilaria Roselli Del Turco (Italy) and Agnieszka Nienartowicz (Poland) among others.

While still life painting was a popular genre in the ancient world, it declined after that and didn’t re-emerge as an independent genre until the 16th century, when it was considered “lowly,” because still lifes did not involve human subject matter. By the nineteenth century, however, the still life became a significant genre and flourished through the work of artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Cezanne, and Vincent van Gogh.

“Like other traditional genres such as landscape and portraiture, still life has experienced both a dramatic resurgence and a radical transformation. The boundaries of still life have now been stretched in every conceivable direction, often crossing into other categories. Still life is no longer still: it has moved not only off the table, but off the wall and into three dimensions.” –Susan Landauer 1

The wonderful thing about this exhibition is that it shows over 30 different versions of the still life, from the abstraction to the photorealism of the still life, from the three dimensionalities of the still life to the concept of pushing the still life to the limit. The still life is a lonely painting profession, as it usually occurs because you are alone in your studio and have nothing to paint, so whatever is in the studio at the time is arranged for balance, color, form and texture to be painted, which is the formula for a great still life.

 

 

 

 

  1. Susan Landauer. The Not-So-Still Life. 2003. San Jose Museum of Art

John Tarahteeff and Frank Damiano: Post-Pop / A Long Trip: 26 Years of Kiln Glass Sculpture by Mark Abildgaard

John Tarahteeff and Frank Damiano: Post-Pop

A Long Trip: 26 Years of Kiln Glass Sculpture by Mark Abildgaard

When:

John Natsoulas Gallery is pleased to announce John Tarahteeff and Frank Damiano: Post Pop, and 30 Years of Kiln Glass Sculpture by Mark Abildgaard. The exhibitions will run from November 1st-November 25th, 2017 with the opening reception on Friday, November 10th from 7-9pm.

Where:

John Natsoulas Gallery 521 First Street Davis, CA 95616

What:

John Tarahteeff and Frank Damiano each have their own repertoire of representational icons throughout their oeuvre, creating a message for the viewer to decipher. Tarahteeff combines motifs of Surrealism, Americana and Neoclassical imagery, whereas Damiano juxtaposes symbolism from contemporary pop art with traditional classical paintings. Although aesthetically different, the connecting theme between the two artists are how they integrate and take influence from both contemporary and historical imagery in their paintings.

John Tarahteeff’s work is reminiscent of surrealism with a neoclassical twist. The environments of his paintings are a step into the artist’s mind, consisting of surreal and yet somehow familiar surroundings. The figures in his work recall old master paintings; they are seductive, alluring and invite the viewer into the painting. Tarahteeff’s paintings show a great range of technical skill as well as a great understanding and deep appreciation for art history.

Frank Damiano’s work has an emblematic side; the objects in his paintings and collages are symbolic rather than actual. Damiano makes use of domestic items of this sort, but less assertive ones like a balloon. In Damiano’s hands, these objects become emblems for contemporary American domesticity and the small change of family life in a highly industrialized society, where mass consumption is no longer a choice, but simply a given. Damiano’s still lifes are frequently treated as if they are quotations rather than directly observed images. Damiano deliberately subverts established ideas about realism to engage the spectator in a dialogue.

Mark Abildgaard solo exhibition includes 30 years of kiln glass sculpture. Abildgaard finds inspiration in artifacts from many different cultures that convey a sense of mystery about mankind’s existence through time. Abildgaard uses images of totems, boats and figures in his work to explore ideas about the fragility of life and mortality. He creates archetypical images that are not specific to one culture and in working with these images he combines ancient forms with his own experiences. His work maintains a connection to the past and at the same time, reflects the immediate moment where glass, light and color intersect.

New Paintings by Philippe Gandiol and Jerry DeCamp

New Paintings by Philippe Gandiol and Jerry DeCamp

When:

The John Natsoulas Gallery is pleased to announce New Paintings by Philippe Gandiol and Jerry DeCamp. The exhibition will run from November 29th-December 30th, 2017.

Where:

John Natsoulas Gallery 521 First Street Davis, CA 95616

What:

Philippe Gandiol is one of the best interpretive painter of night scenes. His ability to portray cafes and city scenes in SF, Sacramento and Europe are his signature. Somehow he picks up the light in the darkness and he has a wonderful ability to, through his very painterly and free paintings, to interpret city scenes, parasols, people, the lights in the windows of shops, the hanging flags and signs. He has an unbelievable ability to create depth as most of his work has a road that has cars or people or trains. Gandiol is a bizarre mix between a California Artist but has a French twist. Although he understands the California light and color he still paints with a little bit of an impressionist background. His work is very romantic and poignant and he has incredible use of the brush. Gandiol is clearly influenced by masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne and other post-impressionists. “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”-Vincent van Gogh.

Jerry DeCamp is an artist who has studied art history and worked in Paris as well as California, with a strong background in abstract expressionism. His landscapes and cityscapes have a remote feeling of minimalism. Between the abstraction of the sky, the water, and the buildings he has created this bizarre loose minimal look which has a similarity of the layering of a Rothko painting.

 

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