Join us this December to celebrate the work of Ted Fontaine, Phillippe Gandiol and Robert Haemmerling! Each artist is outstanding in their field and brings something unique to the table. With a mix of painting and sculpture, this exhibition truly has something for everyone. The collection runs from December 4th through December 28th, 2019.
Fontaine has always been interested in the transformed commercial/industrial environment as a means to discover an aesthetic beyond the face value ugliness that a strip mall might provide. He begins with automobiles, utility poles, roads, cars, houses and other objects and although the imagery is a starting point the process of painting quickly supercedes the original image. The formal elements soon enter the process. Sometimes they win and completely take over, and other times the fragments of the original idea will hold their place in the composition. His paintings are not carefully planned from beginning to end, but the result of numerous studio sessions that may or may not be successful in ways that allow Fontaine to accept what is revealed on the surface. He will often scrape away the surface and repaint. Most paintings are the result of multiple layers of paint leaving some of each layer visible. It is his intention to allow the painting to come forward without too much pre-visualization.
Philippe Gandiol, an award winning Northern California painter, was born and raised in France and moved to California in his early 20’s. He has painted with oils for over 25 years. He pursued an independent program of study, taking classes in France, San Francisco and Sacramento and with several renowned West Coast painters. Philippe likes to paint a variety of subjects: landscapes, cityscapes, still life and figures “en plein air” or in the studio. He works as much as possible from life, believing that only in life can he find the full range of light and color he wants in his paintings and the spirit of his subject matter. He is actively involved with the California artist community, art events and fundraisers. He also participated in juried art festivals in Sonoma, Carmel, Napa and San Luis Obispo to name a few. He teaches both privately and at the Davis Art Center. As an instructor, Philippe is appreciated as a thorough, supportive and inspiring mentor.
Robert Haemmerling specializes in large mixed-media figures that utilize assemblage. His surrealist collages incorporate strange, beautiful and funny images pulled from Western art history’s old masters. In the words of Robert Haemmerling: “My works consist of many different images of people compiled into one unique figure. I strive for something which has a universal quality to it, something that is recognizable. The found objects and materials I use help me to be open to the idea of accident and chance. Adding and removing materials throughout the process also allows the piece to emerge as something new and unexpected. It is through this process that I have learned to trust my intuition… With each figure I feel I am attempting to create something that has a universal feel to it. A familiar turn of the head or a hand gesture can be the catalyst that starts it all off. As I move forward in the process, the individual figures will take on a much more specific role, complete with names and histories. Taking discarded pieces of wood, metal and cloth out of their original context and combining them in new ways brings out the essence of their previous lives. It is the combination of these found materials that is compelling, because it is open to so many levels of interpretation. I feel I am making order out of chaos, and never sure about how each piece will turn out. The evolution my artwork goes through is what I find surprising and exciting.”