“Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”CamillePissaro
Bringing an exciting generation of British Artists to a new audience in the United States, this exhibition will showcase the phenomenal array of artistic expression found therein, one that is not only a response to place but creates a sense of it and describes how we occupy it.
Deborah Tarr’s abstract paintings and collages are thoughtful, contemplative and quietly charged. They radiate with energy, and captivate with a visceral and positive stimulation, one that is further enriched for those who look deeply with all of their senses. Their titles act as catalyst, one that enhances tone, in reference to the natural world or a memorable place. Many of Tarr’s paintings reach upwards in a scheme of vertical placement that is suggestive of growth. Her work is also self-referential: the figure of the artist standing tall and reaching up beyond her physical limitations.
“This painting is my ‘sense of place.’ It’s about rootedness, an anchoring – that landmark from which one’s bearings can be taken, a position of strength that can be returned to.”
This series of still life’s sequences Cadogan’s private interpretation of place, one that examines and acknowledges the compendium of things therein. The empty space or void enveloping the vase or silver cup glows magnetically, drawing in objects that resonate or compliment in meaning. Equally, the object becomes familiar through repetition and achieves its own and very constant sense of place on the canvas. “The meaning of a place is often defined by the accumulation of things: we keep the things that remind us or seem to reflect how we feel and fill the spaces we inhabit with them.”
“The key to my paintings is to give them time – they reveal themselves slowly.”
Cadogan’s oil paintings demonstrate a skillful and purposeful use of color, balanced with planes and spaces that draw your eye out into large vistas.
Emma Levine’s trees touch us so deeply because they remind us of our connection to the elements that sustain us: the air that we breathe and the earth beneath our feet. They are reassuring and take us to a place where we belong. A place you will want to return to over and over again.
“There’s an awareness of my landscape, and me in it, and how I move through it. A language that comes from the trees passes through me to others. The treeness of the paper – the DNA of that paper is tree!”
Levine is working with the essence of things – the naked outline of a tree, its delicate branches of cut out of unbleached paper and raw silk – and constructing something both unique and reassuringly familiar. The delicate silk hues she seeks out for each hand pinned tree – vermillion, ice blue, acid neon green, silver dove grey – are a testament to her penetrating eye honed in Paris as a textile designer.
Each color we see celebrated in these works was imagined and mixed by Jasper Galloway using universal stainers. His first series emerged almost unconsciously, incidental creations that took on a life of their own. Testing the paints in his studio, Jasper began to play with the various hues together. He worked and reworked each piece until there was a moment of resolution – a melody that emerged harmonious with notes of daisy yellow, tweety or pale melon.
“There is something secret in this process, one developed at first as a bi-product of the paint range I made.”
This series ‘Crunch’ was created after Jasper had thrown something away – looking down at the scrunched up bit of paper in the waste bin he perceived the form in geometric grids of color. Bursting vigorously off the canvas these pieces reference the great pop artists of the 60s like Hockney and Lichenstein.
About the Gallery
Art Bastion is an international art agency and gallery that endeavors to discover and represent artists from around the world, and to introduce their artwork to a wider audience. Art Bastion was initially founded as an agency to discover talented artists, to jump-start their careers and to create a globalized network via the Internet that would facilitate communication among artists, collectors, and the everyday art aficionado.
Art Bastion expanded its presence in different realms of the art world, such as art consulting for buyers/sellers, managing collections, and organizing “pop-up” exhibitions. Though this idea continues to be a major goal of Art Bastion, the agency has diversified its role by settling in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. By creating a multi-sensory experience through a variety of disciplines of art, Art Bastion exceeds its traditional role as a gallery. The special events promoted by Art Bastion are a way to mix a dense cultural community with a thriving Arts scene in the heart of Wynwood Arts District.