All Need Beauty To Grow
Debbie Dickinson, a world-renown art gallery curator, once again showed off breakthrough paintings by a fine group of artists on Tuesday here in New York City, over in the lower Manhattan part of Chelsea at Calligaris, with the opening of “Chroma: The Property Of Light”, running until August 3, where all artists take the moments that inspired them to paint for a worthy cause, to enrich the lives of foster children, and The Felix Organization, who’s leading the charge for foster children to do great things.
Bill Buchman, who combines his love for painting with his background in music, created “Luminous Weave” in layers, taking all the notes that inspired these ranges of colors to create a symphony of ideas that Bill worked on for 6 years, spontaneity played a pivotal role in these layouts of color stemming from Bill only picking up a paint brush if he had an idea that needed to be conveyed, and it was not all at once, Bill originally had a finished piece of “Luminous Waves” earlier on and let it sit for a year, but Bill saw so much more to this piece after revisiting it.
“Luminous Weave” is almost comparable to an extravagant symphony, it comes out musical where it’s all about the harmony and melody of the paint, consisting of different movements and different phases, kind of a long lifespan, it can take one individual years until they’re dying day to find things they never knew were in the painting, and that’s only have of what’s packed in “Luminous Weave”, a painting like this is a constant evolution, no idea ever stays in the same place, Bill wants to make future paintings like “Luminous Weaves”, but with a lot more space.
There’s one driving motive behind every idea we have with not just painting, but all forms of work we create, it’s the female aesthetic, that’s what Matt Stock uses apparently when creating “Ocean Red”, an idea that actually came from Matt’s son about creating a painting that’s underwater, Matt beautifully captures a woman in a bikini made up of real flowers over drawn flowers and wallpaper flowers on this canvas, but the fun part of this woman in floral swimwear who’s not really underwater is the blue used to represent the deepest aqua colors of water, leveling in 100 percent transparent blue shining high and low uses of dark.
Matt’s female inspiration also spawns an unusual effect not commonly used in paintings, the use of perfect shapes are found in Matt’s other mixed media paintings such as “Autumn Harvest” and “Space Pop”, where the colors of the season and Matt’s love for reading, and collecting comic books are beneficial in displaying the beautiful features a woman possesses, Matt canvases and does his paintings on the floor to feel more connected to sketching a female in the perfect shape possible for the human body.
Light is key to discovering new things, improving our quality of life, adding youthfulness to a moment, but also disrupting the social norm or any form of normal, that’s the whole idea with Geraldo Perez with his standout piece, “Bather”, Geraldo is attracted to the woman running in the crowd who is his standout figure, nothing but a bathing suit is what the people in the background notice on this woman’s ambition, Geraldo reveals that gestures and prominent people in the background should be the ones who own the forefront, but are overshadowed by the “Bather”, who apparently is disrupting the order of what could be the “Running Of The Bulls”.
Geraldo’s next 3 paintings give a light, familiar, family meaning, as light as the “Ice Cream Cafe” where Geraldo captured a typical New Yorker enjoying ice cream on a Summer day, capturing yellow and blue in bold with a cup of ice cream as this woman looks on her phone enjoying frozen sweetness, let’s go to “Kiefer, Polke” where Emperors find themselves in a precarious position to travel on a raft on their waters, trees on board while their fair land sits idol in her background, then there’s “The First Bather”, where Geraldo captures is daughter’s first swim meet, standing out to be an important moment for Geraldo to capture his daughter, acrylics are the best use for these paintings to bring out not only the moment, but necessary colors to tell these stories.
Though, the order of the paintings in the images above are that, let’s start from the ground up with Mary Reid, “The Warrior”, an oil painting where it was Mary’s first time experimenting with drawling charcoal, much like “The Warrior”, charcoal only knows one rigid source of depth and serious deep color, Mary took her “Warrior” and added color to its toughness, meeting a giant-sized figure who enforces law and protection on the land with decorated colors to humanize his authority, while taking the scariness that comes with what’s not just an Enforcer, but someone who will understand himself, and his people.
Here in New York City, you must be a warrior at all times to endure the challenges that come with living in these 5 boroughs, fighting every tooth and nail to turn every little dream into reality with hopes to either catwalk at NYFW, or perform on Broadway, all while selling your soul along the way, do not fear, the “Queen Of Manhattan” is here, inspired by Mary, Mother Of God, the mother of Jesus Christ, holds up her olive branch in royal blue robe up against the clouds, aside the Chrysler Building, to save those lost souls who wander in the busiest borough around-the-clock, providing hope to those dreamers while son, Jesus, takes on the rest of the world to save souls.
“The Milkmaid”, catching everyone’s eye about Mary Reid’s work at the Debbie Dickinson Gallery, based on the literature of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, this young lady milking a cow is a tragic figure who was ostracized by her community for committing sin with a man where she’s forced to work on a farm, with her life getting no better till her dying day; Mary Reid is inspired by literature, as well as her yearly trips to Italy where she studies art, while using charcoal as a great departure into the work that Mary normally does, wanting to give charcoal the much-needed livelihood it needs, all done with oil on linen.
Evan Sebastian Lagache
Getting to the heart of artwork can only be done by 2 people, one is by the collector who knows and studies art, the other is by the artist themselves, who take a moment and turn it into their own meaning, with layers to identify the beauty and challenge behind it, Evan Sebastian Lagache takes the beauty of art to help us find our inner selves, first with “Combustion In The Clouds”, delivering an endless variety of orange and red to tell the story of trouble from the sky raining down on the land that represent mountains, an assortment of heartbreak found it stormy weather.
Above the bedroom set at Calligaris in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, Evan presents “Soil”, taking us down to the very core of the Earth to help us appreciate the beauty that is in our own backyard, as well as elements found deep that make up our very planet, using brown and black to line out the layers we must find ourselves at in order to create just that, order; departing from the pop of color for Evan consist in twin paintings “Bishop I” and “Bishop II”, the use of acrylics on canvas to convey a pieces on a chess board, painted to resemble stalagmites and stalactites found deep in the earth, particularly in caves.
How you use color plays a vital role in the mood of your painting, capturing the moment in the most accurate way possible, Bryan LeBoeuf enters in color as a high level of emotion in his 2 highly color use paintings, “Hermes” consist of oil pastel on paper using red and orange as its apparent prime color, but it’s the glow of green on the crown of this gentlemen’s white hair that lays on top in such beautiful form; that very green goes on to Bryan’s next painting with charcoal added to simply be “Green”, a portrait of a boy who does a non-complicated pose looking onward, but the main idea of the painting is that it’s shaded entirely in green.
Bryan Keith Byrd
It’s very telling that Bryan Keith Byrd’s “They Dream” painting be appropriately placed near a bedroom display here at Calligaris, because this work of oil and oil stick on canvas with watercolor and encompassing drawing gives space to take you through moments of sleep you’d never would expect when dreaming at night, the unexplained moments that pop up thanks to what’s on our mind; “Precious Gem” makes an all out effort to glamour itself to be a girl’s best friend, gems do definitely come in green like many other colors, it stands out in full display with circle shape contrasting the already green gem dominated painting, special uses to make this painting include oil, aerosol, oil stick, and marker diamond dust to live up to the “Precious Gem” it is.
Eva B. Gorson
The power of acrylics with the right idea behind the use of chemistry with colors involve can bring enormous possibilities with an oil painting, Eva B. Gorson seeks out inspiration in her home base of Miami, Florida to capture what one might envision as the first moments of the earth as God created it in 7 days; first is “Surfer Wave”, capturing the beach from an aerial at at every element spotted, from the inland in burnt red that leads you to beige color of sand, to the deep ends of the ocean in light and dark blue; “Sunrise” takes that same idea but set what could be sand and inland at all beach levels, but it’s the sun coming out first thing in the morning that sets up this painting for you to be idle, still , and witness the most beautiful star in the universe.
What DANIEL PLUS LAUREN doesn’t see too often is the 2 or more types of paintings, but have the exact same title, it’s the vision of “Do You Like Me Now?” By Tatiana Lisovskaya that does just that, while a calm and relaxing moment is taking place, a moment to celebrate your own vanity is going on, split into 2 to simply allow everything to go on at the same time, and then there’s painting 2 where a self-portrait dominates the acrylics on canvas while one self things of themselves elsewhere, or simply thinking about somewhere else; Tatiana proudly shares her vision of beauty while perilous news flashes on her T.V. while she receives multiple distant phone calls from her home in Kiev.
Iran Issa Khan
With Iran Issa Khan’s keen and extraordinary experience in photography, the best artwork isn’t always found on a canvas or done with a paintbrush, it’s done in a flash, and learning from Iran previously, nature is not painted or augmented, nature is best kept in its original form, untouched, this is Iran’s “Starburst”, a plant holding strong from the smallest stem to the largest, proof that a beautiful blossoming form of plant life gives off its own beauty continuously, this photograph of “Starburst” was done in archival pigment print, framed in plexiglass, from 2002.
In this edition of this Debbie Dickinson Gallery curation, “Chroma: The Property Of Light” unconditionally stresses the beauty that’s found as you uncover what’s deep inside of you, no matter if it’s your love for others, or love for yourself, shedding light on the talented artists who participated in this art gallery, real beauty starts from when we are children, making discoveries from the time we are born, and it’s all children no matter what they’re upbringing or home life is that needs a fair shot at succeeding in life, specifically those who are currently in foster care, “Chroma: The Property Of Light” goes from now until August 3, benefiting The Felix Foundation.