Thursday, March 31, 2011
Michael Bergt, Egg Tempera Master at Saks Galleries Join Us For A Reception and Salon April 2nd at 1:00pm
Here is an artist who is very serious indeed, one who believes that ART, his own certainly, should prod, should point out, should arouse thoughts, should make the viewer cogitate. Even if unwillingly. the works must definitely not be merely decorative, merely pleasing, merely a background for an owner, nor something that can be passed by with a 'How Nice!', 'How charming!', 'How well it fits!', 'What color, what pattern!' No. He is concerned with the state of our world.
"Repetitiousness is not for him. His subject matter is varied, influenced by what is happening in the world around us daily. Therefore, some are frightening, grim, sad, as in much Renaissance tempera painting where we are given martyrdoms, crucifixions, hellfires.
Michael says, "My last major series was the "Shunga Series." I realized while working on that sequence how important it is to build on a vision and to refine a direction. With my current works I see a similar thread that ties them all together. While the Shunga Series dealt with juxtaposing erotic Japanese prints with mostly the portrait studies of an Asian/Caucasian model I've moved past both of those references. I continue to deal with the figure, erotic elements, and patterning but now most of the reference material comes from India and the Middle East."
Join us at Saks Galleries for an exceptional look at five major egg tempera painters. The exhibition can be viewed at Saks Galleries in Denver's exclusive shopping district Cherry Creek North through April 16th.
The reception and salon will be hosted by the gallery. Master Egg Tempera painters, Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, will present,"Egg Tempera, History and Technique" as well as a demonstration - April 2, 2011 at 1:00pm. Please join us for this extraordinary exhibition.
First image: Bergt, "Coalescence" 16 x 20 egg tempera
Second Image: Bergt, "The Arch" 6 x 9 egg tempera gold leaf panel
text on this blog should be credited to Michael Bergt's website
Saks Galleries is pleased to present Master Artists O&A Ivanov, Afternoon Reception and Salon April 2nd at 1:00pm
We have been blogging these past three weeks about "Living Artfully", how we as individuals view the beauty that surrounds us in our everyday lives. Yesterday, I had the privilege of listening to Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, while they were preparing a run through of this Saturday's reception and salon at Saks Galleries in Cherry Creek on the "History and Technique of Egg Tempera." starting at 1:00pm.
In religious scripture, the thistle is a symbol of man's fall from grace. When Adam and Eve were cast away from the Garden of Eden they entered a wilderness where "thorns and thistles" grew.
Our painting "Outside of Eden" is a symbolic anthem for a gorgeous Colorado valley where we see graceful thistles every summer growing strong and naturally. We liken the time of year of when the thistle appear in the valley to what it must have looked like through Adam and Eve’s eyes outside of Eden. We wanted to show beauty of the real world as they would see it – through blooming, captivating thistle."
The painting to the right is entitled "Parrot Tulip." Olga says of the painting, ..."Parrot Tulip" was inspired by Botticelli's painting "Primavera", the young female symbolizes spring, beauty and blooming. This is a traditional concept of "Flora". The Parrot Tulip is our favorite flower and we paint her often. The decoration on the dress was followed from motifs of William Morrison. Silver and gold leaf were used for background."
We invite you to join us at Saks Galleries and experience the graceful works and humble words of Olga and Aleksey as they take us on a journey, a brief art history and demonstration utilizing the incredible egg!
...living artfully, dejon austin malley
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Master Egg Tempera Artist Fred Wessel at Saks Galleries like working with Butterfly Wings and Dandruff Denver, Colorado
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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It’s been a pleasure to write the blogs this week for Saks Galleries. Being here at the gallery everyday, I truly appreciate that my life is filled with passion. Art Passion, what a great way to live life. I’m humbled by it all. This place feeds the soul, the visual delights, the heady conversations or the simple conversations about living in the moment, it’s important. As Americans, it’s hard for us to really think about ourselves. We are a society of hard working, caring, driven people.
9.5" x 11"
Master Sculptor, Andi Mascareñas had people laughing and exploring sculpting with a live model. Even Quang Ho dropped by to visit, we hear he is taking a class with Andi.
Michelle Torrez will be dropping by the Gallery in Cherry Creek March 26th with her own set of creative ideas on painting “in the moment”.
Jill Soukup has a few fresh paintings for us to enjoy while she is working on her first book, “Jill Soukup a Twenty Year Perspective”.
And check out this beautiful Kim English entitled, "Silver Plume" 9.5 x 11 oil
Next Week’s Blogs by Kathy Montgomery, FASID
“Living Artfully in Your Environment”
Several really useful tips on creating a beautiful space both at home and in the office by Saks Galleries in-house Art Consultant. Please drop in to chat with Kathy.
To another week of living artfully - dejon austin malley
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Michelle Torrez American Expressionist at Saks Galleries
“At One with the Wind”
12 x 12 oil
Michelle Torrez is definitely working her way into becoming one of America’s iconic painters. A few years ago, one of America’s leading art collector magazines stated that very thing. She is one of America’s best expressionist artists and is presented by Saks Galleries.
A trip to her studio, for me, is likened to a trip to my Uncle Lionel’s candy store, called Austin’s Sweet Shop, when I was a kid living in London. I’m totally engulfed in the
swirls of bright colors on her palette, the smell of fresh brush strokes on the canvas and how intoxicating the light streams in from the windows, as it plays on the finished paintings. I go often to bring back the sweets to the gallery to share – I can’t help it, I’m addicted to her work and can’t wait for the next serving.
The latest of her confections is presented in “Impressions of Spring” a twelve -week transitional exhibition now through May14 at Saks Galleries. She promised to have more in the next week or so. Just before her demonstration, Saturday, March 26th here in the gallery. Come early as people usually line up to enjoy.
More Michelle – Michelle Torrez’ video at SaksGalleries.com and more information on Michelle Torrez Demonstration March 26 at Saks Galleries as well as other master artists demonstrating at Saks Galleries.
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….to living artfully – dejon austin malley
By now you have caught the rhythm of the blogs this week - our take on “Living Artfully”. Saks Galleries has long been a community-minded entity, encouraging contemporary master artists to explore beauty and inspire us to live passionately. In the past year and a half we have presented some of the most inspired artists.
We had a series of staff discussions on how to give back to the community. So we developed a series of master workshops by renowned artists. Internationally respected artists such as Quang Ho, Karen Vance and Jay Moore provided a wealthy of knowledge to the participants. Massive quantities of living artfully. Then…
We expanded to demonstrations and quickly move forward to petite salons, fun hands-on lectures about the historical role egg tempera played in the chronological development of fine art. Check out our home page at Saks Galleries scroll to the educational icon and click to the information page on lectures. You’ll also note an upcoming salon, “The Art of Collecting Art” by Mikkel Saks. Don’t miss either.
To read more on Andi Mascareñas
This Saturday, Saks Galleries presents Master Sculptor, Andi Mascareñas, who will discuss sculpting in the moment, how the flow of inner light guides her, how the ballet and dancers inspire her work.
Kim English, Andi’s husband, has a solo exhibition, entitled "Observations" at Saks Galleries Cherry Creek Denver in May 2011.
...living artfully – dejon austin malley
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