"The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond"

"The Dream Carrier" by Max Hammond

“Abstract painting is one of the purest forms of painting.  The primary element is color. . .how color can twist at your most inner being, about the certain kind of miracle that happens when one color lies next to or over another and becomes magical.  It’s about line, soft, timid, hard, submerged, leading you, constraining you.  It’s about the element of shape and texture, about the caress of brush against canvas.”                                        – Max Hammond  


We are honored to start the New Year with an inspired new exhibition from renowned abstract artist Max Hammond. His work is widely collected, and appears in the permanent collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Finova Corp., the City of Scottsdale, and the City of Mesa among others. Hammond is best known for his vibrant nonfigurative style that weaves in and out of abstraction, sometimes almost recognizable, then blurring to pure color, form and texture. He is a longstanding contributor to the Contemporary Art Forum Auction which supports the Phoenix Art Museum, encouraging art within the community. Originally from Utah, Hammond came to Arizona to complete his Masters of Fine Art from ASU. He has won numerous accolades throughout the years including the Nathan Cummings Travel grant and is currently nominated for the Contemporary Forum Artist Appreciation award.

"City in the Rain" by Max Hammond

This year Max Hammond has drawn inspiration from his background in formal figurative painting from the University of Utah. His latest collection combines his talent for representing forms, manipulated by his eye for color and his passion for abstraction. “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will open at Bonner David Galleries on January 2, 2010. We are so excited about this new collection that we just had to get the full story from Max himself. Here is what he had to tell us about his latest work:

BDG:  What has inspired you to incorporate figures into your paintings?

 Max: Recently, I began doing some drawing with some artist friends of mine and it renewed my interest in it.

BDG: Is this something you have always wanted to do? 

Max: I used to work with figures a lot while doing my undergrad and did not really think about it until recently. 

BDG: Will your upcoming show focus on cityscapes as well as the figures?

Max: The upcoming show will feature figurative paintings, landscapes and cityscapes.  However the landscapes are more abstract than the figure pieces, to the point that they are barely recognizable. 

BDG: Many of the pieces in the new collection feature cooler tones. Is this a theme throughout the exhibit?

Max: Yes.  I wasn’t paying attention, but the palette ended up being that way.  I guess I should get out some reds.  These paintings are very intuitive, and subconscious.  My paintings are not calculated.  I don’t really think about what I am painting until I am doing it.

BDG:  What kind of scenes do you like to paint when working with figurative paintings?  Are they a specific moment that is reminiscent of an actual occurrence, or are they imaginary, or just everyday scenes?

Max: The scenes are from everyday life.  The figures, for the most part, are my wife and sister.  They are performing simple, quiet tasks like sitting on a stool, or picking up rocks out of water; activities with very little motion.

"Christi Sitting on Flowered Couch" by Max Hammond

The opening reception for “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will be held at Bonner David Galleries (Map) on January 2, 2010 from 1-5pm. If you are in the area we hope you stop by to experience this stunning new collection in person.  

To read his full bio and view a complete collection of his work please click here (Max Hammond at Bonner David Galleries).

 If you would like to receive more information about Max Hammond or to obtain a preview of the upcoming collection please contact us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call us at 480.941. 8500

Happy New Year from all of us at Bonner David Galleries!


Ending the Year in Style!

Starting off the busy evening with an intimate crowd

Thank you to everyone who came out Thursday night for the Michael Carson and Small Works Shows. The night was a huge success with red dots decorating the walls. Carson and his wife will now be calling Phoenix home, so the evening proved to be a great opportunity for the pair to experience true Phoenician hospitality. Four Peaks Brewery was kind enough to sponsor the event by providing their award winning beer which kept the night festive. Adding to the elegance of the evening were Harpist VeeRonna Ragonne and flutist Sherry Finzer (Dulce VAS) who performed holiday classics.

CD by Dulce VAS

While you are out looking for the perfect holiday gift, don’t forget the small works show A Little Bit of Joy for the special art enthusiast in your life. Gallery goers and shoppers will have a chance to take home a treat from Four Peaks Brewery (while supplies last).

You can also listen to and purchase the CD “Christmas Picante” by Dulce VAS and enjoy a cup of hot wassail. Please come by the gallery and help us celebrate the season!

Thank You Four Peaks Brewery!


We had a wonderful 2009 and are looking forward to kicking off 2010 with a bang. January is packed with amazing shows starting with “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” on the 2nd and “My Arizona by Dyana Hesson” on the 8th. Please view events page for more information (events) 

If you are not in the area, and would like information on any of the works featured please call us at 480.941.8500 or email us at art@bonnerdavid.com.

Both the Michael Carson and Small Works show will hang through the month of December.

Have a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Everyone Loves Pint Size Paintings!

"Sarah" by Melissa Peck

We have had such a great response from our artists for the Small Works Show “A Little Bit of Joy” that the pieces just keep rolling in. With fours hours until the opening we are scrambling to bring everyone information about all the wonderful pieces that will be showcased this evening. This morning we received more paintings by Melissa Peck, Nate Ronniger,  Ellen Skidmore and Richard Williams. We love them so much that we just had to share them with you! 

"Her Majesty" by Nate Ronniger

In addition, don’t forget, Michael Carson’s newest collection of paintings and bronze sculptures  are  debuting tonight. We hope you can join in on all the fun at Bonner David Galleries from 6-9pm (Location and Hours). The evening is sure to be a huge success! 

"Date Night" by Michael Carson

For more information about Michael Carson’s newest collection “The Figure Takes Form” or any of the work featured on this site please contact us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call us at 480.941.8500 

To view a slide show of the Small Works 2009 Show please click hereA Little Bit of Joy


Take Home "A Little Bit of Joy"!


"First Slice" by Richard Williams

December 3, 2009 not only marks the much-anticipated opening of Michael Carson’s latest collection;  but also a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts and holiday gift hunters to experience the largest “Small Work Show” in the state. Over thirty galleries and numerous artists spanning various mediums such as paintings, pottery, glass work, jewelry, and more will be exhibiting their work at the Thursday night Artwalk in Old Town Scottsdale.

We just couldn’t miss out on all the fun, so we asked our artists to send us their miniature masterpieces. These little gems are perfect for holiday gifts, or as an addition to any collection. Bonner David Galleries will exhibit works by Brad Aldridge, Quim Bove, Richard Bowman, John Burton, Michael Carson, Cary Ennis, John Harrell, Claudia Hartley, Dyana Hesson, Jane Jones, Francis Livingston, Melissa Peck, Carol Redmond, Nate Ronniger, Ellen Skidmore, Leslie Safarik, John Schieffer, Liz Tran, and Richard Williams.

To view images from the show’s collection please click here Small Works 2009 A Little Bit of Joy

We hope you can join us at Bonner David Galleries (location and hours) this Thursday to celebrate the season. Who knows, you may just take home a little bit of joy while you are at it!

For more information about any of the artist featured in the “Small Works Show” please contact us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call us at 480.941.8500