Cong and Ronniger Featured in AAC

We are thrilled to share the article about Lu Cong and Nate Ronniger featured in the April issue of American Art Collector. The show was a success and we had a wonderful time with everyone who came out to support for these two brilliant artists!

To Read the Full Article Click Here: Cong & Ronniger AAC-April 2010

 

Owner Clark David Olson and Nate Ronniger

PR Director Sarah Hobin, Lu Cong, and Owner Christi Bonner Manuelito

More show photos and highlights fromt evening are available on our Facebook page!

*All Photos from the evening courtesy of Paul Gause…Thank you Paul!

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"Novastream" by Quim Bove

Bonner David Galleries is thrilled to present brilliant new works from international contemporary artist Quim Bove’. His latest collection “Novastream” is undoubtedly his best yet, exploring the powerful universal energies that connect us all.

Quim Bove

Art has played a strong role in Bové’s life, from the age of six when he first picked up a paintbrush. “Painting is a part of my life, something I was born with that cannot be taken away,” he explains. “It’s not something you discover or something you can stop. I have to paint; it is a part of me.”

Quim’s work is beyond words. The intricate and complex emotions evoked by his art leave one pondering on the most theoretical of subjects, philosophy buff or not. Originally from the Catalan region of Spain, Bove’ has called Arizona home for almost a decade. He frequently visits Sedona to explore the mysterious vortex that inspires his life and his work.

Owner Christi Bonner Manuelito and I had a wonderful time visiting Bove’s studio and previewing his new collection. Of course this was one of many trips for Christi, but a first for me. However, judging from her reaction, I think it’s safe to say Christi was just as captivated as I was. Upon entering his home we were met with warm sincere hugs and kisses from Quim and his charming wife.

Bove's Studio

The studio, a custom built hanger, sits nestled in a private backyard. With high walls, lush vegetation, and cozy seating, I felt secluded from the hassles of everyday life, even though I was in the heart of Phoenix. Inside the hanger an antique chandelier hung from the center of the domed ceiling creating the perfect mix of modern industrial design and elegance.

Witnessing the magnitude of the paintings, I couldn’t help but smile. Enormous energy emanated from each canvas. At first glance one might think that these stunning paintings were impulsive, such is hardly the case. Bove’s work is no accident. Starting with sketches, he meticulously plans out each painting with clear intent and purpose.  

Bove's Studio

I carefully listened as Quim explained technical details of each painting. Describing how his new medium of oil and enamel has taken his work to a new level, it allows him more control to manipulate the pigments. He showed us his sketches and talked about his inspiration for the new collection.

My mind is still swirling with excitement and joy from the studio tour! This was my experience, and I want everyone to have their own personal connection with Quim Bove’s work. If you are in Arizona you must attend his opening on April 22, 2010 from 6-9 pm (Map to Gallery). If you can’t make it, don’t fret, the show will hang through May 13th.

Updates and photos will be up on our Facebook page after the show.

For more information  or to receive a full catalogue of Quim’s work email us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call 480.941.8500.

Christi Manuelito unveils "Visual Biography" Commission

“The aim of art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality.”  ~ Aristotle  

Portrait paintings have long been a fundamental element of artistic expression dating back to ancient Eygpt. These early portriatures were commissioned as records of the dead as well as the ruling class. Throughout the centuries aritists have returned to this genre, depicting the wealthy, the poor, the meek, the privileged, and everything in between. Master’s such as DiVinci, Renoir, and Eakins have been hailed for their realistic approaches to form and composition while Matisse, VanGogh, Klimt, and Picasso used metaphors, colors, and distorted figures to depict more symbolic forms of their subjects. Prior to the advent of photography, portraits were largely commissioned as a visual biography of everyday life. Post camera, portraits became a coveted item for the bourgeoisie in modernized Western societies. 

Contemporary art has created new frontiers for portrait artists. No longer do we only see large realistic commissions of seated families. Rather, art enthusists and collectors are reaching across boundaries in search of abstraction, metaphorical reference, and something entirely different. Artist Christi Manuelito embraces this frontier with veracity. 

Known for her abstract figurative work using mixed media, Manuelito is a busy artist these days. Her latest commission, a 60” x 48” “visual biography,” is the culmination of years of planning. For this piece, the Moore family didn’t sit for long hours while she carefully depicted every detail of their faces, bodies and home; instead Christi has interpreted each of them through the use of symbols, color, and form. “It all started over a lunch date at Arcadia Farms,” states Manuelito, “Mrs. Moore enjoys the use of symbols which I believe is what initially attracted her to my work.” 

Moore wanted a painting that would reflect her beautiful family’s interests and cherished memories. To achieve a painting that portrayed their distinct personalities Manuelito used abstract figures, vibrant colors, varying textures, hand cut and etched metal. By using mixed media she is able to represent the combination of character, emotion, and culture that comprise families. Christi expresses that she “wanted to put a contemporary spin on the family portrait.” The metal and nails, juxtaposed with paint and delicate features plays off the binary of masculine and feminine, while the use of symbols illustrates each person’s unique qualities and interests. 

After thorough research, preliminary sketches, and over a year of preparation the “Moore Visual Biography” will be unveiled April 15th, 2010. The finished piece has over 780 hand woven metal stitches, 300 pieces of cut metal, and many hours of love, patience, and talent!    

 “The Moore family has such a motivating story to tell, the love and devotion they have for one another it truly inspiring and I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them on this piece.” ~Christi Manuelito
 

Sherry Moore and her son Chris Moore at the unveiling of their family portrait. Clyde, unfortunately was unable to attend.

To learn more about Christi’s visual biographies or to be added to the waiting list for her work, please contact Clark Olson at clark@bonnerdavid.com or call 480.941.8500