Arrangement in Color

"Movie Palace" 24" x 30" oil on board

Bonner David Galleries is delighted to welcome artist, Francis Livingston, in his upcoming show “Arrangement and Color.”  Ice cream, amusement parks, and wooden roller coasters bring back nostalgic memories of simpler times.  These impressionistic paintings emphasize brush strokes, creating an abstract approach to realism.  “A good portion of my paintings involve that moment when individuals, by themselves, might take the time to make the same observations as I have. The subjects that I paint, whether they are abandoned movie theaters or amusement parks, must have a sense of time and place. I need to feel the emotion, either good or bad, about the place or subject,” states Livingston. The emotion behind his work is superbly executed and viewers clearly feel that moment of yesteryear.   

With great anticipation for this show, we had the pleasure to ask Livingston a few questions to better get to know him and his new pieces! 

"Red Brick Soho" 20" x 15" oil on board

What is your new collection about and what does it mean to you? 

Francis Livingston: Although it is a continuation of past shows, it’s more personal. It is about exploration and a progression in quality.   

What is your favorite childhood memory? 

FL: Collecting comic books.  I used to draw them and I remember going to the comic racks.  My favorites were the early Spiderman and Marvel comics. 

 What are your inspirations? 

FL:  I find inspiration in all types of buildings and structures. I look at the abstract qualities of the structures and build shapes.  Looking at the structure as abstract I focus on the positive and negative space in each element.   

Who are your favorite artists? 

FL:  It changes from year to year.  I am always finding new artists or rediscovering artists.  But if I had to name a few I would say Richard Diebenkorn, a bay area artist; N. C. Wyeth (Andrew Wyeth’s father); and Walt Kelley, a comic artist famous for Pogo. 

As a teacher what do you love about aspiring artists?   

FL: I love their energy level!  Although sometimes the skill set might not be quite there yet, their energy is invigorating and contagious.  I really do like passing knowledge down. 

Have you traveled anywhere fun recently? 

FL: No! My son and daughter in-law are in France, so maybe I’ll go there.  Hawaii or the Caribbean are probably my favorite places to visit. However, I live in a beautiful place, Sun Valley, ID, so it’s hard leave!  

"Triplets: 8" x 8" oil on board

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? 

FL:  Surprisingly, I don’t actually eat much ice cream, but coconut would probably be my favorite.           

How do you create such luscious textures in your paintings?  

FL:  It is actually a really intensive process.  Although my brushstrokes are quick, many layers of paint, texturing, scraping and glazing go into each piece.  It takes weeks or even longer to finish a painting.  Also, I work on 5-10 paintings at one time.  I need to step back from my work and look at it from a fresh perspective every few days.   

Join us on March 31st, 2011 from 6-9pm and enjoy the stunning new works of Francis Livingston.  The show will hang until April 13th.  

 Don’t miss Livingston in the March issue of American Art Collector (click here to read full article

For more information about Livingston or any of his works please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at art@bonnerdavid.com

Distant Light

"Mahogany Sunset" 24" x 24"

Gail Morris presents her contemporary, yet traditional style paintings of magical abstract vistas in her upcoming show, “Distant Light,” at Bonner David Galleries.  The boldness of the blues and gold colors of landscapes in this collection creates an awe-inspiring esthetic for any viewer.  Morris’s love for travel inspires her work, and her astounding artistic creations take us there.  Since we have last seen her, Morris has spent time painting in California and on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Her travels didn’t stop there as she spent time in London and Los Angeles, visiting various museums.  She was inspired by her favorite “Rothko” which hangs in the Tate Modern in London.  “Back in London I found myself inspired by the PreRapaelite collection at the old Tate Museum and by collections of East Indian decorative art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  While these may seem like genres far removed from my style, I find them to be very invigorating,” notes Morris. 

We asked Morris about her upcoming collection, and here is what she is up to: 

Bonner David Galleries:  What is special or different about this collection?

 Morris:  This show has an abundance of dark skies and flooded fields because I attract rain wherever I go.  We have had a wet winter in both CA and Hawaii so I was able to sketch a number of brooding landscapes.  (I often work from pastel sketches that I do on location.)  

 BDG:  Why landscape? 

"Verde" 48" x 60"

Morris:  I am always interested in the effects of light on the landscape and the innate compositions and undulations of the undeveloped countryside. In addition, I spend a great deal of time by the ocean and in the ocean, so I am fascinated by the colors in the sky and on the water throughout the day.   Although I am a landscape artist I think I am an abstract painter and colorist at heart.  I am always interested in distilling the landscape to its purest form while still keeping my work grounded in reality.  Every painting in this show started at a recognizable location.

 The reception will be on March 10, 2011 from 6-9 pm.  “Distant Light” will hang through March 23, 2011.  Please come and enjoy this amazing show!