“The Path to Enlightenment” by Peregrine Heathcote

Well known British artist Peregrine Heathcote (yes, that’s his real name) will be showcasing his latest paintings at Bonner David Galleries for the Fiesta Bowl Art Walk beginning Thursday, December 29th continuing until January 18th.  Filled with nostalgic images, the show title comes from Oprah Winfrey’s final show which challenged people to continue their own “search for enlightenment.” 

Heathcote’s romantic, prewar era style paintings evoke a romantic, silver screen era focusing on mood, color, and tone.  Perhaps this nuance is best expressed in his painting, “The Healing of Memories.”

Being the son of an antique dealer, Peregrine is a collector—of vintage clothing, hats, period cars, planes, and trains that appear in his timeless paintings.  He uses live models to recreate the human feelings he portrays in his paintings.  Though children rarely appear in his paintings, he is tutoring his own children in his studio to express their creative spirits as he helps Harry and Lottie, with a soft word and subtle touch.

 This is Heathcote’s third solo show at Bonner David, and his collectable paintings typically find new homes very quickly.

Eric Boos and Robert LaDuke:Our Newest Artists

Thursday, December 8th marked the opening show for two of our new “family members” ceramicist Eric Boos and talented artist Robert LaDuke.  The gallery was filled with collectors checking out these two latest finds.

Boos, whose unusual, smooth ceramic works out of porcelain, refers to his works as “bowls,” even though they are more like basins.  Visitors could discover creative uses for his vessels as the refreshments for the evening were served on these novel sculptures.  Inspired by such internationally known artists as Anish Kapoor, the delicate porcelain is often frustrating to work with. His multicolored work in many sizes created a fun atmosphere for the evening.

Robert LaDuke’s narrative works are inspired from his own memories and dreams as well as his collections of old toys from his grandfather.  LaDuke finds humor and nostalgia exciting to paint as can be witnessed in his painting “Smoke” which details a woman teaching her dog to catch a ball, while in the background, her house is on fire.  Though the woman seems oblivious to the world around her, LaDuke claims this is often how he feels when he paints, as he becomes so involved in his art, that the world around him disappears.

 

This exciting show is on display until December 24th and definitely merits a visit to Bonner David!