Claudia Hartley: The Emotional Potency of Color

“From Sunrise to Moonrise”
Claudia Hartley
February 6-February 18, 2020

Special Artist Reception:
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Bonner David Galleries
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Claudia Hartley’s

paintings are incredibly “happy.” They are also undoubtedly colorful. Her landscapes are an unrestrained celebration of life and nature. Originally from the South, Claudia Hartley now lives in Arizona and paints the desert. Her work has the structure of traditional, idealized landscapes, but with an entirely contemporary aesthetic (staccato brushworks and non naturalistic, expressive colors).

Hartley considers herself a fauvist, synthesizing the techniques of pointillism and post-impressionism. She mostly applies her masterful skills to depict landscapes of the Southwest. Her paintings are an hyphen between impressionism and abstraction in which color is completely set free. In tune with nature, Claudia Hartley uses intense color as a vehicle for representing mood, light, and space. She has mastered the emotional potency of color, and her paintings convey both passion and happiness.

Claudia Hartley is featured in the February issue of the American Art Collector and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine.

Claudia Hartley (artwork image) “Grand Canyon Moonglow” 60”x48” acrylic on canvas $7,200

“Forever Yours” New Works by Geoffrey Gersten

“Forever Yours”
Geoffrey Gersten

January 16-February 17, 2020

Special Artist Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Bonner David Galleries
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In this show, Geoffrey Gersten decided to embark on a nostalgic journey towards a past that, in the American culture, has been idealized through motion pictures, literature, as well as iconic photographs. He explains: “I had become so wrapped up in these moments that it was crushing to think that those particles of time, so meaningful when they happened, were now gone, and had become lost scraps in this bin of photos. I picked up a little 2” x 4” photograph. It was the picture of a girl, standing on her porch, smiling. She was wearing pants, and a 1950’s bikini top, though these and all things were only peripheral to her expression. There she was, standing upright, but her smile made her seem as if she were poised rather forward, right into your mind, right into your psyche, so much so that I had to join in smiling myself. I flipped the picture over and saw across the back, scrawled in fading bluish ink, “Forever Yours, Charlotte.”

This was the moment when Gersten conceived the “Forever Yours” collection. “With this new idea, with Charlotte and all my collected vintage photos and old moments ready to be reborn in oil on canvas, I set forth on this endeavor of recreation and self-regeneration.” Geoffrey Gersten found both contentment and meaning for this new purpose.
“Forever Yours” is an ongoing series of oil paintings inspired by and based on unique, interesting, and meaningful photographs including Kodachromes, Ektachromes, and Polaroids from 1900 to 1969.

Geoffrey Gersten's "Charlotte" oil on birch panel (image)