We wanted to share a great article from the March/April issue of Art of the West, featuring Artist Eric Bowman. Please click here to read article.
“Mid-century in the Desert”
Featuring Andy Burgess and Brad Howe
April 27-May 17, 2017
Special Artist Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Bonner David Galleries
Noted artist Andy Burgess, whose architectural paintings are collected worldwide, will be exhibiting his latest paintings featuring mid-century homes, pools, and iconic buildings at his inaugural show at Bonner David. His work, seen at Art Basel, London, and Palm Springs, brings a historic look with a contemporary flair. This is the perfect opportunity for those with a love of all things mid-century to enjoy a trip back into the past. His work will be complimented by the contemporary metal sculptures of internationally known artist Brad Howe. Trained in Brazil, his sculptures and public art are in collections around the globe.
Robert LaDuke and Karen Shapiro are two artists that are fond of things past. LaDuke paints old-fashioned cars and antique airplanes that take you back to a simpler time. Shapiro recreates pop icons from 30s to 50s, like retro-style Clinique lipstick and Heinz ketchup bottles. LaDuke and Shapiro want to remind people of their roots. Whether that’s a small town with simpler ways to travel, or growing up while playing with mom’s Revlon Mascara and helping dad finish off his Coke. While both artists are making sure that you’re still thinking about the good ol’ days, they have very different techniques.
LaDuke paints using vibrant acrylics that really draw you into the scene. His subjects – typically a retro form of transportation – are in front of other, small-town icons, like a local diner or an old-fashioned house. Shapiro, on the other hand, uses raku ceramic, a traditional form of ceramics that involves reducing the amount of oxygen in the firing process to give things a unique look.
LaDuke and Shapiro’s artist reception will take place on April 7, during the “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk, from 6-9pm. Both shows will be up from then until April 25th. Make sure you stop in between now and then to see this colorful, filled-with-personality show.
Nationally known figurative artist Joseph Lorusso will have his debut show with Bonner David Galleries on Thursday, January 21, from 6-9pm. His paintings depict the natural beauty, intrigue, and romance of urban life. “As with any new work, I am interested in the reaction from the viewer. My work is mostly narrative in nature – the viewer’s interpretation is meaningful,” Joseph says. “These works have an edginess and ephemeral quality that I’ve been having fun exploring.” With this show, Lorusso is venturing into cityscapes, trying to keep them loose yet atmospheric and powerful.
Although he is not a stranger to Scottsdale, Lorusso is eager to exhibit his latest body of work in a new setting. Collectors will recognize his poignant, familiar style and should be delighted to experience his insights into the simplicity and complexity of everyday relationships. His show will be hanging in our gallery from January 21 to February 9, so make sure you stop in between now and then to take your favorite piece of his home!
Ellen Skidmore has always had trouble communicating. Her speech impediment prevented her from expressing herself, which lead to a lot of sadness for a long time. Ellen said, “All my life I have had great difficulty trying to understand the underlying nature of my existence. For a long time, I looked outside myself for connection, direction and validation. I searched and struggled with this until I could go on no more and felt my spirit was broken.”
In college, Skidmore started looking into art therapy and found a professor who really challenged her. She found that painting was the place where she was at peace. “Part of the painting process is to paint your pain and it somehow morphs into beauty,” Ellen explains, “I could paint something really sad and someone could say ‘oh my god, that just makes me so happy.'” Ellen found happiness in painting, and she really wanted to share that with people.
When thinking of how she could share her own story of accepting herself, she thought about creating a children’s book. “My own story came out in a flurry,” she remembers, “Making the book was a labor of love and it’s been very cathartic.”
Ellen wants her own story to inspire children to be more accepting of themselves. She said, “I’m just really hopeful that it will be inspiring to children, and girls especially, I want them to be captain of their own ship.” Writing her book, Ellen was able to reflect on how painting has changed her own view of herself.
Ellen is debuting a new show this week with an opening reception on Thursday, December 17th, from 6-9pm. We are so excited to see her book and her latest works on display at our gallery! You can learn more about Ellen and her remarkable story through this video.
“Eau My Goodness” is exactly what you’re going to be exclaiming when you see the latest of Peregrine Heathcote’s work. His work is reminiscent of a time before him – with old models of cars and planes paired with vintage-style clothing. “I love to see the design and craftsmanship and am intrigued by the histories of these objects, boats, planes and cars from the 1950s to 1970s,” Heathcote explains, “It’s a form of nostalgia as escapism. I would like to invite the viewer to somewhere else.”
His newest works focus more on water-scenes. From taking photographs on a beach to boating in the middle on a lake, water is front and center in this appropriately-named show. “I am inspired by the water,” Heathcote says, simply. “I work in a converted garage amidst a beach wood on the side of a hill.” He pulls from the view he has and puts that into his art.
In Heathcote’s paintings of glamour and luxury, there is a classic attraction in the details. His works have a feel of perfection to them; every color chosen and every stroke of the brush have been carefully thought out.
You can look forward to Heathcote’s opening reception this Thursday, December 3rd from 6-9pm where you’ll get the first viewing of Heathcote’s latest work to add to your collection. For a sneak peak, here’s the show catalog. The show will be on display in the gallery from December 3rd to 24th. Until then, watch this video for a glimpse into Heathcote’s style and process and feel free to take a look at the show catalog
“Away from Here” | Max Hammond
Bonner David Galleries is excited to be featuring a solo show and artist reception will debut during the Anniversary ArtWalk on October 22nd, from 6-9pm. The show, featuring Max Hammond, who is been with us for more than 10 years, is titled, “Away From Here.”
In this series, Hammond draws from his dreams to create his abstract scenes. He says, “I find myself pausing at dream memories, having to remind myself they are dream memories and not something that really happened.” His paintings have a hazy, dreamlike quality to them that allow you to feel as if you’re in his dreams with him. “Most dreams are forgotten quickly, but sometimes a dream will come along with such vividness that it sears memories as clear as waking images. I feel as though I’ve met some of these imaginary people.”
Hammond paints his abstracts through layers, often during 6-10 different painting sessions. He plays off each session, sometimes enriching previous layers, sometimes adding a layer that opposes the previous, balancing and pushing limits of previous layers. Contrast is where he has made his home for this show, with more texture and saturation against chromatic grey.
Hammond’s pieces for his solo show are vivid and stunning. The range in color in his work is a testament to how vibrant he wants these scenes to be. The images, although abstract, allow you to step right into them and feel the scene, as if you were really there. Hammond’s solo show will be on display from October 22 – November 17, 2015.
Click “Attending” on the event page for more details and sneak peaks to come!
About Ben Shamback
Nathan Fischer’s Artist Statement
My focus is on the abstract landscape. Places that are not seen or experienced in person, but are familiar in some way. The settings appear to be raw, and untouched by human influence, but inherit an urban tone with the use of industrial textures and composition. There is power in the presentation of each piece by integrating the natural with the urban. I do this by using natural forming organic colors and subject matter, and contrast this with the presentation of a man-made item, using a high gloss finish on a hand forged, refined metal canvas. My goal is to create work that has an individual appeal, but that speaks the universal language of the landscape.
Contact Art@bonnerdavid.com with any questions and to purchase work.
The old adage is true, as the rains of April have brightened the walls of Bonner David Galleries with flowers of all kinds. Hyper-realist floral painter Jane Jones provides new work rendering the flowers she loves to tend in her own garden. Dyana Hesson, known for her larger than life desert botanicals, showcases some of her favorite blossoms of the West. Still life artist Cary Ennis has created classical works that lovers of traditional art will love and crave and Benjamin Shamback who also paints traditional still life’s but on copper, his work always demands a second look. In addition, guest artist, Victoria Herrera will debut on the walls of Bonner David, with her moody and ethereal flowers. The varying styles of each artist complement each other to create a beautiful array of florals throughout the gallery space. The show opens with a special reception on Thursday May 8, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The show will hang in the gallery through June 5, 2014. Celebrating Mother’s Day has never been as much fun as with these lovely flowers of art that will never wilt.
Bonner David Galleries is excited to announce the latest show, by internationally collected painter, Michael Carson. This year he will feature his characteristic figures in an array of media. In addition to his highly collected oil paintings, which have gained recognition and attention in the art community, he is expanding to use new techniques on metal and paper.
His process on metal, which he calls ‘unpainting,’ depicts his same poised and moody figures in a fresh and unique way. He first paints the metal with a coat of white paint, then sands away the layer of white to create the figures. He then finishes them by adding a special coating to help the metal rust in a way to add dimension to the shadows and figures.
Carson has also begun to create smaller original works on paper. Using a combination of charcoals, graphite and water, he creates black and white figure drawings with all the elements characteristic of Carson’s work.
This beautiful, must-see show opens on March 20th, with a special artist reception from 6-9 pm. The show will be hung in the gallery through April 10th. This is a show you don’t want to miss, so mark your calendars and come see these incredible works for yourself.