September 2015 | Featured Artists

Benjamin Shamback  &  Nathan Fischer 

NEW WORKS

Shamback window display, stunning!

Shamback window display, stunning!

"Day Lilies with Accio Bottle"  14" x 18" $1250.00

“Day Lilies with Accio Bottle”
14″ x 18″ $1250.00

"Begonias and a Tulip Cookie"  14" x 8" $1250.00

“Begonias and a Tulip Cookie”
14″ x 8″ $1250.00

"Orchids in a Striped Bag" 24" x 18" $3000.00

“Orchids in a Striped Bag”
24″ x 18″ $3000.00

"Cake and Wax Paper with Camelias" 18" x 12" $1750.00

“Cake and Wax Paper with Camelias”
18″ x 12″ $1750.00

"Tall Day Lilies and Orichids on Blue" 24" x 7" $1500.00

“Tall Day Lilies and Orichids on Blue”
24″ x 7″ $1500.00

"DayLilies and Orchids"  14"x 8" $1250.00

“DayLilies and Orchids”
14″x 8″ $1250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Ben Shamback

"Morning Passage" 54" x 32" $5800.00

“Morning Passage”
54″ x 32″ $5800.00

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.

Fisher window display 9 - 12" x 12" $950.00 ea.

Fisher window display
9 – 12″ x 12″ $950.00 ea.

balance of opposites 30x36

“Balance of Opposites” 30″ x 36″ $

 

 

 

Contact Art@bonnerdavid.com with any questions and to purchase work.

'Retreat" 24" x 24"  $1950.00

‘Retreat” 24″ x 24″
$1950.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Copper & Bronze

image001Benjamin Shamback and Nathan Fischer both use metal as a central part of their art, yet the way they put it to use is drastically different.

Shamback creates beautiful floral still life paintings with oil on copper. His work beams with color, as he considers himself a colorist, first and foremost. His dynamic coloration of a simple bouquet of orchids or day lilies with richly toned backdrops result in stunning pieces that embrace the elegance of the style of old masters in a way that is refreshingly contemporary and unique for our current day.

During a recent visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, Shamback was able to see the work of three artists who have directly inspired his latest show; Fantin Latour, Chaim Soutine and Simon Chardin. “All three achieve what I’m looking for in my paintings in completely different ways and I find their solutions to the problem of painting very inspiring.”

This year Shamback’s work is in a larger scale, setting him apart from others who paint on copper, as works on copper are traditionally done on a very small scale. However, Shamback states that his desire to go larger has to do with their “physicality” and the physical presence that can be achieved by a bigger painting, reminding the viewer that a painting is not just about imagery, and “these paintings are not about flowers.”

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Nathan Fischer utilizes a very different approach to creating his work. He uses minerals and chemicals which react with the metal to change the surface color of the metal, creating a patina color, allowing for an intriguing creative process. However, this process can prove to be equally challenging, as the minerals can have a mind of their own, often reacting in unexpected ways. Yet this challenge is a part of the creative process Fischer has come to embrace as he continually experiments with ways of applying his solutions to achieve new and exciting results.

Fischer is drawn to the “interplay of elements,” which in inspires the work he cursive 32x20creates, alluding to where water meets land or land meets air, then elaborating on the colors and patterns found there. By implementing natural colors and textures he finds something we can all relate to, then adds an element of intrigue. His focus is on capturing “experiences and natural elements that will not expire.”

The result are stunning works of art that seem to dance in the light. Full of depth, texture and intrigue, they make a statement with a bold presence that fills the space they occupy.

“Copper & Bronze” will open on Thursday, October 3, with a special artist reception from 6-9 pm. The show will hang in the gallery  through October 21st, and then will be moved to Bonner David North | Baker, for an encore show beginning October 24th.

 

Art Santa Fe

ConglomerateSFINAL copyBonner David Galleries is excited to announce that they will be participating in Art Santa Fe 2013. The International art fair, which began in 2000, is a destination for art collectors and those in the field of art, hosting an especially diverse and unique array of high-class contemporary art.

This year, the gallery will be showcasing two new works by Nate Ronniger, combining bright colors and exquisite detail. Gail Morris will also have two new works featuring her lovely perspective on the Santa Fe landscape. Wood sculptor Mitch Fry has created new pieces for his “Line Derivation” series; and several new charming and creative porcelain sculptures from Eric Boos will also be there. Works by Quim Bove including his use of eye-catching gold paint will be shown as well as the beautifully abstracted figures of Max Hammond. Also on display will be the hauntingly beautiful and captivating portraits of Lu Cong. Additionally, we will be showcasing several new Michael Carson paintings, which will debut a new process, using a removal technique he calls “unpainting,” to create his recognizable figures.

ASFButtonArt Santa Fe will be open from July 11-14. On the evening of July 11th, there will be a Gala Opening and Vernissage. Tickets for that event are $100 a piece and can be purchased through Art Santa Fe directly. General admission tickets for all other times are $10 per person. For additional information, including location and details about the various events which will take place during Art Santa Fe, visit their website.

If you’re looking for an excuse to take a vacation or an escape from the Arizona weather, we would love for you to visit Bonner David Galleries at our booth in Santa Fe! To see the show catalog, please click on the following link: Art Santa Fe 2013 Catalog

 

Word to Your Mother

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May is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s time to take a few extra moments to appreciate the women who have done the most for us. To honor the important women in our lives, Bonner David Galleries will have a special show, “Word to Your Mother,” which will feature a diverse selection of paintings which remind us of mothers and art women will love.

Among the artists featured will be Jane Jones, Dyana Hesson, Francis Livingston, Cary Ennis, Melissa Peck, Quim Bove, Max Hammond and Ellen Skidmore, among many others; including special words to their mothers from several of the artists.  From paintings of beautiful flowers, delicate still lifes and powerful landscapes, to those of SOHO shopping, backstage fashion shows and breathtaking abstract art, there is something for everyone.Window View resized

Take an evening to spend time with the mothers in your life and give a kind word to your mother while enjoying beautiful works of art. The opening will be held during artwalk on Thursday, May 9th from 6-9pm.

Dyana Hesson “Up Close and Personal”

Blush Flower #1 24x48Dyana Hesson has been painting beautiful close-ups of flowers for years. However, this year, with her show “Up Close and Personal,” which opens on February 14th at 6pm, it’s a little more personal. With each sale, Hesson will donate a portion to Show Hope.

“Imagine you are standing at the edge of 50 acres of land looking at 10 million blooming flowers.  Rows of red, yellow, pink, fuchsia, coral, orange, gold, blush, and white racing out ahead of you like ribbons in the wind. At times, the intensity of the colors is so great it’s helpful to remove your gaze and fix it on the monotonous blue of the Pacific Ocean near by.  The prospect of experiencing something so vast is overwhelming. There is a desire to get up close and personal with each bloom, but that’s not possible. Walking away in not an option.  It’s time’s to dive in.  

“This was my Easter Morning at the Carlsbad Flower Fields in California in 2012.  I had seen the fields on TV and in photos, but nothing prepared me for the enormity and intensity of these fields.  Immediately I though of how I could paint a whole show on these flowers, but how?  One flower at a time.

“Now imagine you are standing in front of the 153 million orphans of the world.  Children who through no fault of their own are parent-less. Red, yellow, black and white, from all nations.  The enormity of the problem is overwhelming.  It would be easier to look away.

“How can you make a difference, how can you get up close and personal with each child?

“Walking away is not an option. Its time to dive in.  One child at a time.Flowers # 4931,4932  24x24

“Adoption is personal to me. Mine is a life that was forever changed when the Walker family took me home to be in their family.   I will always be eternally thankful for the sacrifice my biological parents made, and the commitment my parents made all those years ago.

“This year, I am honoring orphans with this show.  When you look at these blooms, think of the children of the world needing care or waiting for a home.   If you take a painting home with you, you may have the honor of naming it, whatever you’d like, and I will donate a portion of your sale to “Show Hope” that helps families with their adoption costs.

“One flower at a time.  One child at a time.  It’s personal.”

-Dyana Hesson

On Friday, February 15th, from 6-8pm, there will be a special preview night benefiting Show Hope- Bringing Hope to Orphans. During this event, there will be champagne, live music and raffle items. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 with cash or check, or you can purchase advance tickets.

Her show will be hanging in the gallery until February 28th, so we hope to see you in the gallery, so you can see these beautiful works of art for yourself!

Please visit our website to see all of her new paintings, or view the PDF of her 2013 show brochure: UpCloseandPersonal

Jane Jones “Garden Party”

Hyper-realist painter Jane Jones never fails to see the beauty in the simplest things in nature.  Also a masterful gardner, Jones works closely with the flowers she paints. In each painting, Jones uses simple yet elegant arrangements of silk tablecloths, glass vases and dramatic lighting, which showcase each flower’s grace and delicacy.

However, Jones chooses flowers as her primary subject for more than just their beauty. Today’s world is fast paced and complex and can quickly become tiresome and overwhelming. The plants and flowers in nature remind Jones to always take a moment to appreciate the beauty which surrounds each of us every day.

The show opens on Thrusday, January 31, 2013 from 6-9pm and will hang in the gallery until February 13th. So take a break from the chaotic, everyday world and come to Bonner David Galleries to enjoy the breathtaking paintings of Jane Jones.

To view her show catalog, please view the following PDF: JaneJonesGardenParty, or visit Bonner David Galleries’ website.

“Favorites”

Clockwise from left: John Schieffer "Making Conversation", Brad Aldridge "Hayfield", Carol Redmond "Garden Series II", John Harrell "Square Rain"

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 6-9 pm, Bonner David Galleries will be hosting a show, featuring the best of the best from several of our artists. The show, entitled, “Favorites,” will showcase the captivating still life paintings of Cary Ennis, John Schieffer, Jane Jones, and our newest artist, Benjamin Shamback, the landscapes of Brad Aldridge, the mesmerizing cityscape scenes from John Harrell, the intriguing works of Carol Redmond and Katherine Lemke Waste’s stunning watercolor pieces.

Each of these artists will be displaying their favorite new works from this year during the upcoming show, thus the title, “Favorites.” The pieces they have chosen will not disappoint and with such variety, something will surely capture your attention. Whether you prefer landscapes or still lifes, oil paintings or waters colors, or contemporary or traditional, there is certain to be a piece that will catch your eye. With so many artists and their many new works, this show is an event you don’t want to miss, so come join us for an evening of fun!

Clockwise from left: Benjamin Shamback "Red Camelias on Blue", Cary Ennis "Pursimmons", Katherine Lemke Waste "Three Cosmos, A Meditation in Pink and Gray", Jane Jones "Gentle Lady"

“The Most Moving Still Life”

 

"It's Still Life"

 

 Bonner David’s first show of the season, “It’s Still Life”, will feature seven noted still life artists; Jane Jones, Cary Ennis, John Schieffer, Nate Ronniger, Richard Williams, George Gonzalez, and Jan Saia, all who bring flavor and brilliance to the term “still life.” Each artist captures something quite special and moving in their paintings.  John Schieffer’s marbles look so shiny and realistic that it seems you could just reach out and take them!  Nate Ronniger uses major contrast in color and dimension that captures your eye instantly. Cary Ennis’ paintings are both delicate and powerful at the same time. Both George Gonzalez and Jan Saia elevate still life to its classical form.          

 

 We had the opportunity to learn about the artistic process of Jane Jones, Richard Williams, and Cary Ennis:        

"Sunset", Jane Jones

You paint all sorts of different flowers, is there a particular flower that you enjoy painting most?      

Jane Jones: I am usually in love with the flowers that I am painting at any given time; I paint flowers that will more clearly communicate the important qualities of power and fragility.           

Where did the idea for the horizontal lines come from?          

JJ:  I have been photographing the ideas for the “stripe” paintings for several years. During the last year though, I have had opportunities to paint and show this new body of work. I love the crisp geometry of the stripes and find that they are an interesting and energizing addition to my paintings, and the geometry of the stripes enhances the organic qualities of the flowers.          

 You spend so much time around flowers and gardens, what is the most beautiful garden you have visited?           

JJ: The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the very best botanical gardens I have ever visited, but if I had to chose one on earth to spend the rest of my life it would be Keukenhof Gardens near Leiden in Holland. If there is a heaven on Earth, it is there!! Just thinking about it I am ready to plan another trip!            

"Cobalt Teapot and Cherries", Richard Williams

 

Do you think your still lifes captures something special because they are miniature?          

Dick Williams: Of course! What I paint just doesn’t work larger. If you can put that punch in such a small place then that’s all you need.          

How did you start painting miniatures?           

DW: I saw a brochure from a teacher at the Scottsdale Artist School and she was going to teach a class on miniatures, I didn’t take the class, I just thought, “Hell, I can do that.”  I read a little about the technique and started painting.            

Are you inspired by certain objects?             

DW: Definitely! The blue of a vase is always exciting, the way the lights hits objects. If I am outside I like to paint on the spot.         

"Rhododendrons, Peach and Blue", Cary Ennis

 What are your inspirations for staging your still lifes?

Cary Ennis: From patterns of light and shadow or some color combination or shape. Sometimes from walking through the yard or into a grocery store and seeing flowers or some unexpected combination of colors in fruits or vegetables that catch my eye.

How long does it take you to set up before you knw when it’s right to paint?

CE: There is no knowing how long it will take to set something up. Sometimes it is very obvious and flows quickly into a finshes set-up, other times it can take days to get everything to feel right. It is ready when I fall in love with what I see.

 The show will hang from September 22- October 12. Make sure to come to the opening Thursday September 22 from 7-9 p.m.