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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Word to Your Mother

two roses web

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.

“Paintings on Copper”


With summer coming to a close and fall just around the corner, Bonner David Galleries is excited to roll in our new show season! This season will kick off with one of our newest artists, Benjamin Shamback, with his beautifully breathtaking paintings on copper, in the spirit of the old Dutch masters. The show, entitled “Paintings on Copper” will not only be our first show of the season, but also Shamback’s first solo show at the gallery, featuring nearly a dozen new works.
His paintings capture the essence of the flowers and objects he portrays, finding the exquisite beauty in often ordinary things. Delicate details, coupled with soft pastels and the radiance of the copper background, give his painting a unique life. His new works continue with the same identifiable beauty, simultaneously capturing both your eye and heart.
Bonner David Galleries invite you to share the night and join us at the gallery for this fresh, new show on September 20th, from 6-9pm. We hope to see you all there!

“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"

Benjamin Shamback

Bonner David’s newest artist, Benjamin Shamback, is adding a unique flair with his paintings. His work is characterized by the rich color and vivid detail, expressed in his simple, yet beautifully intricate still life paintings. Using subject matter such as filled glasses, vases, delicate flowers and brightly colored bags he creates eye-catching work that seldom fails to draw one in.

Working with oil is his specialty; however, Shamback is one of the only painters in the United States who paints on copper, exclusively. He began painting on this surface after studying a piece by Baroque artist, Artemesia Gentileschi, which was painted with oil on copper. By working with this unique combination, Shamback only adds to the depth and intrigue of his paintings. In addition, he seeks a greater discovery in his work, stating that, “the intense realism of these paintings is intended as a contrast to the physicality and harshness of the metal.” His passion for his art is evident in his work. “I am drawn in every painting, to the tension between the conveyance and clarity of information and the conceptual and technical potential of paint.”

Shamback received a BA in illustration from Central Connecticut State University in 1996. In 1999 he earned his masters of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Located now in Mobile, Alabama with his wife and two daughters, he is also a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Alabama.

Not only can you find Shamback’s paintings in Bonner David Galleries, but they have appeared in movies, such as the 2011 film, “A Little Bit of Heaven,” not yet released in the US. (http://www.kate-hudson.org/images/displayimage.php?album=2384&pid=93036#)