Stunning Contemporary Artwork by Quim Bové

“Energy Confluence” by Quim Bové
Now showing | On display through March 12, 2019 
Location: Bonner David Galleries

Originally from the Catalan region of Spain, Quim Bové has become world renowned and collected, showcasing work in his home country, then relocating to the US and making a name for himself in the contemporary art world. In the last 20 years, Bové has established himself in the US as a globally recognized contemporary artist.

As he returns to Scottsdale for the first time in three years, Bové is showcasing his latest creations from his ever-changing collection. You won’t want to miss his exhibit “Energy Confluence” on display until March 12th.

Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

ellen-book-front-coverEllen 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.

Nefariousness: Michael Carson Solo Show

Michael Carson "Above"  20" x 16"

Michael Carson
“Above”
20″ x 16″

In “Nefariousness,” Michael Carson’s most recent show, the figures in each piece exude confidence and attitude as if they’re saying, quite blatantly, “we don’t care what you think of us.” Their self-assurance is magnetic; you find yourself staring at them, thinking about what their lives could be like. Carson draws his subjects from pictures that models send or pictures that he finds. Poise and intrigue are all-too-natural to them, and he loves using them as subjects in his work since they have just the right amount of attitude.

Carson pushed past his comfort zone in this show, adding facial expressions to a few pieces and balancing tension with a calm in others. While Carson is globally known for his cool, attractive figures, in this show he added a new depth to them by contrasting reds with his well-known muted palette. Carson’s newest works are more popular than ever. He was featured in Kate Spade’s Blog, Behind the Curtain, and Elusive Magazine, where they interviewed him.

The reception for Nefariousness took place on November 19th and was a huge hit. People were packed into the gallery, eager to take a look at these stunning paintings. The show will be hanging until December 8th. Make sure you stop by the gallery soon so that you’re able to purchase your favorite piece from this the startlingly attractive show for your own private collection!

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.

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“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Storytellers”

IMG_6945_edited webFor Scottsdale’s Native Artwalk, Bonner David Galleries has a spectacular show featuring two native artists, Painter Nocona Burgess and the our newest sculptor artist,  Holly Wilson. Together their works express two different ways of carrying on traditional and their works are both inspired and informed by stories of their histories, culture and beliefs.

Nocona Burgess, who is Comanche, uses accents of highly saturated colors in unexpected way to create the portraits of the real-life people from his heritage, those from the history of art and the animals he that filled the stories he heard as a child. His unique style blends the an often monochromatic figure, which vaguely resembles the black and white photo he may have used as inspiration with bold, unmistakable pops of vivid color, leaving his own mark on the pasts that inspire him.

image001Holly Wilson, Cherokee/Delaware, creates incredibly intricate, bronze and wood sculptures inspired by a mixture of observed human emotion and the legends of her background. Using the traditional lost wax method, Wilson creates each of her sculptures as one of a kind pieces, singular in edition, as she believes that each work of art has a unique spirit that can not be duplicated.

The show will open February 27, 2014 and remain on display until March 17, 2014. On Thursday, February 27, from 6-9 pm there will be a special artists reception to open the exhibit. This stunning show is one you do not want to miss, so come and join us for a night of exquisite art.

Merry & Bright

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Just in time for the holidays (and maybe even last minute gifts), Bonner David Galleries is opening a festive show filled with pieces which capture the joy and beauty of the season. It will feature four prominent contemporary female artists, who have been successfully working in the arts for many years: Melissa Peck, Liz Tran, Ellen Skidmore, and Christi Manuelito.  Each artist has a uniquely different style, each piece an endearing masterpiece, all of which present a diverse, yet harmonious blend of intrigue, charm, color and sophistication, which captures the beautiful spirit of the season.

The show opening will be on Thursday, December 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Join us that night for refreshments and cocktails and to be the first to see the enchanting new paintings. “Merry & Bright” will hang in the gallery until January 13th.

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 | The Encore

Last month, Bonner David Galleries was excited to be invited to be a part of Art Santa Fe. Gallery owners Christi Manuelito and Carri Baca were thrilled to spend time in Santa Fe, promoting the gallery, sharing their love for art, and meeting new people, as well as introducing some of the art to new homes in private collections.

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fry sale!

In case you weren’t able to make it to New Mexico this summer to see all the new works unveiled, on September 19th, from 6-9 pm, during artwalk, Bonner David Galleries will exhibit an encore show to Art Santa Fe in the gallery. All the remaining new works will be on display as well as some brand new works, not yet displayed.

Steel III

Among those brand new works will be more of Michael Carson’s “unpainting,” works on metal, using a new process. To create these unique works, he starts with a large steel canvas, which he covers with a solid coat of paint. Once dried, he then begins the process of sanding away shadows and shapes to reveal the beautiful figures we have all come to love. Next, he applies special chemicals which cause the metal to rust and tone the painting, creating more depth and detail. Finally, each piece is coated with a sealant, to protect the final product and prevent further rusting, sealing in the perfectly exposed figure as Carson had imagined it.

Other artists whose new work will hang in the show include, Nate Ronniger, Max Hammond, Gail Morris, Eric Boos and Quim Bove. The show will only hang through September 30th, so make sure not to miss it!

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

 

“Ladies First” at Bonner David North

This past Wednesday evening, “Ladies First,” the debut show at Bonner David North in the Baker Showroom, had its opening night. The beautiful paintings, all by women artists, look magnificent paired in a clean and simple way with elegant the chairs by Barbara Barry and Laura Kirar. The sleek and contemporary feel allows each painting the opportunity to make a statement. The night was a success, with friends, designers and art collectors gathering to take in the stunning works of art.

The show, as opened, with unique pairing of chairs and fine art, will hang through Wednesday, June 26th, so make sure to see it before things have been changed. The artwork will hang through August 31, but the furniture will be rearranged after Wednesday.

In case you weren’t able to make it to the opening, here are some photos of the night.

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