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.”

image001

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.