Scottdale’s Anniversary ArtWalk Exhibition:

“Away from Here” | Max Hammond

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“The Watcher” | 16″ x 20″ | oil on panel

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!

Max Hammond “Pieces of Her Presence”

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Pieces of her presence | Max Hammond

thirty seconds of respite.
just enough time to,
ease the pain in her calves.
colorful bags piled at her feet,
she eases her toes from steep shoes.
a cup of expensive coffee
in a cheap foam cup,
steams in the light from an overhead window.
alone, behind sunglasses
her little sanctuary..
she sips with her eyes the guilty pleasure of
watching people.
here they are, a parade of purposeful humanity.
possessing a direction of sorts
until, distracted by a giant photo in a window
of all things to fill their emptiness.
a vague roller coaster of chronology,
projects in need of completion.
Disembodied, they have a cadence…
the pluckish angel, the unaware, the entitled, the ones beaten up
one too many times by life.
opposite her is a divergence,
a rock in the stream
a dress with no pattern
faces in shadow
others, illuminated by so many sources
that features are indistinguishable from the background
from a window seat across the atrium
she feels a gaze
discomfited, she moves her eyes without turning her head…
a man in paint smeared clothes
is sketching.

In today’s art world, the term “abstract” is used abundantly, often with the assumption that abstract art is about nothing. However, artist Max Hammond does not view his work this way, nor does he want those who view his work to see it that way. For him, the word abstract is used too loosely, diluting the meaning of it.

For his upcoming show, Hammond hopes to visually educate viewers about his art and “abstract” art.  It’s often assumed that abstract art and non-representational art are one and the same. However, he wants people to understand that, “abstract art is about something, it is abstracted from something.” In contrast, he defines non-representational art as a “more formal painting style that has an emotional base, yet is not abstracted from an object, figure or landscape.”

Max Hammond studied figurative painting while earning his bachelors degree from the University of Utah. There he received a very traditional training, with a strong focus on drafting skills, emphasizing classical figure drawing. Later, while working towards his M.F.A from Arizona State University, a professor made a suggestion. Noticing that Hammond’s work had a strong focus on formal elements, such as color, texture and line, his professor made a comment that he should remove the figure altogether and paint pure abstract.

Hammond took this comment to heart and started experimenting with a new style. This new, sculptural way of painting was exciting and freeing. At that point he did away with his old thesis and started over, creating a completely new thesis show. It wasn’t until several years later that he reintroduced the figure into his work. Since then, he has continued to experiment with abstracting his figures.

By placing two works, side-by-side, one abstracted female figure and the other completely abstracted to the point where the “figure is almost or completely lost in the paint,” Hammond is able to help the viewer understand his process better. In doing so, he is informing people that his work is not empty, but carefully constructed with a specific idea in mind.

For Hammond, the process of creating abstract art is not a linear process. He begins by sketching a basic layout for his painting and then roughing out the first layers. After that, the rest of his process is a constant balancing act, adding layer after layer and then reassessing and adding or subtracting more layers to maintain balance.

Hammond’s art is intended to have meaning further than just the emotions it evokes. How each viewer reads his work may vary, but his goal remains the same. He may be inspired by his wife, people watching as they go to lunch, or by the figures he sees walking down the street; but whatever the original inspiration, each painting he creates is has a meaning and a subject, whether identifiable or not, it is always about something.

Max Hammond’s show opens on November 7th at 6pm with a special artist reception until 9pm. On Saturday, November 9th, from 10-2pm Max Hammond will be in the gallery for a Conversation with the artist and will be talking more in depth about his new series and the concept behind it. His show will hang in the gallery through November 29th.

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

 

Max Hammond “Still Lives in the City”

leaning 48x36Max Hammond, a skilled abstract artist, has a way with colors. He masterfully combines the pigments of the paints into beautiful works of art on each canvas. His most recent paintings, inspired by cityscapes, only add to this exquisite body of work. In addition, Hammond’s show this year also features his distinctive figurative paintings. With unique skill, he captures the essence of the human form, fusing it with the expressive strokes of abstract backgrounds.

Hammond’s show opens March 21, 2013 from 6-9pm and will hang in the gallery through April 17. To see all the images from this new show, please visit our website, or click the following link to view the PDF for his 2013 show brochure: MaxHammondStillLivesintheCity

The Beginning of a New Decade

 

Carri Baca, Clark Olson and Christi Manuelito

Stunning art, bubbly champagne,  delicious cake, and lots of friends and family, what more could you ask for? As Bonner David Galleries celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend, the we enjoyed all that and more. The walls of the gallery were adorned with over 100 new works from nearly every Bonner David artists. As people mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, everyone was able to sense the accomplishment which had been achieved.

In the world of art, a decade is a milestone many galleries never live to see. yet Bonner David Galleries has grown and flourished over the last ten years, managing to overcome the hardships they have faced; and with the recent addition of Carri Baca, Christi’s twin sister, to the Bonner David family as partner, the next decade looks bright and full of possibilities.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us this past weekend and to everyone who has helped to make the gallery what it is today. We are excited and have high expectations for where the gallery will go in this next decade!

 

 

“Unintended Light”

Coming to Bonner David Galleries on February 25 – March 20, 2012, is local painter Max Hammond. Embracing the pure untainted beauty of abstract painting, Hammond creates work that catches the eye and stirs you at the core. Focusing on color, form and texture, he is able to create unique paintings that evoke emotion and intrigue.

Hammond received his B.F.A from the University of Utah; painting landscapes of the salt marshes he grew up around, as well as studying the classical human form. However, his love for color began when he won a six-week trip to Mexico. There he saw color used in a way he had never seen before. The people utilized color to bring life to otherwise dull and unsightly living quarters. Later, Hammond received his M.F.A in painting from Arizona State University.

Hammond’s upcoming show, “Unintended Light,” will feature his newest paintings, which seem to emit a light and a life of their own. Hammond says of his art, “Abstract painting is the poetry of painting; it exists to converse with you in solitary moments as in the solitude it was created. It doesn’t tell you what it means, it suggests, teases and eludes, perhaps even whispers to you when you can’t sleep at night. And even as the words in a sentence may change their intonations with time so may the color passages shift in your eyes.” Come join us at the reception, Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 1:00-5:00pm and enjoy these amazing works of art for yourself.

“Hot Horizons, Cool Coastlines”

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Can’t get away for the summer? Come visit Bonner David during Summer Spectacular Art walk Thursday, July 7th from 6-9 pm and let our show, “Hot Horizons, Cool Coastlines” take your imagination on a truly unique vacation. 

Stroll down the Boardwalk and enjoy your favorite ice cream cone with Francis Livingston or relive days at Coney Island.   You could relax on the beach with John

John Burton

Burton’s magnificent coastal scenes or lose yourself in a Max Hammond abstract, taken from his days running along the Great Salt Lake.

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Imagine yourself watching the horizons provided by Nathan Fischer’s bronze work where land or water meets sky.

If the ocean is not what you seek, perhaps you’d rather travel to rural landscapes with fields blanketed with flowers in the breathtaking paintings by Romona Youngquist. Or imagine yourself in Provence villages seeking out red rooftops amid the vivid countryside in the splendid panoramas from Claudia Hartley.

Claudia Hartley

If  France is too far, visit the vibrant hills in California brilliantly painted by Gail Morris. Then, take a leisurely walk by the tranquil streams of Brad Aldridge and afterwards peer off into the distance and view Rich Bowman’s magnificent sunsets.

Each of our landscape artists brings their own technique, beautiful bright colors, and the picture perfect scenery one needs for an amazing vacation. 

Gail Morris

Come bask in the beauty of each of these remarkable pieces of art and let yourself unwind from the summer heat of everyday city life.

 

"The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond"

"The Dream Carrier" by Max Hammond

“Abstract painting is one of the purest forms of painting.  The primary element is color. . .how color can twist at your most inner being, about the certain kind of miracle that happens when one color lies next to or over another and becomes magical.  It’s about line, soft, timid, hard, submerged, leading you, constraining you.  It’s about the element of shape and texture, about the caress of brush against canvas.”                                        – Max Hammond  

 

We are honored to start the New Year with an inspired new exhibition from renowned abstract artist Max Hammond. His work is widely collected, and appears in the permanent collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Finova Corp., the City of Scottsdale, and the City of Mesa among others. Hammond is best known for his vibrant nonfigurative style that weaves in and out of abstraction, sometimes almost recognizable, then blurring to pure color, form and texture. He is a longstanding contributor to the Contemporary Art Forum Auction which supports the Phoenix Art Museum, encouraging art within the community. Originally from Utah, Hammond came to Arizona to complete his Masters of Fine Art from ASU. He has won numerous accolades throughout the years including the Nathan Cummings Travel grant and is currently nominated for the Contemporary Forum Artist Appreciation award.

"City in the Rain" by Max Hammond

This year Max Hammond has drawn inspiration from his background in formal figurative painting from the University of Utah. His latest collection combines his talent for representing forms, manipulated by his eye for color and his passion for abstraction. “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will open at Bonner David Galleries on January 2, 2010. We are so excited about this new collection that we just had to get the full story from Max himself. Here is what he had to tell us about his latest work:

BDG:  What has inspired you to incorporate figures into your paintings?

 Max: Recently, I began doing some drawing with some artist friends of mine and it renewed my interest in it.

BDG: Is this something you have always wanted to do? 

Max: I used to work with figures a lot while doing my undergrad and did not really think about it until recently. 

BDG: Will your upcoming show focus on cityscapes as well as the figures?

Max: The upcoming show will feature figurative paintings, landscapes and cityscapes.  However the landscapes are more abstract than the figure pieces, to the point that they are barely recognizable. 

BDG: Many of the pieces in the new collection feature cooler tones. Is this a theme throughout the exhibit?

Max: Yes.  I wasn’t paying attention, but the palette ended up being that way.  I guess I should get out some reds.  These paintings are very intuitive, and subconscious.  My paintings are not calculated.  I don’t really think about what I am painting until I am doing it.

BDG:  What kind of scenes do you like to paint when working with figurative paintings?  Are they a specific moment that is reminiscent of an actual occurrence, or are they imaginary, or just everyday scenes?

Max: The scenes are from everyday life.  The figures, for the most part, are my wife and sister.  They are performing simple, quiet tasks like sitting on a stool, or picking up rocks out of water; activities with very little motion.

"Christi Sitting on Flowered Couch" by Max Hammond

The opening reception for “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will be held at Bonner David Galleries (Map) on January 2, 2010 from 1-5pm. If you are in the area we hope you stop by to experience this stunning new collection in person.  

To read his full bio and view a complete collection of his work please click here (Max Hammond at Bonner David Galleries).

 If you would like to receive more information about Max Hammond or to obtain a preview of the upcoming collection please contact us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call us at 480.941. 8500

Happy New Year from all of us at Bonner David Galleries!

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