Michael Carson “Mixed Emotions”

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Bonner David Galleries is excited to announce the latest show, by internationally collected painter, Michael Carson. This year he will feature his characteristic figures in an array of media. In addition to his highly collected oil paintings, which have gained recognition and attention in the art community, he is expanding to use new techniques on metal and paper.

His process on metal, which he calls ‘unpainting,’ depicts his same poised and moody figures in a fresh and unique way. He first paints the metal with a coat of white paint, then sands away the layer of white to create the figures. He then finishes them by adding a special coating to help the metal rust in a way to add dimension to the shadows and figures.

Carson has also begun to create smaller original works on paper. Using a combination of charcoals, graphite and water, he creates black and white figure drawings with all the elements characteristic of Carson’s work.

This beautiful, must-see show opens on March 20th, with a special artist reception from 6-9 pm. The show will be hung in the gallery through April 10th.  This is a show you don’t want to miss, so mark your calendars and come see these incredible works for yourself.

 

Romona Youngquist “Back to the Country”

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Romona Youngquist’s work can be recognized by the picturesque barns and country houses, bright pops of color, and strong brushstrokes that make up her idyllic country scenes. The works from her newest show are no exception, allowing you to travel from the congestion of city life, to the serenity of the country.

Although Youngquist uses her surroundings in Oregon as a primary inspiration, each scene feels timeless and place-less, as if it could be right out a story book, or your favorite memory of home. The tension in her deliberate, impressionistic brushstrokes resolves within the serene images of rural fields and barns, resulting in a dramatic landscape full of tension, intrigue and beauty.

Her show will open on February 20, 2014 with a special artists reception from 6-9 pm. The show will then hang in the gallery through March 17th. Be sure to stop by and see these wonderful works in person, before it’s too late.

“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.

Eric Bowman “Personal Space”

Blue Benediction (24x30) panelEric Bowman’s paintings focus on the many perspectives of everyday life and human emotion. From backstage scenes of ballerina’s stretching and getting in costume, to performers lost in the height of a song, his newest show features a variety of ways to view the term, “personal space.” He has the ability to portray these intimate scenes in a delicate way that embraces the grace, intensity, passion and fleeting nature of the moment.

Nationally awarded, Eric Bowman’s work can be found in private and public collections worldwide. His latest work comprises a beautiful and eye-catching must see show, which opens on January 23, 2014 until February 3, 2014. There will be a special opening reception on Thursday, January 23, from 6-9pm. Join for an evening of art celebrating people being people.

Ron Burns “Dogipedia”

Painter Ron Burns has become known for his colorful portraits of man’s best friend and his uncanny ability to capture an animal’s unique soul and personality on canvas. His much loved portraits can be seen in both public and private collections around the world.

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This year Ron Burns is continuing his work with the Arizona Humane Society with a portrait of Ryder, a two year-old rescued pit bull. Ryder was found by cops severely starved and hanging from a door handle, with scars on her face from years of abuse. Unable to even stand when she first arrived to the Humane Society, she was carefully nurtured back to health by loving caretakers. Now returning to health, everyone is hopeful that Ryder will have a second chance to live a happy life with a loving family. Her portrait, which depicts her in the setting of her “furever home,” will be debuted during Ron Burns show opening on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6-9pm.

Also on that Thursday night, there will be a raffle held for a chance to win a limited edition holiday print. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society to help them in their efforts to rescue more animals in need like Ryder.

The show will run from December 5th through the 16th. Make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!

 

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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.

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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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.

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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!

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.

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