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.

 

Dyana Hesson “Up Close and Personal”

Blush Flower #1 24x48Dyana Hesson has been painting beautiful close-ups of flowers for years. However, this year, with her show “Up Close and Personal,” which opens on February 14th at 6pm, it’s a little more personal. With each sale, Hesson will donate a portion to Show Hope.

“Imagine you are standing at the edge of 50 acres of land looking at 10 million blooming flowers.  Rows of red, yellow, pink, fuchsia, coral, orange, gold, blush, and white racing out ahead of you like ribbons in the wind. At times, the intensity of the colors is so great it’s helpful to remove your gaze and fix it on the monotonous blue of the Pacific Ocean near by.  The prospect of experiencing something so vast is overwhelming. There is a desire to get up close and personal with each bloom, but that’s not possible. Walking away in not an option.  It’s time’s to dive in.  

“This was my Easter Morning at the Carlsbad Flower Fields in California in 2012.  I had seen the fields on TV and in photos, but nothing prepared me for the enormity and intensity of these fields.  Immediately I though of how I could paint a whole show on these flowers, but how?  One flower at a time.

“Now imagine you are standing in front of the 153 million orphans of the world.  Children who through no fault of their own are parent-less. Red, yellow, black and white, from all nations.  The enormity of the problem is overwhelming.  It would be easier to look away.

“How can you make a difference, how can you get up close and personal with each child?

“Walking away is not an option. Its time to dive in.  One child at a time.Flowers # 4931,4932  24x24

“Adoption is personal to me. Mine is a life that was forever changed when the Walker family took me home to be in their family.   I will always be eternally thankful for the sacrifice my biological parents made, and the commitment my parents made all those years ago.

“This year, I am honoring orphans with this show.  When you look at these blooms, think of the children of the world needing care or waiting for a home.   If you take a painting home with you, you may have the honor of naming it, whatever you’d like, and I will donate a portion of your sale to “Show Hope” that helps families with their adoption costs.

“One flower at a time.  One child at a time.  It’s personal.”

-Dyana Hesson

On Friday, February 15th, from 6-8pm, there will be a special preview night benefiting Show Hope- Bringing Hope to Orphans. During this event, there will be champagne, live music and raffle items. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 with cash or check, or you can purchase advance tickets.

Her show will be hanging in the gallery until February 28th, so we hope to see you in the gallery, so you can see these beautiful works of art for yourself!

Please visit our website to see all of her new paintings, or view the PDF of her 2013 show brochure: UpCloseandPersonal

Jane Jones “Garden Party”

Hyper-realist painter Jane Jones never fails to see the beauty in the simplest things in nature.  Also a masterful gardner, Jones works closely with the flowers she paints. In each painting, Jones uses simple yet elegant arrangements of silk tablecloths, glass vases and dramatic lighting, which showcase each flower’s grace and delicacy.

However, Jones chooses flowers as her primary subject for more than just their beauty. Today’s world is fast paced and complex and can quickly become tiresome and overwhelming. The plants and flowers in nature remind Jones to always take a moment to appreciate the beauty which surrounds each of us every day.

The show opens on Thrusday, January 31, 2013 from 6-9pm and will hang in the gallery until February 13th. So take a break from the chaotic, everyday world and come to Bonner David Galleries to enjoy the breathtaking paintings of Jane Jones.

To view her show catalog, please view the following PDF: JaneJonesGardenParty, or visit Bonner David Galleries’ website.

Holiday Treasures

It’s the holiday season again and Downtown Scottsdale Artwalk is getting in the holiday spirit, too with a special “Holiday Treasures Artwalk.” To celebrate in our own way, Bonner David galleries will have an opening for our small works show. The show will include small works by many of our gallery artists, perfect little treasures to take home or surprise that special someone for the holidays.

Among the new pieces, there will be a collection of precious little Liz Tran mixed media works, of georgeous little dresses; each piece with a personality of its own.

Landscape artist, Claudia Hartley, will also being hanging new works for the occasion. Stunning scenes of her travels to Jerome and Sedona, these pieces brim with vibrant color and exciting scenes of nature’s wonders.

Jane Jones, known for her striking floral still lifes, will showcase two new works on Dec. 6th. Painted with keen precision, her “Summer Sweets” I and II, are beautiful gems, of glittering glass, delictiable desserts and her classic elegant flowers.

Also, at our Holiday Treasures Show, Dyana Hessen will deature her “12 ‘Dy’s’ of Christmas, a series of 12 miniature paintings of beautiful rose close-ups. The inspiriation for the series came from the history of Christmas itself.

 

The 12 “Dy’s” of Christmas: 12   5×5 oil on panel paintings of roses, celebrating the tradition of giving.

 The 12 Days of Christmas were declared a religious holiday throughout Europe in 562.  The holiday was celebrated from Christmas Day, December 25th until Epiphany on January 6th. (Epiphany was the day that the three kings were thought to have visited the Christ Child with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.)  The 12 days were a time of feasting, giving gifts and celebration.  The “Lord of mischief” was a local man hired by the village to organize parties and manage a group of village men to sing and give small gifts at night.  Later, the industrial revolution squelched the luxury of celebrating for 12 days, and so Christmas evolved into a one day holiday.

These little paintings are meant to bring the joy of the Christmas season to you.

Take one home, or give one as a gift. When you marvel at the miraculous ways the folds and curves of the petals conceal its seeds, think about the first Christmas night and how the folds of swaddling clothes concealed the savior of the world.

 Peace, Joy, and Love to you this and every Christmas,

Dyana

With all these, plus works from Gail Morris, Nate Ronniger, Melissa Peck, Michael Carson, Eric boos, Carol Redmond and Eric Bowman, it is bound to be an exciting show to start off our holiday season. So come out to the gallery on Thrusday, December 6th from 6-9pm to see all these beatiful treasures for yourself and maybe even make one yours.

“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#)

 

“Coffee With…” by Eve Plumb

Eve Plumb

Known for her role as Jan on the Brady Brunch, Eve Plumb has set aside the glitz and glam of Hollywood to entertain her audiences with casual paintings that depict one of life’s most simple pleasures: coffee with friends.

When asked about what inspired her hew collection “Coffee With…” Eve replied: “I had the idea to ask friends to invite me over for a cup of coffee; then I’d take photographs to use for paintings. The surprising thing that happened was that they ended up being portraits of the people and their environments. I also took photos in favorite cafes and restaurants. I find that choosing a specific subject matter really brings focus to the work, yet allows for discovery that was unexpected.”

Eve’s work invites us to recall our own fond memories of sharing such beautiful experiences with friends and families. Simple moments truly can last a lifetime. Reminding us of this, while also providing a glimpse into her personal experiences, Eve illustrates the mood, characters, and storyline of each carefully planned scene. Using art as an outlet for her creativity, Eve has proven she is a master storyteller, intriguing audiences with each performance on her canvas.

As a special treat, we are sharing a few of Eve’s favorite paintings and stories for everyone to experience. Her newest collection will debut July 8, 2010 from 6:00-9:00pm at Bonner David Galleries. Enjoy!

"At Kates" by Eve Plumb

My friend Kate is a vibrant person with very red hair. The cup and stool are really the only red things in her house, however. It was coincidental that I put them together on the spur of the moment.

 

"At Farmer's Market Los Angeles"

 I’ve always loved The Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, and their tables and chairs have been in use for decades. The tabletops are in lots of different colors, and this blue was really strong in the sunshine.

For more information about Eve Plumb and her new collection please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email art@bonnerdavid.com

To read her full bio click here – Eve Plumb Bio

Don’t forget to look for Eve in this month’s issue of American Art Collector, Phoenix Home & Garden, AZ Foothills, and The Arcadian Journal!


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