Introducing new fantastic and contemplative oil paintings
A collection of recent narrative works by Paul Sattler occupies our Feature Gallery. An accomplished oil painter, Paul Sattler was the recipient of the John R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Dramatic narratives unfold in his charged and enigmatic oil paintings which reference historic and literary sources. Sattler comments, “A diverse population of animals are enmeshed in my works’ human-inhabited environments, theatrical locales, and domestic dramas.”
New oil paintings convey complex emotions through abstract landscapes
Samantha Keely Smith creates inspired and stirring abstract paintings in oil. The Brooklyn-based artist sees her paintings “as an expression of our internal turbulence. They reflect the overwhelming reality of being constantly aware of what is happening in the wider world – Change is the only constant.” Smith’s nebulous compositions are evocative of luminous cloudscapes and primordial oceans. Brilliant areas of stained pigment collide with waves of painterly brush strokes ultimately conjuring imagined environments with a timeless quality. “These paintings are about the essence of who we all are, as human beings… We all want love and connection.” Smith’s works give form to fluctuations between turbulence and calm present in everything from our emotions to the temporal world. Overall, Smith’s focus is on the underlying psychological impact of the dawning awareness of our shifting reality.
World renowned word turner and Momentum inaugural artist, David Ellsworth, is currently featured in Asheville Made. Ellsworth has work in over 40 museum collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Ellsworth's aesthetic embraces nature's irregularities and might be compared to the Japanese principle, wabi-sabi, where anomalies that arise through the process of making add uniqueness and elegance to the work. Commenting on his distinctive technique, David offers, “I know how it feels to do work through a process of feel rather than sight. That intimacy needs to be reflected in the final form.”
While his work is regularly represented in the gallery, Ellsworth is one of the featured artists in our upcoming invitational wood show, Give Me Wood opening June 27, 5-8pm and continuing through Labor Day.
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Veil will be a part of the permanent collection of the Huntsville Museum of Art
We are thrilled to announce the placement of Joanna Manousis’ Veil in the permanent collection of Huntsville Museum of Art! British artist, Joanna Manousis, lives and works in the United States, creating sculptural objects and installations in glass and mixed media.
Manousis comments, “Taking on the formation of a 16th Century Dutch bridal veil, Veil is fabricated with thousands of individual round glass disks (murrini) – whites, creams and ivories – in an assortment of sizes. Assembledover a 3-month period, like stitching embroidery into fabric, the glass pieces are fused in 4 panels in a kiln and then laminated onto waterjet-cut sheet mirror. The veil covers its viewer with intricate adornment, just as its textile counterpart did hundreds of years ago.”