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29 Aug

Jim Ebersole

"Mary A. Whalen, Bow," oil on linen
18" x 24," 2016

Jim Ebersole is a painter living in Brooklyn, NY, who paints landscapes and urban views in a traditional style. His influences include Edward Hopper, the Hudson River painters, Constable and Corot among other. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and has a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College. More recently he has studied with local artist and teacher Andrew Reiss.

He has long found inspiration from a wide variety of architecture and spaces in Brooklyn from the ornate brownstones of Park Slope to stark industrial settings like Gowanus and Red Hook, as well as the green spaces of Prospect Park. For years he painted outdoors in all seasons. More recently he has been using studies done on location to produce larger, more finished studio paintings.

"Gowanus, Summer," oil on canvas
12" x 18," 2011


“I'm trying to find the spiritual in the natural and man-made environments by studying the effects of light on forms. I connect with the history of art by using compositions and techniques that are rooted in the traditions of western painting.”

In 2015 Ebersole was invited inside the Red Hook Container Terminal by Brooklyn-based not-for-profit Portside NY to document the historic ship Mary A. Whalen in the last weeks she was berthed there before being moved to her new home in the Atlantic basin. He spent several days making studies in oil and charcoal of the ship and the large cranes that load and unload container ships. These have become the basis of a series of oil paintings done in the studio.

"Beverly Road, Winter,"oil on panel
12" x 16," 2009

More of Jim Ebersole's work can be found at:

http://collierwest.com/collections/jim-ebersole

28 Aug

WAXen Vine: The Photography of Kim Meinelt & Scott Irvine

Posted by Kerry Thompson
WAXenVine, "Untitled," giclee print on paper,
20.5" x 20.5" framed, 12" x 12" print

Collier West Gallery is pleased to explore the photography of husband and wife duo
WAXenVINE, whose combined and individual vision convey a sense of timelessness and mystery.

Scott Irvine and Kim Meinelt have a long history with art and photography that delves deep into a connection with portraits and landscapes, expressing a narrative of a lost era. Their work evokes conflicting emotion.  Subjects appear majestic and destitute, delicate and indestructible.  A fantastic fable yet deeply real.

WAXenVine, "Untitled," giclee print on paper,
20.5" x 20.5" framed, 12" x 12" print


Looking at their images there is an intuitive sense that things have happened – a recording in time. Traces of unbridled energy and whirling movement can be felt.  But it is all in the past.  What remains is stillness.  Spent emotion, exhaustion.  Raw and exposed.  Inner beauty revealed.  The true self, as seen in that single unguarded moment.  

WAXenVine, "Untitled," giclee print on paper,
20.5" x 20.5" framed, 12" x 12" print


Landscapes and urban settings evoke nostalgia and mystery.  Cityscapes and Brooklyn-scapes are captured in the present yet appear as if from a time that remains only in our imagination. The photographs have been manipulated to provoke a surreal experience, somewhere between reality and a dream.

The opening reception of WAXenVine is September 9th from 6 to 8 p.m, and will run through September 29th.

 

01 Aug

"The Universe Within: Selected Works by Nikki Vail"

Posted by Kerry Thompson

The opening reception for "The Universe Within: Selected Works by Nikki Vail" is this Friday, August 5th, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Nikki Vail's first solo show explores themes of materiality and life cylces through a combination of traditional oil painting and sculptural, organic materials. Nikki Vail lives and works in the greater New York area.

"The Universe Within" is on view from August 5th - 25th.

10 Jul

"Bespoke: Cycle Artwork from Taliah Lempert"

Taliah Lempert "Lady Spaceliner Rear View 5"
oil on paper, 40" x 30," 2015


Lempert’s work combines the two things that she is most passionate about, painting and cycling. "Bicycles are important, beautiful, and worth a close look. Most bikes I paint are, or have been, used daily for transportation, recreation, messenger work and/or for racing. They are worn and customized uniquely, being at once a specific bike and a collective symbol of empowerment."

Since 1996, cycling has been the primary mode of transportation for Lempert. She raced at the Kissena Velodrome in Queens, NY from 1999-2007 and won the state championship in 2000 for the Women’s Matched Sprint. For nearly twenty years Lempert has been painting bicycles from observation in her studio, often borrowing bikes from friends, colleagues or for a commission. She has painted notable cyclists over the years including Connie Carpenter’s 1984 Olympic win road bike, Jaquie Phelan’s Championship winning Cunningham, Andy Hampsten’s 1988 Giro winning Land Shark and Greg LeMond’s 1990 Tour de France winning LeMond road bike.

Taliah Lempert, "Silhouette Prints 2015 3"
screenprint, 11" x 8," Edit. 40, 2015

In addition to her painting, Lempert uses her original cycling imagery to create an array of other items such as limited edition prints, drawings, silkscreen t-shirts, postcards, coloring books and more.  In 2005 she began selling her work at street fairs and flea markets in NYC, including the Brooklyn Flea where she is a regular vendor. 

Lempert’s work excites both the cycling and art communities alike, and has been exhibited in galleries and alternative spaces worldwide. In 2012 she was selected to participate in the NYC DOT Urban Arts Barrier Beautification program and completed a 600-foot mural on a separated bike lane barrier on Flushing Ave in Brooklyn. Over the years she has worked with such clients as The Museum of Modern Art Design Store, Magma, Moss, Paul Smith, Velo Vino, Blue Stockings, Terry Bicycles, Steward & Stand and Taking the Lane. Taliah lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New York Academy of Art, and continues to live and work in Brooklyn, New York. 

Taliah Lempert, "Paramount With Adjustable Stem 3"
oil on canvas, 16" x 12," 2015

The opening reception for "Bespoken: Cycle Artwork from Taliah Lempert" will be this Friday, July 15th from 6 - 8 p.m. at CW Gallery, 375 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217.

 

Her work can be seen at:

http://collierwest.com/collections/bespoke-cycle-artwork-from-taliah-lempert

11 Jun

"Bounding Main" Highlight: Kerry R. Thompson

Posted by Kerry Thompson
Kerry R. Thompson, "White Nautilus"
oil on canvas, 24" x 30," 2016

Kerry R. Thompson was born in 1986 in San Diego California, graduating Magna Cum-Laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in art in 2009 and later from the New York Academy of Art with a Masters degree in Painting in 2014.

Kerry has exhibited work in his first solo show, “K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos” at the Noel-Baza Gallery in San Diego, CA (2012), as well as numerous shows affiliated with the New York Academy of Art. While there, Kerry was awarded the First Year Scholarship and the Larry Creel Scholarship, and was one of 6 students to be shortlisted for the Third Year Fellowship. In addition, Kerry has participated in numerous artist residencies overseas and locally, including the Terra Foundation for American Art-Europe in Giverny, France, the Hudson River School Painting Residency at Clermont and Olana, NY, and the Audubon Bingham Cottage Residency on Hog Island, ME.

Kerry’s work is both a celebratory and critical exploration of the delicate and highly complex natural biological systems of the world and the artificial human relationship to those systems. The work not only investigates the intricate interrelatedness of the inhabitants of these various world-wide biomes, as well as the formation of these systems through the naturally selective forces of evolution, but also the human role as an orchestral force acting on these systems from the outside, not within.

In the two still-life paintings in "Bounding Main," Kerry worked from life on a pair of nautilus shells, focusing on a nuance of texture and patterning, as well as the chromatic, opalescent quality of the shells themselves. Nautiloids have gone unchanged for about 500 million years, representing an optimal phenotypical design that has been unaltered by the forces of natural selection. Their form is, in a sense, timeless, organisms that have lived in the oceans of the world for hundreds of millions of years and are likely to continue to do so for hundreds more, if human activity doesn't interfere first.

Kerry R. Thompson, "White Nautilus"
oil on canvas, 24" x 30," 2016

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