Artist dreams her world through painting
Nov30

Artist dreams her world through painting

One evening when Sarah Kelly was in middle school, she decided to draw a picture of Hank Williams for a cousin who was a big fan of the country legend. At some point, she looked at the clock, expecting an hour to have passed. It was 4 a.m. “It was the first time I remember that I was in a zone,” Kelly said. “It was a realization that art was a meditation.”   Kelly grew up drawing, with the support of her mother, artist Cindy Taplin. But it wasn’t until that moment, deep into the night, that she decided to make art her life’s work. A 2007 graduate of West Forsyth High School, Kelly later earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and religious studies from Guilford College. Upon graduation, she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., without knowing anyone, eventually finding work with sculptor Kevin Box. She moved back to Winston-Salem a few years ago, becoming active in the local arts scene, working to promote other artists and selling her art at fairs and pop-up shows. Kelly is director of the gift shop at Sawtooth School for Visual Art, choosing and marketing all the art that is for sale in the shop. Kelly is a versatile artist, who is a trained oil painter but dreams of being a full-time potter. She also makes jewellery and journals. Source:...

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Was Winslow Homer the Greatest American Painter of the 19th Century?
Nov29

Was Winslow Homer the Greatest American Painter of the 19th Century?

Winslow Homer occupies a prized place in the pantheon of American artists, beloved for his bright watercolor landscapes and tempestuous seascapes, as well as his depictions of soldiers during the Civil War, portrayals of African-American laborers in Virginia during the Reconstruction era, and his early illustrations of everyday New England life for Harper’s Weekly. Indeed some regard him as the greatest American painter of the 19th century, as Met curator H. Barbara Weinberg noted in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. But does he deserve this accolade, in a century that also saw the development of the epic Hudson River School painters? As neither a teacher nor a member of a defined artistic group, Homer doesn’t categorize easily. But his art remains enormously popular, and he has long been regarded as one of America’s early artist icons. “The late 19th century was historically seen as being dominated by six artists,” Katherine Manthorne, a professor of American art at the CUNY Graduate Center told me via email, “the so-called ‘national’ triumvirate of Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, who spent most of their time at home…and the ‘internationals’ John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and Mary Cassatt, who were largely expats.”Six artists, each talented and renowned enough to merit inclusion in the country’s top tier of 19th-century painters—so what’s so special, and quintessentially American, about Winslow Homer?   Source:...

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Artist Whose Paintings Are Mass-Produced for Hotel Rooms
Nov22

Artist Whose Paintings Are Mass-Produced for Hotel Rooms

You’d be forgiven for failing to keep up with the hotel-art scene; after all, there aren’t New Yorker gallery listings for Pastoral Landscape at Super 8, Schenectady. Moreover, low-budget hotel art, like office building muzak, seems deliberately chosen to escape notice. It wouldn’t be too surprising to learn that the paintings were somehow there when the walls were erected, part of the hotel drywall package supplied by the contractor. But as it happens, hotel art doesn’t come as part of the build-your-own-hotel starter kit. In fact, hotel art is just a niche of the larger commercial art world. As an artistic discipline, commercial art encompasses hotel art, paintings sold in HomeGoods and Cost Plus, paintings hung on the wall in department stores and small boutiques; essentially, any art you can purchase that doesn’t aspire to gallery placement. And behind each piece is an artist; someone like Brooklyn-based painter John Cerasulo, a professionally trained painter who, after years of museum and gallery exhibitions, transitioned away from the so-called “high-art” world to work full-time as a commercial artist. Now, his paintings hang in furniture stores, gift shops, and, of course, hotels.   Source: Atlas...

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