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2014 Calendar

 

January 24 - February 21

Cathy Hegman & Dora Pinon

 Cathy Hegman

 

Dora Pinon

  

Cathy Hegman:  Dora Pinón

Opens January 24:  Through February 21, 2014

 

TEW Galleries: Two powerful contemporary female painters:

Cathy Hegman uses the figure and landscape to create an intense interplay of space and narrative. Her figures are a mix of negative and positive, simultaneously shadow and form. As such, the work presents questions about the veracity of all that we experience. If personality is projected as a void but gesture as a form, what does this mean? Conversely, if space as indicated by landscape is in our own experience ‘spacious' when space becomes truncated by both perspective and mark where do we find respite? The tensions set up between the representation of figure and landscape is the basis for an interesting body of work. In her current exhibition the figures exist in a more complete relationship with landscape, to the point that they become potent, almost totemic statements of a continuous loop between water, earth and sky.

Dora Pinón, a Spanish artist who lives and paints in Madrid looks at chairs - subjects that are familiar to all of us, but which she infuses with a painterly energy that takes them far beyond comforting pieces of furniture and decorative components of interior design.  In choosing this subject Pinón, a serious artist with a love of both abstraction and figuration, challenges her own ideas about art using décor as a vehicle to question and comment on serious painting.  Her art is in fact the suspension of any predefined outcome as she allows the act of painting to take over.  Pinón uses color and bold, emotional brushstrokes to do away with her, and hopefully our, preconceived notions of what painting and chairs are, and in the process turns them into far more than we considered them both to be before.  In this way her comfortable chairs are less nurturing and contemplative than they are a place where the robustness of life is lived out unapologetically, and with creative energy and enthusiasm aplenty point the way to her unique talents.

 

 

February 28 - March 28

Serhiy Hai &  Petro Lebedynets

introducing

Petro Lebedynets

 

 

 May 2

Abstraction Today

Maxey Andress,   Clem Bedwell,  Jean Glenn,  Petro Lebedynets,  Genie Maples,  Melissa Mason,   Kimo Minton,   Richard Olsen,   Eric Reinemann  &  Whitney Wood Bailey

 

 

Contemporary Abstraction

A Group Show

 

Maxey Andress, Clem Bedwell, Jean Glenn, Petro Lebedynets, Yasharel Manzy, Melissa Mason,Kimo Minton, Richard Olsen,  Eric Reinemann, Whitney Wood Bailey

Opening Friday, May 2

 

 

Contemporary Abstraction:  Group Exhibition

Opens May 2nd:  Through June 9, 2014

TEW Galleries’ exhibition Contemporary Abstraction features works by ten artists; Maxey Andress, Clem Bedwell, Jean Glenn, Petro Lebedynets, Yasharel Manzy, Melissa Mason, Kimo Minton, Richard Olsen, Eric Reinemann and Whitney Wood.

The process of abstraction takes the form of a conscious search for a characteristic that forms the essential kernel, or truth, within a concept or an object. Abstraction; then, becomes the essence of something; apart from its physicality. It can take the form of a distillation of a physical object, or element, or stem from something visionary and have no reference to, or basis in, reality.

All ten artists bring their own visual language to the exhibition and the only real linking factor is the passion and energy which each finds in the work they do. We hope you will find the time to come by and experience the depth of this show.

Maxey Andress’ mixed media abstract works on wood and paper bring strong color and a masculine energy to the show. His structural panels carry a sense of nostalgia for the sixties and seventies, but, with its reflection upon both technology and nature, this body of work is based strongly within our current times.

Clem Bedwell has been showing with TEW since 2007. Bedwell’s paintings are inspired by nature, but take the form of highly abstracted statements of light and shadow. His use of color tends to pull from the harmonies and dramas inherent in the atmosphere but it is in the taught balancing of light and dark that these works find their visual vibration and affirming energies.

Jean Glenn’s polychrome abstract paintings are reminiscent of densely populated urban or cellular environments. Her tightly woven marks and complex color combinations form into surfaces both highly detailed & painterly. The viewer’s relationship to these paintings becomes increasingly intense as, on closer approach, the surfaces draw the eye in to an ever tighter contemplation of the work.

Petro Lebedynets:  The forceful and lyrical abstract paintings of Lebedynets’ first exhibition will astound. Covering his canvases with brightly colored, heavily textured, thick, opaque oils; Lebedynets’ paintings glow like the moon.  Lebedynets believes that color is perceived through intuition and that only through the refinement of consciousness do we reach higher into the non-material essence of matter.   Through his unique painting process he makes this more accessible to us because his luminous hues recall our identification with the heavens and the seas.  Lebedynets, like Hai, creates pictures that require our participation, but having given us everything necessary to want to conjure up our own conclusions, this makes them complete and universes unto themselves. 

Melissa Mason is passionate about the bold forms and lyrical lines of equines. Her paintings take from the essence of these animals, often on a large scale. The essential shapes or lines of movement that she sees in her subjects are mapped out with loose brush marks on canvas allowing us to feel the power of the horse rather than being treated to an anatomical likeness. These works are formally as much about surface, mark, color and gesture as they are about the animal they represent, but they retain that indelible spirit of the creature in much the same sense as that captured by prehistoric cave artists of Europe and Africa.

Kimo Minton shows new polychrome woodcut panels. These works form a powerful ethnographic commentary that draws intuitively on woodcut techniques that have been in use for centuries. What sets this artist apart from others is both the unusual technique and the highly personal visual narrative that Minton has developed. Minton scores, gouges, cuts and sands to create sensual painted surfaces overlying the ‘bones’ of the carving beneath. These works, while abstract in nature, are deeply rooted in the human condition. The lyrical use of line and shape juxtaposed with strong areas of color bisected with delicate cut marks creates works that are as interesting close up as they are viewed from afar.

Richard Olsen; a retired art professor from the University of Georgia, came to notice after the Vietnam War when he translated his experiences into large scale abstract paintings that dealt with the concepts of transforming personal experience into a partitioned and segmented series of colors, images and shapes that either resonated with, or visually charged adjacent areas. More recently, Olsen has transformed his focus into something more organic and sensual while still maintaining his fascination with geometric abstraction. An embedded expressionistic narrative runs like a thread throughout his works, which use as subject, the walls of his studio, and the canvases stacked against, or hanging on it.

Whitney Wood Bailey explores themes of a metaphysical nature such as how design and orchestration within nature affects our consciousness. The dramatic large scale mixed media works on paper have all the verve and energy of Wood-Bailey’s canvasses but the moments of happenstance – a random spattering of inks and the fading values of layering water based paint on paper adds a quality of immediacy and intimacy, as if you can actually see the artist at work. The artist, who did her MFA at SCAD Atlanta, now works and lives in New York.

 

 

 

 

September 19

 Yasharel Manzy

 

 

October 24

Dave Wertz

&

Introducing

America Martin

Dave Wertz 
 

America Martin

 

 December 5

The Figure Today

A Group Show

 

 

2013 Calendar

January 18 - February 14

Whitney Wood Bailey & Calvin Jones

Whitney Wood Bailey

  

 Calvin Jones

Whitney Wood-Bailey & Calvin Jones

Whitney Wood Bailey:  In January 2013 TEW Galleries hosts its second exhibition of works by the young artist Whitney Wood-Bailey. Once again, the artist explores themes of a metaphysical nature such as how design and orchestration within nature affects our consciousness. The dramatic large scale mixed media works on paper have all the verve and energy of Wood-Bailey's canvasses but the moments of happenstance - a random spattering of inks and the fading values of layering water based paint on paper adds a quality of immediacy, as if you can actually see the artist at work. The artist, who did her MFA at SCAD Atlanta and was until recently an Atlanta resident, now works and lives in New York. (*See more information on page 2)

Calvin Jones:  This exhibition serves as an introduction although Jones rightfully holds the position of an established exhibiting Atlanta artist. His moody, interpretive landscapes range from a very personal pictorial form to one that pushes the boundaries further and add layers of abstraction into what we think of as a traditional subject. Jones paints landscapes and the interplay of light; but the tonalities shift from deep brooding shadows to buoyant highlight effects and flicks or drips of paint describe both the subject and the surface in a very personal way. An accomplished painter, both as an artist in his own right and as someone who hones his craft in a less obvious arena, that of an effects painter on movie sets; Calvin Jones brings a depth and passion to his paintings that lifts the viewer's soul.

 

February 22 - March 22

Shannon Nyimicz & Greg Gustafson

 Shannon Nyimicz

Greg Gustafson

Greg Gustafson lives in Memphis, Tennessee and paints landscapes imbued with a sense of sweeping romance. Details and nuances of a particular location are reduced to an abstract overview of the whole. Land, water and sky come together as a passionate and accomplished symphony of color and paint. Gustafson begins his paintings out in nature, en plein-air. He observes then captures and translates the atmospheric environment, working quickly to hold the momentary shifts in color and light. He then returns to the studio to work on his large canvasses; finesse the composition, firm up the brush strokes give the spatial structure greater importance. Gustafson's paintings are abstract and formalized while remaining wholly a product of the memory of the original experience. In this way the works become more than representation or abstraction. They become truly poetic.

Shannon Nyimicz grew up in Macon, Georgia before moving to Atlanta. This is her third one person show at TEW. Nyimicz is known for traditional subject matter-still life and the figure-rendered in bold marks with abstract painterly surfaces. In this exhibition she focuses more on the figure and expands her repertoire by creating an intimate series of works depicting young girls going about their lives. With a deep sense of personal understanding and warmth she explores their everyday activities and interests. The paintings use bold color and are filled with a sense of freshness; of gardens and nature and scenes of moments of contemplation or simply children having fun. Nyimicz' treatment of the figure is often infused with a sense of intimacy derived from the warm and dramatic qualities of light illuminating the forms. As a counterpoint, she will often employ large scale canvasses to add a dimension of monumentality to the works. Much of Nyimicz' work is painted from memory, and the mood of the works reflect this. The paintings employ a distinct physicality and seem more about an imagining of some emotional element than about the objects/subjects themselves.

Shannon Nyimicz left her nursing job in the mid-80s before beginning a second career as a painter. Initially, she set her talents to hand-decorated lamps, ceilings, walls and furniture; a métier at which she proved highly successful, even decorating items for celebrities on-and off-camera. After raising her daughters, she started taking formal art classes and painting full time. Today, her early talent and training have combined to present paintings that capture the ephemeral quality of interactions between nature and the figures which inhabit it.

 

May 3 - June 1

Kimo Minton & Deedra Ludwig

Kimo Minton

 

Deedra Ludwig

 
Kimo Minton & Deedra Ludwig

Kimo Minton, known as a sculptor in his early career, mounts a new exhibition of his polychrome woodcut panels. These works form a powerful ethnographic commentary that draws intuitively on woodcut techniques that have been in use for centuries. What sets this artist apart from others is both the unusual technique and the highly personal visual narrative that Minton has developed through years of studying world cultures and their art forms. Minton scores, gouges, cuts and sands to create sensual painted surfaces overlying the ‘bones' of the carving beneath. These works, while abstract in nature, are deeply rooted in the human condition. The lyrical use of line and shape juxtaposed with strong areas of color bisected with delicate cut marks creates works that are as interesting close up as they are viewed from afar.

Deedra Ludwig is an interesting painter whose life has mirrored her art, and vice versa. A one-time organic farmer, a committed environmentalist and a person with a deep love of nature; and botany in particular; Ludwig manages to weave these interests through her work. Her paintings exude an almost spiritual light. Fragmentary plant forms float within the color fields; at times receding into pool-like depths as if being gently sucked down, in other instances, buoyed by luminescence, they seem to rise out of the color and project beyond the surface itself. This is partly visual effect, but, as Ludwig incorporates actual plant forms into the body of the work by embedding them into thin layers of encaustic the integration of the physical with the ephemeral becomes seamless.  In this way her work becomes on some level akin to a natural history tableau; specimens are placed within a conscious display; entombed and preserved along with their subtle narrative and the surrounding poetry.  Ludwig celebrates nature while simultaneously preserving and destroying it.

 

June 21 - July 27

Richard Olsen

 

Otto Neumann 1895 - 1975

 

OTTO NEUMANN (1895-1975) & RICHARD OLSEN

OTTO NEUMANN (1895-1975)

Additional monotypes by the German born artist Otto Neumann (1895 - 1975) have been released for sale by the Rothschild Family Estate. The Neumann collection is curated by David Sokol, Professor Emeritus and Director of Museum Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

This body of work illustrates Neumann's almost total preoccupation with the human figure from the 1950's onward. Significant of this period is his adaptation of the glass plate monotype as the major vehicle for his artistic expression. Between 1950 and 1972 (Neumann due to ill health was no longer able to work beyond this date) he produced hundreds of unique, varied and never duplicated monotype prints. The abstracted figures have a sense of massive proportion counterpoised by the flowing and lyrical quality of the lines in works that date from the 1950s and early 1960s. In these pieces Neumann relinquished interest in detail and character in order to allow the form, tone and line to attain full importance. During the mid-1960s Neumann made a dramatic shift from the recognizable into abstraction. Monotypes from this period focused on a mix of angular and ovoid shapes and they are strong and extroverted, which was another shift away from the quieter, more classical works of the previous period. In all of Neumann's art color is primarily earthy and monochromatic with subtle tonal shifts, but occasionally also strong reds, blacks and an occasional blue. The works are extraordinarily contemporary and monotypes by Otto Neumann are included in several museum collections. His full history can be read in the monograph "Otto Neumann: His Life and His Work" by David Sokol, PhD.

RICHARD OLSEN

Richard Olsen is a retired professor of art from the University of Georgia, Athens, School of Art. Olsen is a Vietnam Veteran and his early paintings draw from his experiences in the war zone. The translation of this period into pure abstraction is what brought his art to the attention of several influential people. Olsen has shown extensively since 1964 when the original "Vietnam Revisited" exhibition was held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Olsen paints using a personal style of geometric abstraction, however, along with his focus on architectural simplicity there is an embedded expressionistic narrative that runs like a thread throughout his works. The subject of his recent work is his studio, and more specifically, the wall of the studio, and the canvases which are hanging on or stacked against it. Richard photographs the wall of paintings with a Polaroid camera and these black and white pictures become the source for "Calculations" by which the next painting is created.

Probing deeper and deeper into generations of paintings uncovers strong inner feelings. The paintings have become progressively larger and specific imagery related to the Vietnam landscape, aerial flights, moonlight/sunlight, day/night, as well as items such as masking tape, canvas and stretcher frames expressly used in his studio, are discernible.

From the black and white Polaroids of paintings either hanging in the studio or arranged, propped side by side, overlapped, or stacked behind and in front in a conscious order, he chooses a photographic image to which his response is "this could be a painting".

The "Calculation" is then performed by inserting the photo into a sheet of graph paper. A window or hole is cut for the black and white photo so that the graph paper masks off all but the photographic information and provides a grid to plot the next painting's size, shape, direction and scale. By working from a black and white photograph this allows color to be intuitive.

 

August 2 - September 2

Justin Baldwin & Amy Mazzetta

 

Justin Baldwin

 

Amy Mazzetta

JUSTIN BALDWIN /AMY MAZZETTA

J.F. (JUSTIN) BALDWIN

This is J.F. Baldwin's first exhibition at TEW since completing his MFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA. Despite some experimental twists and turns during the course of his studies, he has come back with a powerful and evocative set of works. Baldwin has readdressed the figure by creating some hauntingly powerful paintings reminiscent of his earlier figures set within landscape. These new works explore the relationships between landscape and figure within the context of both the ethereal realm of the psyche and personal memory. He has also extended his repertoire to include abstraction - a combination of landscape and painterly expression that expands the formal manifestations of paint and mark while hinting at the landscape hidden behind the surface.

AMY MAZZETTA 

Atlanta artist Amy Mazzetta's abstract paintings look at what has gone before; forming link with human history. Amy has traveled to Italy frequently to and as a result has developed a love of traditional fresco plaster techniques, familiar to most art lovers as the medium of choice in the Renaissance and before. Rather than using the plaster surfaces as a base for adornment, however, Mazzetta embraces the medium itself as the center of her particular focus. Choosing an abstract format even when there is a narrative context, Mazzetta's very physical works become something approaching sculptural relief with deeply gouged and striated surfaces. Color is often built up through layers of plaster and reveals itself only as the surface is once again removed. In this way a visual history is developed. We see the artist's ‘hand' as moving us forward in the art making process but an exploration of the surface moves us backward in time as if, by tracking her movement, we are led back into the very origins of the surface itself.

Opening receptions: 6.00 - 9.00 on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Exhibition runs through September 2, 2013

 

September 20 - October 18

Olena Zvyagintseva

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact

Jules Bekker 404.869.0511

jules@tewgalleries.com

Olena Zvyagintseva:  "Solo"

Opens September 19:  Through October 18, 2013

Olena Zvyagintseva, an artist from Kiev, Ukraine will be exhibiting her work in a solo exhibition at TEW Galleries in September. Zvyagintseva has had a very successful career with TEW since her first exhibition in Atlanta in 2004.

 Olena Zviagintseva:  This Ukrainian artist grew up in Kiev and spent her summers at the family cottage in the country. This city-country life experience creates a unified sense of sophistication and simplicity in her work. Her still life paintings are often quite rustic-simple jars of field gathered flowers against a rough textured wall, or lit from behind by a window; or a basket on a table surrounded by eggs and bread. The paint quality is lush, with loosely applied marks and rich swathes of color. Occasionally these marks become emphatic and almost harshly confident. It is through this bold visual lens that we learn that Zvyagintseva's subjects, while homely, are not soft and delicate, but vigorous and strong; made of the earth and strengthened by their attachment to hard work and an intimate knowledge of the society and environment they so beautifully capture.

The artist's elegant figurative works depict subjects ranging from mysterious abstracted figures- sometimes with delicately painted faces-wearing richly patterned garments and performing intimate daily rituals, to doughty and powerful vendors and shoppers at the local fish market and farm stalls. These works, filled as they are with vibrant life and, at times, a deep sense of dreamlike nostalgia, create both an emotional and intellectual connection with the viewer. Color is bold and yet delicate and surfaces are worked with both wet and dry brush techniques to create contrasting textural modulations that range from smooth and glassine to a heavy impasto applied with a palette knife.

 

October 25 - November 25

Isabelle Melchior & Jim Byrne

Isabelle Melchior

 

Jim Byrne

 

Isabelle Melchior & Jim Byrne

Opens October 25: Through November 25, 2013

Isabelle Melchior, from Paris, France and American artist Jim Byrne will be exhibited in solo exhibitions in the First Floor and Upper Gallery spaces at TEW Galleries in October 2013.

Isabelle Melchior: TEW Galleries presents an exhibition by Isabelle Melchior opening Friday, October 25 and continuing through November 25. Her latest work continues the theme of nature and the human figure which have been principal to her art throughout her 45 year artistic career. Melchior studied at the prestigious École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. In 1978 she was awarded the Prix de dessin David Weill, for her drawing, and in 1980, she was named the International Recipient of the Prix de Rome (Académie de France, Villa Medici, in Rome, Italy) for both sculpture and drawing.

In 1987, while living in Paris, Timothy Tew discovered her paintings in a large show of young artists and their friendship quickly developed. Melchior has shown with TEW Galleries continually since its opening in 1987.

Melchior splits her time between studios in Paris and Jacqueville, where she has a farmhouse in the country. While painting in the city, she concentrates on pushing the boundaries between representation and abstraction in order to discover and represent space in a new way. This exploration comes by way of years of experience and an intense understanding of how, before her, artists have dealt with the problems of subject and space on a two dimensional field. Melchior's cool, grayish color palette reflects the unique northern light peculiar to Paris and also lends her work a particularity of expression.

Also featured in the exhibition will be a series of plein air pastels of rural landscapes made during stays in Jacqueville. Melchior, however, is far less interested in the landscape as we would typically perceive it; instead she edits, moves and combines different objects viewed at different times of the day to recreate the landscape to fit her personal vision. In Jacqueville she is also moved to paint still lifes, which are a more relaxed type of painting and represent her love of nature. Completing the exhibition will be several of the artist's bronze sculptures for which Isabelle Melchior has won several important prizes.

Jim Byrne is an American artist that TEW represented in the past but his work has not been seen in Atlanta in fifteen years. In this group of paintings Byrne continues with his familiar imagery of figures engaged in uncertain activities situated in imagined park-like settings to explore the psychological conditions embedded in human relationships, exploring new themes such as aging, reflections on the past and journeys forward. Byrne, however, has pushed into a greater degree of abstraction, expanded color interactions for emotional effect and created more spatial ambiguity. He is inspired by Persian manuscript illuminations, Chinese landscape painting, Early Italian Renaissance painting and the Early Moderns. In this body of work Byrne has moved into the metaphysical, symbolic and emotional realm, creating a poetic dream space. Recurring throughout many of his paintings are images of kites and boats along with objects of childhood, play, fantasy and escape. Figures relating or not relating to each other along with these objects are caught in their own interiority, serving as a means of reflection for the viewer, asking questions without giving answers.

 

December 6 - January 6

Rimi Yang & Charles Keiger

Rimi Yang

 

Charles Keiger

 

Rimi Yang  /  Charles Keiger

Opens Friday, December 6:  Through January 6, 2014

Rimi Yang was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan, and has spent most of her adult years in California. As a result, she has a world view that encompasses several heritages, vastly different cultures and a view of history that sees the world from both a far eastern and a traditional western perspective.

All these disparate experiences have resulted in an artist who is not afraid to ‘borrow' cultural imagery or social icons and morph them into the context of her work. You are just as likely to see a very personal re-translation of a historically important work by the English painter Thomas Gainsborough as you are to see a Japanese Geisha, or a painting inspired by Napoleon as a young man.

In every case, Rimi Yang brings a sense of cultural intelligence and personal daring to her work by using bold brush work and great slaps and slabs of paint to illustrate her subjects and to bring them squarely into a contemporary genre. Whether she is painting contemporary friends, historical personages or portraits and tableaus of antique cultures, the paintings are filled with poetic resonance and artistic energy.

Rimi Yang began exhibiting her paintings in 1987 and since then has shown her work in major centers in North America, Europe and Asia.  Since 2005 she has had fourteen (14) solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, London (England), Copenhagen (Denmark), Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and Shanghai, China.

Charles Keiger has been actively exhibiting since 1984. Keiger has carved a niche for himself as a painter whose works hold a wry and humorous perspective with an off-beat visual narrative that fully embraces the southern vernacular in both a definitive and an imagined commentary. His paintings explore the human psyche with gentle and poetic symbolism while utilizing a tight, classical technique. Using a storyboard of recurring characters, the artist stages them in idealized, detail rich environments. Typically the main protagonists are placed front-stage, while around them and in the background the ‘story' unfolds as a series of mini tableaus. Compositions are tightly arranged and secondary elements carefully chosen; sometimes to build on the theme, but just as often, to provide a counter element or subtext to the primary narrative. The central characters in Keiger's paintings can at first reading, seem trite and romanticized and in direct contradiction to the settings in which they are placed. This contrast subtly alters any preconceptions associated with the interrelated symbols and places them in a fantastic universe that sucks the viewer in to a recognition that once they have engaged with the artist's vision they become de-facto protagonists themselves.

 "My life as a painter has led me to develop an evolving, imaginary world.  This world exists within my mind and is expanded onto the painting surface.  I extract mental images and emotions which appeal to me at the moment-what I see in front of me are the characters, moods and scenery that I like to spend time with.  In a contemporary culture that visually tends to assault, as well as pacify, my challenge is to offer the observer images that encourage contemplation and enjoyment."

Keiger obtained his B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and received his M.F.A. from the University of Georgia, in Athens.

 

2012 Calendar

 

Timothy Tew's Top 25

January 27 - February 16, 2012

2012 is a ‘BIG' year for TEW as it marks 25 years since Timothy Tew established the gallery.  His love of painting was his inspiration for opening the gallery and this fascination is still very much alive today. 

Artists are a special breed; they have used the beauty and power of their medium to change history, to tell stories, and to inspire us. It takes discipline and sacrifice to become an artist  because creativity demands time and space for the imagination to roam. Timothy's belief in this process has been the focus of the business for all these years. 

We begin our 25th anniversary year with the annual show of Timothy Tew's Top 25 that opens on Friday, January 20 (no Thursday preview.) This exhibition highlights a selection of the 25 works that Timothy have selected as either the best new works from an artist, or as pieces he feels a special affinity to. A few works will be from artists that the gallery has not shown before but do work that is highly relevant to our mission.

 

April 27 - May 25, 2012

Rimi Yang

Rimi Yang: "Perpetual Wisdom"  

 

Rimi Yang was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan, and has spent most of her adult years in California. As a result, she has a world view that encompasses several heritages, vastly different cultures and a view of history that sees the world from both a far eastern and a traditional western perspective.

All these disparate experiences have resulted in an artist who is not afraid to ‘borrow' cultural imagery or social icons and morph them into the context of her work. You are just as likely to see a very personal re-translation of a historically important work by the English painter Thomas Gainsborough as you are to see a Japanese Geisha on a flaming red canvas.

In every case, Rimi Yang brings a sense of cultural intelligence and personal daring to her work by using bold brush work and great slaps and slabs of paint to illustrate her subjects and to bring them squarely into a contemporary genre. Whether she is painting contemporary friends, historical personages or portraits and tableaus of antique cultures, the paintings are filled with poetic resonance and artistic energy.

Rimi Yang began exhibiting her paintings in 1987 and since then has shown her work in major centers in North America, Europe and Asia.  Since 2005 she has had fourteen (14) solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, London (England), Copenhagen (Denmark), Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and Shanghai, China.

 

Four Artists, Summer Show 

July 20 - August 11, 2012

 Maxey Andress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Clem Bedwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Cathy Hegman

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEW Galleries' Summer Show focuses on giving exposure to new and emerging artists two of whom are new to exhibiting in Atlanta. There is no real link between the artists in terms of subject or medium, but despite divergent styles, all the work has an integrity and energy that bears notice.

Maxey Andress uses a variety of media to create his abstract works on wood panel.  His paintings express a strong masculine energy and he finds joy in visual contrasts that connect and divide.  In this latest body of work he has refined his use of color and shape in tandem with the overall composition. His structural panels carry a hint of nostalgia for the sixties and seventies but also reflect the influence of early 20th century Futurism and Modernism.  Graphic and expressionistic elements co-exist in surprising ways that encourage contemplation of a world that is both engineered and spontaneous where a moment's unfoldment seems suspended and marks a secret journey.

When considered within the broadest context Maxey Andress considers the effects of technology and questions our understanding of time and space to create his own artistic language. 

Clem Bedwell has been showing with TEW since 2007. Bedwell's paintings are inspired by nature, but take the form of highly abstracted statements of light and shadow. His use of color tends to pull from the harmonies and dramas inherent in the atmosphere but it is in the taught balancing of light and dark that these works find their visual vibration and affirming energies.

Cathy Hegman uses the figure and landscape to create an intense interplay of space and narrative. Her figures are a mix of negative and positive, simultaneously shadow and form. As such, the work presents questions about the veracity of all that we experience. If personality is projected as a void but gesture as a form, what does this mean? Conversely, if space as indicated by landscape is in our own experience ‘spacious' when space becomes truncated by both perspective and mark where do we find respite? The tensions set up between the representation of figure and landscape is the basis for an interesting body of work.

 

 

 

 "EQUUS REVISITED"

Melissa Mason & David Wertz 

September 7 - October 6, 2012

 

Melissa Mason 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Wertz  

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Mason & David Wertz: "Equus"  

In September 2012 TEW Galleries introduces two artists, both new to exhibiting in Atlanta. By coincidence both artists use the equine form as a basis for their work.

Melissa Mason is passionate about horses, their bold forms and lyrical lines. Her paintings take from the essence of these animals, initially as brief sketches and often on a large scale. The essential shapes or lines of movement that she sees in her subjects are mapped out with loose brush marks on canvas. The viewer ‘feels' the power of the animal rather than being treated to an anatomical likeness. Once the drawing, or mapping is complete the process of painting and often re-drawing, as paint meets paint, occurs. These works are formally as much about surface, mark, color and gesture as they are about the animal they represent but they retain that indelible spirit of the creature in much the same sense as that captured by prehistoric cave artists of Europe and Africa.

Metal smith, David Wertz, presents the subject in a totally different manner. His three dimensional horses are constructed from found elements, mostly old automotive parts that he cuts and shapes, or at times simply utilizes, to describe the structure. Wertz' horses are not quite anatomically correct - rather they are mystical beings with inherent "personality" and plenty of idiosyncratic detailing that at times becomes quite visceral, almost as if you are looking beneath the skin of the beast. His use of both structure and void makes the works spatially interesting and also allows an element of playfulness to the personality of the individual works.

 

TEW Galleries' 25th Anniversary Party

October 19 - November 20, 2012

 

Jean Glenn

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Bowdish  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEW Galleries, October 19, 2012

25th Anniversary Celebration

Exhibition by Jean Glenn & Chuck Bowdish

On October 19th 2012 TEW Galleries officially celebrates 25 years in business. This landmark occasion makes TEW one of the longest operating art galleries in Atlanta.  The occasion will be marked with an exhibition of paintings by artists Jean Glenn, and Chuck Bowdish. In addition, the gallery will continue its tradition of social support by raising funds for a local charity, "Caring for Others." Attendees will be asked to make a donation, in any amount, at the door and the evening will feature a silent auction of works by artists Isabelle Melchior, Kimo Minton, Olena Zvyagintseva, Charles Keiger and Rimi Yang.

Chuck Bowdish's emotionally powerful oil paintings explore the human condition, relationships and the inner landscape. His intense images take cues from the visual icons and experiences of his childhood and replay them in an endless loop of visual narrative that is re-investigated and revisited time and time again to other worldly and deeply poetic effect.

In contrast, Atlanta native Jean Glenn's polychrome abstract paintings are reminiscent of densely populated urban or cellular environments. Her tightly woven marks and complex color combinations form into surfaces both highly detailed & painterly. The viewer's relationship to these paintings becomes increasingly intense as, on closer approach, the surfaces draw the eye in to an ever tighter contemplation of the work.

 

Serhiy Hai & Charles Ladson

November 30 - December 30, 2012

          

Serhiy Hai

       Charles Ladson

 

Serhiy Hai:  This will be the second one person exhibition at TEW by well known Ukranian artist Serhiy Hai. The scope of Hai's subject matter is quite narrow-he paints and draws nudes, figures in pairs, and equestrian works in which the horse and rider become integrated by a sense of oneness. These few themes are revisited over and over again in infinite variety and with much surface virtuosity created by his impressive handling of medium. Hai's approach to painting is unpretentious, quick, workmanlike and carefree and engenders a sense of his love of creating. A superb colorist his often quite sexy paintings, are filled with lush surfaces and an exuberant sense of the model's personality.

Charles Ladson:  TEW Galleries will host its first exhibition of paintings by Charles Ladson, an artist based in Macon, Georgia. Ladson's gritty-surreal paintings are a fascinating visual journey that opens many doors and leaves most questions unanswered. Ladson's day job is as a restorer of old homes and, looking at his paintings, one can't help but feel that the strangeness of the subject stories is in some part influenced by this constant delving into a lost past. Ladson himself acknowledges the fluid interpretation of his paintings from person to person by saying that his works are "a collection of mostly bad ideas...the paintings ramble along in all directions before they arrive. People see what they want."

For the art lover that looks for superb craftsmanship, beautiful texture and emotionally moving imagery, this is definitely a show to see.