Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Old Masters/New Voices - Landscapes from Collections and Still Life by Susan Evan, Exhibition Opening

Susan Evans still life on exhibit in the Matrix

On First Friday, November 6,2015, Matrix Fine Art held an exhibition opening and artist reception for Old Voices/New Masters - Landscapes from Collections and Still Life by Susan Evans. 

In this unique exhibition, we combined the lush, radiant still life of Susan Evans with a selection of historic works from several private collections, many of which are available for the first time since their original purchase.

"Persian Pomegrantes," 201. Susan Evans. Oil on canvas. 30 x 48"

Susan Evans' oil paintings are always a delight, drawing on 17th century technique with a playful, often jubilant contemporary bend.

"Homemade Pancakes," 2015. Susan Evans. Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12"

Susan says of her work:

"My dedication to the technique of chiaroscuro follows the spirit of the Great Enlightenment of the Northern Baroque Period of the 17th century.  I use this method to exalt reality and I make use of human visual archetypes in my choice of subject material.  I seek to impart a sublime presence to simple objects; also the use of negative space contributes to the peaceful and contemplative quality of my work.

The classic techniques and underlying forces are employed:
– Directional shapes in the abstract design
–  A single dominant light source to move the eye
– Intensity of light and value in the focal area I seek to evoke an emotional response from my viewer with the dramatic single image pieces. Both exciting and meditative, these large pieces are an unflinching look at one particular form."

Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Susan painstakingly imbues each object with a sense of light, weight and presence. An ordinary avocado becomes a radiant moment of contemplation.

Susan Evans

Susan Evans

While her fruits are stand-outs, intensely dramatic and colorful, her sweets are true crowd-pleases. Everything from donuts to pancakes graces her glazed (pun intended) canvases!

Susan Evans, 2015. Posing with Zen Aubergine.
"Tomato Treat," 2015. Susan Evans. Oil on canvas. 24 x 24".
In addition to Susan's still life pieces, Matrix Fine Art is also featuring a selection of historic, highly collectible works from several private and estate collections.

Estate collection pieces by Ben Turner and an unknown Spanish landscape painter

Works by Frank McCulloch and George Grosz

Among these are pieces by Ben Turner, Fritz Scholder, George Grosz and Frank McCulloch.

Untitled Landscape (View of the Pecos Wilderness). Ben Turner. Oil on Panel. Price on request.

This historic work by Ben Turner was in the possession of US senator Dennis Chavez; and it hung in his office in Washington, DC, until his death in 1962. The painting continued to be in the possession of his family and was prominently displayed in his daughter’s home in Albuquerque, NM, until her passing this year.

Ben Turner (1912-1966), a descendant of famed English maritime artist, J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851), is a well-known New Mexico landscape painter who gained recognition as one of few early 20th century New Mexico natives to gain commercial success in the arts. Turner was born in Gallup, New Mexico and studied at the University of New Mexico and the Art Institute of Chicago, later becoming associated with Taos and Santa Fe art scenes, where he established several prominent studios. He specialized in spontaneous, natural paintings depicting the variety and richness of his home landscape. Turner’s works are part of numerous private and national collections, including the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C..

"Another Matinee Cowboy," 1984. Fritz Scholder. Lithography.
 Tamarind no.  84-804. 14 x 11". Price on request.

Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) is a well-known pop art and postmodern Native American artist, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Scholder was one-quarter LuiseƱo (a California Mission tribe), which spans Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Widely shown and highly respected, Scholder was a versatile artist, educated at several universities, including Sacramento State and the University of Arizona. He was invited by the Tamarind Institute to produce their first major project in New Mexico, a suite of lithographs entitled: Indians Forever. This began a large body of work in printmaking for Scholder, which allowed him to mix traditional considerations with a spontaneous, culturally critical pop art style. Scholder’s printmaking techniques include lithography, etchings, monotypes and his work is held in a number of major collections. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger posthumously awarded Scholder into the California Hall of Fame for a lifetime of important contributions in the arts and California culture.

Matrix is looking for and representing original pieces on consignment, for resale from collections and estates. For more information, visit our Works from Estates and Collections page.

Missed the exhibition opening? Don't worry. The show runs through Nov. 26, 2015. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Estate of Amir Espat - First Friday Exhibition Opening

Viewers admiring Amir Espat's work

On First Friday, October 2, 2015, MATRIX Fine Art hosted a reception and exhibition opening for The Estate of Amir Espat, a special showing of the late artist's work. We were fortunate enough to be selected to host highlights from Espat's impressive body of work--and our October opening marked the first time a collection of Espat's paintings had ever been exhibited or viewed by the public. 

Amir Espat's body of work spanned more than forty years of painting

Amir Espat

Amir Espat

Amir Espat was a Latin American artist who retired in Albuquerque, NM to pursue his original passion of expressing himself on canvas. Amir’s interpretation of the world, including poverty, social injustice, suffering and pain could be seen through his art.

Espat painted surreal imagery that included Latin American magical realism. 

Viewers of all ages enjoyed the opening reception

Espat's family, friends, and art lovers from the general public, came out to attend the opening

Amir was born in a small town in Belize in 1930. He began to demonstrate an interest in art at a very young age. Growing up, he expressed himself creatively in any way he could, be it with a paintbrush, crayons or pencils. During his early adolescence he moved to the neighboring country of Guatemala to complete his high school education. Though he still had the desire to create and express himself in the field of art, he realized that in order to support a family in the future he would have to pursue a different career. He moved to the United States where he studied and received his degree in architecture at Carnegie Tech. Upon completion of his higher education he returned to Guatemala to practice architecture. During the peak of his career he flourished in his field, demonstrating attributes in design which followed the great masters of the trade such as Wright, Gropius and Niemeyer. 

Amir Espat's works address life itself--with both joy and suffering

Although his architectural career was full of triumphs and accomplishments, he was never entirely fulfilled. He soon returned to his original passion of expressing himself on canvas. Amir’s interpretation of the world, including poverty, social injustice, suffering and pain could be seen through his art.

"Sembrando/To Sow," Amir Espat. Oil on Canvas. 
In 1978, Amir decided to retire to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was captivated by the endless blue skies and fully immersed himself in his true passion of painting. Amir kept up with the ever-evolving mediums that came with the design world, from graphic design, to video compilations, to new technology of integrating past and present mediums. Amir continued to grow as an artist and human being and stayed current with the evolving times until the end of his days.

            Amir was a well-cultured man, which attributed to his some 200-plus works of art. He was a humble man who saw much pleasure in the simple things, such as gardening and construction, but most of all painting. His love of family, life and the world can be seen through his art. Amir Espat, a true visionary, left a legacy that will live on through the canvas. 

The exhibition was very crowded and well received, as friends, family and art lovers convened to experience the rich, lustrous oils and the sensitive engagement with subject that marks Espat's work. Irma Espat, the late Amir's wife, even said a few words to mark the occasion.

If you missed the opening, don't worry. You still have time to view Espat's works before they go back into private collections. 

The exhibition runs October 2- 31st. Don't miss this rare opportunity to view them! They may never be assembled in one place again. 

The exhibition was catered by Swiss Alps Bakery, which is owned by a member if the Espat family. They brought delicious goodies for everyone to enjoy:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Human/Nature - Paintings by Alexander Eulert with a Mini Exhibition for Local Treasure Laura Wacha

Regina Held and visitors admiring Alexander Eulert's work
On First Friday, September 4, 2015, MATRIX Fine Art featured an exhibition opening and artist reception for our latest show, Human/Nature - Paintings by Alexander Eulert. The opening also featured a Mini Exhibition for Local Treasure Laura Wacha

Laura Wacha, left, was recently honored with the title, Local Treasure

Alex Eulert’s paintings are abstract propositions of worlds where divergent forces coalesce into harmonious aesthetic interaction. He draws his inspiration from a life long fascination with man as an integral part of nature, his manipulation of it and nature’s process of reclaiming human creations with the passage of Time.  

Eulert’s works reflect his interest in ancient civilizations and, at the same time, express the juxtaposition between the modern and progressive and the classical and timeless. Process oriented and expressionistically inclined, Eulert skillfully explores the confluence between geology and archeology, denoting a benevolent interplay between the natural and the man-made. Delicate and dynamic string lines of paint buzz and trickle around often-bold bands of color, evoking rhythmical compositions, emotional states and natural phenomena. The cubical forms are suggestive of monoliths, pueblos, golden-green fields, unearthed inlaid armor from a Homeric poem—or, at times, technology and urban constructs.

Alexander Eulert

A native of the Southern California backcountry, Eulert developed a profound connection with the desert and the life-giving force of the stream that ran through his childhood land.  The topography of the place, with its boulder outcroppings, multi-layered cliffs and rugged hilltops strongly influenced his aesthetics. The five years in England as an art student cemented Eulert’s love of age-old structures and highlighted aspects of human contribution to and relationship with natural environments. 

Works by Alexander Eulert

Works by Alexander Eulert

Works by Alexander Eulert
Back in San Diego County, the wildfires of 2007 had a significant impact in Eulert’s life and creative process: they swept away his home and studio, and, while rebuilding his own residence, his creative focus shifted toward architecture and landscape design.  His interest in man’s interaction with nature intensified as he experienced first hand the abrupt dissolution of years of creative efforts, and took an active role in reconstructing his space while adapting to nature’s demands and challenges. 

More viewers admiring Alexander's work

More viewers admiring Alexander's work
We also hosted a mini exhibition for Laura Wacha, in honor of her recent award from the AABA. Laura is one of 9 lucky artists to receive the permanent title of Local Treasure from the Albuquerque Arts Business Alliance, which is an incredible honor. 

From the AABA website: For several years in a row, Laura has been named “Best Artist” by the readers of Albuquerque, The Magazine. This does not come as a surprise since her work is humorous, entertaining, obsessive, accessible, well-made and intelligent. She is a full time teacher, raising two children and dedicating all her spare time to creating art and sculpture, writing books and being creative on every level. Her imagination is boundless and her work continues to grow both in technique and content. Laura was very active in the community she began her personal journey through breast cancer three years ago. 

Laura Wacha's Local Treasure exhibition

New sculpture by Laura Wacha

Viewers discussing Wacha's work

Laura Wacha says of her work:

I am motivated by the potential theater of the painted picture. My work is narrative in nature, and my focus is to create a visual itch that lingers in the mind like an unanswered question. On each canvas I paint images both familiar and fantastic, giving equal importance to topics domestically mundane and globally tragic or vice versa. Tucked between cartoon-like creatures and patterned backdrops are brightly colored dollops of intrigue and ambiguity that serve as an invitation for the viewer to fill in any perceived narrative blanks. 
 Naturally, opportunity exists in the act of painting to create a pleasurable anxiety not only through the characters present in each narrative, but also in the manner they are portrayed. Both composition and color urge that I take full advantage of their potential through balance, discord and repetition. In my work, for every action there is a reaction or rebuke, for every blue there is an orange or green, for every shape there is it’s echo and void. I work on these aesthetic aspects of my paintings rather intuitively, keeping at it until the canvas feels like the controlled explosion of design and color that best expresses the tenor I am aiming for.

Did you miss the opening reception? Don't worry. Both exhibits run through September 25, 2015. 

More shots from the opening: