Friday, February 26, 2010

A Day with Park West Artist Tim Yanke

Gem of the Great Plains. Tim Yanke. Park West Gallery.
Tim Yanke’s artwork is unlike that of any other Park West artist; he rounds out the Park West Art Collection with his brightly colored abstract works, and collectors can’t seem to get enough of them. After spending the afternoon with Tim at his studio, the Park West bloggers are happy to report that Tim’s personality coincides perfectly with his artwork: upbeat, refreshing, unique, and easy going.

Tim combines his fascination with southwestern culture and popular culture in a unique miasma of color and movement that can just as easily resolve to a weathered cow skull as a popular band icon. While a work may start with a concept, Tim’s freeform emotive style takes the work in completely unexpected, yet delightful directions. Sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, a Yanke work is as much about the moment and the experience as it is about the technique, and the resulting imagery may likely be influenced by current events, Tim’s state of mind and perhaps even what’s happening within or just outside of his studio.

He Crossed the Street and Called his Dad. Tim Yanke. Park West Gallery.Something collectors may or may not know about Tim is that he can render a flawless realistic image; he chooses to create abstract artwork because he is passionate about it. When asked why, he had this to say: “The beauty of abstract art is that 100 different people will have 100 different interpretations of a work. Abstract art is reminiscent of play and childhood. It’s fun…fun to do, fun to look at, fun to experience. It evokes emotion and curiosity. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Tim will often pepper recognizable imagery into his works to draw the viewer to the piece. These visual elements catch the eye and engage the brain in puzzling out whether there is a deeper, hidden meaning. Once the viewer is interacting with the work, Tim uses color, form and movement to draw them in deeper. Examining a Yanke work is an entertaining endeavor; a closer look uncovers layer upon layer of visual texture, engaging the eye and brain in unique and delightful ways.

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker). Tim Yanke. Park West Gallery.There is an alchemy that happens during the creation of Tim’s paintings; a magic that transforms his canvases. Tim works in a variety of media, and a Yanke painting may include acrylic paint, pen and ink, graphite, pastel, oil pastel, spray paint, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, and ball-point pen to name a few.

The question on our minds when looking at all of Tim’s artwork was, of course, how does he know when a painting is finished? Tim’s response: “When it’s visually hitting on all cylinders; when I step back and look and the balance is there, the ratio is correct and dimensions are right, there’s harmony. As long as the harmony is there top to bottom, side to side, and it’s working, then I know I’m onto something and it’s time to step away.”

It seems like being able to tell when Tim’s paintings are complete is an art in it’s self due to their abstract nature. The Park West bloggers are glad we don’t have that difficult task, but we sure are happy that Tim has it down pat!

Yanke Doodle 24. Tim Yanke. Park West Gallery.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Europe’s Most Iconic Prints On View Now

Detail from Albrecht Dürer's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from The Apocalypse: Revelation of Saint John the Divine (ca. 1497).
The National Gallery of Scotland has put together an exhibition featuring some of the most iconic prints of the past 500 years created by many of Europe’s finest artists. This group of artists includes masters Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya and Albrecht Dürer. According to the exhibition’s website, “the 30 works on display have been selected not only for their exquisite beauty, but also to trace the development of printmaking techniques over the centuries, and to demonstrate the sophisticated processes that led to their creation.”

For more information on The Printmaker’s Art exhibit, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Friday, February 19, 2010

Park West Launches Dominic Pangborn Website

Site Features Fine Art and Exclusive Video Footage

Park West Gallery recently launched a microsite for internationally acclaimed artist Dominic Pangborn. The site features information about the artist, a virtual gallery of his artwork, and video footage of Pangborn showcasing his work and discussing his influences and background in design.

Dominic Pangborn  Park West Gallery
Pangborn’s perpetual quest to expand his horizons on both life and art leads him to generate nearly 3,000 sketches each year, many of which serve as the basis for his paintings. The paintings themselves range from nonrepresentational abstracts to photo-realism, across a number of mediums and techniques.

In addition to receiving numerous awards from prestigious art and design organizations and publications, Pangborn’s artworks have been exhibited at museums across the country including the esteemed Detroit Institute of Art. His paintings have been collected by notable figures such as former President George H.W. Bush and Japanese Ambassador Naoto Amaki as well as various corporations.

“Dominic Pangborn’s energy and passion come through in all of his artworks from his geometrics to his nonrepresentational abstracts,” said Morris Shapiro, Park West’s Gallery Director of 26 years. “This allows his collectors to feel a real connection with the artwork they have acquired. And although Pangborn is already a celebrated and well-collected artist, this new website dedicated to the Park West Gallery Dominic Pangborn Collection will allow even more people to become familiar with his work.”

Visit the Dominic Pangborn website at parkwest-pangborn!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Surrealist Master Joan Miro…the Gardener

It has been said that master artist Joan Miro thought everything in the universe was alive and part of a great interconnected totality. He saw himself as a gardener, his studio as a kitchen garden, and his works of art as his cultivated plants.

Left to Right: Joan Miro’s Personage (1967) and The Caress of a Bird (1967). [Credit: Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght, Saint-Paul.]
In honor of Miro’s view on nature, the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is featuring a new exhibit: Miro – I Work Like a Gardener. It will be on view through May 30. For more information on Miro’s connection to nature and the exhibition celebrating it, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Henri Matisse the Master Printmaker

The recently-opened Tampa Museum of Art is currently featuring a Henri Matisse exhibit. While there have been many exhibits focused on Matisse’s paintings in the past, this one is different. This display highlights the Fauvist master’s 50-year journey as a printmaker.

Young Girl Leaning on Her Elbows in front of Flowered Screen (1923). Henri Matisse. ©2009 Succession H. Matisse/Artists, Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
The exhibition offers compelling evidence of the important role printmaking played in the evolution of Matisse’s visual ideas. He created over 800 prints during his lifetime and his style certainly influenced the next generation of artists.

For more information on the Matisse printmaking exhibit, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Friday, February 12, 2010

Freud’s Influence on Master Artist Salvador Dali

Surrealist Master Salvador Dali often peppered religious, mythological, and Freudian imagery throughout his artwork. For example, Dali once explained that his painting Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee expresses “for the first time in images Freud’s discovery of the typical dream with a lengthy narrative, the consequence of the instantaneousness of a chance event which causes the sleeper to wake up.”

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening. (1944), Salvador Dali. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid. ©Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
This famous painting, which is currently on view at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres from February 9 through May 2, 2010, continues to be studied by art scholars and the general public alike. An intriguing analysis of the work’s imagery appeared in ArtDaily and has been reposted at the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

In addition to the analysis, an excerpt from Provenance is Everything has also been reposted. In it, Bernard Ewell, considered the foremost authority on the art of Salvador Dali, discusses the artist’s connection with Freud.

To learn more about Dali’s use of Freudian imagery, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Romero Britto Paints for Peace in Tel Aviv

Internationally acclaimed pop artist Romero Britto recently participated in a coexistence workshop for children in Israel. The workshop was organized by the Peres Center for Peace, and both Israeli and Palestinian girls took part. During his visit, Britto created portraits of each child.

Romero Britto, Peres Center for Peace, Tel Aviv
To learn more about the time Britto spent with the kindergarteners at the Yarden School in Tel Aviv, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gallery Director Weighs in On Recent Art Auction

Alberto Giacometti, L’homme qui marche I, bronze sculptureOn February 3, 2010 history was made at a Sotheby’s auction in London, and the art and financial worlds are still talking about the implications. A bronze sculpture created by the Swiss modern master Alberto Giacometti commanded the highest price in art auction history. (65 million pounds or 104.3 million dollars)

Park West Gallery’s Director Morris Shapiro recently wrote an article weighting in on situation. To read his full article, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday to Artist Norman Rockwell

Today is the birthday of America’s most popular and widely known artist – Norman Rockwell. Even Google is paying tribute to the man who captured the best of Americana in his artwork by incorporating a Rockwell illustration entitled Little Spooners into their homepage for the day. The popular painting appeared on the front cover of the Saturday Evening Post on April 24, 1926.

Norman Rockwell, Google doodle
For more on Norman Rockwell, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog. There you will find an excerpt from Experiencing Rockwell, an essay written by Park West Gallery Director, Morris Shapiro. A video showing a terrific montage of Norman Rockwell’s famous illustrations is also featured.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Looking at Shadows in Artwork on Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day
In honor of Groundhog Day – even though Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog saw his shadow and doomed us to six more weeks of winter – the Park West Gallery bloggers were trying to think of artists famous for their use of light and shadow. And of course, master artist Rembrandt van Rijn immediately came to mind.

Rembrandt masterfully and dramatically employed chiaroscuro (strong contrasts of light and shade) in his artworks; he manipulated light and shadow to capture the intricate details and nuances of his subjects. To listen to Susan Stamberg’s recent NPR broadcast on the dramatic allure of Rembrandt’s 400-year-old sketches, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

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