Sunday, April 19, 2009
Looking at History
Last week, I took a drive to The Steeple Gallery to drop off some work. The Steeple Gallery is in the heart of St. John, Indiana about 45 miles south of Chicago. The building is an old church that has been renovated into an upscale gallery. The gallery is hung salon style with areas dedicated to individual artists. The styles of work range from hyper-real still life to abstraction... truly, something for everyone.
I met Sam [Samantha] the gallery owner, a number of years ago, during a reception at the Fine Arts Building Gallery. She came to visit me in my studio this past winter and was interested in representing some of my older abstract works. She contacted me again—a few weeks ago—to request additional pieces from that series to be included into a group exhibition opening Mother's Day weekend.
Other then pieces that I wanted to retain for my personal collection, most of the work from the series, had been sold years ago. I began looking through the stacks of paintings which line my studio, hoping to find a piece or two that I had forgotten about. What I found, was a portfolio containing a number of hand-pulled lithographic prints from the same series of work. I sat down on the studio floor, looking through prints like flipping through a photo album. The images brought back the memories of some twenty-five years ago, and yet—visually, they seemed timeless.
The prints will be included in the group exhibition at The Steeple Gallery during May. A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 2-5pm. Additional information can be found at thesteeplegallery.com I hope you are able to attend.
Image: Power Tie, 7.5" x 5", hand-pulled lithograph, edition of 30
Additional work can be found at gniech.com