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Licking Out Of The Same Bowl

Last night I attended the opening of the Natasha Law and Lucy Soni exhibition showing at the Diane von Furstenberg Gallery. Playing with the idea that both Law and Soni employ a concentration of vivid colors in their respective works, it is as if each is dipping into the same paint bowl. Viewed together, the works celebrate color, form, and, gesture, and yet uphold each painter’s singular and distinctive compositional artistry.

The exhibition was beautiful- with all of the vivid colors jumping of the stark white gallery walls it was hard to pick a favorite. One of my clients managed to do so and I know they will be thrilled with their new piece!

Natasha Law has gained international recognition for her signature female silhouettes. Rendered in a variety of media, including high-gloss paint on aluminum and assembled cut paper, Law’s works observe color, tone, and contrast. She examines the movements of bodies and flesh in space, and the folds and shapes that create forms, figures, and the experience of the body in the world. At once soft and bold, delicate and strong, each work is sensitively delivered and entirely emotive. Educated at Camberwell College of Arts, in London, Law shows with Eleven Fine Art, in London, and through Voltz Clarke, in Manhattan. Voltz Clarke featured Law in the solo show FOLD in 2006.

Lucy Soni examines the dichotomy between mother and child, the yearning of parents to protect and control, and the desire of the trained artist to manage the naïve. Moved by her infant daughter’s crayon scribbles, Soni first began incorporating unlearned marks into abstract colored pencil drawings. Over the course of two years, these drawings developed into large-scale oil canvases, which were highlighted by Voltz Clarke in December of 2005. That group show, LONDON BRIDGES, also included works by Shane Bradford and Michael Marra. Born in Kent, England, Soni received her degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, in London.

Go and see for yourself:

Opening: May 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Viewing:
May 19 to June 2, and afterwards by private appointment ( email info@voltzclarke.com )
Location:
Diane von Furstenberg Gallery, 440 West 14th Street, New York, New York

xo,

S

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Voltz Clarke Gallery

Blair Clarke, the stylish southern gallery owner fills her New York City apartment with the work of the artists she represents and after looking at the images below you will know why. Blair has an eye for talent. I look to Blair to supply pieces that my client’s will love. She stages pop-up shows throughout the year at various Manhattan venues. The interiors of her apartment are quite classic in style thus setting off her collection of art very nicely. Blair’s home will be on the Armory VIP tour this year so you will be able to take a peak!

Focusing on the exposure of contemporary artists through private consulting and public exhibitions, the company has a particular emphasis on introducing international artists to the US market. Clarke’s experience combines over nine years of East coast gallery associations, curatorial projects and a consulting relationship with Sanford L. Smith & Associates.

Voltz Clarke maintains a roster of international artists whose works are available to view online and by appointment. Clarke who loves to travel believes that one should cast the net wide in order to identify new talent. In a market which is increasingly globalized, she is intrigued by the rich diversity in work found often in unexpected places.

The below works are for sale through Blair Voltz Clarke:

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Natasha Law:

An english painter, Law’s signature style is bold, high-gloss paintings. The high gloss is reminiscent of lip gloss, a polished nail, a shiny new car, or patent leather high heel. So glossy it almost looks wet. Multiple layers of high gloss paint on aluminum creates this effect. Her subjects are usually semi-clothed, cropped and fragmented, and distinctly feminine. She reduces the shapes of her subject and uses bold colors to create a minimalist style. Law graduated from Camberwell college in 2000 and has grown internationally with shows on both sides of the Atlantic: Eleven Gallery in London, Rivington Arms Gallery and Voltz Clarke in Manhattan. And yes, she is Jude Law’s sister.

**Natasha Law will also do custom paintings. You can sit for her or provide her with an image. I have commissioned several for clients ( of them, their children, and their dogs!)

Natasha Law, Pink Bikini on Coffee, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches

Natasha Law, Sitting H, 2007, Gloss on Aluminum, 24×24 inches

Natasha Law, Grey Vest on Blue, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Natasha Law, Green Bikini on Green, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Pink Vest on Pink, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches and 51.5 x 63 inches

A recently finished client’s apartment with their new Natasha Law

Me in front of my Natasha Law

Chrstina Burch:

Christina Burch’s recent body of work entitled “Garland of Skulls” includes twelve paintings commissioned by New York private collector Alberto Mugrabi. These are a play on the traditional natur morte combined with anatomical references from buddhist and taoist texts. These will be on exhibition in 2010 along with new works available through Voltz Clarke. Having recently relocated from New York City to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Burch’s new work is inspired by the full moon and natural surroundings in Michigan. Beginning this summer, she will be serving as the president of Copper Colored Mountain Arts. Set on over 20 acres of lush gardens in rural Ann Arbor, CCMA is an arts community offering workshops as well as exhibitions and events – visit www.ccma.org. Currently Burch is curating a show of sculpture and outdoor installation by young contemporary artists scheduled to open this July. I love the colors and the style of Burch’s art. Her paintings combine propaganda, cartoons, printed and digital media, landscape and figurative imagery. She is particularly inspired by Japanese prints, as is reflected in her work.

Sea of Marrow 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Garland of Lotus 32″ x 32″ acrylic on canvas

Sea of Blood 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

I would love to use ” Sea of Blood” as a jumping off point for a dining room:

Walls painted in that dusty peach color (Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose) with high gloss deep blue trim (Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue). Soft french blue stried silk drapes unlined hung on lucite rods with gold leaf bamboo rings. Chinoiserie style dining chairs with ivory linen velvet seats. The table would be set with Imari china throwing in a punch of orange.

Sun K. Kwak

Sun is amazing! Her work appears to be paint but is actually masking tape.

She had a huge show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art recently: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/sun_k_kwak/

The above two images are an installation Sun did in Blair’s apartment. I love the modern “paint splash” effect on the classic architectural detail.

xo,

S

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