October's Featured Artist

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Paint, Splatter & Roll: Ginny Sykes' Irreverent Abstractions will continue through November 11th

View more of her work here.

Correspondence #10, acrylic collage on paper, 29 x 41"

Correspondence #10, acrylic collage on paper, 29 x 41"

Spanning a three-year period, these works reflect a renewed attunement to the materiality of paint and experimentation. Thick, thinner, poured, splattered, sprayed, plastered, glued. My language of mark-making (rhythm, shape, line) draws upon ancient archetypes suggestive of our existential human condition. The physical process (visceral, abstract, poetic), aims to express both a restlessness and visual acuity to formal concerns, coalescing in a range of emotions: I’ll leave it to you to find and name them. To this day painting remains for me a space of liberation.

Tracers #2 (Diptych), acrylic on paper, 58 x 41"

Tracers #2 (Diptych), acrylic on paper, 58 x 41"

Ginny Sykes is a Chicago based artist who works in painting, installation, performance and video. Her practice is informed by feminism as a resistance to institutional and prescriptive classifications of a universalized female experience. Aligned with Carl Jung's understanding of alchemy and transformation through artistic process, Sykes is invested in a belief of bringing what lies at the margins of personal and social consciousness to the center of her practice.

All of It (Diptych), acrylic and collage on wood panels, 100 x 60"

All of It (Diptych), acrylic and collage on wood panels, 100 x 60"

Unrest, acrylic collage on archival board, 80 x 30"

Unrest, acrylic collage on archival board, 80 x 30"

 
Posted on October 5, 2017 .

August's Featured Artists

Wolf and Koehler's work is featured in our current show now through September 2nd

View more of Wolf's work here.

View more of Koehler's work here.

Wolf | Awakening An Early Spring - 62 x 56"

Wolf | Awakening An Early Spring - 62 x 56"

"My first and most enduring inspiration for my work comes from a treasured drawing created by my mother. I was born into a large German family and later immigrated to the U.S.A., eventually settling in Chicago. Although my early training at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on the study of the old masters, my recent work has become more abstract. I am exhilarated by the challenge of evoking ideas in the viewer. Just a brushstroke on a canvas gives me the freedom to do anything I envision. Aside from the dimensions of the canvas itself, there are no limits and I enjoy examining the canvas, exploring depth and dimension to create a piece that challenges the intellect, invites curiosity, and creates pleasure."

- Brigitte Wolf

Wolf | Listen - 52 x 51"

Wolf | Listen - 52 x 51"

Wolf | Think With Your Heart - 56 x 54"

Wolf | Think With Your Heart - 56 x 54"


Koehler | Untitled II - 36 x 48"

Koehler | Untitled II - 36 x 48"

John Koehler is an American contemporary artist currently working and living in Chicago, Illinois. 

"The innovation of the technique I utilize in my work is based on years of experimentation with oil and acrylic paint, aniline dyes, various mediums, and the manipulation of these materials through the use of many tools. The resulting paintings tend to create themselves and are not entirely predictable; which parallels the natural world my work emulates. The amorphous shapes and colors are easily found in nature; whether being under a microscope, through a telescope, or viewed by our own eyes. I pour the paint and create a reaction that mimics natural phenomena, forming images in an unorganized unity. A thick clear medium is often applied to finished pieces, providing a looking glass into an ever evolving natural reaction. The viewer is left to find resonance between the piece and their own perception."

Koehler | Untitled I - 36 x 48"

Koehler | Untitled I - 36 x 48"

Posted on July 28, 2017 .

July's Featured Artists

Noyes and Freda's work is featured in our current show now through September 2nd

View more of Noyes' work here.

View more of Freda's work here.

Noyes | Mirror and Nuggets - 90 x 90"

Noyes | Mirror and Nuggets - 90 x 90"

The work of Connie Noyes examines the social constructions of idealized beauty and the values assigned to it by transforming inherited, found, forgotten, discarded, and unvalued materials. The paintings, as objects exemplify the existential struggle for existence while questioning the over-determined role beauty plays.
 
Born in Washington D.C, Noyes is a full time artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California. 
 
Her work has been shown and collected by many well-respected institutions, galleries and corporations both nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The Ekstrom Library, Photographic Archives in Louisville and The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. In 2007 she was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and several professional development grants from 2004-2007.

Noyes | Tar and Mirror, No. 3 - 38 x 38"

Noyes | Tar and Mirror, No. 3 - 38 x 38"

Noyes | He Said: I am Bored in Paris. - 39 x 54"

Noyes | He Said: I am Bored in Paris. - 39 x 54"


Freda | Azul Auro - 21 x 34 x 12"

Freda | Azul Auro - 21 x 34 x 12"

Susan Freda was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA and at the Massachusetts College of Art for her MFA. She has received numerous awards, notably a residency & exhibition at the de Young Museum & a Pollock Krasner Award.

Transparency, form, and flowing line, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, sparkling, subtle states of being that invoke intimate, emotive responses. Freda imbues her pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form.  Created from hand woven wire and glass, her pieces envelope viewers in a seductive, entranced space. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference nature, fashion, and otherworldly phenomena.

Freda’s work is inspired by numerous sources, some of which include: Giacometti’s stretched and elongated figures, Judi Pfaff’s installations and deft use of material; and the sculptures of Anish Kapoor. Her art explores the transient, poetic, and ephemeral experiences of our world—intimacy & emotion, and offers a space for their consideration.

Freda | Hyacinth Vitro - 19 x 44 x 1"

Freda | Hyacinth Vitro - 19 x 44 x 1"

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

June's Featured Artist

Hamill's work is featured in our current show Komorebi + Everything is Fluid.

Hurry! Show closes Saturday the 17th.

View more of her work here.

One of Those Days, 34x60

One of Those Days, 34x60

The wave paintings are about the illusion that anything in life is static. They are a visual reminder that absolutely every living thing and every life is in a state of constant change. I want these paintings to serve as a reminder that we might as well embrace it, this constant change. It is beautiful, after all.

Nourishing, 22x30

Nourishing, 22x30

The new works on paper take that idea a step further. They are about the accumulation of these transient moments, interactions and experiences that make up a life. I look at each piece as an individual life. All start with a base of watercolor and/or gouache: our givens at birth, such as family, DNA, genealogy and geography. Some pieces are simply layered with lovely, swirling, irregular patterns of circles: these represent the people, places and things that we encounter in life. These pieces are about a short arc of life: infants, children, young adults. The more complex pieces represent the wild variations of a longer arc of life caught while being lived. Each piece tells the story of a life, with what we are born into as a base and then layers of various inks, ending with relief printing, which suggests the obvious, imprinting.

Through The Storm, 36x28

Through The Storm, 36x28

Soujourn

Soujourn

This, like all my work, shares the commitment I bring to my artistic practice to develop work that relies on my own rigorous, original take on traditional materials. In addition, all of my work relies on using my life’s energy to make every mark with my own hand so that the finished work lives and breathes. I believe in taking the slower, more difficult, most individual path to creating a piece of art. 

Reaching, 30x22

Reaching, 30x22

Posted on June 12, 2017 .

May's Featured Artist

Jane's work is featured in our current show Komorebi, now through June 17th.

Click here to see her sculpture work.

Click here to see her mixed media work.

Komorebi 3 – 12" x 14" x 9.4"

Komorebi 3 – 12" x 14" x 9.4"

Komorebi - is the Japanese word for when sunlight filters through the trees. This is an exhibition of two and three dimensional work exploring the transcendent nature of light across various media and dimensions.

Pools of Light 30 – 36" x 36"

Pools of Light 30 – 36" x 36"

I am seduced by the subtle patterns of light seen in nature and am interested in the physical and ephemeral presence of nature in a space. My work is a link to nature in a society often surrounded by an urban environment.

The Space Between Triptych 21 – 52" x 40"

The Space Between Triptych 21 – 52" x 40"

The Color of the Sky at Dusk 1-9 – 36" x 36"

The Color of the Sky at Dusk 1-9 – 36" x 36"

Studies have found what I have always felt to be true – that immersion in the natural world brings peace, joy, and a sense of well being.

Pools of Light 32 – 36" x 36"

Pools of Light 32 – 36" x 36"

Posted on April 27, 2017 .

March's Featured Artist

Naren's work is featured in our current show New Horizons, now through April 1st. 

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Untitled IV - 74" x 46"

Untitled IV - 74" x 46"

"This new body of work is an extension of my fascination with simple shapes and shades. By purposely layering natural shapes, lines and color on my canvas, I create endless images with striking vibrancy and depth. Within a non subjective painting, subject matter seems to appear, disappear and re-appear as the lighting changes and with each viewer." 

Untitled II - 20" x 60"

Untitled II - 20" x 60"

Over his thirty year career, Mark has created a large inventory of artwork in a range of media including charcoal drawings, mixed media glass, functional art and wall sculptures. He shows his artwork in galleries and at festivals and donates his artwork to charity events around the country. In his studio, you can find Mark teaching and supporting local artists.

Untitled III - 60" x 20"

Untitled III - 60" x 20"

Untitled V - 46" x 74"

Untitled V - 46" x 74"

Posted on March 8, 2017 .

February's Featured Artist

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Coulson's work is featured in our current show New Horizons, 
now through April 1

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Fauna Flora Figure 11 – 36 x 36"

Fauna Flora Figure 11 – 36 x 36"

I am influenced by the interconnection between humanity and nature. The organic qualities of my work stem from my love and respect for nature and its mysterious repetition of line and form. Working from my visual memory, the figuration appears and disappears within the shapes and gestural movements...it's perception vs. reality that intrigues me.

Fusion 105 – 30 x 22"

Fusion 105 – 30 x 22"

Each free-flowing exploration is only complete when the abstract touches the familiar...that point when something definite has been created, but its mystery is still intact. My hope is that when someone views my work, they are drawn in and connected on an emotional level to something fundamentally human.

Fauna Flora Figure 07 – 36 x 36"

Fauna Flora Figure 07 – 36 x 36"

Fauna Flora Figure 46 – 48 x 60"

Fauna Flora Figure 46 – 48 x 60"

Posted on February 16, 2017 .

October's Featured Artist

Herrington's work is currently featured in our show The Beach + Ireland, through November 12.

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Of the mending sun. She burst-blue., mixed media on canvas - 70x48"

Of the mending sun. She burst-blue., mixed media on canvas - 70x48"

This new work is representative of my path, which is inspired by adventure and independence, and my love of color and texture. For me travel is a major catalyst for my evolving themes and artistic practice. I am exploring spontaneous, gestural marks and subtle female forms through abstraction.

Celestial oceans of aquas. Wild is the wind, across her emerald. III, mixed media on paper - 18x24"

Celestial oceans of aquas. Wild is the wind, across her emerald. III,
mixed media on paper - 18x24"

I attempt to show the steps of picture making. Layers are integral to my imagery and process; I employ underpainting, graphite lines, and subtractive techniques to infuse a work with multiple surfaces. Color and shape are both organic and intuitive and feminine, and inspired by the natural beauty of the Irish splendor.

Morning's red orb. held by the sea. Dim lit ever deep into the wandering shift. I, mixed media on canvas - 60x72" 

Morning's red orb. held by the sea. Dim lit ever deep into the wandering shift. I,
mixed media on canvas - 60x72" 

Dance with her on a violet sea. (diptych), mixed media on canvas - 60x30"

Dance with her on a violet sea. (diptych), mixed media on canvas - 60x30"

Posted on October 3, 2016 .

September's Featured Artist

Fielding's work is featured in our current show The Beach, open September 15 - November 12

Click here to see more of his work.

Chicago #25, 1978 – 20 x 16"

Chicago #25, 1978 – 20 x 16"

As an internationally known street photographer, Jed Fielding has made photographs for over forty-eight years, working extensively in Peru, Greece, Egypt, Spain, France, Mexico, Italy, and the United States. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, in 1975, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, in 1980.

Chicago #190, 1978 – 16 x 20"

Chicago #190, 1978 – 16 x 20"

His photographs have been widely collected and exhibited, and are represented in private and public collections, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Art Institute of Chicago; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and The Goldman Sachs Collection, New York. 

Chicago #327, 1979 – 16 x 20"

Chicago #327, 1979 – 16 x 20"

Chicago #909, 1982 – 20 x 16"

Chicago #909, 1982 – 20 x 16"

His first monograph, City of Secrets: Photographs of Naples by Jed Fielding, was published in 1998 by The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) and Takarajima Books (New York and Tokyo). His second monograph, Look at me: Photographs from Mexico City by Jed Fielding, was published in 2009 by the University of Chicago Press.In 2000, he was awarded an Illinois Artists Fellowship. 

Chicago #1262, 1982 – 20 x 16"

Chicago #1262, 1982 – 20 x 16"

Posted on September 1, 2016 .

August Featured Artist

Ahavani Mullen

Ahavani's work is featured in our current show of New Works by Gallery Artists, through September 10th.

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Fly up Dive in – 24x24"

Fly up Dive in – 24x24"

My works have evolved from silence. One of the most important aspects of art making is the process itself, in cultivating stillness and reverence as I work. Mine is an intuitive practice, exploring the fruitful moments and the droughts of spiritual experience, and the natural cycles of creation, preservation and transformation. 

Immensity – 48x48"

Immensity – 48x48"

Ocean Inside the Drop – 30x40"

Ocean Inside the Drop – 30x40"

The finished works are a relatively permanent record ofthose moments, as they capture something intangible and place it inside a physical object, navigating and defining an intermediate space between the outer and the inner, the seen and the unseen, ultimately becoming a vehicle for a moment of contemplation.

Longing – 24x30"

Longing – 24x30"

Posted on August 6, 2016 .

July Featured Artist

Charles Dwyer

Charles' is featured in our current show of New Works by Gallery Artists, through September 10th.

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Daneal Bowmaster - 46x55.5"

Daneal Bowmaster - 46x55.5"

Natalie - 55.5x46"

Natalie - 55.5x46"

Daneal Cirque - 46x55.5"

Daneal Cirque - 46x55.5"

Posted on June 29, 2016 .

March Featured Artist

Krista Harris

Krista's paintings are hanging in our current show of New Works by Gallery Artists, through April 2nd.

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Little Blue – 36x48"

Little Blue – 36x48"

Winter's Garden – 54x48"

Winter's Garden – 54x48"

Wanna Dance – 36x48"

Wanna Dance – 36x48"

Patches of Blue – 48x30"

Patches of Blue – 48x30"


Posted on March 8, 2016 .

February Featured Artist

Amy Cannady

Amy's paintings are hanging in our current show of New Works by Gallery Artists, through April 2nd.

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Progression IV – 42x42"

Progression IV – 42x42"

Still Waters Run Deep – 48x48"

Still Waters Run Deep – 48x48"

Homage – 22x30"

Homage – 22x30"

Going with the Flow – 60x48"

Going with the Flow – 60x48"


Posted on February 4, 2016 .

Introducing new artist Christiaan Pretorius whose work will be featured in "Landscape, Classical to Contemporary," opening on April 9th.

Christiaan Pretorius is an artist who works across boundaries: as a painter, muralist and theatre artist. His education in his native South Africa developed his keen draftsmanship and concise, graceful composition. 

Before emigrating to the US, he was one of South Africa’s most prominent theatre designers and directors: his lush, visually stunning productions were presented at the famous Market theater, South African State Theatre and various Opera and Ballet venues across the country.  At the same time he exhibited paintings and drawings in numerous successful gallery shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Chicago, Christiaan translated his bold painterly style into murals for interior design. He quickly became one of the most respected and recognized mural artists in the area.  He continued to paint his personal work along with client commissions, keeping a fresh sensibility while working in a wide range of styles.

Christiaan’s work was shown at the South African National Gallery in 2010, and two short films he directed were screened at the Cannes Film Festival Fringe in 2012. Christiaan has always had a love for both classical and contemporary art, and sees no reason why the one should exclude the other.  

In 2014 he won an Acanthus award from the Institute for Classicism in Architecture and Art, for his grisaille landscape paintings in a residence at 1500 Lake Shore Drive. Those paintings gave rise to his current series of large scale landscape canvases.

Posted on April 1, 2015 .