Reminiscing on Winter with Pamela Murphy

Here in Park City, the snow is beginning to wain, and we are looking forward to celebrating the spring season to come… but are soaking up every ounce of snow we can get our skis on!

If you, like us, are waxing romantic about winter, then feast your eyes upon our newest selection of artwork from Wisconsin-based painter Pamela Murphy.  Ms. Murphy’s career has taken her afar; she received her M.F.A. in India, lives and works on a farm in Door County, and works with collectors all over the world.

"Winter Games"

“Winter Games”

From the artist: “I collect old photographs and choose figures from them for my paintings. The people whose lives are recorded in those pictures are strangers, yet they are familiar to all of us and remind us of ourselves and our families.  Many layers of paint reveal the history of the canvas and create a space that serves to isolate the form of each figure. My subjects have been disconnected from their original context and are recreated as icons for the viewer’s personal connection. Each viewer brings with them their own specific history, so a single image can mean different things to different people. The figures in my paintings exist in situations—or as objects—in which I hope the viewer will find a little of themselves.

 

"Expedition"

“Expedition”

In some of my new work, I focus on animals and old barns and houses rather than people.  In some of those paintings I use silhouette to explore another facet of form. The solid, simple, black shapes convey a surprising amount of information and can be read either as negative space or as positive and dimensional. They are a strong visual contrast to the distressed and textured background; the detailed linear elements of the botanical transfers; the areas of bright color and gold leaf; all of which combined offer the viewer a visually rich and interesting surface with potential narrative content.”

"Arboreal"

“Arboreal”

At the Foundry with Carol Alleman — Bronze Casting

A Glimpse of In Vino Veritas in Progress

"In Vino Veritas" by Carol Alleman

“In Vino Veritas” by Carol Alleman

For many, the lost wax process is a complete mystery. It is a lengthy process involving many, highly skilled hands which Carol Alleman refers to as her “ghost artists”. After the completion of the original sculpting and molding process, each casting requires approximately 12-16 weeks to complete. The process also requires a great deal of attention to detail, as many “mistakes” can require the entire process to start over at the very beginning, using a new wax model.

Each piece must be poured and cleaned (dressed) in wax to a level where it matches the original sculpture — for each, individual casting.  Unlike most sculptures cast in bronze, this includes a thorough cleaning of the interior of the vessel and each of the often hundreds of open cut-out areas for her vessel work.

The following images show just a few of the many stages each piece must go through to bring it into homes and businesses as a finished piece of art. The process is both fascinating and extremely labor intensive, while truly alchemical.

Completed sculpture (positive form) in oil based clay, ready to be molded…

Clay form

The open mold (half) is then ready to be closed and filled with melted wax. This creates a negative form of the original sculpture.

After carefully brushing first coats into each open section of the mold, melted wax is carefully poured into the closed mold.Wax into Mother mould

Cooled wax is then ready to be carefully removed from mold- – this provides a new positive form of the sculpture for casting. Cleaning (dressing) the cooled wax to match original sculpture – each cut- out area must be cut-out again in wax, seams removed, and interior and exterior must both be thoroughly cleaned.

Chasing wax

Mother Mould

A completely dressed wax with gates (sprues) allow for proper flow of molten bronze and release of the melted wax. Many coats are applied via dipping to build up the silica type “shell” with drying required between the many dips.

Final mould

The vessel is then sent to the autoclave to remove the wax via pressure and steam — the result providing another negative form of the sculpture, now ready to receive the molten bronze

The sculpture, in shell and cooled, after pouring the molten bronze into the prepared shell, is below. All the gates must be cut away now and the piece finely chased (cleaned in metal) to match the original sculpture. The bronze sculpture is hidden beneath the shell above.

After the piece is completely chased it is sand-blasted, followed by preparing the surfaces, to various degrees, in preparation for the patina process to begin.

Finishing bronze

The lengthy patina process then begins. The patina is applied with heat, upon various surface textures, in varying strengths and at various heat temperatures. Chemicals, pigments, and dyes are used in combination to create the desired finish. When completed, it is protected with an application of lacquer and/or wax.

patina

 

Rebecca Kinkead Paints Memories of ‘Wild Life’

"Quad (Bluebird)" 66x74, Oil on Linen, 2015

“Quad (Bluebird)” 66×74, Oil on Linen, 2015

Alan Maguire, The Park Record

Gallery MAR is excited about an upcoming exhibition featuring works by its top-selling artist, Rebecca Kinkead. The show is called Wild Life and is Kinkead’s first solo show at the gallery, located at 436 Main Street in Park City.

“Basing her most recent body of work on memories both personal and borrowed, Rebecca Kinkead considers the relationships, moments of anticipation, and times of triumph that we often share,” according to the gallery. “A strong sense of emotion and weighted meaning are expressed through the generously applied paint that has been built up in a tactile way, dripping and smoothing to create rich surfaces from which her figures emerge.”

She told The Park Record her goal is straightforward

Rebecca Kinkead - Glades (Powder Day)

Glades (Powder Day) by Rebecca Kinkead (Courtesy of Gallery MAR)

“I want people to feel good when they look at my work. I love art that makes me feel alive and especially art that makes me laugh,” she said in an email. “I know it may sound really simple, but that’s what I am going for… joy. If people look at my work and feel uplifted in some way, then I feel I have succeeded. I think the pieces in this show are particularly joyful, and, hopefully, some of the best paintings I have done thus far.”

“Our collectors connect with the joyful, simple, and treasured moments that Rebecca Kinkead captures,” said Victoria Kennedy at Gallery MAR. “We love to see our gallery guests astounded by her knife painting technique, and I’m looking forward to having such a large, never-before-seen group of fresh work, all the way from Vermont.

Kinkead […] now lives in Vermont, so her works seem to fit in naturally in Park City.

“A lot of my ski paintings are about those memories,” she said.

Going forward, she is continuing to try new techniques.

“I have been experimenting with different painting implements, including shower and floor squeegees, and mixing small amounts of clay into my paint. I want the energy of the painting strokes to reflect the energy of the piece.

Rebecca Kinkead - Ball

Ball by Rebecca Kinkead. (Courtesy of Gallery MAR)

I want them to work together and feed off of each other to create a visually exciting experience.”

“Wild Life,” an exhibition featuring the artwork of Rebecca Kinkead, is opening on Tuesday, March 10, with an artist reception on Friday, March 20, at Gallery MAR, 436 Main Street in Park City. The reception, from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature “drinks and eats” from Savoury Kitchen.

Personality, Nostalgia, and Fred Calleri

By Victoria Kennedy, Fine Art Consultant

Fred Calleri - Arresting DevelopmentsArresting Developments: 34″ x 19″, $3,950

 

It is quite often that we hear collectors exclaim, “Hey, this reminds me of Norman Rockwell!” when looking at a Fred Calleri painting. While Calleri’s subjects are reminiscent of the twentieth-century painter, Calleri takes most of his inspirations from older master painters: Vermeer, Sergent, Zorn, and Sorolla among others. The Rockwell aspect of his work comes from a general feel -– an evocation of the past through brief, joyful moments. Like photographs or posters advertising “the good ol’ times.” Calleri’s work continually captivates audiences with his quirky subjects, simple colors, and picture-perfect scenes.

The diversity in style and subject is what continually enchants the viewers of Calleri’s paintings. Although few modern-day collectors immediately gravitate towards portraits, Calleri’s character constructions focuse less on the portraiture aspect of the painting, and more on a scene. His works tell stories -– sometimes they are humorous, nostalgic, gentle, or meditative. But they all share one thing in common: they all have personality.

Fred Calleri - Mountain HolidayMountain Holiday: 48″ x 30″, $6,850

Fred Calleri - Snow AngelSnow Angel: 24″ x 12″, $2,650

 
Fred Calleri - Patty CakePatty Cake: 20″ x 20″, $3,025

 

Fred Calleri - Table FourTable Four: 24″ x 30″, $3,750

Berkshire Hathaway H.S. Interview with Gallery MAR

What do great Art and great Real Estate have in commmon?  In the case of Gallery MAR and The Lange Group — they are family. In Conversation with Maren Mullin, Owner of Gallery MAR on Main St. 

Park City Gallery, Gallery MAR

Park City Gallery, Gallery MAR

  1.    What do you find inspiring in art at present?

Artists who take risks and work with media in new and interesting ways. Like many collectors, I love to be surprised.

  1. What art trends are taking place currently? What are some of your current favorite artists and why?

I try to avoid trends at Gallery MAR and work with artists whose work and careers will have a lasting legacy. We are seeing a resurgence of encaustic (wax) work across the board, and one of my personal favorites in the gallery is Bridgette Meinhold, who works in this media and is a local artist. Her paintings are serene and evoke a feeling of being lost among the pines in our beautiful backcountry.

  1. What inspired you to open Gallery MAR in Park City?

I always knew that I wanted to run my own business, and the art world is an always-changing, fascinating business. I love working with artists, and seven years ago felt that the time was right to take a risk and go out on my own. We have an incredible group of female business owners and entrepreneurs here in Park City, and I continue to be inspired and encouraged by them.

  1. How has Park City’s art community developed in recent years? Do you see Park City as an artistic community?

Thankfully, we are seeing more and more destination visitors who are coming to Park City to expand their art collections. Indeed, we ship artwork allover the world. Park City is a town full of creative souls, but most of our artists at Gallery MAR are from all over the country.

  1. What’s your background?

I moved here to live with my (now) husband Matt Mullin. I grew up in Seattle and lived in LA prior to moving here and was gratefully exposed to fine art and music in my childhood.

  1. How do you think art improves interiors?

I believe that we should surround our selves with beauty — our decor should bring us joy. Artwork is a way to express yourself and improves our interiors and lives. There is no doubt that a household that has been staged with fine art will sell faster.

  1. Which art trends and artists should homeowners buy into that would have the highest return on investment?

I always say, “buy what you love!” We each have such personal and interesting tastes, and with artwork you should always go with your heart. If you are just starting your collection, look around and visit our beautiful Park City galleries. You will find a plethora of options, at all price points.

  1. What’s your process when you select artists to showcase in your gallery?

I work with artists whose artwork will fit a contemporary mountain home. We are very careful curators and only bring in a few new artists every year. Our variety is great, but each artist is highly credible and high quality.

Rapid Fire Questions:

  1. Park City resident since: December, 2003
  2. Favorite Park City Restaurant: My neighbor, Purple Sage
  3. Favorite thing to do in Park City: You’re asking this mid-winter? Spaaaahhhh!
  4. Biggest source of inspiration: My incredible husband
  5. Your passion: My Family; especially my newly toddling daughter Jane