Graphic expressionism

Striking forms and expressive gestures set the tone for this latest set of works on offer at the gallery. When does a graphical composition transition into organic humanism? How do they overlay/underly the other? We are curious to see how each artist brings their own 'self' into these compelling pieces.

New London artist, Andrew Nordin, demonstrates this contrast between sharpness and painterly moments with his graphic oil paintings portraying organization and pattern. His use of color is decisive, yet there are tonal shifts and brush marks that are the result of considered artistry. His symmetry and linear lines are, on closer inspection, not perfectly linear nor symmetrical - bringing a quiet humanity to these distinct works.

“Good Times (slight return)”  Andrew Nordin   acrylic and oil on canvas  80" x 64"

“Good Times (slight return)”
Andrew Nordin
acrylic and oil on canvas
80" x 64"

This month we were thrilled to embark on a new style of installation at the gallery by introducing one-of-a-kind furniture that crosses the line between art and design. The functional sculpture by local maker Concrete Pig belong in living spaces and communicate with the art that surrounds it. These bespoke chairs, side tables, and coffee tables made with metal, wood, and concrete, add conversation as well as function to any living spaces.

Bespoke furniture by Concrete Pig in situ

Bespoke furniture by Concrete Pig in situ

Allison Johanson continues her exploration into metallic acrylics with approaches of organic and expressive mark making. To a high degree of  complexity these works truly speak for themselves communicating a deep sense of emotion to their viewers. We were also delighted to add new Wendy Westlake pieces to our inventory, seeing her find success in new approaches to her mid-century style paintings. Working on raw canvas, building texture, and overall mature compositions and color selections, Westlake is getting recognition nationally as the response to her work is rapidly growing. 

“Ochre Disposition”  Allison Johanson   acrylic on canvas  72" x 36"

“Ochre Disposition”
Allison Johanson
acrylic on canvas
72" x 36"

“Brassy Pink Cascade”  Allison Johanson   acrylic on canvas  60" x 36"

“Brassy Pink Cascade”
Allison Johanson
acrylic on canvas
60" x 36"


Wishing For More  Wendy Westlake   acrylic on canvas  24" x 30"

Wishing For More
Wendy Westlake
acrylic on canvas
24" x 30"

Local ceramic artists Samuel Johnson returned to his roots of thinking two-dimensionally with new works that hang on the wall. These charcoal colored paintings hold a subtlety in texture and surface quality that will work in any modern home. Not too loud, but thought provoking enough to offer a raw graphic edge to quieter spaces. Finally, Laurie Borggreve has available another piece in magenta involving her intricate array of colorful components in her series for "A Peaceful Coexistence". These small colored pieces pinned into place are carefully scattered throughout the pieces bringing balance as well as amazement. 

Black Clay Painting - striped  Samuel Johnson   stoneware  10.25" x 10.25" x 3/4"

Black Clay Painting - striped
Samuel Johnson
stoneware
10.25" x 10.25" x 3/4"

Black Clay Painting - textured  Samuel Johnson   stoneware  10.25" x 10.25" x 3/4"

Black Clay Painting - textured
Samuel Johnson
stoneware
10.25" x 10.25" x 3/4"

A Peaceful Coexistence in Magenta  Laurie Borggreve   glass, tinted adhesive and metal on Ultraleather  6" x 26" x 2"

A Peaceful Coexistence in Magenta
Laurie Borggreve
glass, tinted adhesive and metal on Ultraleather
6" x 26" x 2"

If any of these works are of interest, call us on 612-254-2838 to make an appointment or just drop in - we'd be delighted to show you around.