For example, these stone lithographs were created by Matisse during WWII to symbolize the blackouts caused by all of the bombing. I love the simplicity, bold colors, and overall style but the historical tidbit is what makes it interesting.
Every so often, something created by a contemporary artist will stop me dead in my tracks-...like this painting Clay got me for our anniversary---
With that in mind, the work of Rich Bowman recently caught my eye - all are oil paintings and are currently on view at Craighead Green Gallery, where the below wedding gift to my husband came from...it's an oil by Pancho Luna.
Anyhow...as you'll see, Rich Bowman's work is stunning and I would kill to have the pleasure of enjoying one on a daily basis!
Like so many things that make a house a home, quality art can provide an intangible sense of life. Like a friend, each piece should have its own story, a unique personality, and a reason to have a relationship with it. Sometimes you might like it from the minute you "meet" it...other times you might learn to love it over time. In any case, choosing original artwork (i.e. not something from Z Gallerie) should be an engaging process and will take some thoughtful consideration. If you're unfamiliar with the world of artists and galleries, the key is to keep an open mind. Learn, absorb, enjoy, and think...leave preconceived notions and judgmental attitudes at the door...if you can do that, art can become a lifelong passion.
32" x 48"
60" x 60"
36" x 36"
"Lemon and Blue"
30" x 48"
"Clear Blue Night"
36" x 36"
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