Fatima Ronquillo: Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture Magazine
Fatima Ronquillo was recently interviewed by Anne and Julien of Hey! Modern Art and Pop Culture, a bilingual French-English art magazine based in Paris
“I borrow a lot from the history of art and I feel a stylistic connection with the colonial painters, and particularly with the Latin American and North American colonial works. I paint symbols or metaphors; for example a physical wound from an arrow is a pictorial representation of heartache. These are personal journeys common to everyone like falling in love or losing someone. I am a romantic painter and self-educated. I paint beauty and joy and sadness, I am very simple in this way! Seem to paint the same female and/or male figure, always and always… It’s because growing up in the Philippines, I’ve seen many religious Santos figures which all had that similar angelic, antique faces. Furthermore, I am very attracted [to] childhood―the time of innocence, before experience blunts our emotions―that’s why I paint children.
I was myself a quiet and bookish child and teenager. In my early adolescence I loved the impressionist world of [Pierre Auguste] Renoir and the rococo of Francois Boucher. Later in high school I was lucky enough to take part in a mural painting workshop where I discovered the works of the Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. I was intrigued and in awe in front of that art with fully political and social narratives, but I was always more drawn towards the personal and intimate dimensions. I wanted to be―like so many girls and women―Frida Kahlo instead, doing small paintings full of personal sorrows and desires. Nicolas Poussin and Jean-Antoine Watteau are my favorite artists. They both created idealized landscapes and pastoral scenes that at first glance beguile us with beauty. But when you look closer there is so much more going on. In Poussin, there is always the reminder of death, rage and seduction. And in Watteau’s fêtes galantesthe loss of love haunts the lovers portrayed. I am reminded of that line from W.H. Auden: ‘I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.’ The merging of the classical ideal and and human humility is terribly fascinating to me. I think that’s where the change from personal to universal happens.
Currently I am exploring the many varieties of flora and fauna. I am inspired by Dutch floral painting because it is beautiful and sumptuous. I am playing with the symbolism of flowers, such as those of constancy, unrequited love, and the ephemeral nature of beauty itself. I am also continuing and expanding on the role of animals in my paintings. I am very much inspired by Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s menagerie. I think of companion animals as reflections of their humans, displaying our inner desires and jealousies, kindnesses and pains. At the moment I am grieving the loss of my beloved dog and in my current work with the flora and fauna theme I find that I want to celebrate that bond between human and animal companion….Looking back, I think the adult I became is not very different from the teenager I was: I’m still calm and hard-working. And I see myself going back to the themes I was thinking about at that time: I’m rediscovering my lover for the rococo that I discovered many years ago.”
Brian Kershisnik's Upcoming Book
Unicorn, the visual art imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group LLP, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Provo, Utah, artist Brian Kershisnik for an October 2018 publication of a retrospective art solo, Looking for Something: his first for over a decade. Acquired by Unicorn's Chicago office, Kershisnik is one of the Western US’s most beloved and collected artists, with a deceptively simple “faux-naive” style through which he looks at some of life’s most complex mysteries.
His figurative work explores a bewilderment of life with a mixture of melancholy and play that feels deeply and encouragingly human. Looking for Something will include more than 200 color images of Kershisnik’s most popular paintings as well as text that puts his work into the larger context of his age.
Kershisnik is a puzzling and puzzled explorer; both a part of, and separate from, his contemporaries. He is an enthusiastic and optimistic examiner of triumphs and tragedies. He exposes the common in the hero and the heroic in the quotidian. He aspires more to the richly human warmth of Giotto than the remote and otherworldly, if impressive, brilliance of the high renaissance. His work is made by his life and is meant to be lived with.
Don Linn of Unicorn says "We at Unicorn are extremely pleased to be bringing Brian's work to a broad audience this autumn. Brian's paintings are not only beautifully executed pictures, but they also explore some of life's great wonders and questions with wit and playfulness. Both those familiar with his work and new audiences will be surprised and delighted with this collection."
Kershisnik says “I am chronically engrossed in the process of making dozens of paintings at any given moment in time. This retrospective project has demanded I take a (usefully) intimidating and illuminating moment to step back and view my work’s greater narrative arc. What I’m learning from my life’s work of looking for something through making art is not that any particular instructive message becomes clearer, but that what is most vital is to become more comfortable with those unfathomable parts of being human.”
Kershisnik is collected worldwide and publication of Looking for Something will be supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign. The book will be available for pre-order in the near future.
Brian Kershisnik: Le Péché du Magicien
Brian Kershisnik’s contemporary figurative paintings are autobiographical narratives, illustrating poignant human emotions derived from personal experiences. Instead of painting from life, Kershisnik paints from the “process of being alive,” resulting in disguised self-portraits that reflect feelings of comfort, delight, puzzlement, union or loneliness as well as more abstract human emotions. Kershisnik considers his artistic process a performance and his canvas the stage, which he portrays literally and metaphorically in his latest body of work for “Le Péché du Magicien” the Utah artist’s twelfth annual solo show at Meyer Gallery this February.Read the Full Article
David LeCheminant: In Process Video
New gallery artists, David LeCheminant composes his mixed wood wall sculptures in a premeditated, yet serendipitous form. David states, "I am equally fascinated by urban life, nature and contemporary culture. Combining ideas from these sources, I use the language of form to express myself in a way that is completely synthetic and abstract yet somehow familiar".
View how Mr. LeCheminant constructs his artwork, step by step in the following video:
Santiago Michalek: Annual Solo Show, “Collective” focuses on the artist’s classic vintage transportation theme, which began with his personal connection to the Volkswagen. While Volkswagen buses and bugs are the subject that propelled the Utah artist into a full-time painting career, his imagery has since expanded to include anything from fire engines to gypsy wagons.
Santiago Michalek: “Collective” opens on Saturday, December 16th from 6-9pm. Preview his paintings in our online exhibition catalog.
Susan Speaking at Creative Collaborative
Creative Collaborative is an effort to strengthen our artistic community, and we are excited to hear from Susan Meyer, owner of Meyer Gallery on Tuesday, October 11th. We meet in the Provo Rec Center Multi Purpose Room, we’d love to see you there!
Jenny Gummersall in Saks Fith Avenue, Houston
Recently, Saks Fifth Avenue bought twenty-one of Jenny Gummersall's photograph's for their Houston store. Jenny has become an icon in western art photography and this new collection of pieces not only bolster's her reputation as being extremely talented and sophisticated, but also deeply entrenches her work in the world of creativity and design. Way to go Jenny!
"State of the Arts" Panel at the Springville Museum of Art
Our own Susan Meyer will be participating in the Springville Museum of Art's "State of the Arts" panel on May 18. The panel will consist of arts professionals in different fields (museums, galleries, critics, etc.), discussing the state of art in Utah. The event will be from 7--8:30 in the evening.
Park City Gallery Association
The Park City Gallery Association just got a little bit better. At the new website, www.parkcitygalleryassociation.com, visitors can learn about all the galleries in town, gallery stroll events, maps, etc.
University of Utah Fine Art Museum
Just one more week to enjoy this Smithsonian curated exhibit highlighting the Latin influences in American Art. Closing June 28th.
Mountain Express Magazine article
Many Thanks to Mountain Express Magazine for the wonderful article commemorating our 50th anniversary.
Brian Kershisnik FOA
Meyer Gallery artist Brian Kershisnik has agreed to be the featured artist for the 2015 Miss Kitty's Barking Ball fundraiser. This worthy event raises monies for Utah's Friends of the Animals. Miss Kitty's Barking Ball is an elegant annual event and is being held this year at the beautiful Montage in Park City. For tickets or more information about attending contact Friends of the Animals.
From the New York Times
Galleries and Museums- Interesting article from the Times that discussing the evolving relationship between gallery and museum curation.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Please join us on June 26th to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Come enjoy a special group show featuring many of our wonderful artists, catering by Done To Your Taste, and music by the David Halliday Quartet. The celebration will run from 6:30-9:00.
Free Parking on Main Street
From April 26-May 31, enjoy FREE parking on Main Street with a downloadable voucher!