Collector’s Choice: Tim Benson


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Faces of Ebola

“In November I will be exhibiting a number of portraits of Sierra Leonians affected by the recent Ebola outbreak. This solo show at the Mall Galleries’ Threadneedle Gallery will highlight the continued stigma that surrounds both survivors of the disease and many of those who treated them.”

 

 

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“The oil painted portraits by Tim Benson grip me with their visceral paint application of vibrant variance of hue. His build up of painterly brush movement forms a human soul and presence commanding and compelling in its power and complexity. From out of the flat two dimensional painting surface emerges the individual personality and presence of a person made complete and whole through the engagement of intuited color and form.”  By Janis Kirstein

 

 

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Educated at Glasgow School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art from 1998-2001, contemporary artist Tim Benson has received recognition with his election as Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. As a practised figurative artist Tim not only creates a distinguishable likeness of a subject but moreover evokes the sitter’s character and mood. He is never satisfied with simple representation, rather concentrating on bringing to his work an emotive and often visceral quality.
Tim regularly exhibits in solo and group exhibitions around the UK. He displays fine art paintings that stand on their own as collectible works of art and accordingly has established a large following and collector base. In addition to his fine art pieces, he accepts more formal portrait and figurative commissions in oil or charcoal.

 

 

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EXHIBITIONS
2016
• November: Faces of Ebola – Mall Galleries

 

 

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Do you know what I would love?  I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings about this feature! How does this work affect you, make you feel? Grace us with your comments and insights.  We would all love to hear from you!  Thanks so much.                Jan Kirstein

 

Collector’s Choice: Shelley Davies


www.shelleydavies.co.uk


The artist

Shelley was born in east London, daughter to a jazz trumpeter and a tap-dancer. One of four sisters, she regularly skipped school to draw and paint in the local forest, understanding at an early age the relevance of both art and the great outdoors to her future life.

She studied for four years in London, at Camberwell School of Art, undertaking a painting commission for The London Palace Theatre while a student, and receiving a Crafts Council Graduate award in her first job as assistant designer/maker for John Hinchcliffe, carrying out design contracts for Saks New York, Selfridges and Habitat.

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Moving on to work as a designer and stylist for several West End companies, notably Courtaulds, Pomme and Christy’s, she began to develop her own practice as a designer/maker, working to commission and exhibiting across southern England.

Alongside her own creative practice, Shelley became involved in working with young people interested in the arts, co-ordinating an inspirational project in West Sussex involving music, writing and the visual arts, then moved on to working motivationally with adults.

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The arrival of children saw a change in direction, pure painting and drawing became more significant and in addition, experiments with clay began to take shape as a complement to the two-dimensional work.

Her work now reflects both the presence and absence of tranquility in her life – she experiments with the play of light and shade, the beauty of line and, through ceramics, the complexity of surface pattern, her subject matter extending from European urban and rural landscapes to still life and figure studies. Future work will see a move towards further unifying these eclectic influences.

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Now Shelley works from her two studios in Bristol, is a member of Jamaica Street Artists, North Bristol Artists and Bristol Fringe, has exhibited at the RWA and continues exhibiting as widely as family demands allow, showing work in London, France and the south-west of England.

She works increasingly to commission and also takes part in several community projects which provide her with the stimulus she required to continue enjoying and developing her work.

Some of her projects also include:

Lighting Up – Art for people suffering from people with Alzheimers, Bristol

Art in the Park – Annual Bristol children’s community art exhibition

Colston’s School Mosaic – a whole-school installation to celebrate the abolition of Bristol’s slave trade

Collector’s Choice: Rick Bennett


 

 

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“I think I do better painting when I’m calm, and meditation is definitely helpful for that. For me painting can be a kind of meditation in itself: not always, but the best painting sessions for me are when I’m totally focused on the process, and get into a completely intuitive state of mind. I don’t actually “think” about colors or brush marks or shapes, I just do it—or it just happens. Of course a lot of times painting can be frustrating and disappointing but for me the best times are the most meditative.”

Rick Bennett

 

 

 

 

Rick Bennett: About the Artist

 

Rick Bennett is a nationally known artist whose works reside in over one-hundred public, academic, corporate, and private collections as far west as Los Angeles and as far east as New York City. The artist’s paintings have received many national and regional awards including the Wiesberg award for realist painting and the Norman Kolhepp award for painting. Bennett has recently been chosen for the upcoming publication Indiana Artists of the 21st Century

 

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Selected Collections

 

Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood New York, NY.
College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York, NY.
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA.
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY.

 

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Dolgen Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY.
In Flux, Taunton, MA.
BellSouth Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing, China.

 

 

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Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY.
Mallor Bordner and Miller, Bloomington, IN.
Ventas Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Aesthetics in Jewelry, Louisville, KY.
Mayan Gypsy, Louisville, KY.

 

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Ogden, Newell, and Welch, Louisville, KY.
Van Hoose and Associates, Lexington, KY.
Centre College, Danville, KY
Hanover College, Hanover, IN.
F.B.N. Productions, Lexington, KY.

 

 

 

To me, the common thread that holds all of Rick Bennet’s work together is an incredible sense of presence with the entire universe that prevails in each image or object, whether ceramic piece, oceanscape or pattern exploration. The unique quality of “Being There” rises through the quiet emergence of shifting light in translucent ripples of the ocean bed, in the repetition of seemingly simple patterns, in the harmonious curve of a clay vessel.

All of his work radiates a centeredness most uncommon in our collective human consciousness. This contemplative awareness, often elusive in our day to day existence is revealed in his work. So many of us rarely glimpse these moments of centered awareness in our lives often spent pursuing the frantic business of living.

If you take the time to slow down, and allow the work to enter your consciousness, you will be taken beyond space and time to a place of immeasurable inner peace.

Written by Janis Kirstein

I would like to give special thanks to Ric Bennett for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

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Collector’s Choice:Reinhard Stammer


 

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“The bold works of Reinhard Stammer seem to form a direct stream from his subconscious mind  to the canvas surface, assaulting the viewer with the vinegar of turbulent agony and sweet recollections all at once. Many  lifetimes of experience and exploration seem poured out into color, line and shape.   Declarations made through textures and emerging shapes require from the viewer the willingness to quietly and slowly  decode a multitude of symbols through contemplation, free association and complete immersion in the painterly surface.”

 

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Art Historian Dr. Vöhringer has said: “Reinhard Stammer is, in the best sense of the word, an autodidact.”   The term goes back to the philosophers, aphorisms, writers and poets of Lichtenberg. And it’s good that there are the self-taught in art, he continues and he calls as an example the painting customs officer Henri Rousseau.

 

 

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The well known art critic Uwe Lempelius has said in reference to the work of Mr Stammer, “The fact that art is studied, is no guarantee of the quality of the painted works of art. Only the way that you paint the art is the final guarantee. And this, he says distinguishes the difference between being an artist and being another kind of professional. There are no autodidactic doctors or lawyers, he adds. “But I know several artists without education who are members of the Federation of Artists. Just think of the naive customs officer Henri Rousseau whose naive art Picasso once discovered.”

 

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“Yes, now I have included Stammer with these big artists,” Lempelius says. “ Mr.Stammer has given rise to a whole series of paintings, where if the viewer discovered these works in a museum as an exhibit, he could not determine if the artist was an amateur.”

 

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Reinhard Stammer was born on 25/07/1952 in Glücksburg on the Baltic Sea.

He says of painting : “The joy of painting, has been with me since I was in the cradle.”

He finds it interesting that symbols found in his pictures from his early youth have re-emerged in his later works as well.

 

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He says that he studied life with all its ups and downs, with its light – and dark sides. “ I lived my life passionately and sometimes excessively. There was no apparent plan. At age 32, I founded the PARC-Verlag, www.parc.de .”

 

 

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Stammer’s study of Buddhism and Advaita, along with his many visits to Ramesh Balsekar in Bombay have been the source of many answers to questions he has asked since early childhood. He believes that the non duality or as Ramesh Balsekar says: “consciousness is all there is” seems somehow to be expressed in his paintings.

 

 

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As Stammer continued to paint through the years, he increasingly lost interest in merely reproducing the visible world. A painted flower is not an actual flower, nor a painted man an actual human, he says. “It is color on a substrate. Nothing more and the colors and shapes call forth the viewer’s own memories.”

 

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Looking back over his many years painting, Stammer evaluates his paintings by saying, “In 30 years, not very many paintings emerged, but some were particularly beautiful and interesting pictures.” During this time, he also wrote poems and also a chronicle, which originated in this period.

 

 

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He also attributes his ability to compensate severe calamities that struck him at the age of 52 years with his act of painting. He says of painting, “She saved my life, so I am grateful for this gift that enabled me some to give something through my pictures.”

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I would like to give special thanks to Reinhard Stammer for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

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Collector’s Choice: 100 Posts!


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Thanks for being a loyal email subscriber to my Fine art blog “Collector’s Choice” with KIRSTEINFINEART . I just want to make sure you know that I always appreciate hearing from you. Please Let me know if you ever have any questions. My email is janiskirstein@icloud.com. Or just message me on my website.
The purpose of this message is to update you on some thoughts I have had about the “Collector’s Choice Blog, it’s purpose and potentialities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Also, I have a number of questions for you, my readers that I would love for you to answer. Don’t worry, these questions will be brief.

First, I want to share my thoughts with you about the purpose of this blog.
Thanks so much to all the artists who have so generously shared your work with all of us on this blog, “Collector’s Choice.” I am so excited to create these artist features. I had no idea there were so many exceptional artists working today. At first when I began this daily feature of a contemporary artist every day, I worried that I would run out of artists to feature.

I now see that that will not be a problem anywhere in the near future.

With each artist feature, I wanted to showcase the work of each artist, along with a description of the work, the process, artist intention and thoughts, and a bit about the artist. What I have discovered in doing this is that there are so many artists EVERYWHERE who are deserving of this honor.

I believe that artists are so often overlooked and under appreciated. I know, as I have spent the last 30 years working as an artist. And in this land of challenging times, artists and their creative spirit form one of our very most valuable resources for survival, recovery and enlightenment.

I hope that my blog can become a testimonial to that belief and faith.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, I would like to ask you a few brief questions and would love your feedback on a few questions that some of the featured artists have discussed. I only have a few questions here, so don’t run away now! These 5 questions have been posed by Abstract Painter Hildy Maze who lives and works as an artist in Easthampton, NY. As we began discussing these questions, we realized all the artists featured on this blog would probably have a wealth of experience and information to share. And probably, it is our hope that many of you would like to hear other’s thoughts on these questions.

If you are an artist, please answer from personal experience. If you are not an artist, please answer from your own perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. How do you handle the high costs of submitting,showing, shipping and framing (if your work needs framing)?

  2. How extensive is your presence on the web?

  3. From your experience… can you list some ways you connect with a gallery and/or collectors?

  4. How do you network on the web and in the “real” world?

  5. If you have received a grant would you be willing to share any ideas about grant writing?

    Perhaps you do not have time to answer all of these questions, right now. But if you will give it some thought, then return any of your own personal answers to me by email, I will compile some of the information and post it as a blog.

Thanks so much for all your ideas and thoughts. I think we can all benefit from each other’s experiences.

My email again is janiskirstein@icloud.com.

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer! And don’t forget to be sure to get in a swim or two!

Best wishes,

Jan Kirstein

Collector’s Choice: Karen Scharer


http://scharerfineart.com

 

About the Artist Karen Scharer

My art reflects my faith in imagination and intuition, and my passion for exploring and communicating the profound beauty of our world and the human experience. Through painting, my ideas and visions become tangible, providing a language to encourage, share, inspire, and uplift. Each painting evolves as if it were a conversation between old friends… sometimes lighthearted and joyful, sometimes contentious or troubling. As a result, every painting is as individual as the moment in which it was created.

 

 

 

 

Over the past few years, I have become captivated by the concept of incorporating the colors and forms of nature more directly into my abstract studio work. I have begun exploring the natural environment around me through plein air painting, and see that as an exciting and unlimited source of new inspiration for my work.

 

 

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Although I was born to artist parents and showed some early interest in drawing and painting, I did not give in to the urge to paint seriously until the mid-1980s. I graduated from the University of Montana (after five years, four majors and three schools!) with a degree in forestry, a reflection of the love of the outdoors that I learned from my father at an early age. In 1976, a job with the Forest Service took me from Montana to Boise, Idaho where, daunted by the prospects of having to move to Washington D.C. for a promotion, I eventually went to work for IBM, finding good success as a sales rep.

Plein air painting in the wetlands just a few steps from the studio.

In 1985, I married my husband Al, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was there that I began to paint, and with tremendous teaching and support from some remarkable artists I soon began showing and selling my work. In 1991, Al and I moved to Colorado.

 

 

 

 

Finally, in 1997, after 17 very educational years, I left IBM to devote my time to my art. Today, I live and work outside Estes Park, Colorado (just a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park), where my studio is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. Although my community suffered extensive damage from the epic floods of September 2013, it is still a beautiful place to live and work. As reconstruction efforts continue here, I imagine it will not be long before I will once again be able to watch from my studio windows as beavers and ducks go about their day on the lake below. It continues to be a good life, and I am truly grateful to be living it this way.

 

 

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I would like to give special thanks to Karen Scharer for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

 

 

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