''Inner City Facade"

Thomas R. Greene- III was born and raised in the wooded suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1970. Thomas was heavily influenced by his father who was a successful commercial illustrator who also loved the fine arts, antiques and woodworking. They both appreciated the master painters such as: Rembrandt, Wyeth and Sargent. Thomas thought it was imperative to learn and respect the classic artists and their traditional approach before moving forward with his own fine art.

 

"My current work captures the unlikely beauty of industrial inner city 

blight associated with: lonely alleyways, forgotten bridge underbellies, 

and the urban mundane through the use of oils in large-scale studies.

I try to honor the often overlooked urban landscapes with my paintings."

 

In 1990, midway through his studies at The Savannah

College of Art and Design, he was awarded a scholarship to study

Painting and Art History in London, England. During his stay in

London, Thomas gave a lecture at The Royal Academy of Arts on

Post Impressionism. In 1992 Thomas graduated with a BFA in

both Painting and Illustration. Soon after graduating, he

apprenticed with a fine art and antique gallery in Cincinnati, where

he began his career in the field of antique conservation. This also

marked his first solo show of figurative oil paintings at Artistiques

Gallery in downtown Cincinnati.

 

Thomas moved to New York City in 1995 to illustrate for

Ralph Lauren then worked for a number of high-end antique

restoration studios while consistently balancing his participation in

fine art and painting. In 2006 he exhibited his large-scale

figurative oil paintings at The Broome Street Gallery in N.Y.C.

 

Today, Thomas lives in New England with his family and he

is the owner of an antique restoration business while continuing his

pursuit of painting both figurative oils and urban landscapes.

Blue collar beginnings in Rochester, NY infused Teresa Haag with images of industrial, gritty, smoke stack dotted landscapes. Even today, living 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, she is still heavily drawn to the urban landscape that she has known so well.  

 

She took the scenic route to get here. Some formal art education, some informal classes and working with mentors, lots of practice, countless bad paintings, more education, a degree in marketing, more bad paintings and finally - in 2009 - discovering her voice as an artist. 

 

"I start my paintings on a surface of absolute chaos...random stories and images of the city screaming at me in all directions.  As I paint, I am slowly building order which I find immensly satisfying and overtime has become an intregal part of my painting process.

 

The idea that we are all connected through place is a theme that I have been focusing heavily on. I want people to walk away from my work armed with a new lens to look through as they go about their day.  To see their world with open eyes.  To look down the alleyways, and study the broken-in backside of rowhomes.  The dirt, the rust, the crooked shutters, the power lines, potholes and chain linked fences are evidence of marks made on the world by lives lived and this is comforting to me."

Curated by: Claudine Maidique

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6pm-9pm

 

Transforming Identity...Again is a group show curated by Claudine Maidique featuring emerging and established local artists responding to their ongoing and interchangeable experience with the intrinsic changes of their work and themselves as artists.

 

The subject matter runs the gamut from the personal to societal, as it does in breadth, from photography to mixed media. Much of discussion that is relevant today in both the art world and in communities as a whole revolves around who and what is real. It is constantly altering; nothing stays static, nor does stagnancy have a place in this evolving world.

 

How one defines him/herself as an artist in relationship to the dynamic, supersonic world is an ongoing question that challenges one's identity relentlessly. An elusive notion is chased, hoping it will take root to grow but the saturation and prolificity of the art world today does not allow it to land anywhere permanently.

 

As an artist, one finds him or herself delving deeper into his/her practice attempting to maintain authenticity, yet continuously responding to the necessity of branding and reassessment of one's relevance. 

 

Throughout this group exhibit, we catch a glimpse and gain insight from a variety of individuals committed to their work and how the demands of the art world a has forced them to respond to that changing landscape, while maintaining integrity and expression of self. 

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About Claudine Maidique Gallery

 

Claudine Maidique Gallery brings to the art community the ability to envision and implement memorable exhibitions showcasing the work of both emerging and established artists.

 

Founder, Claudine Maidique, has devoted her professional life to the transformative power of visual art for individuals and communities, with an emphasis on Textiles Design. In the last several years, her focus has expanded from a successful interior design business to developing a network and interest as a curator and advocate for talented artists.

 

Claudine converts raw, unused space into a visually and intellectually arresting exhibits. It is the belief that installing temporary shows is a valuable opportunity to push the boundaries of relevance in this changing landscape and market. She has curated a number of Pop Ups and Art Fairs since 2014 in NYC and Miami, such as Art Basel 2014 & 2015, and Frieze Week NYC in 2015, and Yonkers Arts Weekend 2015 & 2016. She has recently collaborated with SHIM at Art Helix Gallery in Brooklyn, exhibiting emerging and established artists in 3 shows Spring 2016.

 

CM Gallery’s mission is to raise consciousness with the existing generation of collectors and participants of all ages, education, and social economic backgrounds and seeks to import the conversations happening in major cities throughout the art world an evocative and disruptive edge, provoking discussions, emotions, and insight.

 

Participating Artists:

Nina Bentley

Miggs Burroughs

Corbett Fogue

Danielle Holmes

Jahmane

Brooke Maples Werhane

Duvian Montoya

Joel Werring

Tammy Winser

Pam Zaremba

"Impressions"

 

JULIETTE TEHRANI’s artistic inspiration comes from her love of nature. “To me, there is a world of beauty waiting to be captured. I am entranced by the dazzling colors of flowers, the magnificence of the skies and clouds, and reflections on water. Reflective patterns of light on the colors and shapes in the simplest of scenes can be stunning. I constantly strive to capture those special scenes onto my canvas. Color, combined with my love of design and the textual quality of paint - is why I paint.”

 

Tehrani is very free and expressive with her brushstrokes and composition. She paints in oils on canvas and aluminum. “I started painting as a child, but never fully pursued my passion. While primarily self-taught, I have benefitted from workshops and individual lessons with renowned artists in Europe and the United States. I have also studied at SUNY Purchase, the Art Students League of New York and the Silvermine Arts Center.”

 

Admiring the French and American Impressionists, Tehrani discovered inspiration in Europe. This breakthrough came when she first painted in Monet’s gardens at Giverny. “The splendor of those gardens and the beauty of the changing light made an unbelievable impression on me. This experience stirred me to visit other sites where the Impressionists painted, and to become completely committed to painting. Reaching the Mediterranean and entranced by its radiance, mood, atmosphere and stunning views, I found a new home.”

“Reflections of Color and Mood”

 

ALBERT LLOBET PORTELL - I was born in the city of Salvador Dalí: Figeures (1988). This city north of Catalonia is where Dalí took his inspiration. This is probably one of the reasons why I decided to study design and make art my calling. The land of l’Empordà is a great place to find inspiration and let the imagination flow.

 

I began my degree in the design at Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, in Barcelona. Another city, which helps any young artistic mind delve deeper into the exploration of art and design. The opportinties I had while at Elisava led me to meet many people within these fields that have affected and formed me into the professional I am today. From my travels to Providence, RI where I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design to the Southampton University, in London where I further developed some graphic design skills.

 

The learning opportunities I had while at these institutions helped me develop a stronger collection of works in Design. This led to a great curiosity to revisit my interest in creating art pieces. After my return to L’Emporda I worked for Stimulo Design in Girona, helping the studio design creative and attractive furniture pieces. Now I keep doing design work: furniture, lamps, and graphic design. Parallel to my design work (since it very much informs my artistic inspiration), for the past year or so I have been developing my artistic views and techniques. I have a good response so far. I thank the support of my friends, family and collectors.

"Elements of Abstraction"

 

DON FROST - "I am an artist, a sculptor not by choice but by destiny as each step in the path I followed guided me towards a life of creativity. The psychological impact of receiving considerable notoriety at a young age was such a defining force that there was little other choice but to become an artist. When I was very young and naive I had the assumption that in order to be a truly creative artist one had to develop a technique and a style which had never been done before. I set forth with the ambition to deal primarily with non-subjective shapes and try to make something completely unrecognizable in this world into a thing of beauty, emotionally exciting and inspiring to others after I had first inspired myself. My art is the mirror I look into every day to see the reflection of my life and thoughts, feelings and aspirations, and I am not displeased with where life has allowed me to flow and what I have been able to create as forms of my interpretations of beauty and life itself. When I was a child growing up, my life was a truly wonderful experience. I had a mother who particularly loved me without distraction and a group of peers in a neighborhood that evolved into a form of an abstract commune with nobody moving away for thirty years and close friends graduating into the highest levels of education in fields of chemistry, engineering, child psychology, education and technology. This w as my earliest influence and what has caused me to become who I am now in dealing with a unique and highly experimental level of sculpture. Still, 62 years after my first experimentation with wax and plasticine I am endlessly fascinated. With each new discovery in sculpture there is a renewed wonder for the limitless possibilities in the future, as if I had never even started. For artists the process of education never ends, there is no final day of graduation, no diploma, no placement in the firm - just a continual confrontation of problems which is driven by the pleasure extracted from the success of each new piece. I have in all likelihood become an alien on my own planet but the reward of seeing new forms and finishes of all sizes makes the journey well worth while.

 

 

Korean-born sculptor WON LEE lives and works in Toronto.  For his studio he uses an older house with a salon-style workspace and a back porch.  (The house he and his wife reside in is on the other side of town. Lee spends time drawing and modeling the figure in c;ay, often refining the shapes into abstract forms before firing them in his backyard kiln. When not working in his Toronto studio, he travels to CHina or Mexico to cast his figures in bronze. He is a highly prolific and energetic artist, depite the fact that he was afflicted with polio while growing up in Korea. The effects of this disease have never stood in the way of his highly charged production. When constructing a two meter high clay model he wprks without hesitation, without a break, and often without assistance. Like the early abstract expressionist sculptor, Reuben Nakian, Lee belongs to a heroic tradition in sculpture. Less a formal classicist than Nakian, Lee keeps an intense eye on each maneuver as he models the clay,  working in direct response to his models. Each detail is attenuated, the treatment comparable in some ways to the late, existential work of Giacometti.  Lee's figures are focused on a holistic pattern involving texture and exaggerated form.

 

Born in Hiroshima Perfecture in 1949, MASAAKI NODA grew up and studied in Japan. In 1977, five years after graduating from Osaka University of Arts, Noda arrived in New York City, intent upon embarking on a career in art, in which he continues to distinguish himself. In his art, Masaaki Noda constantly seeks to find new sources of inspiration and to render space and time afresh. His ideas are applied with equal facility in both 2 and 3-dimensions. Originally Noda engaged with painting. Owing to the fact that Noda painted a sculptural world, it was natural for him to shift from painting to sculpture. When he returned his skills in sculpture back to painting and graphics, his art was revived. Noda likes to shift amongst artforms and to learn from this shift. Painting being illusory, while sculpture being tangible, both media inform one another and orientate Noda’s artistic vision and aspiration. Nowadays, Masaaki Noda is universally recognized as printmaker, painter, collagist, and sculptor. He is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, and Vice President of Audubon Artists in New York.

 

JIM PERRY - "I am fascinated by form, particularly those forms that are both mathematical, like parabolas or spirals, and that also may appear in nature, like waves or flight trajectories. In my sculpture, I take the basic principles inherent in these forms and interpret and play with them, allowing each piece to evolve in an intuitive way. I use a process of accretion, creating pieces through multiple layers of wood. By varying the thickness and angle of each layer in minute increments, I create shapes that curve and twist, that push out and pull in, that both contain and activate space. I embraces his process as more than a means to an end; it is a visible aspect of the work, the mechanics of its making worn on the outside. In my sculptures, every strip of wood, every angle, and every joint that comprises their construction can be seen. While I am ultimately interested in form and shape, texture and rhythm in creating my work, I also love the process of making a well-crafted piece. In this way I feel that I am part of an art-making tradition where craft and aesthetics merge to form the complete whole."

JOHN VON ALSTINE - "The interaction of materials, stone and found object steel is central in my work. On the most basic level the sculpture focuses on the marriage of the natural with the human-made. The work strives to communicate on a number of different levels; physical, symbolic, metaphoric. The duality of an eastern or oriental acceptance of stone; and a 20th century industrial American “can do” attitude toward the metal, is a focus and an important characteristic that distinguishes it. Stone is employed as an assemblage element the way a welder uses steel, rather than in the traditional manner of subtraction. The found object metal (sometimes cast in bronze) is time-specific;  20th/21st century industrial and is a major contrast to the timelessness of stone. Structural characteristics inherent in the metal are often employed to physically connect or suspend the stone allowing a "choreographing" or "floating" ofelements. At their best a compelling visual irony is created."

BRIAN WALTERS II "My work is comprised of salvaged material sourced locally. Every bit and piece that I collect in my journeys throughout Connecticut has a story to tell. From a flywheel out of a Chevy truck to a piece of rebar that once held a sidewalk together. There is something unique to each individual piece used in my work. I highlight the rust, peeling paint, gouges and other defects in the material that have been acquired by years of service to society. My aim as a sculptor is to showcase not only the material being used but the story behind it. The majority of the work is untitled as not to skew the viewer's opinion on the work. My work is dedicated to my friends and family that have supported my artistic pursuits."

John Norment (1911 - 1988) was an artist, writer, cartoonist and illustrator who lived in Chicago, New York and Westport.  He was best known for his work in the "New Yorker" who published two of his covers and many of his cartoons and illustrations.  He was also published in the "Saturday Evening Post", "Look" and many other publications. The show was curated by his niece, Mandy Teare.

 

"Larger Than Life" featured works by Rick Shaefer. part of a series of cloud paintings and large scale charcoal drawings of various flora and fauna—subjects, in the case of the trees, found in close proximity to the artist’s home in Connecticut. The intricate markings that comprise his meticulously rendered, monumental drawings are part of a technique that Shaefer has cultivated within his artistic practice, one that aims to introduce the viewer to new ways of perceiving the drawn line and, ultimately, of considering the greater significance of the subjects of the work.  The immediacy of the confrontation with the drawings—their scale and intense detail and unglazed presentation—compel an unencumbered directness to subjects both mundane and exotic.

 

"Summer Love" featured works by Denis Amses with a series of her watercolors. The artist says “Watercolors are my foundational artistic medium. They allow me to present the natural world in both realistic and visionary terms. Composition, form, and color interact with light, weather, and plant life. Eschewing naturalism, my paintings try to convey radiating light, air, and symbolic vitality. The Summer Love Series expresses freshness and vivacity through high-keyed color and aqueous painting. My work aspires to use this range of color as both a means of description and a suggestive force”

 

"Summer Flowers - Works by Brooke Werhane Maples"  featured works in abstract expressionism demonstrating a focus on line and the juxtaposition of composition, resulting in paintings that spark emotions.

 

 

 

‘Conversations’ featured works by  David Foarde , a fine artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.   His work places abstract and realistic oil paintings alongside drawings to explore the artists thoughts, imagination and memory. The use of different styles allows the work to move easily between clarity and ambiguity; some paintings appear sharp and defined while others represent only blurry memories.

 

Blue Koi II - Liz Duxheimer

"Collaborations" - Liz Duxheimer, David Dunlop, Max Dunlop and Audrey Klotz

 

This show was curated by Isabella Garrucho of IGI Fine Art, and featured works by Liz Dexheimer, David Dunlop, Max Dunlop and Audrey Klotz.  The title of the show references the first collaboration of IGI Fine Arts, a well-known art consulting firm, and Leclerc Contemporary Gallery, an emerging art space quickly becoming known as the place to see and purchase works by contemporary artists in all media.

 

The choice of artists also continues the theme of collaboration in that each work presented harmonizes with the other works in the show, from the luminous landscapes of David and Max Dunlop, through the water inspired forms of Liz Dexheimer to the more abstract color play and movement in the work of Audrey Klotz.

 

 

 

"Works by Alexander Rutsch"

 

Featuring a large collection of works by the artist Alexander Rutsch, a contemporary of Picasso and Dali.  This show was assembled form the private collection of the artist's heirs.  Many works are still available for sale exclusively through Leclerc Contemporary Gallery.

 

 

"Winter Selections" Group Show

 

Guest curated by Kathryn Miriam

Works by Gigi Chen, MP Landis, Misha Richter. Stavros Pavlides, Justin Teodoro, Paul Wirhun, XOOOOX

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibition: Mixed Media and Assemblage

Elise Black

Michael Sanzone

Fred Otnes

Constance Kiermaier

Lior Modan

Daniel Mosher Long

All works for this exhibition were on loan to the gallery by their artists.  Leclerc Contemporary does not represent the artists for any commercial purposes.  Please contact the artists directly with any interests.

Group Exhibition: Mixed Media, Sclupture, and Photography

David Boyajian

Dan Lenore

Mike Childs

Phil Nelson

Peter Konsterlie

Laureen Vellante

All works for this exhibition were on loan to the gallery by their artists.  Leclerc Contemporary does not represent the artists for any commercial purposes.  Please contact the artists directly with any interests.

Pop Market Solo Exhibition: Photography

Oskar Martinez

 

Liminal Observations – Selected Works from the National Arts Club

Group Exhibition: Photography

Regan Avery

Barrett Langlinais

Andrew Buck

Builder  Levy

Tom Cameron

Vera   Sprunt

Barry Guthertz

Gail Thacker

All works for this exhibition were on loan to the gallery by their artists.  Leclerc Contemporary does not represent the artists for any commercial purposes.  Please contact the artists directly with any interests.

Solo Exhibition: Water Color

All works for this exhibition were on loan to the gallery by their artist.  Leclerc Contemporary does not represent the artists for any commercial purposes.  Please contact the artists directly with any interests.

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