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A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily. 

With each growing up in Russia and graduating from a prestigious St. Petersburg Art Academy; it must be meant to be as Igor and Marina eventually got married and now collaborate on each wonderful piece of art they make. What makes this possible is that they come to the canvas from completely different perspectives. Igor is masterful in appreciating how to play off abstract images. He also has a great sense of color... it's never the color that overpowers the subject. On the other hand, Marina draws new images based off Old Masters' paintings, specifically those of the Italian and Dutch Renaissance eras.

It was studying the techniques of religious Russian art, becoming especially inspired by the work of Andrei Rublev and Dionysius alongside those of the West European Renaissance, that brought Igor and Marina to where they are today. And by researching the deeply spiritual figures of more modern masters such as Chagall and Kandinsky, Igor and Marina were able to meld additional techniques into their works. 

What we love is the subtle Russian influences that blend in seamlessly. Clearly influenced by their childhood, both Igor and Marina pay beautiful tribute to their strong heritage.

From the collection of "The Other Side of the Looking Glass", we especially love "Soul Mates", Oil on canvas, 46/70" (117/178 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor and Marina

Another beauty... "Isabella" triptych. Oil on canvas, 68/124" (173/315 CM) from the collection of "Renaissance That Never Was".

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marnia

How pretty is the gold leaf application? "Rite of Spring" comes from "All the World is a Stage". Oil, acrylic with a 23K gold leaf on canvas, 3D. 60/48" (152/122 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marina

This talented duo says that their strongest influences are those of the Russian icons. Lucky for us, Igor and Marina live near our hometown of Chicago (in Evanston). We are very excited about their upcoming April show at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery!

Image courtesy of: Art Jobs

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: IGOR & MARINA RUSSIAN BORN PAINTERS

The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is opening Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, on April 1st. The exhibition is the first dedicated to Davis (1892–1964) in 20 years.

Stuart David was a key player in the development of American Modernism. Approximately 75 works have been compiled for the show. Together they reveal Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, and the rhythms of jazz into colorful works. We are looking forward to seeing the show in an upcoming trip to San Francisco.  

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, oil on canvas by Stuart Davis, 1945–51. 

Image courtesy of Britannica

Stuart Davis, 1939.

Stuart Davis, 1939 Jan. 25/Sol Horn, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Digital ID: 2053)

Image courtesy of Britannica

Stuart Davis, Summer Landscape #2, 1892 - 1964.
 
Image courtesy of Sothebys.

Stuart Davis, Report from Rockport, 1940.

Image courtesy of WikiArt.

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: DE YOUNG MUSEUM

James Casebere, Yellow Passage, 2017. Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond.

 

It is your last chance to see the James Casebere show Emotional Architecture at the Sean Kelly Gallery. The outstanding show ends on March 11th! The show is a completely new body of work and Casebere's first solo exhibition in New York since 2010. The photographs are inspired by world-renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Here is what Sean Kelly Gallery has to say about the show. 

In this new body of work, Casebere returns to his career-long interrogation of interior architectural spaces to explore Barragán’s sumptuous use of color, dramatic light and simple haptic, planar surfaces. These new works evoke the serene austerity that inhabited Casebere’s early series of work examining societal power structures through the interrogation of prisons cells. However, the sense of isolation and enforced confinement that defined those works has been replaced with an atmosphere of joy and beauty that characterizes Barragán’s unique oeuvre.

Casebere's innovative work has established him at the forefront of artists to work with what would become known as constructed photography. His practice over the last four decades reveals the influence of film, architecture, and art history on him, in both the simple and the complex models that he creates in his studio. His table-sized constructions are made of everyday materials, pared down to their essential forms in order to create ambiguous, evocative, and, on occasion, unsettling environments. Devoid of human figures, the resulting images invite viewers to project into and inhabit the spaces he has created, relying on their imagination and memory to fill in the gaps.

James Casebere, Yellow Overhang with Patio, 2016. Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond. 

James Casebere, Library, 2017. Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond. 

James Casebere, Reception Room, 2017. Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond. 

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: CONTEMPORARY ART SEAN KELLY GALLERY CONTEMPORARY

British artist Wolfgang Buttress with his installation The Hive in the Kew Gardens in London. 

Image courtesy of: Zimbio.

Artists Wolfgang Buttress created an installation piece in the Kew Gardens in London to tell the story of honey bees and the importance of pollination.  The work is constructed out of aluminum and has thousands of LED lights attached. The Hive is connected to an actual bee hive and the story is played in realtime through the work with the use of lights and sounds.  The installation has generated significant attention for the Kew Gardens and they are hoping that it will help people understand the importance of preserving the bee population. 

The Hive at dusk. 

Image courtesy of: CNN.

A view from within The Hive installation. 

Image courtesy of: Zimbio.

Image courtesy of: The Spaces.

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: INSTALLATION Installation Art Public Art

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