A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
German painter and sculptor, Anselm Kiefer, was "fortunate" enough to have had the entire continent of Europe as his canvas. Born in 1945 in postwar Europe, Kiefer has spent his entire career exploring how his country rebuilt itself in the aftermath of World War II.
Kiefer is unique in that he never steered clear of, or avoided, his country's controversial past history. The guilt and horror of the Holocaust and the Nazi rule wasn't something represented in art previously. Kiefer took on that subject with a vengeance. Early on, Kiefer incorporated German mythology into his works; and in the following years, he tested out the idea of the Kabbalah. His themes, throughout his career, have continued to include Hebrew and Egyptian history. As you can see, his range is quite wide.
Incorporating materials such as ash, clay and straw, the pieces Kiefer creates aren't filled with hope and lightness. Nevertheless, they are important in ensuring that we understand the pragmatism of regaining a corrupted culture after the horrors of it's past.
Nancy Lorenz has such a unique talent for the luminous. The Manhattan-based painter loves warm colors and exotic mediums such as gold and silver leaf, copper and mother-of-pearl... perfectly adding onto their already luxurious, natural beauty by, for example, lacquering and water gilding. It's a idea that Lorenz learned while spending 5 years in Tokyo where "exotic" materials are more frequently used.
Top LA-based designers such as Michael Smith, Kelly Wearstler and Peter Marino frequently use Lorenz, and she's gained a worldwide following of those eager to commission her work. The East-meets-West style Lorenz uses comes from her childhood love of Asian crafts which she was exposed to while a teen living in Tokyo. The "Abstract Expressionist" gesture plus Far East craftsmanship combines perfectly to create the renowned paintings that now draw clients who spend hours upon hours exploring the details of her work. These miniature examples look magical when transformed into the large commissions that her clients desire. Pieces are always original and unique; Lorenz says, "Nothing is ever repetitious- it always feels fresh." We think so too!