Renewed Vigor | Paul Cunningham

Dancing At Dusk - Paul Cunningham

Dancing At Dusk – Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham began his career with figurative works. He painted cowboys, cowgirls and scenes of western life. Then, in the 1980’s, he noticed a slight tremor in his hands. The shake intensified, and it affected not only his ability to paint, but everything else in his life as well. Doctors diagnosed Cunningham with a central tremor, and as the condition worsened he limited what he would do in public and adjusted his art to what his body would allow him to create.

Graceful Swirls - Paul Cunningham

Graceful Swirls – Paul Cunningham

Cunningham’s outlook brightened considerably last year when he attended a seminar on deep brain stimulation. He was shown results in patients with similar conditions, and scheduled the surgery for himself. In the fall he had the first of two procedures, and the second only a couple months ago.

Almost immediately Cunningham noticed a change. He was able to draw a straight line again, and realized that the detailed work of his past was once more within grasp. His newest pieces, a series of florals, portray perfectly the improvement that the surgeries had on his life and abilities as an artist.

“I paint what I like, but I also want viewers to get a sense of warmth and joy from my art,” says Cunningham. “I want to make people happy with my art, and flowers are a good way to do that.”

Flamenco Rose - Paul Cunningham

Flamenco Rose – Paul Cunningham

The suggestion to paint flowers came from Susan Freilicher, whom he had hired as a coach and consultant to help him after the procedures. He liked the subject and agreed, going to work researching his subject. He visited botanic gardens, bought fresh stems and referred to a handful of images on the internet. He looked at the details, colors and angles, and then started to merge the abstract style that his collectors have loved with the details that his hands would once more let him paint.

The results are both abstract and literal, the fine details of the flowers perfectly framed by the backgrounds that are Cunningham’s signature style. The artist envisions that these are only the start of what he can do. He foresees people, horses and just about anything else playing counterpoint to his abstracts in the future, all while maintaining the rich colors and resin coatings that his collectors love.

“Many of the recognizable elements that identify my pieces will remain, they will just be more intricate.”

Come see the new works of Paul Cunningham for yourself.

 

A Buddy In Bronze | The (Smaller) Sculptures Of Laurel Peterson Gregory

Desk Buddies Turtles - Laurel Peterson Gregory

Desk Buddies Turtles – Laurel Peterson Gregory

Laurel Peterson Gregory is known for her signature style of playful bronze sculptures. The smooth metal and the clean lines allow the viewer to reflect on the emotion that she is trying to convey. Often the reaction she elicits is a smile or a laugh as the playful pieces frequently anthropomorphize familiar animals into expressions of fun, joy or contemplation.

Bronze Buddies Poster - Laurel Peterson GregoryWorking with bronze, however, requires as much business acumen as it does talent. Unlike paintings, or sculptures from stone, there often isn’t a lone piece being created. Peterson Gregory has to decide which sculptures will appeal to collectors before she has them cast. Anywhere from a handful to hundreds of sculptures may result from a single casting, and in addition to the cost of bronze she has to store the pieces that don’t go immediately to galleries or collectors.

It was only natural that then Peterson Gregory looked for a way that would allow her to have fun with the process while trying new techniques. This was how her new line of Desk Buddies came to be. The small sculptures fit in the palm of your hand, yet retain the whimsy that is one of Peterson Gregory’s hallmarks.

 

Desk Buddies Giraffe - Laurel Peterson Gregory

Desk Buddies Giraffe – Laurel Peterson Gregory

Cats, bunnies and turtles are caught in a moment of spontaneous dance, while frogs, foxes and giraffes strut their stuff. Peterson Gregory has not only expanded her menagerie, but she has also given the buddies a new look as she combines her smooth finish with textures.

Peterson Gregory aims to bring joy into people’s lives. She has heard of her sculptures placed in entries to greet visitors with a smile, and even has one woman who placed one on a kitchen counter so that she would smile more as she cooked for her family. The Desk Buddies fall naturally into this role of providing joy, and,as take anywhere sculptures, they are accessible when and where a person needs a touch of whimsy.

Visit Waxlander Gallery Today & Start Your Own Menagerie Of Whimsical Sculptures.

Natural Flow | The Sculpted Fountains Of Greg Robertson

Chaco Waters- Greg Robertson

Chaco Waters- Greg Robertson

Greg Robertson’s sculptures have an ancient, and yet contemporary, feel about them. New Mexico travertine provides the base for his work, which he then chisels and grinds into patterns that pay homage to both the art and the stone. The finished pieces evoke a sense of permanence, while in reality they are ever changing as water courses in rivulets along the mix of natural and carved surfaces.

Robertson carefully considers each piece of travertine before starting the process of sculpting. Color, shape, size and the intricacies of the various cuts are examined as he looks for the flow of the stone. Once he has uncovered the voice of the piece he blends it with his own artistic expression, allowing the nuances of the stone to meld with the design in much the same way two streams converge to create a singular river.

Robertson’s newest piece, Chaco Waters, continues this tradition of honoring the stone while blending the vision of the artist into a unique form. A pattern of hand-chiseled striations create a dramatic face, while at the same time accentuating the natural properties of travertine.

 

Chaco Waters- Greg Robertson

Chaco Waters- Greg Robertson

Known for allowing a stone to rest until it reveals the piece it wants to become, Robertson says that Chaco Waters is one that was decided quickly. “I knew what I wanted from this piece early in the process. It was uniform in color, which made a good palette for the texture. There was nothing to get in the way of the design.”

When asked if there is anything he hopes viewers see or feel when seeing Chaco Waters for the first time he answered:

“I always have a sense of satisfaction when I complete a piece. But I know that what I feel is different from what a viewer feels. It’s exciting to be there when somebody sees a piece for the first time, and to hear what they get from it.”

Visit Waxlander Gallery to see Chaco Waters and other sculpted fountains by Greg Robertson.