Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind

Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind

Current Exhibition

laura edwards

oils

A native of Virginia, Laura trained as a painter at The University of North Carolina in Ashville, the art rich area of western North Carolina. She draws her creative experiences from working not only as a painter but also as a printmaker. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia and works from her studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.

I like to describe my paintings as, “color driven atmospheric abstractions”. My paintings are intuitive; having no concrete reference, but they evoke a familiar image. There seems to be a realistic image coming from the abstract painting; a painting within the painting. The paintings create an illusion; the painting you see and the one you imagine.

The paintings in this exhibition are done in oils on a variety of materials; canvas, panels, and a paper produced from recycled polypropylene pellets. I work “wet on wet” thus producing seamless fields of color within the format. Areas of the composition are drawn back into with Prismacolor pencil.

 

laurie fields

mixed media

I am intrigued by all kinds of materials and love to imagine how to combine and integrate them into unexpected new patterns, creating new dynamics. Being able to bring together opposites into new relationships and harmonies with each other has always been deeply satisfying. A walk down the aisles of Home Depot can be as inspirational as watching a sunset. A piece of plexiglass, wood, tile or flashing might be the beginning of a new piece as I think of how to merge opposites of matte and gloss finishes, smooth and textured surfaces, geometric and free form images. There is an almost sensual pleasure when I scavenge through collections of used things of all kind - roofing, metal pieces, cabinet doors, sticks, leaves, clay, unfinished artwork- and think of how to blend them into provocative new visual experiences for myself and others.

 

Art of the Week

colie ryan

"hakone" 48 x 36 dynamic oil on canvas

"Hakone" is the name of a hot spring mountain town in Japan providing an unforgettable experience. The soft pastel colors presented with the dynamic oil approach in this piece also provides an unforgettable viewing experience. This is a "must see" in person. 

We make it easy to incorporate art into your everyday life through our digital presence.  Our “Art of the Week” series delivers an inspirational photo of a current work of art on exhibit straight to your inbox every Wednesday for a little way to pick you up in the middle of the week. Be sure to sign up for it HERE.

We know art is best experienced in person. Nothing can beat the emotional connection of seeing a piece of work in front of you. Adding art to your collection should not be based on photographs alone, and we invite you to visit Stephen Smith Gallery to connect more intimately with the striking work that you want to make yours.

also showing

Stephen Smith Gallery is continually seeking diverse art to exhibit on a rotating schedule. We invite you to visit the Gallery and experience the varied art mediums so many talented artists bring to our welcoming, historic space.

Rolling Through 24x18

COLIE RYAN of Philadelphia, PA
HEAVY OIL PAINTING

Fast Track - PURCHASED

CINDY MANRY OF TOPEKA, KS
MIXED MEDIA on canvas

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