A couple of days ago I shared some of the paintings from The Addison Art Gallery in Orleans. Here are more, including some informatiion sheets on the artists.
An artist acquaintance of mine thinks this gallery has become "too commercial."
I am not exactly sure what that means. She complained that many of the scenes were just "plein air/Cape Cod" which is definitely true. She also complained that many of the artists' works looks like the others. I must say, that I found that to be slightly more true this visit than in the past.
On the other hand, when looking at paintings on the Cape, I am pretty happy to find high quality regional paintings. And as always, some were more so than others.
By the way, I am not acquainted with any of these artists.
What do you think?
What makes a gallery "too" commercial?
|Take Your Time by David Mesite. oil on board. 16 x 20. ($1975)|
This comes out to a little over $5.00 per square inch. I'd LOVE to have the nerve to charge that much for a FINISHED piece... let alone a study.
This typical Cape Cod scene comes out to $10.00 per square inch. Twice as fabulous as the one above? Not THAT much smaller, in my opinion!
In person (or if you click on the image to see it larger) the colors on the sea grasses are wonderful, as are the lights and shadows in the sand. I also think Knowles was smart with the floating silver frame.
I "almost" like Kundmann's work here. It seems derivative of another artist's work, and less inspired when it comes to color. At $825, it is quite an expensive souvenir.
I didn't touch this, so I'm not sure how the photograph was transferred to the wod. I do like the image and I do like that the grain shows through. Again, kind of pricey for what could be an awfully easy to do souvenir.
(I might be ignorant, too. Just my opinion!)
It seemed strange to me that this wasn't the MOST amazing or wanted painting in the gallery, but it was one of the ones that made me say "I wish I could paint that way." The colors, light and values were careful and knowledgeable.
I have watched this painter for quite some time. His skill with water and light impresses me!
This fellows paintings have also interested me for a while now. He uses a deep burnt sienna underpainting and definitely knows his way around brush strokes and color.