Gallery Bergelli is proud to announce “Ten Years of Water” a solo exhibition of paintings by Bay Area artist Pegan Brooke. Opening June 6, with the Gallery Reception on June 8th from 4-6pm, and Artist Talk at 5pm, the exhibition continues through July 10, 2013.
30 paintings created in the last ten years will be presented in this survey exhibition. “Ten Years of Water” will consist of colorful river paintings inspired by observation of the river in Pont Aven, France, together with a collection of subtle sea paintings inspired by the Bolinas coast as well as the gorgeous shimmery canvases from the most recent body of work inspired by the high snow-covered mountains in Sun Valley.
Gallery Bergelli is presenting a group exhibition of new paintings by gallery artists Jose Basso, Bryn Craig, James Leonard, GR Martin, Susan McDonnell, Greg Ragland, Daniel Tousignant and, Sanjay Vora. Two of the featured artists, Jose Basso and Bryn Craig are profiled in Marin Magazine’s May issue as winners of the popular “Get Covered,” contest. The gallery will be open during the Larkspur Flower and Food Festival on Sunday May 26th with hours extended from 11am – 6pm, our local will be artists in attendance.
About the Artists
Basso was born in Chile in 1949, he quickly attained fame and recognition in his own country, and by 1978 he had started exhibiting throughout Europe and the United States. The next two decades brought tremendous success including scholarships, awards, and multiple op¬portunities to represent his country in international juried exhibitions. His works have been admired and collected by Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and the Queen of Spain Sophia de Borbon. Perhaps most notably, however, he was selected in 2007 to create a mural for the headquarters of the O.E.A. in Washington, D.C.
As a true master of contemporary art, Basso is admired not only for his tremendous skill but also for conceiving of a style that has never been executed before. Basso’s landscapes are powerful in their simplicity and dramatic in their boldly contrasting colors. Punctuated only by mini¬mal houses and trees, his horizons are at once intense and serene. In is Basso’s ability to create such a dichotomy in a single harmonious work that sets him apart as one of the most innovative artists working today.
Craig is well known for his iconic images of Marin, often represented in scenes such as a darkened Larkspur street lit by the marquee of the Lark Theater, or the image of the house seen in this painting. The house is actually a structure in San Rafael and the truck and boat are taken from photos of Point Reyes Station, but Craig felt they would have more impact if he placed them into the meadow he reconstructed from an old watercolor. Born in 1931 in Lansdale, PA, he studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, the Art Students League of New York, and taught at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. Mr. Craig has been a Marin resident since 1978.
“The house in the meadow doesn’t really exist, at least it doesn’t exist as shown here,” Craig says. “I was much taken by the building’s strength and solidity, it should stand alone on a hill, lonely, but protecting those that live in it, so I moved it.” – Excerpted from an article by Dan Jewett that appears in the May 2013 issue of Marin Magazine
Leonard lives and works in the North¬ern California Bay Area. Leonard has been the subject of more than 20 solo exhibitions over the last eight years. His work is collected by individuals and corporations na¬tionally and internationally.
“My paintings are also the attempt to integrate my pro¬found respect for individuality with the process of making art. I work with in an introspective, intuitive fashion and strive to bring a personal sensibility to the work.”
Martin has been painting professionally since 1997. His work has been exhibited nationally in gal-leries and museums that include, The Oakland Museum of California, The San Diego Museum of Art and The Masur Museum of Art.
Martin’s highly detailed style puts his work within the realm of classical realism while his offbeat compositions create surreal environments that draw you in. Structured and focused, his work is also expansive and open to in¬terpretation- encouraging you to find your own meaning within the ambiguity.
Included in this exhibition is the piece titled “Rex”. Depicting a beautiful peacock set against the stark white background. The male’s impressive plumes drape along the right side of the painting, drawing the viewer into the composition of the piece, teasing the imagination to strive farther past the basic compositional elements of the painting.
“A peacock at the right side of a horizontal canvas is the image that took hold after thinking through a range of ideas. The bird’s color is slightly off-natural and it presents a crest of jewels rather than a feathered version. Detail is focused on its head and face. The peacock is set against an abstract background that fades vertically. Rex is a metaphorical representation.”
McDonnell’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries through¬out the United States. She received a BA and MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Susan McDonnell uses egg tempera to make her paint¬ings. When making egg tempera dry pigments are mixed into a paste with water and then mixed with egg yolk as a binder, Egg tempera paintings are known to maintain the brilliance of color through the centuries.
“My paintings are combinations of what I perceive as real and underlying unseen elements of nature. My perceptions of nature are often defined by its patterns, delicacy and astonishingly exquisite details. I record the process of contemplative observation in the garden where there are microcosms of interconnected systems, aligning and flowing in and out of each other. It is a continual work in progress. The gardens I paint are reflections of the works in progress we call “our lives”.
Ragland was born in Augusta Georgia and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He studied architecture at Arizona State University, received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California and his MFA from the University of Utah.
Greg Ragland’s paintings have a sense of playful seren¬ity about them. His colors and compositions flow together to create depth and movement of which his subject, the hummingbirds, are able to take flight within his work. The artist refers to the calming and bright backgrounds of his paintings as “Color Fields,” in which these small energetic birds play.
“My intent as the artist is for the viewer to get lost in the calming beauty of these spontaneous experi¬ences in the nature within the seductive “Color Fields.”
Tousignant was born into a family saturated in the arts, and raised on a dairy farm in Min¬nesota, he started painting at the age of five. The unique spirit and energy of every scene he paints captures the subtleties of color and light. Daniel never ceases to bring delight and wonder to his body of work.
Tousignant has attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Chicago Art In¬stitute, Central School of Art in London, and the highly respected Royal Academy in London, England.
“I love recalling collective memories of peaceful horizons, creating environments with open, expansive, clear horizons – an old tree, a vista of pastureland, and the distant billowing clouds of my lazy youth.”
In his large-scale, multi-layered paintings, Sanjay Vora explores the realm of love, memory and nostalgia through a process of covering and retrieving representational, figurative scenes with layers of repeti¬tive abstraction.
His works have been shown and collected throughout the United States including exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Italy and Washington D.C. San¬jay’s latest group show, Portraits, was recently reviewed by DeWitt Cheng in the East Bay Express as well as Bar¬bara Morris in the September/October 2011 issue of Art Ltd. Magazine. In 2002, he obtained a BS in Architec-ture from the University of Virginia and received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. Sanjay is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at the University of California, Berkeley, and he lives and works in Oakland, California.
“Celebration” is about a captured snapshot in time during my uncle’s wedding in 1986. The phrase, “let it last a little longer”, repeatedly scratches through and across the entire surface in an attempt to retrieve this joyous scene from my past which is inevitably unattainable. Ultimately, this piece is about the beauty of the process of longing and the result of all of the elements coming together. “-Sanjay Vora
About Gallery Bergelli
Gallery Bergelli features contemporary and original paintings and sculptures done by national and international artists. It presents work that is both visually exciting and technically strong in a unique and inviting art space.
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Gallery Bergelli is presenting New Voices – New Visions – a group exhibition featuring new work by Bay Area artists: Eliza Bui, Teymur Guseynov, Ivy Jacobsen, Li Ma, Jeff Snell, and Marie Van Elder. This exhibition opens on March 14 and continues through April 17, 2013. The reception will be held on March 23, from 4-6pm with the Best of Show Award presentation at 5pm.
Li Ma is originally from Fuzhou China. She is currently working on her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is a diorama of an imaginative world where landscape and cityscape blend into each other in an atmosphere of balance and harmony. The pictorial structure and cheerful colors borrow from Buddhism, Taoism, traditional Chinese paintings and Asian architecture. The setting is based on the traditional Chinese garden, which provides a panoramic view of space, a sense of timelessness, and uncovers the hidden relationship between human and cosmos.
Eliza Bui, is a recent graduate of San Jose State University’s Pictorial Art program. Inspired by Bay Area Figurative Movement artist Diebenkorn, Bui developed a very strong interest in composition in her artwork. She uses various 2D materials such as graphite, charcoal, oil paint, and silk screening. Bui’s interest is in the representation of distances. Distances can refer to landscapes, the outreach of a possibility, moving mountains, or in actual miles. Her artwork shows the limitlessness between representation and abstraction, composition and space.
Teymur Guseynov’s focus is on painting and ceramics, although fundamentally different from one another, working with oils, as well as with clay, fascinates him as an artist. Open to experimentation, he lets the subconscious guide him, the results are often unexpectedly satisfying in creating representational semi-abstract works with subtle hints of symbolism that in one way or another echo his inner world. He is currently a senior undergraduate art practice major at UC Berkeley.
Marie Van Elder starts with the visually familiar and translates the seen through the personal lens and touch, infusing it with psychological undertone and quiet contemplation, using references such as media images, girlhood memories, teen culture, fairy tales, fashion, old masters paintings, collage etc…to explore endless possibilities of figurative painting.
Ivy Jacobsen strives to create a place of magical realism in her landscapes, balancing magical elements with real world rendering of flora and fauna found in our natural world. She uses oil paint, bronzing powder, earth pigments, acrylic paint, resin, and other mixed media on canvas and birch panel in creating her paintings. They are composed of many thin layers of glazes slowly built up over time. Through the multiple semi-transparent layers all the colors are visible creating a glowing depth of field. By painting the trees and plant forms in between the layers of glazes the forms begin to occupy various spaces in the foreground and background, further creating the illusion of depth.
Jeff Snell’s paintings unite traditional landscapes and popular culture as vigorous abstract rhythms. Working with brush and spray, Snell uses expressive gestures that incorporate a variety of forms found in nature and elements of urban flair. The organic qualities of his subjects vacillate from flora to fauna, and the natural position and order of a landscape is challenged in an unruly microcosm. His paintings radiate an energy and excitement that engage the viewer and offer a glimpse of nature’s inner sanctum.
New Voices – New Visions is made possible in part by the generous support of Lori Saia Odisio of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty, the Women Leadership and Philanthropy Council of Dominican University of California, and Stanly T. Gray of Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc.
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October 20 – November 21
Gallery Reception: Sat, Oct 20th from 4-6pm
Artist Talk at 5pm
Rufous in Green with Red, acrylic on panel, 12″x12″
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2 Broadtails in Yellow and Blue with Rectangles, acrylic on canvas, 48 by 48 inches
Greg Ragland: A Moment in Flight
Gallery Bergelli is pleased to present “A Moment in Flight”, an exhibition of new paintings by Greg Ragland. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 20, with a Gallery Reception from 4pm-6pm. The Artist will discuss his work at 5pm. The exhibition continues through November 21, 2012.
Greg Ragland’s paintings have a sense of playful serenity about them. His colors and compositions flow together to create depth and movement of which his subject, the hummingbirds, are able to take flight within his work. “Composition and color are key. I want to control, I want to predict the gaze of the viewer, where they enter and exit the painting. Compositionally, the birds give the paintings the freedom not to be grounded,” Ragland remarks. Hummingbirds are a garden favorite; their aerial acrobatics are always a pleasure to watch. Ragland is able to capture these tiny birds rapid movement on his canvases, showing us a moment in time of their fast paced lives. The artist refers to the calming and bright backgrounds of his paintings as “Color Fields,” in which these small energetic birds play. “My intent as the artist is for the viewer to get lost in the calming beauty of these spontaneous experiences in the nature within the seductive “Color Fields.”
Greg was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He studied architecture at Arizona State university, received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and his MFA from the University of Utah. Prior to settling in Park City, Utah in 1990, Greg worked as an artist in Los Angeles and New York City.
A Pair of Allens in Cream and Shapes, acrylic on canvas, 36 by 36 inches
A Charm of Hummingbirds, acrylic on canvas, 24 by 48 inches
2 Rufous in Blue with Rectangles and Shapes
, acrylic on canvas, 48 by 48 inches
A Pair of Rufous in Red with Movement, acrylic on canvas, 36 by 48 inches
A Couple of Broadtails in Cream with Many Shapes, acrylic on canvas, 48 by 48 inches
It is located in an historic building in the heart of charming downtown Larkspur, California. Larkspur, known for its abundance of fine dining establishments, is about 12 miles north of San Francisco. Any art lover or collector travelling between San Francisco and the famed Northern California Wine Country will not regret making the 2 mile trek off Highway 101 to Gallery Bergelli.
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Fall Group Show
New Work by Gallery Artists
Image: Deva Graf, Gakko
31 by 10 inches
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New Artist – Deva Graf
Deva Graf lives in San Francisco and works in Sausalito, CA. She has exhibited her work internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
Deva began intensive study with Zen Master Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 2005 after completing her M.F.A., and taking a leave from her position at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor. She moved to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center, located in the San Gabrielle Mountains of Southern California, to study Zen full time.
While she was living at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center, Roshi told Deva “I need your statues!” and he asked her to start making Buddha statues. He has instructed, guided and directly worked with her in this process. Deva first met Roshi when she was two years old, while living with her family at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center, located in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. She started meditating as a teenager and began her Zen training when she was sixteen years old.
Yakushi, Bronze on wood pedestal, 41 by 16 inches
New Artist – Alexandra Eldridge
Alexandra Eldridge’s mixed-media paintings have been acclaimed for their symbolic imagery, rich colors, textures, and devotion to the written word.
Alexandra works in mixed media on paper or panel. She uses Venetian plaster and creates images with pigment, pencil, and elements of collage. She rarely uses paint, instead she scratches through layers of the plaster to make lines. She burnishes the final layer to make the work shine and reveal the colors beneath. The colorful surfaces are distressed and incised with symbols, words, phrases and collage. Eldridge has said her paintings have a narrative, but without a beginning or end. The artist has described the process as an attempt to seek the unknown, “to go deeply in to the heart of the mystery, to make the soul fly out of things. I’ll go into the studio and begin. I may be in some curious state of being. I’ll paint for a number of hours, and then, all of a sudden it reveals itself to me—what’s going on with me. Tears start coming up and all the other strong feelings. All this conspires and works together. I’m in a state of joy — near ecstasy — when I’m painting. Art is about an encounter with something — whether it be the unseen, an emotion, a feeling — and then you have to have the courage to collaborate with that. My work also has a lot to do with the need to sensually connect to another or to my own deepest regions. Love motivates me enormously.”
Eldridge has had dozens of solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows throughout the United States and abroad, including New York, Paris, Belgrade and London. Her work has been used on covers of eight books of poetry. Celebrity collectors include actors Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco and William Hurt who said, “there are two tides, one of light and another of muffling, suffocating…absence. Alexandra is clearly in the light.”
Eat and Drink Thy Bliss, mixed media on board, 24 by 24 inches
“My technique combines the layering of oil glazes and egg tempera with the application of gold leaf. I paint on linen, panel, parchment, or paper. The surfaces of my paintings are repeatedly cracked, layered, and sanded and have great visual depth and intricacy and must be seen in person to appreciate. I have arrived at my present technique through the personal study of religious icons, frescos and illuminated manuscripts.” – Dona Blakely
Calypso, oil on canvas, 55.5 by 32 inches
In his large-scale, multi-layered paintings, Sanjay Vora explores the realm of love, memory and nostalgia through a process of covering and retrieving representational, figurative scenes with layers of repetitive abstraction. His works have been shown in the United States including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Connecticut and Virginia. He was invited to participate in the Second International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ferrara, Italy in December 2004. In his most recent exhibition, the Second Biennial International Juried Exhibition in San Francisco, he received a “Best In Show” award, and during his graduate study, he was awarded with a merit scholarship and two teaching assistantships from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2002, he obtained a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in May 2005.
oil, acrylic and gel medium on canvas, 48 by 72 inches
“Looking at the work of San Francisco artist Daniel Tousignant is like staring at a freeze frame of the best dream you’ve ever had, and the effect is a sudden wash of chest-clutching happiness. The beauty evoked by his landscape is so intense that it elevates them into the realm of abstraction, even though on the surface they’re utterly representative. There is some living depth, all the more fascination for its hiddenness, breathing behind every leafy branch. The artist says that trees reflect the beauty and vulnerability of all living things. Maybe this vulnerability is what we see just under the surface of his canvasses, and what elicits such a visceral reaction to his work.” – Metropolitan Magazine, Barcelona Spain
Daniel Tousignant, Two Trees – Blue, oil on canvas, 60 by 40 inches
Charles Baudelaire, the great nineteenth century art connoisseur and critic, once stated, that “Pure draughtsmen are philosophers and dialecticians. Colorists are poets.” Painted with a palette of crashed jewels, the landscapes of Jose Basso are pure visual poetry. His extraordinary realm of color is unlike anything that has come before it, gaining his respect and critical acclaim as one of the most unique visionaries of our time.
Born in Chile in 1949, Basso quickly attained fame and recognition in his own country, and by 1978 he had started exhibiting throughout Europe and the United States. The next two decades brought tremendous success including scholarships, awards, and multiple opportunities to represent his country in international juried exhibitions. His works have been admired and collected by Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and the Queen of Spain Sophia de Borbon. Perhaps most notably, however, he was selected in 2007 to create a mural for the headquarters of the O.E.A. in Washington, D.C.
As a true master of contemporary art, Basso is admired not only for his tremendous skill but also for conceiving of a style that has never been executed before. Basso’s landscapes are powerful in their simplicity and dramatic in their boldly contrasting colors. Punctuated only by minimal houses and trees, his horizons are at once intense and serene. In is Basso’s ability to create such a dichotomy in a single harmonious work that sets him apart as one of the most innovative artists working today. – Essay by Lauren Paul
Nube en Horizonte, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Jane Smaldone was born in New York City in 1953 and currently lives and works in the Boston area with her husband Mark and daughter Isabel, who has become one of her favorite subjects. She attended the State University of New York and attained her BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1976.
Smaldone’s paintings combine her long-standing interest in landscape, still life and portraiture, interweaving the genres in a personal style inspired by art historical traditions as diverse as Chinese landscape painting, Surrealism and Folk Art.
She says about her work, “The Flowers, portraits and landscapes that I have been working on are inspired in part by a dialogue between the real and the imagined. My subjects tend to be those important to my life and evocative for me in a visual, emotional or psychic way.
The White Squirrel, oil on linen, 26 by 23 inches
“It is my intention that these paintings and drawings ask questions and hopefully provide answers regarding how we see, experience and remember the world. They confront basic philosophical concerns such as the relationship between “appearance” and “reality”. The works focus on the learned knowledge we refer to when we consider our place on the earth. Even given our attempts to be empirical, these visual and idiosyncratic preconceptions play a considerable part in our perceptions. Akin to sub atomic physics, they affect how we form and ask questions, in part determining the answers, which in turn influences where we arrive at.” – Paul Pratchenko
Dissolution Of The Familiar, acrylic on canvas, 25 by 43 inches
Lorenzo Moya was born in Santiago, Chile in 1967. He studied architecture before devoting himself to art. He received his degree in art from the University of Chile.
His style is quintessentially Latin. Mystical figures are superimposed. Mysterious landscapes and theatrical architecture display seemingly contradictory states of dreaming and reality. His surrealistic scenes serve as stage sets for the mind. Certain objects are recurring – the table with a white linen cloth, the narrow streets with light streaming out from doorways, and outdated ships, planes, or cars, waiting. In Moya’s world, all is waiting for something to happen. Trails and urban landscapes are wrapped in the magic of the unexpected. Light and water are important elements – his paintings are pleas to safeguard the planet. According to Moya, “Painting light is impossible. It’s like painting an angel.” His work proves otherwise. Women are prominent in many of his paintings – strong, larger than life, but graceful. They are enmeshed in the scene, with the sea or land visible through their skirts.
His work has been exhibited in the U.S., South America, and Central America.
El Mundo De Sofia, oil on canvas, 35.5 by 67 inches
Art has always been the focus of my life. As such, art, like life, is a process. Just as our lives unfold in unique and beautiful ways, so do my paintings have their own, unique individual expression. As an artist, I strive to guide each painting to its fulfillment. The process is like a circle, without beginning or end. – James Leonard
Winter Meets Spring, acrylic on canvas, 60 by 60 inches
Last weekend to see the group exhibition featuring Tim Weldon, Bryn Craig, Greg Martin, Daniel Tousignant, andGreg Ragland Fine Art. Stop in to view the work of these artists, including the beautiful hummingbird piece by Greg Ragland that was featured in Marin Magazine‘s Get Covered! Contest. (You can view the article about Greg here: http://www.marinmagazine.com/Marin-Magazine/May-2012/And-the-Winners-Are/Greg-Ragland/ )