Artist Spotlight – Betty Gold: Velas Sculpture Series

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Betty Gold is a sculptor and painter based in Venice, California and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Gold was born in Austin, Texas in 1935 and continues to actively create paintings and and sculpture. Although Gold has traveled and worked in many different parts of the world, there is one location in particular that has had a significant influence on her creations: Mallorca, Spain.

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“Velas II”, Mallorca, Spain

In 2010, Gold’s sculpture series titled ‘Velas De Mar’ premiered at the Museu Ca’n Prunera. The series contained sculptures with a variety of different sizes along with photography and a short film. The inspiration for the Velas series was fueled by the movement of sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea around the port of Palma de Mallorca near her residence. The Government of the Balearic Islands commissioned ‘Velas II’ to be built as part of their highway beautification project. It stands twenty-six feet tall (eight meters) at a major interchange on the island of Mallorca (see image above).

The geometric construct of Gold’s creations have been displayed throughout North America, Europe, Asia and beyond, whether it be at the edge of a highway or alongside works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro at the Estación del Ferrocarril de Sóller, in Sóller, Mallorca or at Casa Pomar Flores.

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In 2005, Gold was given a thirty-five year Retrospective, hosted by the City of Palma de Mallorca, at the centuries old Casal Solleric in the downtown’s historic district.

A full-length documentary titled “A Year with Betty Gold” debuted at The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival in November 2017.

For further information, visit www.fpcontemporary.com

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“Pulse” by LJ Chaplin

Thud thud,
like the beat of a battle drum,
Hallowed cries of victory
Within the capillaries
of your body,
A faint pulsation of adrenaline,
Fresh from the free fall of another
Spiralling of self control,
Beneath layers of fair, smooth skin
lies the undulating tide of blood
and oxygen,
Cascading down narrow slivers
of your veins.
each shuddered breath
is another catalyst of
Life,
Another slam on the accelerator
that surges you further down
the fast lane,
Those faint pulses of yours
Never cease to amaze me.

–  “Pulse” by LJ Chaplin

*click the images below to see details about Dirk De Brucker’s series of Pulse paintings

Dirk De Bruyckers Solo Exhibition: “Legacy”

FP Contemporary is proud to present the opening reception for Dirk De Bruyckers’ solo exhibition titled “Legacy”. The reception will take place April 14th, 2018 from 3 – 5 pm. the show will run through June 9th.

For more information, please visit the gallery website at www.fpcontemporary.com

 

Primary colors and psychological properties in Harry Moody’s “Abstract #327”

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Harry Moody’s “Abstract #327” consists of four primary colors that correlate directly with some strong psychological properties. Red is the longest wavelength in the color prism.  It has the property of appearing to be closer than it is and grabs your attention first.  Blue is believed to be the color of the mind and is essentially soothing, which creates relaxation.  Yellow is a relatively long color and essentially stimulating, in this case the stimulus is emotional.  Green is a color that strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment and is therefore is restful.

To see Harry Moody’s paintings in person, be sure to visit the gallery before his solo exhibition “Untitled” closes on Saturday April 7, 2018.

Harry Moody’s connection to Nature

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Harry Moody, Abstract Clouds #307, 30 x 30 x 2 inches, Oil on canvas

 

“All of my paintings are foremost inspired by nature. When I paint​​​​​​​​​, I do not try to simulate nature in a recognizable representation. I use nature as a point of departure. The actual painting process is a metaphoric journey with allegorical attributions. I catch myself inserting “life” without attaching figurative associations, conceptual forms or themes. Life in the sense as a summary (past, present and maybe future) of who I am. While painting, feelings flow, such as fears, frustrations, inhibitions, anxieties, also joy, contentment and gratitude. Along with feelings, memories of past experiences, failures and accomplishments, manifest themselves.” – Harry Moody

FP Spotlight – Harry Moody

Harry Moody’s current solo exhibition “Untitled” will run at FP Contemporary until April 7, 2018.

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“Abstract with blue #281”, 48 x 50 x 2 inches, oil on canvas

 

Harry Moody received his formal training as an artist at the Frankfurt Stadel Fine Art Academy in Frankfurt, Germany. Karl Otto Götz, one of his earliest mentors and one of the most important members of the German Art Informel movement, encouraged Moody to enter the school. He majored in Free Painting under the Professors Johannes Schreiter, Thomas Bayrle and Josef Beuys. In 1985, also at the Stadel Academy, he was introduced to the works and philosophies of the then residing Guest Professor Gerhard Richter who eventually profoundly influenced the artistic direction that Moody was to embark on. During this period he engaged with internationally renowned artists who would come to be known as key figures in New European Painting movement among other notable contributions.

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“Abstract Tour de Force #194”, 72 x 72 x 2 inches, oil on canvas

At an interlude of his artistic career Moody gravitated toward the discerning and esteemed positions in the art world as Fine Arts Dealer, Gallery Owner, Membership in CINOA, Appraiser, Conserver/Restorer, participant in numerous Art Fairs in Maastricht, Koln, Munchen, Frankfurt, author and art critic for Art-i-fact, freelance curator for the Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, Ukai Museum, Tokyo and for privately owned collections, and was on the Board of Trustees at the Seattle Fine Art Academy.

 

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“Abstract Clouds #307”, 30 x 30 x 2 inches, oil on canvas

He has pursued a dialogue concerning art ideals through out his aforementioned responsibilities in the art world and eventually returned to the necessity to express himself artistically. Included in his artistic achievements to date are numerous exhibitions and recognitions which bring to the forefront the legacy of his schooling among leading German artists who have left their mark in art history. He is a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, Pasadena, CA and the Abstract Artist Gallery USA.

 

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“Abstract and Icebergs #322”, 54 x 54 x 2 inches, oil on canvas

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Gerhard Richter, “Eisberg in Nebel”

 

As a student of Gerhard Richter, Harry Moody drew inspiration from many of Richter’s art work and personalized it with his own aesthetic and details. The images shown above is a comparison of artworks from both Moody and Richter. “Abstract and Icebergs #322” was inspired by Richter’s “Eisberg in Nebel” meaning ‘iceberg in mist’.

Harry Moody’s current work can be seen at FP Contemporary. His current solo exhibition “Untitled” showcases abstract oil paintings, all created within the new year. The show ill run till April 7th. Click the link for a sneak peek.

“Untitled” sneak peek

For more information on Harry Moody and “Untitled” please visit www.fpcontemporary.com