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Russell Collection Fine Art Welcomes
Variations of Nature
July 1st – 30th
Nature through the eyes of four diverse and talented artists.
Meet the Artists Events:
Russell Collection: July 7th 6pm-8pm 1137 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703
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Russell Art & Frame: July 8th 6pm-8pm 1516 RR 620 S Suite 120, Lakeway, TX 7873
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Cody Hooper grew up in North Texas and now lives and works in Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico. His passion for art began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, along with the beauty of the Southwest landscape, inspiring his interest in fine art. Hooper was given the opportunity to study under Southwest watercolor artist Barbara Hughes for several years. This set his foundation as an artist and throughout his early years as he focused primarily on realistic watercolors. After many years of painting in watercolors, Hooper moved forward, experimenting with abstracts in various mediums. This pushed him to expand his horizons and tap into new areas of painting he had not yet explored. There was an obvious freedom and personal expression with abstraction and it was then that he really began to flourish. He was deeply interested in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition and design. By removing the representational and creating something that told a story without an observational subject matter was very exciting. Today, Hooper’s work is a bold mix of styles, ranging from sleek and contemporary to weathered and organic. He brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to his paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture. His work is exhibited in the most prestigious galleries and featured in private and public collections worldwide.
Jamie Kirkland, B.F.A., is one of the Southwest’s premier abstract landscape painters. Kirkland is a colorist mixing many of her paints directly on the canvas. Her painting technique is a process of action and reaction, which results in layers and layers of paint, always striving to achieve an overall sense of color harmony. She has a unique voice and a sophisticated contemporary take on traditional landscape painting. Collectors have commented that they are drawn to the quiet, meditative feeling and harmonious color palettes that appear in many of her pieces. Ms. Kirkland’s paintings have been selected for exhibition in outstanding shows including the Utah Arts Council; The Show: Southwest Juried Exhibition; Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe (New Mexico); The Pensacola Museum of Fine Art (Florida) and others. Collectors have commented that they are drawn to the quiet, meditative feeling and harmonious color palettes that appear in many of Jamie’s pieces. Southwest Art magazine selected her as “an artist to watch.” The National Association of Women Artists invited Jamie to become a member in 2007. N.A.W.A. was founded in 1889 and is the oldest professional women’s fine art organization in the United States. In 2007 Elisabeth Sussman, curator at the Whitney Museum in New York City selected Jamie’s work for a private viewing in considering applicants for an exhibition at the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art. Ms Kirkland’s work hangs in many prominent public, corporate and private collections through out the United States.
John Maisano has been an artist for more than 25 years, but the inspiration to sculpt came in 2001 with my first commission, a life-sized bronze ornithomimid dinosaur for the Hartman Prehistoric Garden in Austin. Since then, he has created a variety of commissioned monuments in bronze, including realistic sculptures of prehistoric wildlife. He has also developed a body of stylized, limited-edition bronze animal art, The Collection, which debuted in Loveland, Colorado in 2007. Mason has worked as exhibit designer and artist-in-residence at the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas at Austin since 2000. He has also been involved in two Dino Pit projects, one for the Austin Nature and Science Center and the other for Williamson County. Maisano is a member of the Texas Sculpture Association and the Texas Society of Sculptors. Maisano’s current body of work was inspired by the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which he feels represent the high point of design. He tries to capture the spirit of each animal with clean shapes accented by intricate designs. Some tend toward the whimsical, while others are simply elegant. Monuments & Realism. His monuments have been commissioned by private parties for public venues. He enjoys the challenges of creating large-scale sculptures, which require great attention to detail and reach a larger audience. “It’s rewarding to work with each client individually to make their visions come to life.”
Arturo Mallmann “Since I was a kid I always wanted to go to places where I could look very far away, be it the mountains, the ocean or the never ending horizon of the Argentinean Pampas. I never knew what to say when people asked me what was I looking at. I guess that what I liked was precisely that there was nothing in particular to look at, it was a great feeling of liberation for my frequently turbulent soul. When I start a painting my first motivation is to develop a space that presents no barriers for the eyes. That is why depth is so important to me. For many years I’ve been developing a technique that more than creating an illusion of depth, it rather transforms the painting in a real three-dimensional space. This technique consists of innumerable layers of translucent acrylic colors applied between several coats of clear epoxy resin. One coat of the resin equals around fifty coats of varnish, so after a few coats of resin you can build up the surface of the painting up to an inch thick or more. The interaction of all these layers of colors between the coats of clear resin not only increases the depth, it also creates a much more vibrating final effect than the one you get when the colors are applied one on top of the other, without anything in between. When I finish a painting It is difficult sometimes to tell which is the dominant color. You can say it is green or red but if you look carefully you see that whatever color you are looking at it is not just that color, but the result of multiple interactions instead. I place the human beings that appear in my paintings very far away from the viewer, usually so close to the horizon that they frequently look on the verge of disappearing. I do that not only to further increase the depth but also because I want those human beings to be surrounded by a vast , naked and mysterious universe that presents no distractions, very different from the urban environment where most people spend their lives these days, an environment that is hopefully more conducive to approach our deepest selves. “