Archive for October, 2012

Gary Grier was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, where he attended the art magnet high school Douglas Anderson. After graduating he ventured off to college at the School of Visual Arts in Savannah for 3 years. After taking a year off, because of tuition costs, he was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to finish his last yea of schooling at the New York City campus, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

He worked as a free-lance artist and commissioned jobs in New York, while still pursuing a career as a fine artist. He took advantage of his time in the city by regularly visiting the numerous museums and art galleries. While there he worked as a background painter for animator Bill Plympton, as an artist assistant to artist Jeff Koons, and also illustrated a children book, all while showing his work in exhibitions through out the city. In 2003 he decided to move back down south to Savannah, GA. where he lived and worked for the next year. He worked 2 to 3 jobs steadily there to make ends meet; he was an art handler, taught art to kids, and what ever else while staying true to passion of painting, The next year he moved to Charleston, SC. While in Charleston he had more time to devote on painting. In 2007 he was named the Low Country Artist of the year through the Donna and Michael Griffith grant. He was featured in Artist and Antiques as an Emerging Artist in the 2008 winter collectors’ edition. He has also had a solo exhibition at The Greenville County Museum of Art where three of his paintings purchased for their permanent collection.

Gary’s paintings are derived from personal experiences relating to family, friends and his own growth and struggles. The other part of his work is environment, what we see everyday, the people, the places, and things, what we would normally overlook. Focusing primarily on urban culture, he attempts to show the beauty, while also trying to a shed light on the social issues of those areas. Grier tries to look beneath the surface and to find the soul. His soft brush strokes and color palette soften the sometimes mundane scenes to highlight the simplistic beauty and allow the story to unfold. He continues to keep in line with the spirit of the naturalist painters that he admirers of 19th century.


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Amy Lind‘s status as an emerging figurative painter is becoming more and more evident. At the young age of 27, Lind’s work had already graced the cover of two nationally renowned magazines, Art Calendar (May 2010) and American Art Collector (December 2010), and in February (2011) she was named Southwest Art magazine‘s “Artist to Watch: the Editor’s Choice for Up-and-Coming Talent.” She was recently recognized with honorable mentions in the prestigious Art Renewal Center Salon and the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only competition.

Homecoming by Amy Lind

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and additional instruction from the Florence Academy of Art and the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier, Lind’s eclectic training is visible in both the traditional and contemporary qualities that her paintings possess. Compelled by the striking subjects around her, she poetically infuses captivating qualities of color and intriguing light into each of her paintings while attempting to convey a sense of life, beauty, and truth.

Lind’s work hangs around the world in both public and private collections. On top of gallery work, she is sought out by many for her uncanny ability to capture the likeness and essence of those she paints. Furthermore in addition to the fine art world, her paintings can now be found published in a Penguin children’s book titled “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me”.

Lind grew up in the Chicagoland area, recently had the opportunity to live in sunny California for three years, and now calls beautiful Savannah, Georgia her home where she lives with her husband in their quaint 1930 brick bungalow. She is represented by Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC.

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Charles E. Williams II represented by Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC, grew up in historic Georgetown, South Carolina. From an early age, he felt a strong connection to the area’s many waterways. Their inspirational beauty proved to be his first love, and also, the muse for his art.

Charles Williams

Williams combined his love for nature and painting as a landscape artist working in oils. He is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited with galleries in the southeast including: Pei Lang Gallery, Lagerquist Gallery, Michael Murphy Gallery and also with the Robert Lange Studios. In 2009, Williams was awarded the Hudson River Fellowship to study with elite artists, Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff, and Travis Schlaht and others founded by the Grand Central Academy in New York. Williams was one of the many artists that showcased in the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America exhibition in New York. He paints as a full-time artist and works on commissioned paintings throughout the year, as well as featured pieces in corporate and many private collections.

His signature drip style of contemporary landscapes fused with traditional practices has led him to many collectors. Recent exhibitions in South Carolina include Southern Exposure, Capture, What We Choose, and Fortune. He was selected for the 2011 Southwest Art Magazine issue of 21 Emerging Artists under 31, as well as a semi-finalist for the landscape category in Artist Magazine.

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Fred Jamar represented by Robert Lange Studios has brought a new infusion of intellect and energy to Charleston’s art scene. Born in the village of Stembert in Southern Belgium, near the site of the Battle of the Bulge, he has been a world traveller through most of his adult life. After graduating with honors from the Belgian Maritime College – he was valedictorian – and three years at sea, he studied finance. With an MA-equivalent degree, he joined J.P. Morgan & Co, where he helped to found a clearing house for Eurobonds in 1967. That organization has grown from its initial cadre of five to become a European bank with over 2,500 employees. Staying with Morgan, Fred worked in a sector focused on global credit exposure – a crystal-ball activity analyzing nation-by-nation and industry-by-industry credit risks. He covered the globe. He has lived in Brussels, Paris, London, Frankfurt and New York. There are no continents and very few countries he has not seen.

In the early 1980’s Fred was based in the United States, and chose Kiawah as a favorite family vacation spot. That led to a solid acquaintance with Charleston. When the time came to take early retirement in 1997, he chose to settle here “in the most European of American cities.”

Central among Fred’s many interests is a lifelong love of painting. When he was a small boy, his mother would sometimes paint little floral scenes and give them to her children. he also had a neighbor who created backdrops for theaters. Stimulated by these and other examples, he developed a great zest for artistic creation. As a child, he would paint on bed sheets, on cardboard, anything flat. In the Merchant Marine, he used discarded tarps from the engine room. To this day, he enjoys process more then product. The smell of the oils and turpentine, the texture of the canvas, sensuality of brushes and paint are more important to him than any result.

Crisscrossing by Fred Jamar

His favorite medium by far is oil. He likes to experiment with new textures and techniques, sometimes putting brushes aside in favor of a knife or trowel. He typically composes as he applies the paint, with perhaps just one or two lines penciled on the canvas to guide him.

Influences include Van Gogh, Modigliani, Utrillo. Bernard Buffet (seen in his portraits, especially his clown series) and Suzanne Valadon.

He is enormously prolific, with over 90 works completed in the past year alone. He is also successful. Fred has had several solo exhibitions at local galleries, and has been selected as an exhibiting artist with the Charleston Artist’s Guild. In 2002 he won the Cooper River Bridge Run Design Competition, which greatly expended his regional exposure, and was juried into his first Piccolo Spoleto exhibition.

His recent work has been dominated by Charleston cityscapes – not seen, however, with the traditional eye. The sky is generally very dark, inky “Prussian” blue, and starless. The trees are assembled color masses, balloon-like in appearance, and the buildings are intensely vivid in form and color, an impression heightened by the overhanging darkness. The paintings are bright – but also lonely. The mood is stock still. Most have no human or animal figures. It is as if Edward Hopper painted an abandoned carnival at 3:00 A.M. They are brilliant.

Written by Dennis Style for The Gallery Guide

Olivia Pool of Art Mag interviews artist Fred Jamar at Robert Lange Studios

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Lowtide by William Berra

You are invited to join The Sylvan Gallery for a reception to honor the most recent body of work from celebrated painter, William Berra. The reception will take place from 5-8pm on Friday, Nov 2nd at The Sylvan Gallery at 171 King St in downtown Charleston, SC. This reception is one of the many wonderful events that will take place during the CFADA’s 14th Charleston Fine Art Annual. Follow the link to find out more on the weekends events, CFADA.

“White Out” is a collection of paintings inspired by the melding the sun, sand, and water on the horizon. With contemplative figures weighing the negative space, Berra’s paintings contain both strength and serenity.  All art enthusiasts will enjoy the effect that this body of work has on the viewer.

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Girl with Pink Pail by Curt Butler

Curt Butler represented by the Wells Gallery in Charleston, SC, considers himself an artist who teaches and shares his knowledge with other aspiring artists. He has taught at various art schools including Braitman Studio, Gaston Day School, Gaston College, and Gaston School of the Arts.

Curt conducted guild workshops throughout North Carolina where he resides that have been attended by both art students as well as professional artists. “I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge with others to create a journey for someone else.” In 2002, he was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award at Gaston Day School for his outstanding teaching abilities.
Butler’s current work is a mixture of oil paint and encaustic painting techniques. These techniques have afforded him the opportunity to experiment within the realm of mixed media. His paintings are often layered with multiple colors combinations that enhance the surface, creating a tactile effect. The textures are rich with both brushstroke and palette knife work. His paintings seem to come together at a distance with his imagery, and yet, work on a purely abstract level as you approach them. Curt creates approximately 90 to 120 paintings each year.
Most of his work is based in landscape yet it is not rooted in a particular place, but instead speaks to a general mood or feeling he has experienced from being surrounded by nature. His larger work envelopes you and is a powerful statement on any wall. His style is current with contemporary thoughts about the flat abstract nature of the picture plane versus the illusion of space; and he skillfully balances both of these ideas into a singular piece. His bold loose strokes seem to melt off the painting and at times, drip, as if there is something more meaningful beyond the mere image.
Educated at Kent State University and The Savannah College of Art and Design, Curt Butler received both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Fine Art.

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Laurie Meyer has lived and painted in Charleston, SC, for over twenty-five years. Following careers in education and corporate sales, Laurie devoted her life to her first love – painting – in 1997. Life in Charleston has provided Laurie with countless subjects and rich inspiration for her award winning paintings. Her frequent travels have also given Laurie varied and interesting ideas for many of her works. She paints with rich color and broad “brushy” strokes and palette knife to express the unique and recognizable softness in her work.

How They Shine For You I by Laurie Meyer

Art has also played a role in community involvement for Laurie. She is the past president of the Mt. Pleasant Artists Guild, serving two terms. Laurie also served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and originated the Art of Alzheimer’s exhibit, now under the auspices of the Charleston Artist Guild. Laurie is past Program Director and past Director of Artistic Growth for the Charleston Artist Guild.  She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, the SC Watercolor Association, and the Portrait Society of America.

Laurie resides on Daniel Island, SC with her creative and supportive husband.  Her three daughters, on their own or in college, are also creative with art and writing. “I am thankful to be blessed with the opportunity to do something I love. Painting has been part of me since I was a child and I still live for the artistic journey. I love rich color and textural strokes painted with gesture and spontaneity. I seek interesting designs with playful shadow structures in my street scenes and rich natural colors in my landscapes. Capturing light is a challenge and a thrill. Painting “en plein air,” nature’s studio, is a luxury and a great teacher, but weather and time constraints mean I also paint in the indoor studio. Either way, my challenge is to interpret what I see and express it in my unique style.”

She is represented by the Wells Gallery in Charleston, SC.

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