Elliott Landy- Summer 2017!

photo © Elliott Landy

photo © Elliott Landy

Jessica Hagen Gallery is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy will be exhibiting a collection of his iconic images of underground rock and roll superstars.

His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, and many others. He documented the music scene during the late 60's & 70's which culminated in the 1969 Woodstock Folk Festival of which he was the official photographer.

During this period, he also photographed the Newport Folk Festival.

Posted on November 12, 2016 .

Daniel Denton - Artist Profile

1) Your work often has a sacred quality to it. Is this intentional? Are you consciously working for that quality or does it just somehow “happen”?


The term "sacred" has religious implications and I don't set out to make religious objects or generally use that kind of symbolism in any way. If that quality exists in my work then I have to think that it is only because it triggers something in the viewers subconscious. I think a lot of deeper meaning can be expressed through a form or arrangement of forms and I certainly take great care to be aware of the possibilities as I'm putting a piece together but generally speaking there is no conscious effort made on my part to imbue a piece with that kind of meaning or to make something with that specific goal in mind.


2) What inspires you?


I am reminded of a something I heard the poet Ann Carson say in an interview recently when she was asked basically the same question. She answered by saying, (paraphrase) "If your way of life is writing then anything can be a sentence". I love how casual that sentiment is and it certainly works that way in my "way of life". Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime so my job is to just be as aware as possible. The trick lies in editing the inspirations and then dissecting the one(s) you think are expandable to find out what really drew you to it or it to you.

3) How do sculptures begin? Do you start with one piece of stone, wood or metal and go from there or do you see the completed piece in your mind and then work to create it?

It depends on the piece. In a commissioned piece you automatically have a direction so that's kind of like a jump start. There are those rare times when I'll have an idea and just make it but it usually ends up a little weak because I haven't put the idea through all the mental and physical exercises. There is that cliche about a sculpture being inside a block of stone and the artist just has to remove everything that is not the sculpture to expose it, but that is not the way I work. Generally speaking, my work comes through careful consideration of materials and use of them for the essential qualities they possess.

4) What is it about mixing materials that is appealing to you? Do you have a favorite material?


I do like to mix materials when possible and I usually use stone, wood and metal. My primary medium is stone as it is the one I have the most experience with but it is often times not enough to express what I'm trying to express so I have to introduce another player. Materials are my color palette, texture pallette, light palette, weight palette, strength palette, form palette and on and on.


5) Do you work on several pieces at the same time?


Yes, I usually have two or three going at the same time.


6) You create sculpture and also functional pieces: tables, chairs, benches etc. What Is the difference in the creative process of making functional vs. nonfunctional work? Do you prefer one to the other?


Aside from the obvious distinctions there is no differentiation. It is all sculpture to me and the process is virtually the same and I love being able to do both.


7) Who are the artists that you admire? Would you say those artists also influence your work?


I came to art through architecture so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza and especially Peter Zumthor. As far as artists, early on I loved the work of Barbara Hepworth, Constantin Brancusi and of course Isamu Noguchi. Then I got into the work of the so called "minimalists" like Donald Judd, Robert Irwin, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, and Michael Heizer. I also love Maya Lin's work for existing between art and architecture and lately the Korean artist, Lee Ufan. The artist who influence my work the most is the lesser known but equally gifted, Rich Brothers. I was lucky enough to have a studio next to Rich's for a number of years, and I learned a lot from him and he drew the artist out of me.


8) Do you have an affinity for any particular period of art/culture/history?


No


9) What is the most rewarding aspect of being an artist? And conversely, what is the most difficult?


That's simple and the same answer applies to both: It's getting to express my true nature.    
   

 

Posted on October 26, 2016 .

Hunt Slonem Opening, July 8th

ARTIST HUNT SLONEM TO

EXHIBIT AT JESSICA HAGEN IN NEWPORT, RI

Cobalt Bunnies 60"x60" Oil and Diamond dust on canvas

Cobalt Bunnies 60"x60" Oil and Diamond dust on canvas

Hunt Slonem is an American painter and sculptor best known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of bunnies, birds and butterflies. He maintains a large studio in Brooklyn, NY filled with his paintings and sculpture, an impressive collection of antiques and fifty-plus birds who provide him constant inspiration.

Mr. Slonem’s work is in a multitude of museum collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as many corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. Hunt Slonem has received extensive media attention: CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, ArtNews, and Architectural Digest (to name but a few) have all profiled Mr. Slonem not only for his artwork, but also for his collection of historic homes that he has restored, decorated and filled with works of art.

   Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design was founded in 2005. For the past eleven years the gallery has built a reputation for excellence in contemporary art. The gallery exhibits painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry by many of the finest American artists working today. Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design is open to the public Thursday through Sunday and by appointment everyday but Monday. More information about the gallery is available at www.jessicahagen.com.

Image attached: Cobalt Bunnies by Hunt Slonem 60 “ x 60” oil & diamond dust on canvas

Cobalt Bunnies by Hunt Slonem 60 “ x 60” oil & diamond dust on canvas

The Artist's Studio

The artist’s studio: part think-tank, church, laboratory, sanctuary, factory and depending on the day, torture chamber. As an art dealer, I visit the studios of the artists that I represent. Aside from helping my clients, studio visits are the absolute best part of my job. It’s a privilege being allowed into the inner sanctum of someone’s creativity. An artist’s studio is a very personal space and being inside is like walking around their soul. It’s all there- what influences and inspires them- from music to special objects, as well as their works in progress, tools and supplies and triumphs and failures. It takes courage to be an artist. It’s a career where rejection is part of the deal; paintings don’t always sell, sculptures remain on the pedestals or the latest and greatest idea falls flat… But in spite of that reality, artists press on. They head into the studio again, where it’s safe to wear their hearts on their sleeves and try new things, not always knowing the outcome. This kind of bravery is endlessly awe-inspiring to me and I admire every artist that I represent. Pictured here are several of their studios. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did visiting them.

Posted on December 5, 2015 .

What Really Matters Is What Matters

Love. When it comes to art, I love it. I went to school to study painting and I design and make jewelry. I help artists as their representative to collectors and curators. Sometimes, I'm their coach and cheerleader. It is more than just a job, because that would mean I could quit and do something else. How do you quit being who you are? Art connects everything that matters in my life. I’m the mother of two incredible children, now 12 and 14. Raising them in the presence of art has been instrumental in helping shape them into thoughtful, creative and open minded people. Being their mother is for me the ultimate creative endeavor and love is at the heart of it.

Anything that comes from a place of love has the power to heal, nourish, and restore hope. This is both an issue of faith and personal experience for me. Insisting on art in my home has created touchstones for love and grounds me during times when the world seems upside down. Collecting art is not just about hanging a picture on the wall, it's about building relationships in the context of encouraging self expression. The old adage "Be Yourself" is the motivation behind every work of art; it takes courage and commitment. And that is a great way to live our lives.

Posted on November 12, 2015 .

Blithewold and The Beekman Boys

Recently, I exhibited a selection of the gallery’s painting, sculpture and jewelry as part of Gardener’s Day at historic Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island.

I brought a selection of works by Hunt Slonem, Anne Mimi Sammis, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jillian Barber, Jeanne Tangney, Jessica Pisano, Vince Natale and Ron Cowie

The featured speakers were The Fabulous Beekman Boys of Beekman 1802. Most of the 150 + attendees had never heard of the Beekman Boys but, because of my upstate New York roots, I am a longstanding fan of all things Beekman.

The Beekman 1802 farm is located in Schoharie County a short distance from my grandparents’ farm (sold when I was a teenager) in the very small town of Sharon Springs- population 547.

From this rural town, the Beekman Boys have turned Beekman 1802 into one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country. It all started in 2007 when two New Yorkers Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge purchased the Beekman Farm on a weekend visit upstate and then promptly lost their jobs in the recession. With a $1 million mortgage, they had to somehow make the farm profitable and Beekman 1802 was born, first with goat’s milk soap (with the help of a neighboring farmer whose dairy goats needed a new home because their farm was lost).

Now, Beekman 1802 produces and sells a variety of products from farm- made specialty foods, and cookbooks, to clothing and gifts handmade by local artisans. They have a bricks and mortar mercantile shop in Sharon Springs and pop up stores all over the country as well as a significant online presence.

Their efforts revitalized the economy of Sharon Springs. Friends and neighbors are the farmers, artisans and soap makers creating the products that made Beekman 1802 an American success story synonymous with quality, hand made and, locally grown goods.

Their new book Beekman 1802 Style was just published and I’m happy to report that we share the same design philosophy: mix modern/contemporary with antique/historic and everything sings! Of course I had the boys sign my copy…

If it sounds like I’m gushing, it’s because I am… The Beekman Boys’ hearts and minds are in the right place- the same place that gives rise to beautiful paintings, sculpture and art of all kinds… I’m proud to be their biggest fan.

Posted on October 19, 2015 and filed under Design Style.

My Afternoon with Hunt Slonem

Kingston, New York: Cordts Mansion

Stunning, inspiring, stimulating and, fabulous…. there's no shortage of superlatives to describe artist Hunt Slonem or, his country house in upstate New York. Overlooking the Hudson, the second empire style Cordts Mansion sits on nine glorious acres of emerald lawn with majestic old growth trees, perfectly framing the river view.

I was surprised to find myself feeling a little nervous when I arrived at the driveway. Hunt’s bigger than life reputation precedes him. I wanted to meet the person responsible for such beautiful, colorful and captivating paintings. For the past two months I have been selling Hunt’s work in my gallery and was excited to finally meet him. 

The fact that Hunt’s country house is located in Kingston, NY right next to the even smaller village of Woodstock, my beloved hometown, made this trip even more exciting. 

If you know me even a little, you know I’m homesick for Woodstock every day. Even though I love living in beautiful Newport, RI -- it doesn’t change where my roots are. I had such a great time talking with him and touring his home.

As I was walking up the steps of Hunt’s front porch, I thought: “It just doesn’t get any better than this! It’s a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley, I’m here to meet Hunt and, this is my job!

Meeting Hunt

Hunt is one of the most uplifting people I’ve had the pleasure to know. How could it be any different? This man spends his days painting birds, bunnies, flowers and, butterflies. He has an unapologetic, all-out enthusiasm for life which is evident in everything he creates.

I had blast talking with him and touring his home. The three hours spent together flew by in an instant. We chose more paintings for the gallery, I could have stayed longer without seeing everything there was to see.

I left even more excited about Hunt’s work and our upcoming 2016 show at the gallery than when I arrived… and this is my job.

 

 

Posted on October 2, 2015 and filed under Gallery Artists.