Kelly Walker paints with zeal and confidence, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas. Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures, and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered and her surfaces defy explanation, calling reference to landscape, graffiti, and color fields. Walker’s artwork has been featured extensively at venues both in and outside of the Baltimore area, including the Rosenberg Gallery, Silo Point, Gallery 1951 in Los Angeles, and the Delaware Museum of Art.
I am in a perpetual state of exploring and developing the mediums which I employ. My work is organic and uncensored, and I rely solely on intuition and my current emotional state when producing work. My emotional landscape seems to be cyclical and I have found comfort in channeling these moments that explain the reason I produce in series. I push mediums past their intended purposes, encouraging them to collide and react, not rejecting happy accidents, and forcing incompatible materials to meet. I work in fits of inspiration and struggle to find the time to create – that tension is used to my advantage. I frequently revisit paintings that have long since been put away. This process of reworking and revisiting a piece delivers charge, texture and energy that is not to be overlooked. In the end, I want to make the world a more beautiful place to live in, one encounter at a time.
Currently on display until the end of May.
A Baltimore-born, Baltimore-based artist, Adam LaFon received a BFA in Patinting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. He has also studied and exhibited at the International School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture in Umbria, Italy and at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland; as well as in and around Baltimore. His work can also be seen in murals around Maryland in Catonsville, Havre de Grace and Highlandtown.
Artist Statement: My paintings refer back to moves made in their construction. The process, and the image resulting, is one that doubles back and folds in on itself. Pictorial illusion is shattered and reassembled, holding together convincingly enough in places and is blown apart in others. Foregrounds are carved out of backgrounds, edges cut and bite into one another, and areas of color vibrate and hum. Weirdly muscular pink bulls trip and roll helplessly over mousetraps and over each other. Color and cartoon rendering lend themselves to the silliness of the situations depicted, but the silliness is rooted in an absurd, frustrating problem.
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Enamored with vivid, glossy colors, an eye for composition, and a grandfather who made a living as an oil painter/sculptor, the easiest path would have been to follow in his footsteps and become an oil painter myself. I have always had easy access to the vast amount of knowledge that he has, and he would have welcomed the opportunity to pass on his technique. However, by watching him through the years, I gained a clear perspective of the negative attributes of the medium as well as the incredible positive ones. Harsh solvents, toxic elements in the paint, and a need to a use large amount of new resources to build perfect canvasses, propelled me away from the family medium. Like many others in my generation, I had a drive to become more environmentally conscious and responsible in all of my life-decisions, especially my artistic ones. I have since made it my mission to use recycled and reclaimed materials in all of my works of art, full knowing and embracing the fact that it would be challenging and frustrating at times to also retain the qualities that define “fine art.” After much trail and error, I finally created a technique that satisfied all of the requirements. Using bits of color and texture taken from the pages of magazines and adhering them to recycled wood panels, I was able to replicate the elements of oil paintings that I loved so much. A review written by the Mountain Xpress in Asheville, NC, acknowledged this component in my pieces, “…Chen creates organic patches of color that push against each other and at times submit to a fluid-like blend…abstract works that, at first glance, resemble paintings.” The adhesives that I use are nontoxic, and provide UV protection so that the colors in the magazine clippings do not fade over time. My final coat, Safecoat, is a product specially formulated to provide a varnish alternative that is safe for both the consumer and the environment.
A group show of collage artists from around the country including Mario C. Sam, Christian Conrad, Gabriel Morgan, Jess Pfohl, Raymond Majerski and Rams Brisueño
The Baltimore Love Project expresses love by connecting people and communities across Baltimore City through love themed murals. Artists we asked to create original work inspired by the Baltimore Love Project. Each piece is available as a limited edition giclee print for $100 (framed) will all proceeds funding the remaining 4 love murals. Thank you for helping us spread love across Baltimore City
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Beauty repairs the world. Everything that is beautiful — whether strong, fragile, imperfect, or lost — compels us to acknowledge, honor and protect it. A vast ocean, a sweet letter: we want to preserve these. In this commitment lies a powerful foundation for both social and environmental justice. This makes beauty important and powerful; this is why I paint.
Working along the water’s edge to capture the movement of light and air, I see these paintings as portraits of a fleeting place in time. Their very specificity seems to make them universal; to different eyes, they recall Brittany, Devonshire, Wellfleet, or Mississippi. These landscapes depict Chesapeake and Cape Cod fishing grounds and threatened estuaries. Their fragility is also the subject of the small still life, “Message.”
Educated in fine arts at Yale, I studied sculpture with Erwin Hauer, painting with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey, and photography with Tom Brown. As an outdoor landscape painter I am self-taught, counting Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Mary Cassatt, Giorgio Morandi, Mark Rothko, Willie Cole, Walker Evans, Kara Walker, Robert Rauschenberg, Johannes Vermeer, and the Dutch and Flemish seascape painters as major influences. I work alla prima, on site, and also on commission.
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Anastasia Tantaros is a BFA graduate of West Chester University who dedicated a year of her life to street photography, capturing offbeat portraiture and area scenes in parts of Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Delaware and the surrounding areas. These photographs are part of a larger series of photographs that were taken each day for an entire year.