Surrealism of the 21st Century
March 22 – April 26
Opening Reception: Saturday March 22nd, from 7 – 10pm
“Blackend” by Joe Vaux
Surrealism of the 21st Century at LuminArte Gallery features numerous Texas artists, including Breck Outland, Francisco Javier, Magi Calhoun, Morgan Grasham, Rick Timmons and Merry Fuhrer. Local Surrealists will accompany an international group of artists in a presentation of LUSO-AMERICAN Surrealism, which is a continuation of a series of exhibitions relating to Portuguese artist, Santiago Ribeiro´s project “International Surrealism Now.” This unique exhibition will feature works of Portuguese artists Victor Lages, Paula Rosa, Francisco Urbano, Santiago Ribeiro, and American artists France Garrido, Joe MacGown, K.D. Matheson, Shahla Rosa, Steve Smith and Olga Spiegel. In addition, LuminArte Gallery is proud to introduce the paintings of New York based artist, Richard Vaux and California based painter, Joe Vaux. In LuminArte’s Small Works “River Edge Gallery” a collection of mixed media artwork and photography will also be exhibited with works by international artists Chema Gil, Sergei Rodionov, Otto Rapp and Katrin Alvarez and Dallas based photographers David Rickerd and Ben Britt. This exciting exhibition opens on March 22nd, with a reception from 7-10pm; and many artists will be in attendance. The exhibit runs through April 26th; and both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Most widely known for his work as a director and storyboard artist on the animated series “Family Guy,” Joe Vaux has found his creative voice not only through a multitude of animation projects, but also in a booming career in fine art. Joe’s imaginative perspective is apparent in his playfully bizarre paintings, but has more recently branched out across the spectrum, including a line of clothing for the Tonny Sorensen Collection and even through projects for Playstation. “Strange environments and absurd characters are the players in a demented adaptation of my life story. I hope that within the madness the viewer will find the comedy that is our existence.”
The only son of two talented artists, Joe Vaux learned the joys of creation at an early age; though his work is in stark contrast to his father, Richard’s sublimely surreal landscapes and archetypal narratives. Richard Vaux is an accomplished multimedia artist, represented in public and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and the Far East; and has been in numerous international exhibitions and publications. “My work is an ongoing process, one composition leading to the next. In searching for the harmonies and balances of nature, the works parallel and emulate natural phenomena. With each painting there is a new sense of harmony with nature, a coordination and synthesis of the physical and the spiritual. Each composition is a visual poem about light and illumination…the visible and the invisible”.
“Lightscape XII” by Richard Vaux
International Surrealism Now began in Portugal in 2010, with Santiago Ribeiro organizing a major exhibition that was sponsored by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Conimbriga Monographic Museum and was followed by exhibitions in Paris, Madrid and Berlin. Afterwards, Santiago began a partnership with artist Victor Lages to develop the project” Utopia of Fantastic Art,” for the purpose of organizing exhibitions in Lisbon and in other international venues. The collective focus of the artwork addresses themes of human nature and the subconscious, as well as concerns about modern society and its individual and collective behavior. Psychic automatism becomes a prevalent motif in the exhibitions, promoting spontaneous, free expression with as little interruption from the conscious mind as possible, in order to enable the artists to explore the depths of the imagination and to tap into and express the fundamental nature of reality.
“Butterflies” by Santiago Ribeiro
LuminArté Presents: "Muse"
May 3rd - June 7th
Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, from 7 – 10pm
“Medusa” by Jonathan Davis
LuminArte Gallery presents “Muse,” featuring numerous Texas based artists, including Michael Pavlovsky, John Milton, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Jim Lively, Matt Anzak, Jonathan Davis, Toni Martin, Aralyn McGregor, Julia Pappas, Corrie Jorns, Cathy Shepherd, Stephen Hartzler and Jessica Manheim, as well as fashion designs by Mario A. Gallegos Jr., performance art by Lauren Stout and new media installations by Joel Sampson. Regional talent like Matt Jeppsen, Ray Ferrer, Bronwyn Towle and Mia Tyler will also be showcased alongside international artists Viktorija Bulava, Victor Frankowski, Esther Wertheimer, He Si'en, Luba Muravyeva and Nicolantonio Mucciaccia. This intriguing multimedia exhibition runs through June 7th, with an opening reception on May 3rd from 7-10pm; and many artists will be in attendance. The reception is free and open to the public, ages 18 and up.
“Muse” is the manifestation of inspiration. The artist is a conduit to something universal, to a collective unconscious insight that reflects culture, society and subjectivity simultaneously; yet the artist needs a focus, a revelation. In ancient Greece, the Muses were the personification of knowledge and of the arts; and the invocation of the Muse was an indication that the artist was reaching beyond him or herself for divine illumination. In this way, the artist transcends ego and expectation; but the Muse is the cue to initiate this rite of expression.
“Bugatti” by Viktorija Bulava
North Texas portrait painter, Jonathan Davis demonstrates his inherent artistic talent and natural eye for detail in each bewitching composition. Inspired by the women he has had the pleasure of knowing, and by the conspiracies of man and the occult, Jonathan’s artwork depicts a refined perspective of femininity and inner beauty. Each work is a meaningful representation of Mother Nature's most mesmerizing and persecuted creations in a somewhat mythological context, as an attempt to alter the perception of our forgotten reality.
Viktorija Bulava was born into an artistic family in Riga, Latvia, during the period of Soviet rule. Early on, Viktorija was identified as a child prodigy; at age 12, she began formal art studies at the Rosentals School of Art in Riga and was selected for her first solo art exhibit soon afterwards. Her fine arts training in Riga culminated in a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Latvia; and as “Best Graduate of 1996,” she received the Sipolins Foundation grant, which included a trip to the US for a one-woman show at the Latvian Cultural Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Today, she lives and paints in Sarasota; yet Viktorija’s classical training and Eastern European background illustrate a blending of the Western influenced Art Nouveau style of Riga, the “Little Paris of the Thirties,” with post-World War II Soviet realism.
Dallas based artist, Joel Sampson combines visual art with electronics, while incorporating musical elements and LED lighting to create elaborative kinetic sculptures and new media installations. Sampson has exhibited extensively in Texas and the Southwest; and his artwork has been included in public and private collections including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
“Sugar Hut” by Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski is a London based documentary photographer. Born in Poland, Victor relocated to Australia, where he studied at the Sydney Collage of Art and started his photography career. After deciding to move back to Europe, where he settled in London in 2007, Victor’s transition from commercial photography to fine art photography enabled him to develop a visual language, which runs throughout his work. Though his photography is centered on popular culture, it explores themes of personal memory as well as a subject’s relationship with the camera. Having started as a social photographer during a time when people’s interaction and exposure to online images started to peak, a key aspect of his work has been to capture the energy and palpable reality of people’s emotions.
LuminArté Presents: "The Prince of Texas"
May 10th - May 23rd
"The Prince of Texas" by Bruce Sulzberg
June 14th - July 26th
Opening Reception: Saturday June 14th, from 7 – 10pm
"Here Comes the Sun"
Roberta Masciarelli Artist Showcase
June 21 –July 12
Opening Reception June 21st, 7-10PM
"Fons Aquarum" by Roberta Masciarelli
In the artwork of Roberta Masciarelli, the viewer discovers a sacred place assembled from found objects that resonate with a purpose almost forgotten. One finds a soul searching, subconscious yearning to explore the space that inhabits our imagination as well as the infinite space of the universe. Lyrical lines create action and a sense of energy flowing from the Source, while matter materializes into mechanical forms that initiate a ritual, which is symbolic and meticulous, yet playful and transcendent.
August 2nd - September 6th
Opening Reception: Saturday June 14th, from 7 – 10pm