Barbara Ernst Prey’s ‘The Collection’

Barbara Ernst Prey’s ‘The Collection’

Barbara Ernst Prey has become an iconic American painter, renowned for her vibrant landscapes and watercolor scenes of Americana. She was appointed by the U.S. president to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14-member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prey has participated in the Art in Embassies program […]

Inside the Mind of an Art Critic

Inside the Mind of an Art Critic

Richard Speer doesn’t spook easily. As art critic for Willamette Week, Portland’s highly regarded alternative weekly newspaper, Speer has strolled through galleries in and around the Oregon city for more than a decade. He’s seen unsettling creative work, including William Pope.L’s giant reverse image of the United States made out of 5,000 rotting hot dogs. He’s also seen an upscale-gallery show featuring the paintings of Rama—a 21-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo. Still, when Speer walked into Breeze Block Art Gallery in Portland’s Chinatown arts district last March, he felt as if he’d entered a haunted house … albeit one from someone’s bland, colorless childhood.

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

With a fluid combination of charcoal, ink and paints, Bryan Ramey infuses his work with the surreal. Inspiration for his illustrated dream worlds comes from “the darker, more primitive side of man: the superstitious, the imaginative, the unknown part of ourselves,” he says. Ramey attended the postbaccalaureate program at the School for the Museum of […]

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both […]

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Barcelona-native Xavier Rodés has exhibited throughout Spain and internationally, including France, England, Argentina and the U.S. He completed his art studies degree at EINA College. According to the artist’s statement, “The ground-breaking treatment of light, precise drawing and thematic originality create Rodés’ distinguished and unique style. In spite of being a figurative artist, his paintings […]

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan. At the June 1 awards […]

Natalie Westbrook’s ‘Whisker Kiss’

Natalie Westbrook’s ‘Whisker Kiss’

Artist Natalie Westbrook captures the impressions of plant life as it relates to the human body, evoking the connection and mutability in nature. “In the primordial pool, genes bump into genes, join together and mutate,” she says in her artist’s statement. “My work focuses on the kinships and volatilities of disparate organic life, filtered through […]

Amazon.com to Launch Fine Art Gallery

Amazon.com to Launch Fine Art Gallery

Amazon.com, the powerhouse of online shopping, will join forces with galleries to develop an online art marketplace this summer. Last week, Amazon invited several galleries to an informational event held in New York City. The email invites read: This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to […]

Record-breaking sales suggest ‘new era’ in art market

Record-breaking sales suggest ‘new era’ in art market

This month, a contemporary art sale at Christie’s in New York brought in $495 million—the highest total in auction history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, establishing a total of 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10 million and 23 for more than […]

Hilary Williams’s ‘Dreaming Palms and Short Fences’

Hilary Williams’s ‘Dreaming Palms and Short Fences’

Mixed media artist Hilary Williams layers photos, drawings, paintings and patterns to create screen print impressions of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Her work captures a marriage between the urban and the natural. “Through layering, collage and juxtaposition, I strive to make layered pieces that deal with the absurdity, poignancy and joy of our […]