At our Boca Raton gallery, we’re enjoying the extra hours of daylight and seeing both new and familiar faces dropping by to see what’s new at VFA. If you’re not in the area, allow us to bring these impressive art prints to you. As always, if there’s anything we can do to assist you with your collection please do not hesitate to contact Gary or Bill.
Carole Feuerman − best known for her Hyper-realistic figurative sculptures of swimmers and bathers − is in high demand these days. Earlier this year, the City of Peekskill, NY announced their purchase of the artist’s “The Golden Mean,” which is to become a permanent monument. Feuerman’s The General’s Daughter is on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the artist is currently once again showcasing works at the Venice Biennale.
The first art print for sale this week is Feuerman’s dreamy Shower 2012 – Silkscreen on Canvas with Diamond Dust. To view this sparkling work in person is to fully appreciate the artist’s talent for capturing facial expression that lends a sense of wonderment. The rich color is palpable and the diamond dust provides a starry, enigmatic atmosphere.
The Abstract Expressionist works from British artist Anthony Frost are striking, large format pieces with exciting vibrant colors. The son of artist Sir Terry Frost, Anthony is known for his approach and creative process, which involves inspiration drawn from music. In fact, the artist claims to be more heavily influenced by musical artists than any particular artists within the world of fine art. Of Frost’s musical interests, an English post-punk band from Greater Manchester named The Fall appears to top the list. Vertu Fine Art is pleased to make available for sale this grand art print from Anthony Frost.
Another British artist with works at Vertu Fine Art is Damien Hirst, known for his impressive role as a member of the 1990s Young British Artist movement (with notable artists Emin, Quinn, Turk and Whiteread). One of Hirst’s more famous series of works is his spot paintings, known as his pharmaceutical paintings – each is titled for a chemical substance used by the pharmaceutical industry. Perillartine is a sweetener that’s approximately 2,000 times sweeter than sugar. Damien Hirst employs a scientific approach to his spot paintings, following a system that includes placement within a grid, with non-repeating colors.
Staring at Perillartine or any of Hirst’s spot works can leave the viewer with a feeling of being under the influence of a sedating pharmaceutical. The handsome colored spots float gently in space, in front of a stark white canvas. How lovely to own a work that seduces, sedates and provides endless patterns for consideration.
Pop Art collectors in the know will be enthralled with this piece from American Artist Larry Rivers. Rivers, who was born Yitzroch Grossberg, was the son of Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. He was also a professional jazz saxophonist − introduced in a 1940 gig with his band as “Larry Rivers and the Mudcats” − and he kept the name.
Larry Rivers is considered by many as a founding father of the Pop Art movement, as he was among the earliest of artists to experiment with a modernized blending of iconic objects and abstract expressionism. Immersed in the New York Pop Art and social revolution music scene, Larry is perhaps best known for the exuberance of his style and his use of the media to illuminate cultural issues.
Italian-born artist Massimo Vitali spent much of his career as an accomplished photojournalist in Europe prior to becoming a master of the fine art genre known as photorealism. Perhaps this explains the artist’s talent for telling a story in photography captured as an objective observer.
Vitali’s works have captured people acting naturally, unaware of his presence, at beaches, pools, parks, plazas and other public spaces. His subjects are not posed or conscious of themselves or their surroundings, providing viewers the opportunity to share in his voyeurism. In his Greenwich Park, London work, Vitali’s subjects appear to be standing still one moment, moving in sequence toward the city the next. The artist’s viewpoint allows for varying conclusions to be drawn about social interaction and the way people adapt to their surroundings.
The inner conditions and disturbances of normality: its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism.”
Exquisite colors define Pop Artist Tom Wesselmann’s Lulu, a classic work. The title is taken from the lead character of an Alban Berg Opera about a woman who relentlessly seduces the men in her life, making the character a worthy Wesselmann siren. Any Tom Wesselmann collector will be proud to add Lulu to Monica, Claire, Kate and other classic Wesselmann muses.
We hope to see you at our Boca Raton gallery soon. Thank you for your interest in Vertu Fine Art.