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Photo Blog: the Fanciful World Opening Reception


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Invite a trope of modern dancers to perform, bring over an international photographer jetting in from London, deliver a Westchester artist making gowns from feathers and sea urchin shells, place glowing orbs, cherry blossoms and french pussy willow branches throughout the showroom and you get a 2016 7th Heaven Event & Fanciful World Art Opening that had jaws dropping and minds spinning.

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transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, IDS New York, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’ on Thursday, February 4th.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

The spirit of great design was shining, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. All of our wonderful neighbors at the New York Design Center were open and full of surprises, making the night even more magical.  

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

A big shout out of thanks to Jessica DiMauro and the DiMauro Dance Company for giving us two fantastic performances. Their professionalism and modern dance added to the event, allowing our guests to experience a different type of entertainment.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of style and creativity.

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Exhibiting artists, Bella Kotak and Catherine Latson, draw their inspiration from the natural world creating mystical and breathtaking environments, fanciful garments and sculpture – drawing the viewer into an enchanting land via sight and touch.

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(Exhibiting Artists, Catherine Latson & Bella Kotak)

Fashion and conceptual photographer Bella Kotak says her main inspiration comes from, “nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, my beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world. Most of my images are pieces of several shots and for that to happen, I have to catch those moments in camera. Everything you see in a final image was captured on camera, just at different times. I bring the best storytelling qualities of different photos together to create one fully realized picture. I begin by going through the images and making selections and notes of different pieces of the image I like, for example, her face in one photo, her body language in another, the flow of fabric or how the smoke curled in this picture, and so on. Once I have a collection ready I open everything up in PhotoShop and meticulously begin to piece the puzzle together until the image I see emerge is the one I could already see when shooting. Once I have the composition finished, it’s then I begin with color toning and clearing up any distracting details. ”

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. “Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are re-imagined in moss, sea urchin shells, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on it’s head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

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It was truly a spectacular night with truly spectacular visual and performing artists.

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(DiMauro Dance Company, Catherine Latson, Kara O’Neill, Bella Kotak, Andreas Messis & Stuart Reisch)

Thank you everyone for coming together to make this happen!

If you missed the opening there is still time to see our amazing collection. Artwork from the ‘the Fanciful World’ will be on display and available for purchase, now through April 24, 2016. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed!

More photos from the Fanciful World :

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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(Photo by @wanhattan via Instagram)

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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Bella Kotak


Let Go (2014)

Let Go (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$4,500
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$1,800

New Queen Rising (2015)

New Queen Rising (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$5,000
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$2,000

Breathing Light (2014)

Breathing Light (2014)

Original photo print under matte glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

Winter's Dream (2014)

Winter's Dream (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

A River Flows In You (2015)

A River Flows In You (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
32" x 18"
$3,200
Also available in:
12.5" x 7"
$1,250

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Original photo print under matte glass
40" x 30"
$4,500
Also available in:
11.75" x 15.75"
$1,350

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200

Summer Lingers (2014)

Summer Lingers (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200


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Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, and conceptual artist based in England. Her work celebrates the ethereal state of nature coupled with the femininity, beauty, and strength of women. Bella’s creations are like stepping into a story, fairytale-like land where magic is found in the most ordinary of locations. A place where free spirited, independent, beautiful, strong-hearted characters come to life. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world.

 

 

Bella’s main inspiration comes from, nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world.

“I’ve been taking pictures since the day I discovered my Dad’s camera and claimed it as my own. I began teaching myself Photoshop in 2007 and it wasn’t long before I began to combine the two interests realizing that together they created an amazing and limitless way to tell stories.

Growing up in sun kissed Kenya I was surrounded by color and wild untamed natural life. Since moving to England I now appreciate and long for the beauty of natural bold colors and warm tones.

An aim I gave myself as a teen was to try to travel to a new place every year and so far a few of the places I’ve visited are Japan, Vietnam, Bali, Europe, Morroco, India and even managed to go up into the Arctic Circle. Every new place and experience has a tale to tell and creates stories in me that I try to capture and express.”

 

Michael Thornton-Smith


 

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 24"
$2,200

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Canvas
50" x 50"
$7,200

Dandelion VI (2015)

Dandelion VI (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

White Orchid (2015)

White Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Purple Orchid (2015)

Purple Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Orchid III (2015)

Orchid III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Orchid IV (2015)

Orchid IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Dahlia I (2015)

Dahlia I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony I (2015)

Peony I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony II (2015)

Peony II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia II (2015)

Lobelia II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia IV (2015)

Lobelia IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

MTS-Headshot“I was raised in Cornwall, and grew up in the English countryside. My earliest sketches were studies of his surroundings, locations that I felt moved to record. I have been influenced by the tradition of British landscape painting, particularly in my early works.”

Michael Thornton-Smith, began with an exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously; I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers. The dandelion flower gone to seed became a jumping off point to create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors. This is an ongoing project.

My paintings express a response to my perception of nature, to the transient acts of weather and the tenuous beauty of spontaneous cloud formations, captured in a fleeting moment. Traveling has been a source of inspiration for my work, taking me throughout the British Isles and Europe, and later through North Africa and East Africa. There is a body of my work that celebrates these experiences.

Sometimes I work from numerous studies, not always from the same location, but all with a view to a larger work. I love the skies, the source of light and the constantly changing barometric configurations. The expansive, magical thunderstorms over the savannah, the atmospheric conditions and their effect on the terrain; and more recently, the alluvial landscapes of the Hudson River Valley and the Long Island Sound.”

 

Alexander Rutsch


Portrait of a Diva

Portrait of a Diva

Mixed Media
32" x 40"
$6,000

Twilite

Twilite

Mixed Media
32" x 42"
$6,000

Rudolph Nureyev

Rudolph Nureyev

Mixed Media
22" x 30"
$6,000

Rudolph Nureyev

Rudolph Nureyev

Charcoal
20" x 26"
$2,500

Untitled

Untitled

Mixed Media
27" x 38"
SOLD

Woman in Red

Woman in Red

Pastel
21" x 27"
$3,000

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Mixed Media
20" x 26"
$4,000

Canvas A

Canvas A

Mixed Media
4' x 8'
$15,000
Purchase with "Canvas B" $12,000

Canvas B

Canvas B

Mixed Media
4' x 8'
$15,000
Purchase with "Canvas A" $12,000

Madonna

Madonna

Mixed Media
49" x 97"
SOLD

Grey Nude

Grey Nude

Mixed Media
8.5" x 11"
$1,300

Beach Scene with Boat

Beach Scene with Boat

Mixed Media
22" x 28"
$4,000

Beach Scene

Beach Scene

Mixed Media
22" x 28"
$4,000

Moonbeams

Moonbeams

Mixed Media
30" x 40"
$6,000

Raquel

Raquel

Pastel
19" x 33"
$5,000

Face to Face

Face to Face

Monotype Enhanced, Mixed Media
22" x 28"
SOLD

Brittany

Brittany

Mixed Media
18" x 24"
$3,500

Seaside

Seaside

Mixed Media
18" x 24"
$3,000

Woman

Woman

Mixed Media
30" x 40"
$5,500

Lavender Nude

Lavender Nude

Mixed Media
30" x 40"
$6,000

Claudette

Claudette

Mixed Media
22" x 28"
$2,500

Athena

Athena

Mixed Media
40" x 32"
SOLD

Still-life

Still-life

Mixed Media
32" x 40"
$6,000

Mask

Mask

Mixed Media
16” x 11.75”
$1,000 (Framed)

Leda & Swan

Leda & Swan

Mixed Media
18.75” x 14.125”
$1,200

Purple Nude

Purple Nude

Mixed Media
31.25” x 23.25”
$2,500

The Embrace

The Embrace

Mixed Media
28” x 22.125”
$2,500 (Framed)

Carnival

Carnival

Mixed Media
Unframed - 34" x 42"
Framed - 35" x 43"
$6,000

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

Mixed Media
Unframed - 32" x 42"
Framed - 35.5" x 43.25"
SOLD

Arrow

Arrow

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
5" x 11"
$850

Russian Dancer

Russian Dancer

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
3" x 8"
$1,000

Dancers

Dancers

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
7" x 12"
$3,000

Seeing Guiding the Blind

Seeing Guiding the Blind

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
12" x 15"
$3,000

Group

Group

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
20" x 24"
$3,000

Umbrella

Umbrella

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
6" x 9"
$1,000

Victory

Victory

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
Aprox. 3' x 4'
$6,000

Lovers

Lovers

Bronze, Metal & Found Objects
5" x 13"
$1,500

 

AlexanderRutsh-LGheadshot“My dreams are color and life. They soar in my head like millions of symphonies. I can never stop building dreams.”

Alexander Rutsch was born in Russia in 1916 but raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After studying voice in Austria he became and opera singer like his parents, but after WWI, Rutsch’s love for visual expression propelled him to change careers. He was a painter, sculptor, philosopher, musician, singer and poet.

He was an artist of the purest breed-an artist who had no choice but to paint. He was a chosen traveler of the depths of existence; a man who followed a longing to explore his inner self and relate his findings with the energy of the universe.

The celebrated Austrian artist approached painting and sculpting as he lived life- with the eyes of a child and the hand of a poet. Constantly in the quest for rhythms of form and vibrations of color, he caught the “sparks in the shadow” and evidenced their fullest reality and beauty in his creations. While he may have attributed certain artistic expressions to “coincidence”, his inspiration came from such diverse sources as: memories, dreams, sounds, numbers, telephone poles, and driftwood. Rutsch had an affinity to vibrant colors, strong contours and rich brush strokes, which are apparent in his oils, mixed media works and ink drawings.

His work is held in the collections of H.M Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Walter Cronkite of New York, Gala and Salvador Dali, Sammy Davis Jr, Jacqueline Kennedy- Onassis, Guy Laroche of Paris, Belgium’s Museum of Liège, Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Baroness Alix de Rothschild of France.

Alexander Rutsch passed away in 1997. His friends, supporters and family established the bi-annual Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition competition for visual artist.  This program continues his belief that art transcends all of our humanity.