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Irish Meetup: Daniel O’Sullivan’s “Ireland through Dreamlike Eyes” Presentation


We were happy to welcome two New York City Meetup groups to our NYDC showroom. The Irish in New York and The Irish / British Genealogy Groups convened last Thursday, June 11th, to hear Dublin artist, Daniel O’Sullivan talk about his “Ireland” series of paintings.

transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill and Daniel O’Sullivan lead the discussion on Ireland’s past, present and future. While enjoying wine and light refreshments, the attentive audience asked interesting questions and added to the commentary.

Speaking of his experiences, Daniel’s art captures both the tradition and uniqueness of Irish culture, subtleties often lost to the tourist or non-Irish Native.

A special thank you to all the guests in attendance for making this Meetup so enjoyable.

Here’s feedback from our guests:

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“It makes me nostalgic for Ireland- again. A lovely evening out with great companions. Great art. Great artist presentation. Great food & wine. What could be better?” – Karen

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“Loved the exhibit and the demonstration rooms, perfect for New York apartments!” – Marcia

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“…Thank you so much for inviting us into your beautifully thought out space. It was gorgeous!”– Karen

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“Wonderful in every way – the artist, his art and talk, host, environment, people…really enjoyed it!” – Erin

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Stanislav Nikireev


The Dandelion Fluff

The Dandelion Fluff

Etching
13.25” x 11.25”

Leaves Have Fallen

Leaves Have Fallen

Etching
13.25” x 11.5”

Two Trees, Versions II

Two Trees, Versions II

Etching
13.25” x 11.5”

Swallow

Swallow

Etching
3.5” x 3.875”

Rome, St. Paul's Cathedral

Rome, St. Paul's Cathedral

Etching
9.75" x 8"

Magpie

Magpie

Etching
3.5” x 3.875”

 

StanislavNikireev-headshot“The laws of art cannot be listed on a piece of paper. You cannot guess the development of art from a theoretical formula since it constitutes the world as experienced by the artist throughout his life. The more curious the master is, the closer he is to life, nature, culture, traditions, and the more his work will be wonderfully unpredictable.”

“Stanislav Nikireev is one of the most remarkable masters of modern Russian fine arts. His graphic pictures represent wide and profound panoramic views of the terrestrial surface filled with life and dynamism. Impressive harmony of his compositions reflects in a way the harmony of the universe.

In these landscape works nature is a model, an object of artistic vision, and also a metaphor of a state of mind. Man is seldom figured in Nikireev’s etchings, though manifestations of his vital activity are always perceptive.”

 

Tracy Helgeson


Bound By Shadows

Bound By Shadows

Oil on Wood Panel
24” x 30” x 2”

Divided

Divided

Oil on Wood Panel
9” x 18” x 1”

Surrounding Hills

Surrounding Hills

Oil on Wood Panel
18” x 18” x 1”
SOLD

Sweet Corn at Sundown

Sweet Corn at Sundown

Oil on Wood Panel
16” x 18” x 1”

The Big Pink (Barn)

The Big Pink (Barn)

Oil on Wood Panel
30” x 40” x 2”

Dark Barn with Sheep

Dark Barn with Sheep

Oil on Wood Panel
18” x 14” x 1”
$1,200

Sheep Study #838

Sheep Study #838

Oil on Wood Panel
5” x 7” x 1”
SOLD

Sheep Study #839

Sheep Study #839

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”

Sheep Study #840

Sheep Study #840

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”
SOLD

Barn Study #827

Barn Study #827

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”

Red Dress

Red Dress

Oil on Wood Panel
48" x 36" x 2"

 

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Artist Tracy Helgeson paints the classic subject of America’s rural culture and agricultural community, capturing an era once forgotten, yet preserved at the same time. There is a modern, otherworldly take on her subjects and locations.

Tracy explains it best, “In creating a painting, my intent is to capture an evocative feeling and an essence of a landscape, structure or person that I feel a connection to. The images that I choose usually have a basis in reality, but I often alter composition, color and light to more accurately express my feelings about how and what I see.

I truly appreciate the process of painting; the texture of the surfaces that I prepare, the richness of the colors and glazes that I choose, the softness of a brush, the smell of the paint, medium and solvent and the excitement of creating an image.”

Charlotta Janssen


Agricultural Abundance, Do Not Spindle: Cow

Agricultural Abundance, Do Not Spindle: Cow

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
52" x 72"

Two Boxers

Two Boxers

Acrylic & Iron Oxide Onto Paper
20" x 30"

The Fabric of Lincoln

The Fabric of Lincoln

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
24" x 36"

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
24" x 72"

Man and Machine: Flight (Clifford Harmon before the Crash)

Man and Machine: Flight (Clifford Harmon before the Crash)

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 48"

Man and Invention: Coxey’s Lifesavers & Water Wings

Man and Invention: Coxey’s Lifesavers & Water Wings

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 72"

I Want To Thank Bank of America For My Adjustable Rate Mortgage

I Want To Thank Bank of America For My Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 72"

 

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“I work in a subject matter of portraiture, politics, and banality. I’m a figurative painter, though to me it’s so abstract, that it’s concrete: I just like having a figurative excuse to distribute paint unevenly onto a canvas. My medium is acrylic, oil, iron oxide (rust) and collage. The color spectrum is narrow on the cusp of black and white and color: core tones are black, white, teal and rust.

I am strongly influenced by the great void of Americana, classic portraiture, my German roots and my life in Brooklyn which to me is the tactility of the now: t a lot of urban decay which I often express in collage onto the painted work. I’m awestruck by Romare Bearden for his great use of collage and composition, Jacob Lawrence for his use of simple materials (cheap paints and lined pages) to make great work, Francis Bacon for his fearless exposure of the un-pretty human shape as well as Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper for his almost effortless depiction of the void and Norman Rockwell for his courageous depiction of kitsch. Photographers such as Ingrid Maier, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange inspire me for their stark light and strong composition of people in every day settings as well as Disfarmer for his awkward portraiture.

I love the human stench with all its faults and beauty. I love painting it into what I call augmented portraiture: a portrait /painting with collage and retro-collage, giving you the tactility and possibly of glance at the person’s or persons’ “now” and “story”. It’s a way of bringing in sound bites, textures, abstract shapes and color into the composition.”

Americana Art Opening


“I would like to give a big shout out of thanks to the 500 artists, friends, guests and supporters of transFORM’s Art Gallery and custom cabinetry for making our February 5th, “Americana” Art Opening such a spectacular success.

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The evening had a sense of camaraderie and warmth on a cold winter night, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of color, imagery and technique. Their works have shown internationally and are recognized as great investments.

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I am happy to walk you through the Gallery or feel free to come check it out yourself – whatever works for you.” The exhibit is on display till May 3rd, 2015.

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