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PHOTO BLOG : Larger than LIFE


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of “Larger than LIFE” on Saturday, March 5th.

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With over 75 guests, we were delighted to see many new and familiar faces in attendance. Aside from the artwork, guests enjoyed great food provided by Eastchester Fish Gourmet and musical entertainment by Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

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The outstanding work of Sonne Hernandez, aka SJ Riley and Michael Thornton-Smith was further enhanced by their commentary on their artwork and creative process. Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director), opened the presentation by explaining transFORM Gallery’s innovative concept. Kara’s thought-provoking talk was centered around our artists’ ability to paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Sonne Hernandez approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings, evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process the paintings. Sonne explains it best, “having to come very close to the recognize the objects while everything around it disappears produces a feeling of larger than life.”  

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Michael Thornton-Smith spoke about his 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.”

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The Dandelion flower became his jumping off point into 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.

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A big transFORM thank you goes out to our two artist – Sonne and Michael.

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We’d also like to say a huge thank to those who joined us in launching “Larger than LIFE”.

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If you missed the Opening Reception there’s still time to see this collection. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase, now through May 15, 2016.

More photos from the night :

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Larger Than LIFE Opening Reception


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Opening Reception ◇ March 5th from 5-8pm
20 Jones Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

Sponsored by Westchester Magazine. 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of Larger Than LIFE, March 5th, from 5-8pm, at transFORM’s New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery, sponsored by Westchester Magazine.

Photo Realistic artists S.J. RileySonne Hernandez and Michael Thornton-Smith paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Brooklyn based artist, S J Riley aka Sonne Hernandez, focuses in on the details and movement of her subject. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process her paintings. The subject matter is blown up or in movement to the point where the contents become hidden. The absence of hard lines and instead soft layered brushstrokes’ that bleed into one another give the surface a very abstract feel. Until the subject reveals itself and suddenly it’s realism.  Riley approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Having to come very close to recognize the object while everything around it disappears and from a distance how objects just bleed into one another or produce movement. The final outcome is a feeling of larger than life.

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Michael Thornton-Smith’s Dandelion 2, 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.”

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The evening will include live entertainment with Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

His melodic doublings on vibes with the piano suggest the bygone days of the George Shearing Quintet.

He has played the vibes alongside Victor La Gamma, Andy Eulau, Pamela Sklar, Doug Proper, Lester Harper, Dylan La Gamma, and the Blue Hudson Jazz Group, among others.

 

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com.

 

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.