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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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Vaho Muskheli


Study of Horse #1

Study of Horse #1

Charcoal on Paper
30” x 22”

Study of Horse #2

Study of Horse #2

Charcoal on Paper
22” x 30”

Study of Horse #3

Study of Horse #3

Charcoal on Paper
30” x 22”

Study of Man #1

Study of Man #1

Charcoal on Paper
30” x 22”

Study of Man #2

Study of Man #2

Charcoal on Paper
30” x 22”

Vaho Muskheli-headshot

“As a young artist I remember struggling to find my own vision, to develop my own signature in art.  It was not quick and easy.  I copied the old masters every night until three o’clock in the morning.  It was an incredible relationship – as if they lived with me in spirit and we were working together.  I was changing my style frequently, looking for my own vision to emerge, and eventually I found myself in figurative art where I could express my personality most fully.”

Vaho Muskheli combines classical styles in unexpected ways, resulting in a simultaneous sense of recognition and surprise.  Muskheli was trained in the tradition of socialist realism, and studied old masters in order to develop his own vision and style. The emotional intensity and mastery of the Muskheli’s works are comparable to ones by Michelangelo, Bosch, Bruegel and the great surrealists.

Vaho Muskheli acknowledges: “Michelangelo taught me how to draw, Rembrandt showed me color, and Bruegel taught me how to think.   And I found myself in the imaginary realism that fuses the expressiveness of figurative art and a sense of Georgia, her mountains, her waters and her history—all fantastically transformed”.