Local Attractions: The Renwick Gallery brings Burning Man to Washington D.C.

Labor Day weekend has arrived and we’re sure you’re wondering how you’re going to spend your 3 glorious days off! Here’s an idea! There’s an art museum filled with wonders residing just steps away from the White House. This institution known as The Renwick Gallery has the words “Dedicated to Art” carved above the main…

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Kyle Stuckey: The Artist Who Captures the Essence of Charleston

We certainly love our dear city of Alexandria, but for this blog we are taking a trip down south to Charleston! We want our followers to get to know the artists we represent at Principle Gallery Charleston as well as give you all a taste of the exciting events and exhibitions our team puts together.…

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Getting to know the artist, Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic was born in 1952 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. His early education was extremely versatile and consisted of the visual and performing arts. However, in spite of his obvious talent for painting, he enrolled into a pedagogical university to study literature and language in 1967. In 1970, Zbukvic’s studies were interrupted by political unrest in…

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How Florals Conquered the Art World

Well, we can officially say that summer has arrived! However, here in Alexandria it has felt like summer since about.. April. Therefore, because Mother Nature decided to skip over Spring and bring us this sometimes enjoyable, yet other times torturous heat. We thought we’d discuss the gift Spring typically brings… flowers! Today, we’ll discuss how…

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The Progression of Abstraction

What is it? What is a gallery that specializes in Contemporary Realism doing writing about abstraction, you ask? Well here’s the thing– when people think of the term “abstract art,” most people specifically think of non-objective art. The two do have overlap, but the realm of abstraction is a lot more nuanced than just pure…

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Technique Tuesday: Found Object Sculpture

What is it? “Found object” art describes artwork that utilizes objects not conventionally designated as art supplies, and manipulates them, usually while keeping them still recognizable as their original form. In its early days, some found object sculptures did not even involve any manipulation of the object, but simply the artist designating that item, just…

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Technique Tuesday: Magical Realism

Happy Tuesday! You may remember that not long ago we spent some time looking at the well-known movement called Surrealism. We’re going to be looking at a lesser-known “relative” of that movement today: Magical Realism. What is it? Magical Realism is a term that has been long-debated and is typically more frequently applied to literary…

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Gavin Glakas & the Unveiling of His Portrait of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

On Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 our artist Gavin Glakas unveiled his commissioned portrait of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. During the event, Gavin discussed his creative process, how we wanted to portray to the Governor, as well as a small hidden reference within the work. The artist began painting the…

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Our Annual Small Works Exhibition

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s hard to believe that we only have 1 full day left until Christmas! We’re sure everyone is feeling the last minute pressures of wrapping, family gatherings, and last minute shopping. Well first, lets all take a deep breath, go to a happy place, and talk about some art! Art can be…

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Technique Tuesday: Tondo

What is it? Happy Tuesday! We figured today we’d “circle” (ha!) back around to a Technique Tuesday post and talk about the tondo! A tondo (plural “tondi”) is a term for a circular work of art, and comes from the Italian word “rotondo,” or “round.” While in many ways just like any other shape of…

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