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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Opening Night and Live Painting Demonstration with Casey Childs

Casey Childs’ solo exhibition, Relics opened this past Friday, October 20th and the artist returned yesterday, October 21st to present a Live Painting Demonstration. Casey Childs is primarily a portrait painter, who captures facial features, gorgeous flowing hair, and the human figure exquisitely. He brought us a variety of pieces, which everyone was excited to see for the…

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Technique Tuesday: Rhythm

What is it? Today’s Technique Tuesday post is taking a look at one of the Elements and Principles of Design, rhythm. This can be a tricky concept to wrap one’s mind around when talking about visual arts, but it is very applicable! In reference to audible sound and physical movement, rhythm involves a pattern of…

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Exhibition Opening & Live Painting Demo with Valerio D’Ospina and Greg Gandy

A huge thank you to everyone who came out last night to the incredible opening reception for our current exhibition, a dynamic two-man show featuring Valerio D’Ospina and Greg Gandy! We were also incredibly honored to host a live painting demo with Valerio this afternoon! It was so exciting to see such a unique, energetic…

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Technique Tuesday: Allusion

What is it? Today’s “Technique Tuesday” post is another good example of the way we’d like to use this series to delve into aspects of fine art that go beyond very literal, physical techniques of applying paint to canvas. While fascinating and important, those only describe a few of the many facets that go into…

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Robert Liberace: The “Living Master”

As an artist, Robert Liberace expresses the human body in way that would make the Old Masters proud. His interest in art history, anatomy, and technique are so obviously presented in his work. However, his artistic talent isn’t the only skill that has encouraged the title “living master.” Liberace is also a fantastic and world…

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