In these challenging times, with many of us having to spend much more time indoors, the Rental Sales Gallery wanted to take this opportunity to share beautiful examples of works created by our member artists showing both interiors of rooms and still lifes. There is true beauty to be found on the inside and we wanted to show that off in this blog.
With works as varied as Mitch Freifeld’s David Hockney-influenced interiors, Michael Schlicting’s elegant and dreamlike scenes, Dyann Alkire’s surreal room settings and Patricia Schmidt’s beautifully-realized watercolors, there is such a richness and range in the works that the Gallery’s artists provide.
We hope that you enjoy this showcase of the beauty of the inside. We all miss your in-person visits, and look forward to the time when we can safely reopen. Until then, keep on finding beauty within and without of your spaces.
This painting is ‘Interior View’ by Mitchell Freifeld. Mitch is an artist who has been with the gallery for many years and his work has consistently been well-received by team and patrons. His work focuses on architecture and cityscapes, and portrays everyday places that become lost to our curiosity through sheer familiarity. Which is a very appropriate message right now.
This delightful pair of pieces are screenprints created by Sue Allen. Entitled ‘Shoji – Spring’ and ‘Shoji – Summer’, they showcase Sue’s continuing fascination with Japanese aesthetic and beauty. She describes her work as being “distinguished, refined, elegant, and unusual” and that is hard to argue with! These works combine interior with that of a beautiful exterior, creating a beautiful view of the type that many of us have been coming to appreciate more and more of late.
When it comes to art, Michael says he is out of touch with reality. What he is in touch with is the visceral emotion that a scene evokes. Mood, feeling and universal longing are the subjects of his art rather than literal, physical realism. Something, which both represents his work, and feels very appropriate right now.
This etching portrays a rich, detail-filled interior, filled with imagination and a sense of the surreal. Dyann says, “Although I pre-plan a lot, spontaneity is also important with the endless seeking, changing, layering, covering, uncovering, finding unknown possibilities, some detailed-oriented, some atmospheric, some abstract, some slightly real. I spend a lot of time looking for various types of ideas and images that I feature in my work so I’m always “working” on my art.”
This still life work is entitled ‘Still Life and Fuzzy Peaches’ by Fran Kievet. She explains, “Whatever the subject matter, for me it is foremost design of the main shapes and then color that rules. My explorations and pursuits in painting are always driven by the need to understand and master the subtleties and complexities of both while maintaining control of the materials and methods of which I am using.” She applies this to working in a wide range of mediums and varied styles of work.
Miroslav’s beautifully-composed work, ‘Kitchen Corner’, is presented in his own expressionist, semi-abstract style.
“All the pieces I like are going through my mind, and my filter, and going out on my canvas,” Lovric explains, showing how he is deeply-influenced by the range of artists to he is inspired by,
This work is ‘Vintage Lucky Cat’ by Patricia Schmidt. Painted in watercolors with a striking gold leaf background, it shows her highly-detailed and elegantly-finished technique. A native Oregonian, Patricia is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She has received national awards from the Northwest Watercolor Society, “Best of Show” from the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and many awards from the Watercolor Society of Oregon.