One of the key attributes that Rental Sales Gallery has is the rich variety of artworks that we take from our nearly 250-strong cadre of member artists. These works vary in style, medium, price and, of course, size. This blog will focus on the artworks that are among the very smallest that we have currently in the gallery.
To be showcased in this particular blog, the artwork has to be 12 inches or less. So we are truly talking about small, but perfectly-formed pieces.
As of posting, RSG is currently closed to the public, like the other parts of Portland Art Museum and North West Film Center. We are still posting regular updates on all of our social media channels and there will be new blogs coming, so please continue to check back. When we are safely able to reopen to the public, we will be sure to spread the word as widely as possible.
Until then, enjoy this blog!
A skilled architect and plein-air painter, Ken has showcased his work at RSG since 2011. This exquisite little landscape captures a view of the famous promontory, Crown Point, in the Columbia River Gorge, in the early light of the day.
This delightful painting by Ralph Davis, ‘Fish’, measures just 6 x 12 inches and is packed full of Ralph’s signature detail: exquisitely-realized animal forms, landscapes, mathematical formulas and touches of gold. Ralph’s works have sold all across the country and wider-world and he has proven to be consistently sought-after by collectors and art patrons alike. His pieces have proven to be a great favorite of the clientele at Rental Sales Gallery.
Rhonda is a long time resident of Oregon’s north coast and, as an oil painter, is known for her ethereal depictions of landscape, and for her exploration of the cerebral and spiritual sense of our world. Her work consistently houses an intense, yet quiet, quality of light and spirit, which can clearly be seem in ‘Little Beach’.
An experienced and gifted woodturner, Tom is a member, and past President, of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild and has been creating works for more than 50 years. He has come to focus on pieces that are sensitive to the interplay between light, form, and material; an outstanding example of which is this beautiful piece.
Growing up in Washington State, surrounded by trees, Jeanne spent much of her time outside, in the pouring PNW rain. She is inspired and awed by the striking terrain as well as the tumultuous and temperamental skies of the Pacific Northwest, which consistently shows through in her works. This highly atmospheric work measures just 12 x 12 inches.
‘Hummingbird Love’ is a beautiful example of Donna Mattson’s whimsical and elaborate encaustic works. Though she now focuses on encaustics, Donna has worked in a range of mediums, including acrylics, etching, lithography and monoprints. “Adding encaustics to my repertoire”, she says “has enabled me to layer the techniques used in painting, collage and printmaking to create new, sensually exciting pieces.”
Kathleen’s creative practice includes painting, social practice and collaboration. Her work has evolved from the question, “how am I shaped by my environment?” and seeks to reconnect personal and cultural identity with the land: the intersection between physical place and cultural space.
Created by ceramic artist Hsin-Yi Huang, this piece, entitled ‘Inner Ear’, which is just 8 inches in diameter, is packed with the artist’s signature intricate details and finished beautifully. Many of her works are inspired by her love for nature. “I am just naturally drawn to shapes like that, organic form… I do a lot of observation… I pay attention to my surroundings,” she explains.
Karl’s technique creates an illusion of depth with the wax. It transforms the artwork into a three-dimensional space. This technique consists of layers of color applied one on top of another and then scraping back the sides to reveal lines of color. Typically this means 50 to 100 layers of color. This piece is then embedded on its side into a wax platform of any number of color themes, overlaid with clear wax and then heated with a torch to bring out specific qualities that sometimes take shape as clouds, waves, trees or other nature inspired concepts