In this blog, we return to a theme that we have covered before: that of urban scenes of Portland. This theme has proven to be extremely popular, both with readers of this blog and with our clientele. Images of Portland are a consistently well-received category, with many people renting or purchasing such works.
This category includes a wide variety of works and styles, including works in oils and acrylics by artists such as Stephen Korbich and Sidonie Carone, ink drawings by Kevin P. Farrell and photographic montages by Beth Kerschen.
Among the pieces in this blog are newly-arrived or recently-returned artworks. Part of the great charm and appeal of Rental Sales Gallery is that we are constantly receiving new pieces; either ones being returned by clients, or being newly-delivered by artists to replace artworks that have either sold or been returned to them.
To see these works and more like them, either come into the gallery for a visit and look about, or visit our website and search our Catalogue. Click the link and go to Style and search for “Cityscapes/Urban” in the drop-down menu.
Stephen is an artist-architect, who paints in oils and has focus on producing urban landscapes and architectural scenes. His style is both impressionistic and realistic. As an artist, he is deeply interested in the relationship between man and nature and how this influences the built environment and tries to capture this in his paintings. Stephens training and experience as an architect influences the way he sees the world and what he wants to paint. He is interested in the relationship between man and nature and how this influences the built environment. Stephen says, “there is both a disturbing and poetic way that our constructed interventions impact the world visually”.
Beth’s art and the production of it is in her blood. As she explains, “My art cannot exist without exploration. Camera in hand, I find my inspiration simply by walking… I learned to appreciate just how intricate and detailed our urban communities are: old buildings, rustic signage, historical landmarks…they all represent a larger narrative of culture.” She is a multi-disciplinary artist using photomontage Illustration to create cityscapes that capture the spirit of community. Each of her intricately-developed and beautifully-realized montages is filled with the spirit of the city and its many different parts.
Kevin P. Farrell
Born in Staten Island, New York, but long resident in Portland, Kevin has been a member of Rental Sales Gallery since 2007. His works also appear in a number of juried shows and private collections. He says, “My work depicts things I find interesting or beautiful. As a studio realist working in a traditional style I strive to capture the atmosphere, mood, and sublime beauty of the man made or natural environment. My goal is not to document a scene as realistically as possible but to capture a sense of experience and emotion.”
Robert has chosen to live most of his life in cities. The urban environment allows him the autonomy and independence to define himself and make sense of the world around him, with painting a tool to understand the world and make his place within it. He explains, “Cities are rich ground for an artist as they are a physical record of this search for meaning on a grand scale. Every building bears an account of those who built it and those who lived in it. Each spire and slab, each space left open by intention has been shaped by ideas which in turn shape the lives and ideas of those who come after.”
Philip’s work is deeply influenced by his prior training in architecture and related disciplines. The dynamic between the built and natural environment is explored and rendered in his work. In his work that depicts the built environment, he explains that, “I look for the hand of man on the face of nature and try and depict the shapes, planes and spatial relations of structure and the interesting interdependencies that buildings can create within the landscape”.
Sidonie Caron is a self-described eclectic painter. “I respond to life’s influences” she says, “my travels and my environment by making work that reflects all this.” She has been a member of Rental Sales Gallery for more than 50 years and, over that time, has provided a rich and varied range of pieces. More recently, many of the works that we have showcased on her behalf have been scenes of Portland, her home for many years now. The views often include the river and the many bridges of Portland, rendered in palettes of color that are both bold and soft.
The son of a movie-poster painter in China, Wayne Chin was destined to be an artist. Wayne has over 25 years of experience in fine art, including oil portrait, landscape oil painting, sculpture, advertising and graphic art. He is also a professional illustrator for architecture and graphic design. His expression techniques range from fluid, conceptual sketches to crisp, formal renderings, using a variety of media.