It is no secret that we love the aesthetic of Atlanta based interior designer Suzanne Kasler. She beautifully and effortlessly places artwork into projects in a way that few can rival.
Timeless Style (Rizzoli 2013) is Kasler's second time in print. Her first book, Inspiring Interiors (Rizzoli 2009), was an Amazon Best Seller and helped to further spread her name and style across the country.
We pre-ordered our copy this Summer and anticipated the Fall release. When our copy arrived, we were thrilled to see some of our favorite artists included.
This is a beautifully placed Steven Seinberg abstract (part of Kasler's personal collection).
Bungalow Classic in the Westside neighborhood of Atlanta hosted the book signing with a lovely reception catered by Bacchanalia.
This 2009 Garden and Gun feature shows Kasler in her "favorite room"--with a stunning Dusty Griffith front and center.Thank you Suzanne for your support of artists everywhere and for sharing your timeless style with us.
"Inspiration is everywhere, if you know how to look. Keep your eyes open, as we do instinctively when we travel. In Paris, I treat the streets like a museum...Sometimes the simplest things give me pleasure...find what you love and surround yourself with it. Live with it. That, to me, is the definition of timeless style." -Suzanne Kasler, Introduction to Timeless Style
Happy New Year to all, and look for the new Pryor Fine Art 2014 Catalog to be released soon. Best, Christina
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Ah, San Francisco in the Fall...my favorite season and one of my favorite destinations. This September was unseasonably warm (relatively scorching for the Bay Area at 80+ degrees), but my plans were not altered--just my wardrobe...We had a great time. I came across a stunning sculpture installation, had a visit with our talented Elena Zolotnitsky, and drove just south of the city and into the hills to see the fabulous studio space of Ursula O'Farrell.
One of my first activities when visiting SF is to make a beeline for Crissy Field. I love the cool breeze off of the water and view of the Golden Gate Bridge. On this trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find a SFMOMA installation of large scale sculpture by Mark Di Suvero (b. Sept 18, 1933) canvasing the field.
For more info on this installation, visit the SFMOMA site http://www.sfmoma.org/
The exhibit runs through May 26th 2014
Next on the agenda was meeting up with the very talented Elena Zolotnitsky for lunch and a quick studio visit right in the heart of the city. She is currently working on a body of work for an upcoming show, so I am holding back from showing my studio photos...but trust me when I say that they are very strong, and we are all in for a treat when they are released.
Against the Light 11.5 x 11.5 oil on mylar
Short lived 25.5x23.5 oil on mylar
After a delicious dinner in Belden Place, I woke up Saturday morning and made the beautiful drive south to find the studio of Ursula O'Farrell. Set up high on a hilltop, her studio was the perfect place to spend a relaxing and inspiring afternoon.
Her Epiphany 36x36
In my figurative paintings I seek to present life as I know it, especially the many complex relationships and situations that are part of the human experience. Gestural strokes with brush or palette knife create thick textures and bold colors that similarly reflect and capture the fluidity and intense emotions that are part of life’s chapters and evolutions. Generally I start without any preconceived notions, applying the paint and turning the canvas until I find the rhythm within the painting that resonates with my own life experiences.
For more information on Ursula's work, click here, or check out her fantastic book which includes an in depth interview and discussion with Dr. Peter Selz (article on Selz), along with many beautiful prints of her paintings in recent years. Click here to visit our home page where you can sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on the details of Ursula's upcoming 2014 show.
Thank you for viewing this post. We value the hard work of all of our artists, and enjoy the opportunity to visit them in person when we can. Thank you Elena and Ursula for your hospitality and for letting me see your studios! -Christina
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
It is most likely not hard to believe that as someone who appreciates and enjoys contemporary fine art, I am also becoming quite the "foodie." From the way that an entree is plated to the combination of flavor, texture, and color, I see talented chefs as artists.
This got me started thinking about the ever popular "pairings" that I see on many menus. Wine and entrees that complement one another, or perhaps an after dinner cordial with just the right dessert.
To "complement" means, literally, to complete. Make a better whole than the sum of the parts. Things that complement bring out the best in each. Art that complements also compliments. They speak to one another and help each other shine. Even seasoned collectors often ask what makes for a complementary collection...
You Go First by Jenny Nelson
Toujours La II by Susie Pryor
Take a look at the two paintings above. One is an abstract, one a floral. But, they are very complementary. Despite having different subject matter, there is a common thread in the color choice of each artist. These two paintings would hang beautifully together.
Same with the two paintings below
Sitting Figure with Crown by Brigitte McReynolds
Ready for Spring II by Steven Seinberg
Where Brigitte gave us more of a structured subject in the figure, Steven Seinberg only hints at where our eye is supposed to rest. The use of soft grays and blues in both creates an airy, cloud like bond.
Or perhaps, you can form a complement not based on color, but subject. The two paintings below both make me think of nature and the outdoors. They would be wonderful hanging within view of one another.
Horse by Brian Hibbard
Palmetto Bluff by John Folsom
I hope that you enjoyed this quick and fun exercise. I should say, however, that as I have said many times before, the best art collections are those that are collected with passion. If you love two paintings and want to see them everyday, hang them in the same room. The colors may not "match," but if you are happy when you see them, that is what matters.
We hope to see you soon! We have a fantastic line up of Fall shows in 2013. Click here to visit the website and join our e-newsletter list to receive all of the updates on events and openings.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Gallery Director, Tiffany Hay, sent the following artist statement to me this morning from our very talented Helen Shulman. Discovering the many "hidden" layers of an artist's past is one of the most enjoyable part of the job for me. Often the more you find out about an artist (their history, background, and experiences), the more you understand and appreciate their work. Enjoy this nice read into the world of Helen Shulman's painting...also a video of Helen can be found on her artist page on our site by clicking here.
I was about 8 years old, sitting with an art teacher on an Ohio farm road. We were drawing a barn. Near the barn was a huge pine tree. The teacher suggested it would look good behind the barn. "But it's over there," I said. "It's your painting; you can put the tree wherever you want it," she responded.
That was it. I was stunned. I was in love. I was free. If I painted, I could put the tree wherever I wanted! My path was determined.
There were, however, many side journeys. In order to show my scientist father that girls could succeed in an area he respected, I earned a Master's in Mathematics. I was on my way to a PhD until I realized I wasn't sure where I needed to be.
After leaving graduate school in LA, I moved to NYC and took a job teaching math to bright kids with emotional disabilities. Eventually, this lead to a Master's in Social Work. I had a series of jobs in mental health and finally started my own private psychotherapy practice which was extremely satisfying and which has influenced the way I paint.
Art was never far away. My husband and I looked at art. We bought art. We had friends who were artists. But making art was something for others. Making "crafts" was okay for me, but not making "art." I wove and worked in clay, but I didn't pick up a paintbrush until I finally began to wonder what I was waiting for. As silly as it sounds now, entering an art supply store took some courage as did signing up for classes and eventually entering the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where I studied part time for four years.
Now I'm living a dream. I spend most of the time working in one of my two studios. I have shown up and down the east coast. My work is in corporate and private collections in the US and Europe. My husband, Ephraim Shulman, who is a great support to me, and I have been happily married for 40 years. We split our time between Quechee, VT and Naples, FL. --Helen Shulman
Thank you Helen for sharing the wonderful details with us! To see more of Helen Shulman's available work at Pryor Fine Art, click here
We look forward to seeing you soon! Summer is an exciting time at the gallery with many new works arriving each week from our fantastic artists.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I have mentioned before what a treat it is to see installation photos of finished design jobs (both big and small) wherein our artwork is incorporated. Finding these photos today on Catherine Skaletsky's website, Catherine and McClure Interiors, was an extra special treat because so many pieces from different artists were used.
Under the discerning eye of Catherine and her daughter, Danielle, a classic Boston brownstone was transformed into an elegant yet vibrant and contemporary enclave.
Color was a major roll player in Catherine and Danielle's vision for this project. The artwork chosen, by Susie Pryor, Helen Durant, Kenson, and France Jodoin, blends beautifully into the sophisticated setting.
They mixed canvas pieces with works on paper, as seen in the two Kenson works on paper above.
Thank you Catherine and Danielle for sharing your beautiful photos with us!
"Your needs, lifestyle and tastes are the building blocks of the our design process. To your unique tastes, we add layers of texture and refined luxury, creating functional and exquisite spaces that reflect you, at your very best. Whether dialing up or down the traditional glamour or modern panache, we will create the space of your dreams—and you'll have more than a little fun along the way." -Philosophy of Catherine & McClure Interiors
Monday, May 6, 2013
photo credit Jeff Roffman
The 2013 Atlanta Symphony Show House and Gardens is underway and is definitely worth a visit.
Designers went above and beyond this year using innovative design coupled with a beautiful aesthetic. There was not a room that I did not enjoy, and will most likely revisit the house before the closing on May 12th.
We are especially grateful to the designers that chose to incorporate artwork from Pryor Fine Art into their design. Traci Rhodes of Traci Rhodes Interiors was dealt the task of transforming the upstairs hallway
from a simple corridor connecting two sides of the home, to a cozy and inviting space that
commands pause. Traci was more than up for the challenge and the hallway and adjoining spaces
Traci used two 60x60 Jenny Nelson paintings to anchor the high walls opposite the railing. The size and coloring are stunning. click here to see Jenny Nelson's page on our website
Thank you again for your wonderful design Traci and for sharing these photos with us Traci!
Everyone should visit the show house and look up when you walk in to the front door!
We look forward to seeing you soon in the gallery, Christina, Tiffany, Ann, Paul, and Susie
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It was my absolute pleasure to drop in on one of our artists, Brigitte McReynolds, last week while in Sonoma, CA. My husband and I were staying in nearby Glen Ellen, so it was a mere 10 min drive into the Sonoma square to meet Brigitte in her studio.
And, I was able to get a sneak peak at the new work that will be coming to Atlanta soon...
I have been a long time fan of Brigitte's work, both figurative and abstract. She has a unique process of layering color in such a way that implies subtle movement, allowing the figures to be free instead of stiff or stagnant. Though she was formally trained, many decisions in the studio are intuitive, which I find fascinating.
Thank you Brigitte for the warm welcome and refreshments! I hope to visit you again in the future. To see available work by Brigitte McReynolds, click here.
Life's Journey I 30x30 mixed media on panel
We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon, Christina, Ann, Tiffany, Susie and Paul