Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Color Code

I love color. Color can make us happy or sad, excited or drab. Some of us feel color more deeply than others, but countless psychological studies have shown that regardless of your interest level in color, it does affect mood and temperament in most people. Color is what drew me to art and a large component of how I choose art for my own collection.

So, I was recently intrigued to find (online of course) a survey called "The Color Code" (https://www.colorcode.com/), and took it immediately.The 40+ questionnaire asks you to "truthfully" describe yourself or your behaviors as you did when you were a child and young adult. The free version of the test will immediately spit out your resulted "color," at the end, and if you want a more detailed "analysis" you can pay a fee to the site to see those results. It was quick and fairly easy, and something I thought you might enjoy.


For fun, and transparency, I cut and pasted the results to my test below. Apparently, I am a "white" in the Color Code wheel (which lists Red, Blue, White, and Yellow as the main personality types).

Basic Analysis Results


Motive [ Peace ]

Whites are motivated by Peace. They seek independence and require kindness. They resist confrontation at all costs. To them, feeling good is more important than being good. They are typically quiet by nature, process things very deeply and objectively with great clarity. Of all the colors, whites are the best listeners. They respect people who are direct but recoil from perceived hostility or verbal battle.


Whites need their "alone time" and refuse to be controlled by others. Whites want to do things their own way and in their own time. They ask little of others and resent others demanding much of them. Whites are much stronger than people think, but are not often seen for their strength because they don't easily reveal their feelings. Whites are even-tempered, diplomatic, and the voice of reason; but can also be indecisive, unexpressive, and silently stubborn. When you deal with a WHITE, be kind, accept and support their individuality, and look for non-verbal clues to understand their feelings.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring and visit the gallery soon. We are VERY excited about the upcoming May 16th show for Lisa Lala and Brandon Blane McMillan! -Christina


Monday, April 7, 2014

Access Studio: Video content as vehicle into the artist's studio

 One major change in the art world over the last decade is increased accessibility to artists. Either direct, physical accessibility through artist produced websites or exhibitions, and "open studio" shows, or indirectly through YouTube videos showing the inside of their studio and more in depth artist statements.These devices clue the viewer in more precisely to the inspiration and process behind the work. Though still mysterious in many ways, and intriguing at every turn for their immense talent and creativity, many artists have stepped out into the light, and we are grateful for it.

 Krista Harris in her CO studio

 "Promise me this" 48x48 acrylic, custom glazes, crayon on canvas (Pryor Fine Art)

One such artist that has given us a fantastic view into her studio and process is Colorado artist, Krista Harris.
Vivid and expressionistic, her paintings were already appealing to me, but now, after seeing her studio video, I appreciate the work even more. Click here to view the fantastic YouTube video featuring Krista. 

Employing mostly acrylic paint and an intuitive process, Harris successfully transfers a positive energy into each painting. Nature is a major inspiration for her work, and in the video, she describes the short walk each day from her home to her studio to be a major force in her work. 

The dichotomies in life and nature are where I find inspiration...the push & pull,
moments of calm and frenzy, passages of transparency juxtaposed with the opaque, the
elegant & awkward. It’s that play of opposites, the ever-changing nature of things that
makes life and art magical for me. -Krista Harris 

"Still Life" 44x66 acrylic, custom glazes, crayon on linen (Pryor Fine Art)

To see video content on other artists represented by Pryor Fine Art,

It is a very exciting time at Pryor Fine Art, with new work arriving weekly. 
We look forward to seeing you soon, Christina

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Atlanta Hosts DBC 2014: Olson, Salk, Fairley, Boles, Corrigan and more!

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta this week. This was the first time the event has been held in our home city of Atlanta, and my first time attending. 

(thank you to Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi for the great crowd pic)

The line up of speakers was an amazing cast made up of names like Corrigan (Timothy), Olson (Candice), Salk (Susanna), Fairley (Tobi), and many more. I decided to highlight a couple of my favorite speakers here.

In the Innovative category, my favorite was by far the presentation by Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes. Stacey's blog, https://quintessenceblog.com/, is a lifestyle blog that is entertaining and informative, showing her expertise and experience as a past Art Director in NYC shine through. The exciting part about their presentation, however, was the introduction of video content. 

My favorite was her video titled “Dogs and their Designers.” http://quintessenceblog.com/dogs-designers-video/ Watch out for the segment on “Teddy” towards the end. Their latest release, a tour of Timothy Corrigan’s Loire Valley estate, is also worth watching. http://quintessenceblog.com/international-house-guest-video-susanna-salk-timothy-corrigan/

Speaking of Timothy Corrigan—what a dynamic and creative person.  He gave a brief synopsis of his path into the design world and how he has successfully built the Timothy Corrigan Design Brand with offices now in Los Angeles and Paris. Named one of the World's Top 100 Interior Designers by Architectural Digest and one of the World's Top 40 Designers by The Robb Report, Corrigan's empire is built upon his simple philosophy of "comfortable elegance." 

 He strives (and succeeds) with every project to truly and seamlessly blend California comfort with the high style and elegance of French interiors. I can't wait to get my hands on his newly released book,
An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé.


Last but certainly not least, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing Tobi Fairly speak on how she has used social media and blogging to expand her business. 

Out of Little Rock, AK, Tobi Fairley & Associates as a full-service consulting and design company. Tobi has built a successful business and brand by living by one purposeful philosophy—be yourself and stand behind your style. She maintains that despite her highly successful business, she does not outsource her blog to anyone. “It needs to be my voice,” she said at the conference. Admitting that she may not have as many followers as some (though let’s be honest, she has numbers in the tens of thousands), she sticks to her style—that way, she knows that those that follow her are truly interested in what she is doing, and can expect what they know and love from Tobi--which is usually bold color infused in inviting, elegant, and livable spaces.

 Thank to you to these fabulous designers that have inspired me. I hope that you find something inspiring in your day or week. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon, Christina

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Timeless Style book signing

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

Studio Visit: San Francisco

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

Born in 1961 in Moscow, Elena decided at age 14 to become an artist. After completing formal art school, and living in several locations around the world, she settled in the Bay Area and calls it home. Always pushing and experimenting, Elena has worked on a variety of surfaces throughout her career. My favorite is the finish of her works of oil on mylar (as seen in the pieces above and below). click here to see more
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. 

 Reunion 48x72

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

A Fine Pairing

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

Moving Trees: An artist statement from Helen Shulman

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.