Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Richard Painter, and his wife Kate. The couple drove in from their TN home to bring new work for us. We have been fans of Richard's work for years, and we are so proud to represent him and bring his talent back to Atlanta.

Richard's paintings are very unique in that he chars the wood base with a torch, leaving untouched areas of the wood that show through, creating the object and subject of the painting. He then finishes the painting with white pastel to highlight certain areas. Here is more about his work, in his words:

"My work since 1995 has utilized burning. Either rapidly or slowly, everything burns. The stars, planets, rocks, earth, plants and animals, molecules and atoms, quarks and maybe tachyons--everything that springs into tangible existence starts being consumed by the oxidation of time. This idea has informed my work since I first moved from skill building to the "aware expression of idea". I don't know why this is so, it just feels right. (Some say, that I'm really an arsonist at heart and have simply found a polite and productive way to deal with that tendency.) "

Sea Bones, by Richard Painter, 18 x 60, charred wood with pastel

Painter's work as featured in April Issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles
Richard with his new work, at Pryor Fine Art

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

We had a nice visit from TN artist Anna Jaap this week. She brought us two new paintings, and also shared photos of her recent trip to Paris. As she witnessed, there is nothing like Paris in the Spring!

One of the new paintings, "Le Jardin", was inspired by the beautiful gardens and flower shops that Anna saw while on her trip. 

We hope you will browse the website and take a look at Anna's work. Or better yet, come see us in person if you can!

Happy Wednesday!

                                                 Anna & Her husband, Gus, in Paris.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jacob Dhein in the studio

Susie just took a trip to San Francisco, and while she was there, she was able to meet up with Jacob Dhein in his Vallejo CA studio. Jacob is new to the gallery, and his figures are absolutely captivating.

Jacob  was interested in art as a child.  Crayons and colored pencils were his tools of expression.  He spent hours intricately crafting drawings of comic book heroes and animals.  By the time he graduated from high school, one of his drawings was exhibited on the wall of a local bank. It wasn’t until he was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh that he decided to take a drawing class.  He found this so compelling that he continued with sculpture and painting.   During this time he met several accomplished and influential artists who encouraged him to pursue a career in art.  Tc Farley, his advisor and sculpture professor, taught him about the struggle and dedication one needed to succeed as an artist.  Li Hu, his painting professor, showed him the professional side of the art market and what he needed to do if he wanted to paint for a living.

In 2006, Jacob graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting and Sculpture.  He worked for several years after graduation, although still continued with his artwork, mainly doing portrait commissions.  During this time he took workshops to enhance his skills with painters whose work he was interested in.  After two years, in 2009, Jacob dedicated himself to painting full time.  Upon reflection he realized that there were missing elements in his artwork he needed to explore if he were ever to reach his goal of mastering the medium.  He searched for a school that had a renown faculty that excelled in the area of representational painting.  He decided to get his Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco that he completed in 2013.  In 2014, Jacob started teaching drawing and painting at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

We will be getting more work from Jacob soon, so be sure to come by and see us!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Currently on view in the gallery...

                                                             Peter Burega with Susie Pryor

We had a great evening with Peter Burega, when he came to town on March 24, for the opening of our current exhibition. Also on view are the works of Charlotte Terrell and Anke Schofield.

Here is an installation shot of a new Burega, placed by Pizer Fine Art, here in Atlanta.

To view the exhibion works online, you can click here for Peter Burega, here for Charlotte Terrell, and here for Anke Schofield.

                                                             "Buster" by Anke Schofield


Friday, March 18, 2016

Nancy Legge just made a visit to the gallery, on her way from northern CA, to Washington D.C.
We were thrilled to have this fascinating artist spend the day with us in the gallery.

                                          Photo: Susie and Nancy at the Buckhead Club, in Atlanta.

We have represented Nancy's sculpture for well over 5 years, and we are so proud to carry her beautiful bronzes, porcelains, glass works.

Here is what Nancy says about her work, her inspiration, and her process:
"I have always been drawn to the figure and my current work explores abstraction and its
expressive possibilities.  My process is intuitive.   One of my favorite sculptors, David Smith,
describes this way of working:  “I do not work with a conscious and specific conviction about a
piece of sculpture. It is always open to change and new association. It should be a celebration,
one of surprise, not rehearsed.”

My sculpture was initially fueled by the Stones of Callanish, an ancient stone circle in the Outer
Hebrides of Scotland and more renowned sites like Stonehenge and Avebury in southern
England.  While the current work still draws on these megalithic forms, I also integrate
other materials into my figures -- placing iron directly into the clay, using encaustic on the
surface, and creating environments out of stone or iron.

The fragmented figure is a visual preoccupation for me -- particularly as it relates to the
Japanese idea of “zan ketsu no bi” – finding beauty in something missing.  I draw inspiration
from Greek Cycladic sculpture, mummified forms, and early Maya figures.  Most of my pieces
begin in clay, usually porcelain. I fire in a variety of ways – raku, pit fire and high fire.  I also cast
my work  in bronze.

I am currently developing new work in cast and fused glass, inspired by Swedish glass artist
Bertil Vallien.  While also fueled by the ancient stone circles that influenced my figurative clay
work, my cast glass pieces draw on my interest in smaller prehistoric artifacts – tools, weapons,
medical instruments – ordinary things that were an integral part of daily life."

                 Nancy's bronze: "Muir II". This is currently available for purchase in the gallery.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Pryor Fine Art welcomes Jessica Pisano to the gallery!

Jessica's paintings are inspired by nature, and we can't think of a better way to welcome Spring to Atlanta! We have just hung the gallery with new work by this very talented artist. We invite you come by and see these beautiful paintings in person.

When asked about her work, here is what Jessica had to say: " As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature; it is my muse. Specifically trees and the ocean are my primary subjects to paint. Recently, however, I have also been drawn to birds, which has led to an interesting comparison and contrast of all these subject matters. In many ways, birds symbolize the opposite traits of trees and the ocean. While trees and the ocean are majestic and represent strength, stability and growth (they are grounded in nature), birds are light, delicate and epitomize freedom (and are mobile in nature). Together, they create balance: the bird is the weightlessness to the earth's weight, the yin to the yang. Likewise, I feel that the addition of the bird series is bringing balance to my body of work, and I am excited and reinvigorated by the process."

Also, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our March 24th show, featuring new work by Peter Burega, Anke Schofield, and Charlotte Terrell!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

One of our own, the very talented John Folsom, was recently invited to be a part of a special exhibition titled "The New Landscape", at the Mobile Museum of Art. The work will be on view at the museum through October 11, 2015.

In the following video, John  discusses his work, and concepts of memory and imagination.

Folsom is an accomplished photographer, cinematographer and painter. In this recent work, he blends photography and oil paint to create his incredible landscapes.  As John says, "The photograph is the base of my work, and serves as a blueprint for the rest of the painting".

We plan to have an exhibition for John in 2016. Stay tuned, and enjoy the video!