Sunday, February 22, 2015

BRIAN COLEMAN at ANNE IRWIN FINE ART

Brian Coleman
The Scapes in Which I Live 3
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" x 48" 
$2,300.00

After one too many lackluster show and gallery visits, I was beginning to be a bit disillusioned with the Atlanta gallery scene. I stopped by Gregg Irby Gallery and Anne Irwin Fine Art last week and my faith was restored. Both galleries had fantastic shows going on with really wonderful work on display. It was Brian Coleman's paintings at Anne Irwin that led me to say, "This is the best body of work I have seen in Atlanta in three years. This work is exciting. Shouldn't art be exciting?", to Anne Irwin and Emily West as I walked around the gallery several times taking each piece in.

My immediate reaction to the work was what I wrote to a client when I found the perfect piece for her bedroom. "There is a lot of energy and emotion in this piece", I said about "Even Though The Moment Passed Me By". And that energy and emotion comes through in every piece by Coleman.

When I began selecting images for this post and spent some time on Anne Irwin Fine Art's website, I found what Brian Coleman, Charleston artist, wrote about this body of work which he titled, "From The Head To The Heart To The Hands":

"Music helps me tap into my present, past and unknown emotions that flow throughout each canvas. Heading straight into the happiness and pain that exists or did exist creates the paintings and drawings. From the head comes my abstract drawings and knowledge of balance, color and line. The heart is a rage of passion, love, hurt, truth and the unknown. My hands are the tools that allow me to navigate around the surface and create goodness. These creations are environments where pieces connect or drift away like our surroundings and lives that are forever changing."

This post includes my favorites from the show. If you are in Atlanta, be sure to stop by Anne Irwin Fine Art on Miami Circle and ask to see all of Brian Coleman's work.

Brian Coleman
In the Silence of a Listen
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 60"
$2,500.00


Brian Coleman
Angels Among Us
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 72"
$ 2,750.00



Brian Coleman
Butterfly Kisses
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" x 48"
$2,500.00


Brian Coleman
Day Dreams
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" x 30"
$ 1,350.00



Brian Coleman
This is My Church and These Are My Sins
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 48"
$ 2,050.00


Brian Coleman
Living While Painting II
Mixed Media on Paper, framed
30" x 22"
$ 800.00

And this is the fabulous piece that will be heading to Lafayette, LA, to go above the headboard in a bedroom I am designing for long-time clients.

Brian Coleman
Even Though the Moment Passed Me By
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 48"
SOLD

Here are a couple of photos I took when I was at Anne Irwin Fine Art seeing the Brian Coleman show:



To see additional work, visit Anne Irwin Fine Art's website:


And don't forget to visit Anne Irwin Fine Art at 690 Miami Circle in Atlanta.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Artists of Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting Show-January/February 2015

Since 2009 Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting has served as agent for artists by securing representation for them by galleries and including these artists in shows that I have curated. Opening this Saturday night in Lafayette, LA, at LOUNGE Gallery is the annual "The Artists of Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting" show. The opening reception is from 5:30-8:30 pm. If you are in Lafayette on Saturday, I hope to see you and welcome conversation about each of the eight talented artist in this show. If you are not in Lafayette on Saturday but would like to see the show, please email me at jefferymccullough@hotmail.com to make an appointment to see the show.



As I wrote earlier this week in a biographical statement that I had to submit, "Helping artists develop and be successful has been profoundly rewarding." It has been rewarding and for as long as it continues to be, I will do what I do for and with artists. I am very proud of the eight artists in the show this year. Each artist has their own voice and communicates differently through the work they have completed over the last year. 

Here are three pieces by each of the artists. The show will have over 70 pieces so this is truly just a soupcon of what to expect.


LAURENCE YOUNG
Provincetown, MA
Gut Feeling
Mixed Media on Paper, matted
18" x 24"
$ 325.00



LAURENCE YOUNG
Provincetown,MA
In Repose
Mixed Media on Paper, matted
18" x 24"
$ 325.00



LAURENCE YOUNG
Provincetown, MA
Don't Cry
Mixed Media on Paper, matted
18" x 24"
$ 325.00


PAGE JONES DAVIS
Spartanburg, SC
Winter Field
Acrylic on Panel
24" x 24"
$ 725.00


PAGE JONES DAVIS
Spartanburg, SC
Swimming Lessons
Encaustic on Panel
11 1/2" x 14"
$450.00


PAGE JONES DAVIS
Spartanburg, SC
Blue Sky Landscape
Acrylic on Canvas
15" x 30"
 $ 650.00


CAROLINE CHUNN McCARTHY
Mobile, AL
The Shape of Things to Come
Oil, Graphite, Charcoal on Canvas
30" x 30"
$ 1,250.00


CAROLINE CHUNN McCARTHY
Mobile, AL
Pardon My French
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$ 525.00


CAROLINE CHUNN McCARTHY
Mobile, AL
Lotus
Oil on Clay Board
app. 20" x 26"
$ 750.00


CONNOR McMANUS
New Orleans, LA
Meet Me at the Tree
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
60" x 40"
$ 1,800.00


CONNOR McMANUS
New Orleans, LA
Girl in Golden Gate
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
60" x 40"
$ 1,800.00


CONNOR McMANUS
New Orleans, LA
Leftovers
Oil on Canvas
42" x 36"
$ 1,200.00


LINDA MONCLA
Lafayette, LA
Beached
Watercolor on Paper
20" x 12"
$ 200.00


LINDA MONCLA
Lafayette, LA
Canal at Night II
Watercolor on Paper
31" x 28"
$ 700.00


  
LINDA MONCLA
Lafayette, LA
Fence in the Dunes
Watercolor on Paper
20" x 10"
$ 175.00


ANNE McLEOD
Metairie, LA
Transcendence I
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 48"
$ 2,400.00

ANNE McLEOD
Metairie, LA
Air and Grace III
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 40"
$ 1,250.00 


 
ANNE McLEOD
Metairie, LA
Golden Woods
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 24"
$ 575.00


KELLI KAUFMAN
Lafayette, LA
Edge of Desire
Oil and Wax on Canvas
30" x 30"
 $ 1,850.00


KELLI KAUFMAN
Lafayette, LA
Garden Gathering
Oil and Wax on Panel
16" x 16"
$ 650.00


KELLI KAUFMAN
Lafayette, LA
Yellow Tulips
Oil and Wax on Panel
16" x 16"
$ 650.00

 
JACOB BROUSSARD
Carencro, LA
Fort Dupre Pulled Upstream
Oil on Canvas
35" x 36"
$ 1,125.00 

JACOB BROUSSARD
Carencro, LA
Trying on Sinkholes
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$ 775.00 


JACOB BROUSSARD
Carencro, LA
Proving Up, Homesteading, Settling, Childbearing
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$ 775.00
 



Sunday, September 7, 2014

REMEMBERING HARRY HINSON and HINSON & COMPANY-Part 1

image via VERANDA MAGAZINE, 1996 issue, from Peak of Chic blog.

In March of 1999, a 24 year old boy from South Georgia went to New York City to find an internship to turn the dream of moving to New York after graduating with a degree in Interior Design from  Georgia Southern University into a reality. Three interviews were scheduled at the D & D Building showrooms Grey Watkins, Hinson & Company, and Donghia.

Internships were offered by Donghia and Hinson & Company. One paid, one unpaid. Momma had told her son that he must secure a paid internship. Anxious, that boy went back to his hotel room after the interviews and called his Mom. And said these words, 

"Mom, I was offered two internships. Donghia offered me a paid internship and Hinson offered me an unpaid internship but I really want to work for Hinson. It just feels right. Mr. Hinson is Southern, he's from North Carolina, and I loved meeting him. And I love the showroom. It's so good looking. I really, really want that internship."

The best advice my (yes, I was that boy) Mom ever gave me went something like this:

"Well, son, I don't know what to tell you except you are going to have to call Mr. Hinson and tell him that you have to have a paid internship and you really want to work at Hinson, it feels right and all that, and it's what you want, but your Mom told you that you have to be paid."

Oh my goodness. Was she serious? Did I really have to call Mr. Hinson and tell him that? YES, I did and it worked! 

And in May of 1999, a U Haul truck arrived in NYC (driven all the way from Statesboro, GA, to New York City!) and in that truck were Mom, Scott Durden, and me. And in Scott and I moved to a FIFTH floor walk-up (that means no elevator -nothing but stairs to the 5th floor!) all of our worldly belongings while Mom stayed downstairs to keep anyone from stealing anything and to make sure the truck didn't get a parking ticket.

And a few days later, I became an intern in the New York flagship showroom of Hinson & Company, the renowned wallpaper and fabric company. And it was great, I loved it. And only a few weeks later, I was hired full-time and I worked there for seven months before deciding that I majored in Interior Design and I should work for a residential design firm. And I worked for two design firms over the next three years

And in 2003, I was back at Hinson & Company, first as a part-time sales associate in the showroom while I executed design projects for Jeffery McCullough Interior Design the rest of the time and then as Showroom Manager for a couple of years.

All in all, I spent half of my New York full-time living years as an employee of Hinson & Company. And I loved it. I really, really loved it. I only left in 2006 because Tim and I decided not to live in New York full-time and began splitting our time between New York and Louisiana. If that had not happened, I would not have left my position at Hinson & Company. And I regretted it for several years. Until there was no longer a Hinson & Company showroom. Until I would, most likely, not have had a job any longer because the company was acquired by Brunschwig & Fils.

From 1999 to 2014, Harry Hinson and I have had a very special relationship. One that began when he saw something in me in 1999 that he liked and continued while I was employed by his company and when I was not employed by his company when, each year, on March 30th we talked to wish each other Happy Birthday.

A relationship that continued when I would make it a point to see him on my trips to New York, including lunch earlier this year. And email correspondence that covered so many topics (mainly, my inquiring about a particular person or product from the past and needing his encyclopedic knowledge of design history) and was quite regular.

On Friday, I received the news that Mr. Hinson had died. I had planned to email Mr Hinson this weekend to let him know that we are coming to New York in October and I would love to have lunch with him and Tripp, his partner. I so looked forward to another visit with the two of them. There is so much that I want to ask Mr. Hinson, so much I still need to discuss with him. So much gratitude for him that I need to express.

But I can't do that now. But what I can do is remember and honor the design industry genius that he was. And do whatever I can to make sure that the company, the products, the man are not forgotten for as long as I can. And hope that others will do the same and there will be great features of Hinson designs for years and years to come in all of the major design world publications.

So what will Hinson & Company and Harry Hinson be remembered for?

It could be fabric. Solids, textures, geometric patterns, prints were all wildly successful. The fabrics of Hinson & Company deserve their own feature and will get one next week.

I have a feeling that if Mr. Hinson's wish comes true, wallpaper is what Hinson & Company will be remembered for.

The photo above is from a 1996 article about Mr. Hinson and in that article, about wallpaper, he says:

"It is what I love best in all the world. You'll notice we're called a wallpaper and fabrics firm, rather than 'fabrics and wallpaper' like the other houses. And half of our sales are in wallpaper, a ratio that's at least double the norm. It's no trade secret that the heart of this company is my boundless, insatiable fascination with wallpaper."

There are so many Hinson wallpapers that I could feature and some I will in future posts.

In the mid-2000's, I would have said "Madagascar Cloth", the grass cloth on the walls in the above photo of Mr, Hinson, was the one pattern for which everyone would remember Hinson & Company but too many companies have ripped that off and are producing it now.
 
Will it be the "Spatter" pattern introduced in the early 1970's and called an "American Icon" design by House Beautiful magazine?

Eddie Ross used "Spatter" in Blue in the Bloomingdale's window he designed...
 
 image via Apartment Therapy.com

....and Tom Scheerer used the pattern in the brown color way in an East Hampton bathroom:
 
 image via House Beautiful

image via House Beautiful
 
 Or will it be "Martinique", famous for its use at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and Indochine Restaurant in New York?


 Beverly Hills Hotel


 Foyer by designer Steven Sclaroff. image via House Beautiful

 
 While I was at Hinson & Company, the fantastic Albert Hadley/Harry Hinson collaboration collection was introduced and was a major hit, particularly the "Fireworks" pattern. So maybe this is the one?

 California bathroom with "Fireworks" Hinson paper on the walls



"Fireworks" in a Barrie Benson designed project


But it could be the Hinson/Hansen Swing Arm Lamp that goes down in history as an iconic Hinson & Company product.

Designed by George Hansen in the 1950's and becoming a Hinson staple when Hinson & Company bought Hansen Lighting, these fixtures have lit many a chic room.

From the 1960's.....
in a Billy Baldwin design room
 

...to the 1980's.....

 in Brooke Astor's bedroom designed by Albert Hadley. image via New York Times.

...to the 2000's


 in one of my favorite dining rooms/libraries. designed by James Andrew. image via Elle Decor.


and in designer Todd Alexander Romano's living room.


Or is it coffee tables from Mrs MacDougall, the furniture and accessories division of Hinson, expertly run by Tripp March and Toully Pappas for many years that one will think of as the seminal Hinson piece?

 Whether an Atelier Midavaine lacquer table...
 
a D.C. living room by William Hodgins with a Midavaine coffee table. image via Veranda Magazine.


Miles Redd New York City project in House Beautiful, July 2009. Midavaine lacquer coffee table and Bullseye Mirror from Mrs MacDougall at Hinson & Company.

...or a more modern option like this one ....
Eric Cohler AND Jeffery McCullough designed New York City living room, Tradition Home Magazine. Mrs MacDougall gilded coffee table.


There are so many options that one could say will be the stand the test of time Hinson product and time will tell what that is.

No matter what anyone remembers about Hinson & Company, I hope the man, Harry Lee Hinson, as Southern as they come, will be remembered and considered a legend, an icon of the design industry for all of time. All accolades are well deserved. May time not wash away the history that is so important, and special, is my prayer.

Rest in peace, HLH. I will miss having lunch with you in October, I will miss talking to you on March 30th, I will miss you dearly.