“From Asia to North America”
From Asia to North America is a comprehensive look at the human condition through the eyes of photographer Billy Joe Hoyle. This exhibition includes a collection of work covering two decades and seven countries. Often described as a story teller, Hoyle’s work is reminiscent of the post-war Humanist School of street photographers.
Gallery Opening & Reception: Friday, November 4 • 5-8 pm
The artist makes a splash with his giant abstract brush stroke sculptures as Featured Artist at the Carrollwood Cultural Center November and December.
Jack Casey has made the brushstroke itself the subject of these fresh wall sculptures. He loves the act of painting so much that he has expanded the gesture on low relief panels that are mounted away from the wall enough to let the glory of the neon color on the back to reflect a halo around the stroke itself. His love of painting inspired these vibrant expressions. Jack will also have several oil paintings on display of homes and parks in Tampa with slim glowing silhouettes reminiscent of Edward Hopper. READ MORE
I was born in Norfolk, Va., 1947. Raised in Tampa. Attended the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida.
From 1978 to 86 my vocations was the restoration of architecture such as he Tampa Theater an the Snell Arcade in St.Petersburg, Florida
After 1984 I began the restoration of oil paintings, teaching oil painting and eventually painting them for my own pleasure.
The non-objective sculptures came about in 1986. These sculptures are in public art collections such as The University of South Florida, St.Petersburg Campus, the All People’s Life Center, Temple Terrace, Florida the Alachua County Health Department as well as private collections.
I have worked at a variety of art related jobs: layout artist at Maas Brothers, graphic artist at WTVT, muralist, hand colorist at the Graphicstudio for Nancy Graves and assistant and conservator for James Rosenquist.
Bradley Arthur is the perfect artist to respond to our artists’ call to Illuminations: Truth and Iconology show because he has been inspired by words, and he has something to say. His work speaks to that which lies beneath the surface of our conscience using a few words, simple materials and light. His earliest work reflects the beginning of his longstanding use of already existing materials as his primary medium. This preference is fueled by his respect of the inherent processes of nature Transforming and re-contextualizing, whether its information, language or material objects.
He has worked with master artists in apprenticeships with metal, bronze and marble sculptors in France, Italy and New York City. After he attended the Lacoste School of the Arts (1978) in Provence, France, Arthur apprenticed for the Japanese Master stone carver Yasuo Mizui in Paris and Nancy, France. In January 1978, Arthur had his first NYC exhibition. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he worked in the stone and bronze studios of Pietrasanta, Italy. He maintained a studio in a historical landmark building in Tribeca in lower Manhattan from 1978-1997. His award winning artwork has been exhibited in over adozen solo shows and more than 150 group exhibitions, including at the Grand Palais in Paris and numerous exhibitions in New York City at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Phillips de Pury & Company in Chelsea and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in Soho. His 2001 Public Art commission from Hillsborough County “Components of Public Safety” was made from recycled the guns and weapons collected from a multi-county gun buyback program to produce two original multi- ton sculptures. The larger work titled “COPS I” is sited in front of the Sheriff’s Operations Center in Ybor City. The other sculpture he dedicated to those who’ve lost loved ones during public service “COPS II” and is located on Gunn Highway in Citrus Park. He designed and created the Kol Ami Star Memorial and meditation garden sited in front of Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa. Arthur’s sculptures are in private and public collections here and abroad. His early large works are listed in the Smithsonian Institution’s inventory of American Painting and Sculpture. A number of his smaller sculptures including his texted-based works were purchased by the renowned collector Richard Brown Baker, and are now part of the collection of Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.
My goal with creating my artwork is to create an exciting, happy, colorful and effortless viewing experience. After attending art school in Manhattan during high school at The National Academy of Design and continuing on to Parsons School of Design for my Associates Degree and finishing up at Massachusetts College of Art with my Bachelors Degree in Art Education, I took many drawing and painting classes. Having grown up in Manhattan ¾ of a block from The Metropolitan Museum, I spent endless hours staring at works by masters. I would attend several museums every week. My goal as a professional painter over the past 25 years has been to create my own style where the viewer sees that I have mastered my acrylic medium as well as my understanding of balance of color and composition.
I have gone through several phases already. Having lived in Florida for 18 years I have gained an appreciation of the bright sun and beautiful colors of the the Florida landscape. I have explored a tree phase, an abstract phase, an aquatic phase and lately I have been enjoying a photorealism phase. I still easily go in and out of all the phases. Some people say I seem like many artists in one. In reality painting is my joy and my job. I like to keep things fun and interesting for myself by changing up my subject matter.
I find great joy in doing custom paintings for my clients. Lately I have been creating portraits of animals with images in the portraits that are significant to my client. Not only do these portraits have aesthetic beauty but also sentimental value. My goal is to bring my client tears of joy and awe when I am finally ready to unveil the finished painting.
I have enjoyed being featured in The Best of Tampa Bay Magazine in May/June 2012. I have also had the pleasure of co-creating car paintings for the Reeves BMW showroom in Tampa, Florida. My lists of clients in the Tampa Bay area have been extensive over 18 years of living and working here.
My newest opportunity is to exhibit at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in July/August of 2016. By attending my exhibition, you will have the opportunity to explore the different phases I have embarked on over the years. I hope you will enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I have had creating them.
– Abigail Chase Miller