Showcasing in November
Stuart Dwork (main entrance gallery)
Painting and art has been Stuart’s first love since age 7.
Stuart graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Cooper Union is the only tuition free, merit only admission college in the U.S.
Stuart served two years in the military. A painting of two soldiers created at this time was displayed in the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Many years later, this painting was recommended as a postage stamp.
Most of Stuart’s career was spent as a creative director in a top ten ad agency on Madison Avenue NYC and later went on to run his own creative art business. Stuart works in many styles and subjects reflected from his experiences and travels around the world. His work has been in many private collections and published works, including International magazine covers.
Suncoast Kids Place Healing Art (corridor gallery)
Showcasing in December
Bob Clark (main entrance gallery)
Artist Bio - Bob was born in Akron, Ohio. In 1971, the family moved to Miami, Florida where Bob’s father accepted a job with the Miami Herald, Bob was 18 at the time. He attended Miami-Dade Community College and then transferred to the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic DesignIn the 1980’s when Miami’s advertising agencies were becoming well known in the industry, Bob worked as a Graphic Artist and Production Manager with several well-known agencies. He then focused on print as a Sales Representative and worked up to Sales Manager. The three artists that have heavily influenced him over the years are Ansel Adams, Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Rothko.
In 1999, he and his then fiancé, Mercedes moved to Tampa, Florida and decided that Carrollwood Village was the place to call home. In Tampa, Bob continued to work in the printing industry until he decided to pursue his heart-felt ambition of art. So in 2010, he retired and has been focusing his energy on artwork in both mixed media and photography. His mediums of choice are graphite, acrylics, and pastels and works on both paper and canvas. Regarding his style, he considers himself a graphic “gesturalist” something like “…an action intended to communicate feelings or intentions.” He begins his work with no pre-conceived idea or subject matter. He feels that the first line, or brush stroke, sort of sets the direction of the piece. From there he combines his uninhibited childlike qualities, combined with his graphic interests into a composition that is colorful, transparent, creating depth and allowing white space as part of the image.
His hope and ultimate satisfaction with his work is that the viewer can and wants to interpret and enjoy, in their own unperceived way, the visual experience.
Bob is a member of the North Tampa Arts League for two years and through them, he has had the opportunity to show his work in numerous venues throughout Tampa. His work is in several private collections.
I believe that I can best be described as a conservative “Gestural Abstractionist”. In combining various media, materials and methods of applications, and layering of colors resulting in spontaneous forms and textures, I look to create graphic elements that work together to form a visual composition. I consider my images as drawings, rather than paintings although the media is predominately acrylics. I often start working within a grid penciled in, only to set loose parameters for the free-style, spontaneous strokes of color.
My use of color combinations and methods of application often create a sense of dimension to the piece. A variety of tools are used to apply color, such as a brayer, putty knife (various sizes), as well as brushes. My media consists of a combination of acrylics, pastels, and graphite. Frequently, I use a large piece of corrugated cardboard that functions as my palette. I test various color combinations, and achieve various textures and shapes depending on the method of application. Often, I find my palette becoming a part of the image within my work by cutting and peeling off the sections of the top layer of the cardboard and applying it as a collage element. This has eventually led to the use of raw burlap as a collage element in the images. Drawing on the burlap, using pastels creates a unique dimension to the image.
The unique textures and the raw unfinished quality of these two materials are very well suited for my images.
Very rarely, will you see any of my images bleed off the edge of the canvas or paper. I prefer the graphic images to float within the white space, creating it’s own placement and shapes in relation to the squared background. –Bob Clark
Suncoast Kids Place Healing Art (corridor gallery)
The Suncoast Kid’s Place provides support for children, teens and their families following the death of a loved one through peer support groups and education. Our goal is to offer support in a safe place where children, teens and families can share their experience as they move through their grief process. Learn more at http://www.atriskkids.org/skp.