Artist Profiles

JOHN BAEDER
Star Diner (Dedicated to the Memory of Ivan C. Karp) – 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 48 in. (76 x 122 cm)

In this latest series of paintings, John Baeder continues his pictorial inquiry into the nature of the diner and other roadside eating establishments. Partly an examination of iconic architectural composition and partly a passionate exploration of a particularly American landscape phenomenon, these recent oil canvases continue a four-decade long visual thesis on these important facets of American culture, honoring what is now fading fast into the fog of history.


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WILLIAM NICHOLS
The First Snow Santa Fe - 2012
oil on linen
60 x 90 in. (152 x 229 cm)

William Nichols' new large scale landscape paintings document transitory events in nature discovered serendipitously, that may vanish momentarily. Brilliant and mosaic-like in their execution, they disintegrate into abstract color areas when seen up close, allowing the viewer an alternate experience.

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TOLLEF RUNQUIST
Call – 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 50 in. (76 x 127)

Tollef Runquist’s newest body of work is a series of paintings exploring the landscape of his son’s play area; his toys, creations, and the constantly changing narratives that accompany his play. The paintings contain elements of both the archival and the allegorical. The colorful compositions explore the physical domain of his son’s play, as scenes and moments of time, and prompt us to inquire into the nature and origin of the stories surrounding these creative moments.

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FRED SCRUTON
Joe Minter;Birmingham, AL - 2012
chromogenic print (ed.15)
24 x 20 in. (61 x 51 cm)

Fred Scruton travels extensively throughout the country to document self-taught artists and their artworks. His colorful photographs celebrate the vitality of visions formed outside of the artistic mainstream. In this exhibition of environmental portraiture, the artists are photographed within the distinctly personal worlds of their own creation.


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GINA MINICHINO
Danish - 2012
oil on wood panel
7.75 x 7.75 in. (20 x 20 cm)

Gina Minichino’s oil paintings are an exploration of our influence by and comfort obtained from packaged, ready to eat foods. Minichino draws on 17th Century Dutch still life tradition, which depicted food in a way that is almost reified in its sumptuous stillness. Though they are paintings that represent childhood ease and happiness, Minichino’s work has a subdued, almost gothic sense of isolation.


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ROMAIN E.
How Much For the Car Wash - 2010
acrylic, watercolor, color pencils
8 x 13.5 in. (20 x 34 cm)

Romain E. renders a seducing, ideal Americana along the route he travels. Street scenes, gas station structures and vacation vistas are his subject. With an aesthetic close to photography, he captures people interacting together in the same space but not communicating. His light softens these spaces and textures allowing an unreal, idealized environment to evolve.

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