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Holiday Show: Small, Affordable Works


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During the holiday season, we often look to the arts in their many forms to provide notes of renewal and hope. And for good reason. Artists possess a calling to reflect our memories, hopes, longings and ideals. They help us to look inward, and to chart a way forward, even as we engage our history. This exhibition is a special expression of this calling that artists possess and answer for our benefit. These artists have made unique, one of a kind works with their own hands, and their desire is to connect with you. Most of these works were created during our recent shared time in shelter, and in my opinion, they all possess a special power and spirit that belies their intimate dimensions.

This beautiful exhibition of small jewel-like images demonstrates that in a whisper there is true power. The size of these small, jewel-like pieces allows you, the art viewer, to engage with (and acquire) this work easily as gifts for friends, loved ones, and your own home. Concerns like measurements and decor go out the window as we react and embrace these beautiful objects which reaffirm our connection to nature and reassert our shared humanity.

Enjoy this special holiday selection of small, specially priced, compelling works, and contact the gallery via text or phone at 312.664.3406, or email at dan@addington.com to reserve the works that you would like to welcome into your home, or to have sent directly to a friend or family member. Provide an email address and you will be sent an invoice which can be paid online. We ship anywhere, and a 10% donation from the proceeds of each sale will be made to Care For Real, an organization working hard to meet the needs of those touched by the corona virus pandemic in Chicago. - Dan Addington

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Susan Kraut

These beautiful gems by Chicago painter Susan Kraut are late additions to this very special show, and I hope you'll take some time to look closely at them. Susan's work can be seen first as humble and minimal, but beneath this simplicity is a wealth of heart and meaning and soul. If you've seen them in person, you know what I mean. The way her still life objects are lovingly and literally coaxed into being by her own hand is touchingly apparent in person. These paintings talk to me about quiet moments of hope, even in the midst of struggle.

In Susan's own words: "As it did for all of us, the world changed for me in one day, as my busy spring semester suddenly became uninterrupted quarantine at home. The first couple of weeks were an anxious struggle to learn enough technology to teach the second half of my undergraduate painting class on-line. When I finally had a little time to think about getting back into my studio (which, happily, is in my home) the 8 or so paintings I had begun during the fall and winter suddenly looked uninteresting and frivolous to me. My energy for painting felt very low.

Meanwhile, a small bouquet of flowers sitting on our kitchen table began to wilt. I'm sure I was thinking about the beautiful small flower paintings that Edouard Manet painted toward the end of his life, which I have always loved and was able to see in person last summer at the Art Institute. I found a bunch of small painting panels lying around my studio, which I usually use to make preliminary studies for larger paintings, and I began painting flower studies on them. A few friends sent me pictures of bouquets they had brought home, and I discovered other images of flowers among my old photos.

My project since has been to paint small studies of these Quarantine flowers, as I think of them. They feel ordinary yet intimate to me, touching because we know the real flowers will soon begin to fade and wilt. They seem especially poignant now; set on windowsills, their showy bursts of reds, yellows and purples glowed against the cool grays and browns of the outdoors."


NEWLY ADDED!

Susan Kraut, Susan's Bouquet 1, 8x8, oil on panel, $300


Susan Kraut, Susan's Bouquet 2, 10x8, oil on panel, $350


Susan Kraut, Susan's Bouquet 3, 10x8, oil on panel, $350


Susan Kraut, Hillary's Daffodils 1, 10x8, oil on panel, $350


Susan Kraut, Nancy's Bouquet, 18x14, oil on panel, $1100


Susan Kraut, Hillary's Daffodils 3, 20x16, oil on panel, $1200




Scott French

My goal is not to copy nature, but rather to explore it and try to openly present a new experience with each piece. I hope it is the emotion of the landscape the viewer will see; a magnificent sky, the sun slicing across the horizon or the way shadows play on a lake. Capturing this scene and portraying it to the viewer is a visual challenge that can not always predicted or contained.

NEWLY ADDED!
Scott French, Four Seasons 19, 5x5 image, 7.5x7.5 framed, oil on wood block, $235


NEWLY ADDED!
Scott French, Four Seasons 18, 5x5 image, 7.5x7.5 framed, oil on wood block, $235


Scott French, Four Seasons 11, 2.5x2.5 image, 5x5 framed, oil on wood block, $95 SOLD


Scott French, Four Seasons 12, 2.5x2.5 image, 5x5 framed, oil on wood block, $95


Scott French, Four Seasons 13, 2.5x2.5 image, 5x5 framed, oil on wood block, $95 SOLD


Scott French, Four Seasons 14, 2.5x2.5 image, 5x5 framed, oil on wood block, $95 SOLD


Scott French, Four Seasons 17, 2.5x2.5 image, 5x5 framed, oil on wood block, $95 SOLD


Robin Denevan

My work is about process with an emphasis on the organic properties of the materials I use and how they mimic nature and landscape. My most recent paintings begin with an etched birch panel, and involve techniques that incorporate oils, inks, and encaustic materials. The splatters and glazes of oil fluidly represent the effects of water and reflection. Beeswax blends and diffuses creating atmosphere. I do not render a landscape as much as I allow the materials to naturally create one.


Robin Denevan, Spring Surf, 10"x9.5", Encaustic and Oil on Etched Baltic Birch, $495.



Robin Denevan, Ocean Afterglow, 10"x9.5", Encaustic and Oil on Etched Baltic Birch, $495.



Robin Denevan, Turbulent Tides, 10"x9.5", Encaustic and Oil on Etched Baltic Birch, $495.



Robin Denevan, Soft Horizon, 10"x9.5", Encaustic and Oil on Etched Baltic Birch, $495.



Molly McCracken

In my work, the garden becomes a metaphorical space where I gather visual imagery and feel a sense of the sacred. Its history as a mythical space of earthly paradise and pleasure inform my thoughts, particularly the way the garden intermingles with culture. Galley note: These tondo watercolors are painted with rich, saturated watercolors on heavy archival rag watercolor paper, with the natural deckle of the paper showing.


Molly McCracken Kumar, Celebratory Sojourn, 12x12", watercolor on heavy cotton rag paper, $300.



Molly McCracken Kumar, Hidden Transformations, 12x12", watercolor on heavy cotton rag paper, $300.



Molly McCracken Kumar, Burgeoning Undultions, 12x12", watercolor on heavy cotton rag paper, $300.



Molly McCracken Kumar, Trillium Rising, 12x12", watercolor on heavy cotton rag paper, $300.



Sandra Dawson

The images in my work evolve from an observation of our physical world and my internal thoughts. Archetypes, Icons and mythological figures share space with childlike scrawls, poetry and graphic images. I paint, etch and draw both abstracted and figurative elements onto my panels. I like to combine techniques and play with mixed media. My work evolves spontaneously and intuitively and I welcome happy accidents.


Sandra Dawson, The Dance, 8x10", oil and encaustic on panel, $400. SOLD



Nolan McCants

Award winning photographer Nolan McCants' keen eye is brought to bare on the city in this "Stillness" series. Nolan composes his photos in camera, neither cropping or manipulating after the fact. The photos in this series, all shot on the streets of Chicago, are visually powerful and emotionally moving, documenting an important time in our shared history. All photos are framed and matted using the archival materials and museum glass. Image size: 9.5x15.5, framed size: 16x21. Each photo is signed and numbered in a limited edition of 25. Once an edition sells out world-wide, it is not reintroduced.


Nolan McCants, Essential, 8x10", photograph, $750.



Nolan McCants, Lake Street, 8x10", photograph, $750.



Nolan McCants, Masked, 16x21", archivally printed photograph, framed, $750.



Nolan McCants, New World, 16x21", photograph, $750.



Nolan McCants, Stillness, 16x21", photograph, $750.



Nolan McCants, 230 Wabash, 21x16", photograph, $750.



Jeffrey Hirst

I have been creating my small irregularly shaped paintings for a while now and have continued during the pandemic. For me, the pieces have a sense of contemplation and introspection with bursts of color popping out in the work.


Jeff Hirst, Blue Location, 6x6, encaustic on wood, $400.



Jeff Hirst, Confection, 6x5, encaustic on wood, $400.



Jeff Hirst, Marking Paths, 6x5, encaustic on wood, $400.



Jeff Hirst, Here to There, 6x6, encaustic on wood, $400.



Jeff Hirst, Parallel Points, 7x6, encaustic on wood, $500.



Paula Blackwell

Paula Blackwell creates her paintings using the ancient technique of encaustic painting. By exploiting the translucent effect resulting from the layering of wax, resin, and color, she invites us to literally look into her paintings, not just at them. Working with a limited palette, the artist uses very subtle shifts in color to suggest atmospheric changes above an often obscured horizon. The outer edges of the painting can be framed in flora, or can merely fade to a darker value, with a suggestion of light source emitting from within the composition. The chiaroscuro of renaissance masters is put to use in these paintings, drawing the viewer into a vortex of glowing space, evoking a light both natural and spiritual, both literal and symbolic. One would be hard pressed to identify a specific location, any species of tree, or any landmark of mountain or lake in these paintings. Instead, Blackwell is rendering an internal view of a psychological space pregnant with mystery and longing. This is universal territory, and we are all invited to explore it.


Paula Blackwell, Static, 10x8, encaustic on wood, framed $480.



Paula Blackwell, Wednesday, 10x8, encaustic on wood, framed $480.



Paula Blackwell, Everclear, 10x8, encaustic on wood, framed $480.



Paula Blackwell, Seasons, 7.5x5.5, encaustic on wood, $320.



Joanne Mattera

Out of the Blue: Silk Trail

Silk Trail began recently when the cyan in the all-in-one color cartridge ran low as I was printing. What I'd wanted was the image of one of my Silk Road paintings. Instead, I got one with bands and striations. The composition was minimal but the color was rich, an accident I could work with. Bands of color signaled the last gasps of uniform color; fine striations were the machine's vain attempt at producing the color field. The results were glorious: overlays of slightly out-of-register color with a gouache-like richness or a watercolor-like veil. Quite literally out of the blue I stumbled upon a new way to explore color that is very much in keeping with the way I paint: layer on layer, relying on the interaction of hues to produce richness and depth.

Production of the prints is sporadic. I get to make about 15 at the end of the life cycle of each color cartridge. I work primarily with an HP office printer on Epson archival print paper, but I may also overlay a scrim of color with my Epson printer. Each digital print is unique and sufficiently archival to last your lifetime.


Joanne Mattera, "Silk Trail 333", 8x8 (image), 11x8.5 (paper size)
Unique digital monoprint on archival paper, $250.



Joanne Mattera, "Silk Trail 340", 8x8 (image), 11x8.5 (paper size)
Unique digital monoprint on archival paper, $250.



Joanne Mattera, "Silk Trail 367", 8x8 (image), 11x8.5 (paper size)
Unique digital monoprint on archival paper, $250. SOLD



Michael Dubina

Michael Dubina's paintings are created with traditional oil techniques on the inside of matchbook covers, and are floated in over-sized black frames which compliment the physicality of the painted object. In Dubina's paintings one can sense such influences as the atmospheric qualities of 19th century Tonalism, the tranquility of Luminism, and the romantic spiritualism of the Hudson River School. But instead of looking back nostalgically, Dubina brings these qualities into our time, placing his striking attempts to conjure the Sublime on the inside of common everyday restaurant matchbook covers.


THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW EACH MICHAEL DUBINA PAINTING BELOW IS FRAMED .



Michael Dubina, Bohemian Rapsody (Homage to Freddie Mercury), oil on matchbook cover, framed, 9x7, $600 .



Michael Dubina, Another Knockout Punch (And No One Saw it Coming), oil on matchbook cover, framed, 9x7, $600 .



Michael Dubina, Secret Love, oil on matchbook cover, framed, 9x7, $600.



Michael Dubina, Full Moon, oil on matchbook cover, framed, 9x7, $600.




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