LuminArte Gallery, in the prestigious Dallas Design District, showcases contemporary award-winning mid-career national and international artists, whose work is found in private, corporate, and museum collections world-wide, including: Merrill Lynch Collection, Alon Corp USA, Chateau Haut-Brion, FR, The Museum of Latin American Art, CA, Center for the Arts, NY, National Museum of Art, Bolivia, The Jewish Museum, NY, The White House, DC.
Monumental public art installations include the Itami Cultural Hall, Japan, Port St. Lucie, FL, Palm Desert CA, Boulder Co, and the UNT College of Business, Texas.
Representing over 50 artists from more than two dozen countries, LuminArte presents collectors, corporate clients and designers with a thoughtful and diverse array of artwork in a variety of media, styles and techniques.
The Couleur of Light
H.M. Saffer II
April 25th - June 13th, 2015
Artist reception on April 25th, 7-10PM
Dawn Birches III
LuminArte is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by international artist, H.M. Saffer II from April 25th through June 13th. In this collection of vibrant landscape paintings, eastern style and sensibility meets western innovation and subjectivity on canvases adorned with bright, color-saturated pixels of light. Reminiscent of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles of European Modernists combined with the technical brush work and fluid, painterly applications of the Far East, H.M. creates a new vision of sunlit impressions in nature. Currently based in New York, H.M. Saffer II has experienced a wide spectrum of creative careers, including his work as a producer and song writer, and even as a chef and restaurant owner, while exhibiting his artwork internationally in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Paris, London and across the United States and Canada. Meet the artist during the April 25th reception from 7-10pm. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Born in 1942, in Philadelphia, H.M. Saffer II proved to be a prodogy at the age of six, first exhibiting his art in a public showcase, and has cultivated that creative momentum throughout his life. After graduating from Temple University, H.M. travelled to Paris to begin a carreer as both a professional artist, and as a musician and song writer, performing with notable French stars Hugues Aufray, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, and many others before gaining emplyment with Barclay Records as a producer. Saffer worked on several hit records in the late 60’s, while also maintaining a status as chef and owner of two restaurants in Paris, as well as a third in Ibiza, Spain.
Before returning to the United States in 1970, H.M. completed studies at L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts, exhibiting in Paris and Brussels, Belgium. H.M. continued on with his music career in the United States at Warner Brothers Productions where he co-wrote the international hit song, "Look What They Done To My Song, Ma", recorded by Ray Charles, Melanie and other performers. While at Warner he painted a forty foot mural in their Madison Ave., NY headquarters and exhibited his works in the firm's lobby. In 1972 H.M. was hired by the dynamic songwriter/producer Bob Crewe as Senior Vice President for the Crewe Group of companies where he worked with the industry's top names including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Vicki Carr, and Oliver. Later that year, he established HMS Two Music Ltd. and spent his time writing and producing music for films, commercials, recordings and Broadway productions, including commercial creations for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Ford Motor Company, and Michelob among others.All through this period H.M.'s continued to refine and broaden the scope of his artistic endeavors. In the early 80’s he began to study the art of Sumi-e, later traveling to Japan to study with Japanese masters. While in Japan, H.M.adapted his Japanese Sumi-e brush painting techniques to Western styles of Modernist painting, and was soon represented by Galleries in Japan and in Hong Kong, benefiting from time as a resident artist with numerous, successful solo exhibitions.
After spending more than ten years in the Orient, H.M. Saffer II has developed a provocative painting style by combining western techniques with oriental techniques in a means of expressing his subjective viewpoints and emotional perspectives. The use of ‘fude’ brushwork becomes an homage to Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, giving his paintings a distinct style. This becomes most evident when viewing his more detailed elements, such as in his treatment of trees, plants, water lines and horizon lines. His paintings reflect serenity and vibrance in an overall Joie de Vivre approach to art in both inspiration and actualization.H.M. Saffer II reentered the United States in 1994 and took residence in Upstate New York, taking on painting and art instruction full time. H.M. has instructed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire Community College, and Columbia-Greene Community College. He currently has gallery representation both in the United States and internationally.
Architecture and Landscape
May 9th - June 20th, 2015
Artist reception on May 9th, 7-10PM
Spanish Forest by Jesus Barranco Mora
LuminArte presents an international exhibition of paintings, photography and video ranging from plein air compositions to surreal landscapes and architectural abstractions. This eclectic exhibition of artworks, depicting views of the natural world juxtaposed with cityscapes, opens on May 9th with an artist reception from 7:00 – 10:00PM and runs through June 20th. Artists include Jesus Barranco Mora, Jose Vincent Cascale, Alvin Gill-Tapia, Bonnie Teitelbaum, Al Wildey, Teri Starkweather, Michael Carlyle, Mark Ashton Vey, Norma Drimmer, Judith Seay, Jim Pescott and Richard Vaux. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Based in Valencia, Spain, Jesus Barranco Mora and Jose Vincent Cascale both depict architecture and landscape in vibrant compositions, focused on the more sublime atmospheric elements that create awe inspiring depictions of our modern relationship between civilization and nature. In a similar fashion, Santa Fe artists Alvin Gill-Tapia and Bonnie Teitelbaum explore other stages of this experience, with Gill-Tapia illustrating the sensual, organic nature of Southwester adobe structures, while Teitelbaum embodies landscape through a more abstract expressionist mode, reminiscent of the painterly applications of J.M.W. Turner.
Dallas Skyline by Jose Vicente Cascales
Within the plein air works of Mexico based artist, Michael Carlyle, we find references to Impressionism, expressed through dynamic brushstrokes and vibrant color schemes. Canadian artist, Jim Pescott takes the impressionist style to another level through his “dot paintings,” which are centered on light, shadows and colors; while the brightly hued, textural images by LA artist, Teri Starkweather promote a more serene, elegant vision of nature’s splendor.
As we descend further into abstraction, we find the archetypal landscapes of Richard Vaux. Based in New York, Vaux combines dry media such as charcoal with acrylic to create a vast, surreal horizon, combining elements of a spiritual imagery with grounded portrayals of the physical world. On the other side of the Surrealist spectrum are the animated scenes of British artist, Mark Ashton Vey. Vey began his career in the music industry as the front-man for the band, Rare Bird, which traveled worldwide and opened for such acts as The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. Now living and working in Nice, France, Vey considers his style of painting “Art Musicalism” and has numerous international collectors, including Julian Lennon.
General Post Office Dublin Ireland by Al Wildey
In the abstract photography of Michigan artist, Al Wildey, one can observe the hustle and bustle of modern life, as viewed through the lens of this experienced international photographer. The almost frantic perspective and overlay of imagery makes the architectural subject seem alive, pulsating and filled with movement. Norma Drimmer,a multimedia artist based in Berlin, Germany incorporates similar techniques while utilizing multiple images to form unearthly landscapes, produced by combining detailed forms with distant perspectives.
Dallas artist, Judith Seay is the metallic Matisse of the group, forming transcendental forests of gold and silver leaf. Inspired by natural colors, shapes and textures, Seay loves to combine elements to make a composition that is intriguing and meaningful.
May 23rd - June 20th, 2015
Artist reception on May 23rd, 7-10PM
Birth of a Country by Andriy Halashyn
Exodus at LuminArte Gallery explores concepts related to diaspora, delving into issues of immigration, political exile and cultural identity. Within this presentation of international artists, exhibiting paintings, photography and sculpture, the viewer has the opportunity to relate to each artist’s experiences of migration, isolation, assimilation and personal discovery. Whether the artwork depicts a fusion of icon and symbol, representations of traditional forms and artistic styles, or pure nonobjective abstraction, each artist draws from his or her creative evolution with the idea of developing a distinctive new interpretation of social coherence. This dynamic exhibition of contemporary, international artist opens on May 23rd, with an artist reception from 7:00 – 10:00PM and runs through June 20th. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Red Shoes by Antonio Guerrero
Exodus showcases renowned creative talents, including Cuban born artists Antonio Guerrero, Alejandro Leyva and Luis Delgado, who work out of Miami, Los Angeles and New York, respectively. Ukrainian painter, Andriy Halashyn lives and works in Costa Rica. The photographic work of New York artist, Bilo Hussein, includes a recent series of studies of women who have, like Hussein herself, experienced both gender inequality and cultural displacement. Bulgarian encaustic artist, Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman is based in North Texas, as is abstract painter, Waleed Arshad, who through his vibrant and expressive paintings, transcended political exile and separation from his family and friends in Baghdad. Zahra Nazari and Sina Khosravi both emigrated from Iran to North America, with Zahra maintaining a studio in New York and Sina exhibiting internationally as both an Ontario based musician and visual artist. Born in Lebanon, Shirine Osseiran lives and works in London, and was a visiting lecturer at LuminArte Gallery during the 2014 edition of the Islamic Art Revival Series.
Passion by Alejandro Leyva Crossing Threshold by Waleed Arshad