Greetings and Happy New Year! from the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery and Sporting Art News.
We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season and are back in the swing of things with the start
of the New Year. 2008 looks to be an exciting year for the Sporting Art arena of our business
as several exciting projects are under way for many of our artists.
The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery will be the exclusive agent for the sale of all of the paintings in this forth-coming book and many of these wonderful works are already available – in fact, many have already sold! We will be hosting several events over the course of the year featuring the paintings and will hold a major exhibition upon the completion of the book. We will keep you posted as things progress.
Speaking of books, two of our prominent artists, Arthur Shilstone and Mike Stidham, are both featured among an elite group of sporting painters in The Fine Art Of Angling – Ten Modern Masters (Di Les Books, 2007), along with several other prominent contemporary sporting artists. The book has just been released and we will have copies available in the gallery.
has been very busy painting for our gallery, as well as working on several
commission projects. Arthur was commissioned earlier this year to create a
series of paintings featuring a spectacular landscape
capture the true
essence of hunting upland game, waterfowl and deer on
this incredible property. Additionally, Arthur has been involved in other
commission projects and has spent time this fall researching various
subjects and locations to create these magnificent images. All in all, a
busy summer and fall season for Mr. Shilstone and I continue to be amazed
at the energy and enthusiasm he puts into every painting – an impressive
effort to say the least for a man who, at 85, with a distinguished career
that has spanned so many decades and with so many milestones along the
way, never seems to slow down! Many individuals might choose to sit back
and reflect on an extremely impressive career, such as his. But not
Arthur, he continues to this day to create truly breath-taking images, and
his work is every bit as crisp, concise and convincing as it has been in
the past. We are among the lucky few who have an opportunity to represent
his incredible talent!
I have recently had several wonderful conversations with artist Mike Stidham, who continues to create wonderful underwater scenes of various species of fish in their natural environments. Mike creates his images in such a convincing way, that one can feel the water and the light reflecting from above on the fish and the ocean floor on his canvases. His oils are remarkable in how they capture this atmosphere and they really make you feel that you are right there with the fish in the water. His most recent painting featured here, Bad Day For A Crab is a great example of his ability to capture fish and their habitats. Additionally, Mike has been busy discovering new waters throughout the West and has also spent time in the Keys and Bahamas, and I am sure we will continue to see many paintings as a result of his various adventures. Much in the way that artist Stanley Meltzoff used to paint, Mike’s perspective of these fish comes from years of spending time on, and in, the water, chasing after these species. We look forward to what Mike will create next!
Speaking of artist
Stanley Meltzoff ,
Diane Pogrant, Stanley’s widow, was diving this past summer off New Guinea
and sprinkled some of Stanley’s ashes in one of their favorite dive
locations, Craig’s Bite – Stanley’s legend lives on in the ocean waters!
When Diane is not diving in exotic locations, she is busy finalizing the
book on Stanley’s illustrious career, Illusions
of a Fishpainter, written by Stanley himself.
Al Barnes, who many of
you know and whose artwork you have seen gracing the covers and pages of
Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sports Afield, Sporting Classics, Field &
Stream and many others has recently rejoined us, after many years
of not having a presence in our gallery. Al worked with us back in the
Big Horn Gallery days and has now joined us again as one of our
distinguished Sporting Artists. Al has been very
riverscape scenes of many of the prized waters of the west. We are thrilled to have Al back on board with us and will keep you posted as new works come our way.
James Prosek recently
launched a year-long exhibition “Life & Death: A Visual Taxonomy"
at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, CT. The
exhibition, which opened on September 16, will hang until June 8, 2008.
This is a milestone event for James and should you find yourself anywhere
near Ridgefield, I encourage you to stop in and view this remarkable
Another name that has recently rejoined our ranks of Sporting Artists after many years of being away is drypoint, etching and watercolor artist Paul Niemiec, who worked with us both at Mystic Maritime Gallery and The Big Horn Gallery. Paul’s work, which has been featured in prestigious publications and books such as The Art of Monhegan Island, The Artist’s Magazine, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, The Best of Watercolor 2, Monhegan, the Artists’ Island; A Gallery of Maine Art, Watercolor Magic, The Language of Literature, reflects his country upbringing and his deeply rooted interest in traditional American Realism. His themes are drawn primarily from personal experiences in upstate New York and coastal Maine, and typically deal with the effect of light and atmosphere upon color and value relationships in nature. Paul enjoys the challenge of working in varied mediums including watercolor, oil, mixed media, egg tempera and printmaking.
Paul’s professional affiliations with regional and national organizations include The National Watercolor Society, The Society of American Graphic Artists, The International Society of Marine Painters, American Society of Portrait Artists, The Central New York Watercolor Society. We are thrilled to have Paul back on board with us and have recently received many wonderful drypoints, etchings and watercolors here at the gallery.
We have many
more great works of art from all of our Sporting Artists here at the J.
Russell Jinishian Gallery, including
Richard Dana Kuchta,
Kent Ullberg and
others. If you find yourself near the gallery, I welcome you to visit, as
we receive new paintings from this talented group on a regular basis. I
will keep you posted on new works and events here at the gallery and
always look forward to hearing from you regarding recent sporting
adventures upon which you have embarked!
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