This month, ACT Gallery will feature Tampa artist Peter Stilton, Richard Bush and Christina Jarmolinski. Stilton’s, sophisticated whimsical chair and bed paintings created in various media, Bush’s digital graphic art drawings and Jarmolinski’s abstracted collage, assemblages that are on the edgy side will be showcased this month to start the new year 2013! Come downtown to view great art and support ACT Gallery and Boutique.
Peter Stilton is a Tampa artist who creates sophisticated whimsical paintings in a variety of themes and media, inspired in part by the “fete” paintings of rococo France. A full-time artist for three decades with over 40 solo shows in the US and France, including La Sorbonne, his work is in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Honors include work in the state collection of France (Office of the Mayor of Paris at Hotel de Ville) and in the permanent collection of the Springfield, MA, Museum of Fine Arts. Peter Stilton’s lyrical style has been described as linear expressionism with diverse subject matter, including symbolic geometric abstracts. French art critic Charles Tanguy wrote “the artist’s favorite Chippendale chair ‘Chip’ is our guide within the poetic universe of its creator” when the “chair” paintings debuted in Paris in 1995 at the Galerie Art et Communication. Stilton is writing and illustrating a book for children about the adventure of two antique Rolls-Royces in a Lewis Carroll chessboard of art styles and musical encounters. His art draws the viewer of his work into a world of visual surprises and sophisticated whimsy. Peter Stilton’s distinguished academic career (masters in art history and cinema from UCLA and USC) also includes professorships of art and humanities at colleges and universities in California, Florida and New York. Currently, the artist also teaches elementary art to inner city children and paints mostly in Florida and Maine.
Artist Statement – “My work is a kaliedoscope of all the places, colors and images I experience. It is a congruence of the past and present moment with a tangent that points to the future. Figurative or rhythmically abstract, my paintings reveal a substantive mental world beyond the material prose of existence. Child-like trust opens the doors to new vistas and imaginative juxtapositions where images change dimension and properties in uncharted and delightful ways, such as the pure joy of color and line, or the Chippendale chairs, Rolls-Royces, pipe organs, and cellos all enjoying the beach.” ~ Peter Stilton
For more information on Peter Stilton, visit his website at: www.peterstilton.com
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Bush spent the greater part of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. At 17, he attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Bush graduated in 1968 with a degree in music composition. In the early 1970’s, he moved to Cape Cod and worked as a pianist, conductor and composer receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2011, Bush relocated to Fort Myers, pictorial and graphic arts have been ardent avocations of his. A self-taught practitioner of drawing, calligraphy and computer graphics led to computer drawing. Bush creates stylish black and white computer drawings of the late 1930’s through 1940’s old Hollywood mystery movies. This body of work is known to him as “film noir”.
An edgy artist who loves to experiment using found objects, torn papers, gold plate, newspapers and more, Christina Jarmolinski says her art is not mainstream. Her forte is figurative painting, which she has abstracted in her collages and assemblages. Having studied art and languages in Europe, Christina has become established in the International and US art scene. She has mastered many techniques including sculpture, ceramics, painting, murals and more. She worked as a stage designer, adult and children’s art instructor and jewelry designer.
These exhibits continue to Wednesday, January 29, 2013.
Arts for ACT Gallery provides a quality, contemporary exhibition gallery featuring original art, limited edition prints, giclees, hand-crafted fine crafts, tee shirts, silver and glass bead jewelry, gourd art, raku, clay, and art cards. It is a “must see” destination for all art lovers and collectors, providing a unique opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy art. Highlighting the art of the current featured artist, the front gallery, reminiscent of galleries in SoHo, has 12 to 16 foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, and warm wooden floors. It is a great opportunity to meet the featured artists, enjoy some local food and have a glass of wine, and engage in lively artful repartee.