VLADIMIR ALEXANDER
Please join us for the opening reception for
VLADIMIR ALEXANDER
Saturday July 1 from 6P - 9P
This show runs through Sunday, July 23rd.
Please join us for an artist reception for
M. Kelly Olsen
TIME AND DISTANCE
Saturday, August 5th 6P until 8P
The show runs through Sunday August 27th.
'Portrait of my Father'


Vladimir Alexander


Vladimir Alexander, the son of a Costa Rican father and a Mexican mother, was born in Houston, Texas. At the age of 5, he was discovered by his father drawing on the interior walls of his parents’ home. Throughout his teenage years it was important for the artist to have experienced discipline as an amateur boxer and the rhythm of practicing guitar by incorporating their philosophies into his art. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Houston and earned a BFA in studio painting.

Vladimir focused his artistic practice to drawing and painting. He began to experiment with various techniques ending with a style resembling to the impressionist painters of the nineteenth century. Inspired by the artworks of: Claude Monet, Anders Zorn and Philip de Laszlo; influenced the artist by understanding their use of color and movements of their applied brushstrokes.

“A mosaic of brushstrokes,” the artist describes his fascination of painting. Vladimir recognizes the importance of color but also of applying his use of each brushstroke. For example, closely examining the details of his paintings one may see a full barrage of brushstrokes or a simplified gesture.

Vladimir inspires to create what he feels, and sees, in his image. He painted a bullfighting series inspired by his fathers’ history as a former bullfighter and Vladimir recollection of watching a live bullfighting scene during his time in Mexico. Vladimir focused his attention on painting only the bull by capturing its movements and strength within the ring.

Vladimir enjoys drawing and painting peoples portrait. He begins his attention to capturing the eyes stating that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Alternating with the eyes and reaching towards the background the artist in hopes tries to translate his subject’s character and his own energy towards the completion of the painting.

Vladimir also paints popular and polarizing icons from the previous century too our contemporaries. This includes painting portraits of: musicians, comedians and to our current president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.


Kaleidoscope No.3


M. Kelly Olsen

Thirty years living and working in more than a dozen foreign countries, has provided ample opportunity to experience and appreciate Art. From Southwest Asia to the Far-East, and Europe, being exposed to such diverse cultures provided unparalleled insight into that magical place we call, The Creative Process.

Throughout this nomadic first career, a bubble formed wherein close friends and family were the select few to see my creations. Now my second career, and my first love - the creation of abstract paintings - and full of desire to share my work as much as possible.

How did I get to this point? My creative influences to are primarily threefold: M. C. Escher, Frank Lloyd Wright, and my Dad. As a young man, discovering M. C. Esher was positively life-altering. Now as much as then, his writings and visual descriptions of The Infinite, are intoxicating, meticulous, and mysteriously full of Hope. Frank Lloyd Wright brought the Spiritual into (then) Modern Design. His visual and physical creations exude subtle elegance, and were the primary reason I began university as a student of architecture. To have my Dad, carpenter / inventive thinker, as an ingenious influence was an irreplaceable pleasure. It never ceased to amaze how his imaginative and resourceful approach would be the catalyst for the "Ah-hah moment" we needed - whether we were trying to create a fix for something, or fix something we just created.

My compositions convey - The Infinite Expanse of Time and Distance; they are meant to evoke smiles from the presentation, or playful title. Time and Distance - Not, Time and Space. Everyone has preconceived notions of Space, so preference is given to the more slippery, and elusive – Distance.

I utilize primarily two compositions: First, the audience is taken inside a boundary, wherein Infinity is eluded to with a never-ending ribbon, or continual visual path. Second, the image leaves the boundary while exposing only the beginning of the story - illustrating only a nanosecond, or microscopic section of The Infinite. For all works, no computers are used. I am not anti-technology; I simply don't enjoy using most technology as part of the creative process. All paintings arrive directly from my mind, using old-school hand tools put to archival paper. Every painting utilizes colored ink alone, or colored ink and colored pencil. It's my sincerest wish to provide the viewer with a pleasant distraction, and better still - a reason to smile.



 
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