Periodically over the last year, we have introduced exhibit themes that highlight the elements of art, which are line, shape, space, texture, value, form and color. In turn, we have arrived at color. The hue, saturation and intensity of color determine its overall feel or impact. Here we asked artists to focus on the power and significance of color in their imagery. It may be bold or subtle, warm or cool, calming or exciting. Color can speak volumes!
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ― Wassily Kandinsky
Featuring artwork by the following artists:
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Juror's Statement It was such a privilege to be able to judge “Brilliant Color” at the lovely St. Charles gallery Framations Custom Framing and Art Gallery. Color has always been my passion. Both in the focus of my teaching, and as the focus of my personal work. I have always been fascinated with it, and found there is a continuous discovery of its many elements as one’s art perspectives mature. The addition of color in any work is the emotional component. It can be mutable and changeable, and it can act as the mirror reflecting the viewer’s personal experiences.
There were so many wondrous pieces in this show that it made it a challenge to narrow it down. Besides the sensitive aesthetic of beautiful color being the focus of the work I chose, I wanted to see color in a new and/or original way. I was looking for use of color that complements the inherit meaning of the piece. Selection came down to who had executed excellent craft with the aforementioned use of color.
There were many pieces which showed surprising originality. Many of the pieces brought me back to examine different insights each time I viewed them to narrow the field. Third Place “Do not pass Go” had such a fun sense of nostalgia in relation to color. Additionally, it had a creative view I found somewhat Iconic. I really enjoyed this one. Second Place “Tree of Life”, in my interpretation accomplished the very difficult task of utilizing the color spectrum to ensure the message of creation. A pleasant use of movement and motion made the painting come alive. First place was a true beauty, “Flowers in the Studio”. The energy of the brush strokes with the combination of color choices expressed mature skill and talent. The piece was both old and new in the sense it’s a fresh interpretation of the classical still-life. ~ Terri Shay
Juror Terri Shay has been working in art and design for 12 plus years and is currently a professor at St Louis University teaching color theory and design. She has a B.F.A from Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH and earned her MFA from Fontbonne University with an Emphasis in Painting. In her personal career as an artist, Terri has had her work in countless shows, exhibits, and publications. As a top rated botanical artist in the St. Louis area, Terri was also Elected to the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibit in the Chelsea Flower Show 2008-2013. There, she also received the RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show award in 2007 and has paintings in the RHS Lindley Library Collection and also the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She is versatile and business-minded with a broad perspective, exceptional color sense and a proven ability to manage creative projects seamlessly from concept through delivery. Learn more about Terri Shay at www.terrishay.com.
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