January 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Frida Kahlo at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is an inspirational exhibit that spans the life of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. With a selection of 15 paintings, seven drawings, several personal photographs including a biographical video that depicts the life and times of the artist that explains the circumstances of Frida’s life that contributed to her artistic expressions.
The exhibit is designed as a timeline of the artist’s life. The arrangement of paintings, drawings and photographs starting with her devastating bus accident in 1925 when she was 18 that haunted Frida with pain for the rest of her life, meeting Diego Rivera who caused her much psychological agony along with her personal conflicts that are depicted thru her artwork.
This early painting of Alicia Galant was a friend of the family who lived nearby in Coyoacán is beautiful with a velvety quality to the paint application. Frida’s mother bought her paints while she was convalescing from her bus accident and she started to create portraits of people that she knew. This portrait painting was signed on the back: “My first work of art, Frida Kahlo 1927.”
Frida was a muse for an assortment of well known photographers throughout her lifetime including her father, Guillermo Kahlo. There are several photographs and videos sprinkled throughout the the exhibit.
This photograph reveals an uninhibited Frida posing for the photographer. Later on I discovered this image had been cropped from the original to disclose less of her nude figure.
There are several pages from Frida’s sketchbooks on display that reveal the spontaneity of her creative process.
‘My Nurse and I’ on canvas, 1937 depicts the memory when Frida’s younger sister Cristina was born and Frida was put under the care of a wet nurse who was an indigenous woman. In this painting the wet nurse has a blank expression of a pre-Colombian mask while Frida has the head of an adult and body of a child. Frida’s artwork takes on this type of symbolism after her miscarriage while living in Detroit with her husband Diego while he is working on a large mural commission. Her boldness in confronting her life struggles are astounding when seeing her artwork that’s revealing with a very personal and raw perspective. As Frida continued to paint it seemed like the medium was like writing for her, as the primitive symbolism evolved, technically her painting style remained consistent throughout her artistic journey.
It’s so rare to be able to enjoy an art exhibit dedicated wholly to this inspiring artist that I recommend going out of your way to visit this show. The Frida Kahlo exhibit is currently at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL thru April 17, 2017.
December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
It’s the end of another memorable year and I’m currently working on a ‘clean canvas’ an looking forward to an experimental outcome ahead. In 2016 I had committed myself to three solo exhibits that kept me occupied with, not only new work but, sorting out the logistics of presentations and marketing in order to get folks to come and see the projects that I had invested so much time in. It seemed like I just finished with one show and I needed to plan out the next one. One tip that helped me get through all three shows is that I consistently create new work every week so that I am continually adding to my portfolio and thereby reducing the pressure of creating work for a specific show.
Right now I’m exploring and working on new projects and thinking about my transitions as an artist. Focusing on abstract mixed media pieces has been my passion lately as I work with colors and textures while exploring with marks and subtractive processes that will guide me to a finished piece. Paintings can be so unpredictable as to how they begin and when they are completed. Some come out fast while others are slow and have their moments of agony. Is this one finished or do I push further? Bold or delicate? Balanced or decidedly off-center?
For the past few weeks I’ve started several 6″ x 6″ panels in an effort to push the envelope with techniques and designs without the commitment of painting large. Each piece is a small study that allows me to relax and not worry about the outcome as much as I would with larger canvases which encourages me to take more risks. For now these studies are my daily exercises that fine tune my vision and are inspiring me to work BIG. It’s a luxury to just be able to relax and explore… What are your artistic habits?
October 13, 2016 § 2 Comments
Opening Reception: Thursday October 13, 2016 from 6 to 8pm
Thayer Art Gallery at Thayer Academy-located in the lower level of Thayer’s Southworth Library 745 Washington St. Braintree, MA 02184
Thayer Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri|8am-3pm (when school is in session) During regular hours the gallery is locked-for access call security 617.371.5217
This exhibit highlights my career as an illustrator and artist in a timeline with personal selections of art and licensed products. Current pieces include digital, painting, mixed media and monotype printmaking.
Throughout my artistic career it has always been a journey of exploration and expansion. For years, as a student, designer, art director, illustrator and simply as an artist, my objectives always seemed like I was climbing to reach a goal, whether it was to perfect my skills, succeed at commercial assignments, run a solo business and, most importantly, enjoy the time allotted to me on this planet. My aspirations seemed to segue from one desire to the next while moving forward and still using strengths that I had learned in the past.
As an artist it seems like there’s always a bit of discontent and a desire to somehow make something better. There are so many masterful artists from the past and the present that it’s easy to become discouraged. In my mind I try to see the beauty in other art pieces and use it for inspiration in my own work.
Exhibiting my artwork is new for me as I have always been too busy creating art for corporate projects, editorial pieces and licensing to have time to get my work physically out into the world. This exhibit is a selection of pieces from the past 20 years that starts with the ‘Studio Wall’ which is a display of how assignments start with sketches and finished art and then translate to tangible products. Many of my newer pieces are still being licensed along with a large library of past art images.
So as I continue on my artistic path of discovery and creation right now I am taking the time to pause and reflect on the steps that have brought me to this moment.
-Donna Ingemanson October 2016
Special Thanks to Karen Koskores, Charlotte Nickerson and Image Resolutions.
June 10, 2016 § Leave a comment
June 17, 18 & 19th, 2016 are the dates for the South Shore Art Center’s Art Festival on the Green in Cohasset, MA. It’s an honor to be included with several other talented artists in the Juried and Members Exhibits under the event tents. It’s worth the trek to the South Shore as there are several activities that happen in conjunction with the festival such as musical performances, art exhibits and 90+ juried craft artisans. Fri, June 17, 1-7 Sat, June 18, 10-7 Sun, 19 Noon-5 Rain or Shine!
This piece entitled ‘Buddha’ was inspired by a solar plate etching that I worked on recently in black and white. It was transformed into a digital piece by combining photography and monotypes in photoshop. A framed, printed version is included in the Members Exhibit under the events tent during the Arts Festival and a canvas version is part of the Coastal Printmakers Exhibit upstairs inside the South Shore Art Center throughout the Summer.
Starting July 6th thru August 2016 my work is being featured in a Solo Exhibit at the Paul Pratt Library in Cohasset, Ma hosted by the South Shore Art Center. This exhibit will have a diverse variety of pieces that will all be recent artworks. The Opening reception is Friday July 15th, 2016 6-8pm. This exhibit is sponsored by my very talented friends at Image Resolutions in Norwell, MA. Please visit.
November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
It’s gallery season again in Eastern Massachusetts and there seems to be plenty of inspiring exhibits to visit. This past weekend the Boston Printmakers opened their 2015 North American Print at Lesley University College of Art and Design.
The exhibit is filled with a vast array of contemporary prints in a wide variety of printmaking techniques such as these Bloodline 40″ x 30″ monoprints by Marina Brownlow from Santa Fe, NM that greet you at the entrance.
The Biennial opening reception was last Sunday and was heartily attended by printmakers and their followers. It was a challenge to get up close and personal with the artwork with so many print enthusiasts. Drop by now through Dec 12, 2015 to have a relaxed engagement with the art.
There were several prints that were inspirational and, as usual, had printmakers speculating as to how they were created. One of my personal favorites was this monotype, linocut, chine colle, sewing, drawing entitled Distortions by Lina Monclus from Broward County, FL which received a Materials Award sponored by Gamblin Artists Colors.
Over the Charles River to South Boston is The Distillery that recently hosted an Open Studio where you can find a full creative community with a gallery of work by artists that occupy the building.
At The Distillery we were drawn to Rory Beerits who creates beautiful, organic jewelry and stylized animal sculptures made from wood and metals.
These Cedar Waxwings are unbelievably realistic but they are actually carved from wood and painted with acrylics by Larry Barth. The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon in Canton MA currently has several of Larry’s bird sculpture’s on view through January 18, 2016. Even the branches are created with metal and then painted.
Whether you’re interested in contemporary or hyper-realism there’s plenty of art to see this Fall. Don’t miss the opening reception this Friday, Nov 13, 2015, from 6 to 8pm at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset which features the National Juried On the Edge and the Gallery Artists Small Works Exhibits. See you there.
July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Suddenly it’s summer and I’ve had the pleasure to escape to the outer reaches of Cape Cod for a little getaway. First stop is Provincetown for Gallery Night-every Friday galleries open their doors with a wide variety of art genres to choose from. Two of my favorite stops are the Schoolhouse Gallery on the East End of Commercial Street where there was an opening this past Friday, July 17th, that was going full tilt in conjunction with the ArtSTRAND Gallery which is connected. Hey even director John Waters was checking things out…
Bert Yarborough had a few large mixed media pieces that were very loose and abstract and beautifully executed. In the past I have heard about this artist and now I’m a fan.
These pieces by Maryalice Johnston at the ArtSTRAND were experimental and inspirational and make art look fun and easy-ok that’s easy for me to say…
These wonderful sculptures of strange creatures by Anna Poor at the ArtSRAND are thought provoking and humorous.
This whimsical figurative painting by Erika Wastrom is a wonderful study of simplistic complexity. The Schoolhouse Gallery and ArtSTRAND are both located on Commercial Street in Provincetown just a few blocks East of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum which is free on Friday nights. Get there before summer passes you by…
February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Mixed media painting entitled exposed 72″ x 42″.
It is with great anticipation that I am planning an upcoming exhibit with my artist comrade Patricia Berube at the James Library & Center for the Arts starting on April 3rd thru 29th. The pieces that I am presenting are recent paintings and monotypes that expose a personal side to my work. Interests that come though my artwork are a love of color, texture, scale, paint strokes and a sense of humor. After many years as a commercial illustrator, designer and art director I have taken the time to create pieces that interest me without the restrictions of assignment work.
Monotypes that will be included in the show are a way for my work to be more free with a suggestion of realism that lends itself to the viewer making their own conclusions and stories. Pieces will range in size from large 72′ x 42′ paintings down to smaller 4″x 6″ pieces. Please Join me.
Opening reception Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm
24 West Street Norwell, Massachusetts 781-659-7100
Hours: Tues-Fri 1 t0 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm, closed Mondays