The Legacy of Howard Behrens

 

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Howard Behrens

It is with heart-felt sadness that we say goodbye to a friend and artist, Howard Behrens. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Behrens passed away on April 14, 2014.

For over 25 years, he has given us treasures to share with our clients. From his brilliant landscapes of foreign paradises, to breathtaking cityscape, his pallet knife was able to capture a beauty that will live on forever. He will truly be missed.

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Shimmering Waters

 

For a detailed journey through Behrens life go to his website.

 

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Rooftop Garden (Mexico)

 

Australian Artist Ken Strong Does Giclée!

Ken was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1960 and since the early eighties has been juggling dual careers in Art and Civil Engineering. Through the NSW University of Technology in Sydney, Australia Strong’s studies included art composition, medium, and art history. He also had specialist training in architectural drafting and technical presentation.

Ken Strong in his studio

Ken Strong in his studio

Strong has been painting for over 25 years and is developing increased recognition for his work both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 exhibitions over this period including 23 solo, and is a regular contributor to Australian and International Artist Magazines

Ken Strong

Ken Strong

Strong has said “as long as I can remember I had a pencil or paint brush in my hand. As a lot of painters do, I developed an early love for the Australian impressionist painters, probably because they presented images of this country that reinforce the difference in the Australian landscape and lifestyle to overseas locations. And 100 years on, the same differences still exist.”

 

"A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA" by Ken Strong

“A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA” by Ken Strong

Strong believes he developed a passion for art when he first began to experiment with paints and began to get a sense of excitement in using the mediums. “Even though the thrill is often momentary (because the greatest critic of you own work is unfortunately yourself), as a painter you sometimes think you can touch something intangible with art, which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. When you review the completed works, the moment is often lost, but the anticipation of finding this becomes a driving force to create,” says Strong.

"Sand, Sail and Stillness" by Ken Strong

“Sand, Sail and Stillness” by Ken Strong

Many of Strong’s works combine a carefully constructed subject with a vigorous application of pigment. Movement is paramount when the observer is lead around the composition following the textures and shadows developed within the structure. The suggestion of detail will often be used in lieu of specific detail, the suggestion being used to support the subject but not detract with over-complexity. He has been described as a “colorist” and an “impressionist, a combination of both resulting in a unique approach to creative artwork.

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

Strong has used the giclée technique so he doesn’t have to produce a complete set of prints at one time, unlike traditional printmaking processes that require an entire run be completed all at once. With digital printing, a portion can be made now and the remaining ones printed later as needed, without loss of quality. Once the artist is satisfied with the results, the information is stored digitally to create prints as needed. Seems like the giclée technique is something everbody can benefit from!

Check out some more of Ken Strong’s artwork below: 

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

  

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

 

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

 What are your thoughts on giclée? Would you use an inkjet printer for your work?

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Giclée – What is it?

Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?

Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on ink jet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing.  Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “ink jet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!

These printers are large and get the job done!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Look at this Ferrari - Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Look at this Ferrari – Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.

These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut  and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

The Movie post for "It's A Wonderful Life" from 1946 in giclcee

The Movie post for “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946 in giclee

Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.

Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Check out "The King" Elvis Presley on giclee  paper!

Check out “The King” Elvis Presley on giclee paper!

The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

GicleeArt in a Gallery

Giclee Art in a Gallery

Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!

Check out some of these artists’ famous works!

Chuck Close's "Lucas".

Chuck Close’s “Lucas”.

One more!

"Oranges and Grapes"  By Wolfgnag Tillman

“Oranges and Grapes” By Wolfgang Tillman

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Corporate Art – Can it Really Make Your Office More Productive?

Corporate art. What exactly classifies corporate art? Is it art made specifically for office use? Or is it any art that is located in a corporate setting? When someone thinks of art they may associate someone in a freelance profession or a creative field but many artists find meaningful employment in the corporate world. According to the Corporate Art Force art can enhance any space in which it is installed but it can serve a great purpose specifically in office spaces. Art can make a corporate area feel more welcoming and attractive.

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Corporate art can be original art or reproductions and it is made by artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, print makers, and others.  Some corporate offices can even have their own corporate art galleries in which they request specific artists to create work just for them.  Clients of these galleries include architects, interior designers, and developers.

Broadway Galleries specializes in finding and installing the perfect piece of art for your specifications.  You can choose from a completed artwork or commissioning an artwork if you have something specific in mind.  Broadway Galleries has art to suit all budgets.  We also have consultants available to help you make your decision, and they can find the artwork that perfectly complements the size of your space, the color scheme, and your overall design.  We will work with you to find the perfect piece of art either in the gallery or at your location.

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Corporate art has been shown to improve employee productivity in the workplace. We can help your organization be more strategic in your art decision and continually evaluate the effectiveness of your art.

Who knew you could receive a return on your investment by purchasing artwork and gaining; employee retention and productivity, customer and public awareness, and patient outcomes for healthcare organizations!

In general I personally feel that artwork can attract positive energy for the space it is displayed in, the people, and the company as a whole. What do you think?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?


Corporate art can do this by communicating your objectives and messaging, strengthen customer and employee interactions, promote your organizations brand and mission, encourage a creative and dynamic environment, strengthen morale, and engage others. Broadway Galleries can do an initial analysis of your brand and image and come up with a recommendation to optimize your options of artwork needed for your company. Just like we did here:

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

One important concept in corporate art is a sense of scale.  For example, if you have a large wall in your corporate space, you would ideally want a large artwork to fill it, or a series of multiple artworks.  Anything that is too small in size will look out of place.  Similarly, if you have a large open area, you would benefit from a large fountain or sculpture.

Ask the gallery you use if you are able to view your chosen artwork in its intended space before you buy it to make sure that it does suit the area in which it is used.

At Office Art Hire they feel that “In today’s tough economic climate astute employees understand that providing a positive and energised working environment enables employees to fully utilise their attributes which in turn improves financial, social and strategic performance.”

“For the employer, staff happiness and wellbeing means increased performance and in turn productivity – producing a healthy return on investment.”

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Are you inspired at work today?

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