If you’ve been in the showroom during the past several weeks you’ll have noticed the fantastic and interesting artwork by Ian Sklarksy. Part of his “Amazing Contours” show, Skalrsky’s work presents a variety of mediums to communicate the same kind of blind contour drawings.
Now, for a limited time, you can take home your very own piece for 15% off the regular price!
Check out these pieces from Ian Skalrsky; – Amazing Contours
Your last chance to own an original piece by Ian Sklarsky is December 8th!
We are proud to introduce artist Ian Sklarsky to the Vastu gallery and showroom!
Sklarsky is a New York-based artist, illustrator, and filmmaker who specializes in blind contour drawing.
“Blind contour refers to a method of drawing in which the artist draws a line and never looks at the paper. It takes what one sees with one’s eye and with study allows the hand to trace the image from one’s brain.”
“Although some portraits or drawings might have to be redone, most of the time the errors are what brings out the character. We are not perfect, we can’t be. To quote my friend, the performance artist Taylor Mac, ‘Perfection is for Assholes.’ Our world is so driven to perfection that we often stop what we are doing simply because we know we cannot be perfect at it. GO – DO IT. FAIL. Failing is just another term for perfecting an action. If your science experiment blows up, you go back and do it again, and with some more errors, you might even get it right. Enjoy being imperfect. That’s the best part about people, we can be.”
Come experience Sklarsky’s blind contour creations during our Opening Reception on Thursday, October 17th while enjoying beverages from Cork Market. During the opening reception of “Ian Sklarsky; – Amazing Contours” Sklarsky will be creating blind contour portraits of our guests live and you will have the opportunity to purchase your very own portrait!
“Unexpected color, active brushstrokes, a penchant for abstraction and sometimes a little touch of humor all combine to create strong yet inviting paintings that appeal to a broad audience.”
Stop by the Vastu showroom to check out brand new art from local artist Bill Firestone.
Firestone completed his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to Washington DC to work in the graphic design field. His strong background in photography as well as his visual interpretations of everything from tractor-trailers to London and Paris street scenes allows him to record his unique inspirations.
His illustration and fine art work have been recognized by countless judges over the last few decades and his paintings hang in many public and private collections. He is represented by galleries in DC, Virginia and North Carolina. Illustration clients include publications such as Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Washington Post Magazine, as well as graphic design firms, and advertising agencies.
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
August 5th – October, 2013
Rogers’s work in encaustic last graced Vastu’s walls in September of 2011 and we’re excited to welcome him back with new art on Monday, June 3rd.
The works in Me Two represent for Rogers a reconciliation that reaches beyond the combination of paint and encaustic materials. These images attempt to depict the geography of his past and present, sharing tautness and spontaneity in an exploration of duality and contrast.
“I’m interested in the delineation of opposing forces, aspects of polarity, the movement of small particles, gravity, the overworked, the reductive and finding the spaces in between.”
- Ceviche Daydream
- Big Red
- Night Over the Olgas
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 3rd – August 4th, 2013
The time has come again for the MidCity Artists Open Studios!
Click the link below for a map of this weekends’ participants:
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Vastu again welcomes artist Brian Petro back to our walls March 25th through early June. From classic floral and sculptural imagery in his signature transfer style, to his fresh new chunky oil paint abstracts and scrawled quirky painted drawings, Brian elicits comfort, joy, and humor in this show.
His work represents his wandering and wondering mind. He credits his style to the dichotomy between his supportive, rural, central-Pennsylvanian upbringing and the brutal independence of urban life. Global travel and urban exploration fuel his search for images, ideas and processes.
Brian is presently represented by galleries in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Rehoboth Beach. His work is also on display in venues in Brazil, England, Italy and Hong Kong. Past commercial clients include Absolut Vodka (who commissioned Brian to design the Absolut Dupont Circle Ad), The Ritz Carlton Hotels, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The Library of Congress. Brian has been published in regional and national news magazines and newspapers, and he and his work have been featured on several television shows including HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Showhouse Showdown
To arrange a tour of Brian’s studio, located in the lower showroom here at Vastu, please contact him directly at (202) 270-7352 or email@example.com.
No stranger to the walls of the Vastu showroom, Allen Levy is back with new captivating pieces. His compositions play on the concepts of color, light and luminosity while flowing between the abstract and expressionistic.
“My paintings are driven by chance through layering, mixing, and pouring, to create a composition that is truly unique. As I paint, ideas emerge providing new opportunities and directions for me to explore and expose – but, I am also aware of my original scope of work which is structured and planned. The images often resemble “dreamscapes” of the landscape – a sunset, the weather, or even a season, but, all are subject to interpretation. As with every dream, each is unique, limitless, and truly one-of-a-kind.”
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 22nd, 2013 through March 24th, 2013
Colin Winterbottom, who has a studio and has shown his work several times here at Vastu, will have a new and exciting show at Long View Gallery from January 10th through February 10th.
Titled Gothic Resilience, the exhibition showcases a series of photographs from an ongoing collaboration between Winterbottom and the National Washington Cathedral highlighting rare elements of the Cathedral damaged in the August 2011 earthquake.
“The selection richly conveys the Cathedral as a vantage point over a complex urban landscape and as part of that landscape: an iconic piece of the country’s architectural heritage that resonates with people of varied faiths and speaks to the city as a whole.”
Gothic Resilience | Colin Winterbottom’s Photographs of the National Cathedral
January 10th – February 10th
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 6:30 – 8:00pm
(RSVP by January 9th to firstname.lastname@example.org)
1234 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Vastu designer favorite, and past exhibitor, Greg Minah is back in the showroom again! Through January 20th, 2013 you’ll have the chance to see and purchase great pieces of art from this Baltimore-based artist.
Greg Minah creates his abstract paintings by pouring thinned out acrylic paint onto the canvas and then tilting and turning the stretcher to precisely control the flow of the medium. Often, a layer is partially removed with pressurized water before it has a chance to completely cure, leaving only the outline of the poured paint and revealing the multi-layered construction of the work. This method of working might best be described as a collaboration between artist and material–a balancing act between the creative force of the artist and the natural forces acting on the flowing paint. The result is a lyrical moment suspended in time but the significance remains fluid as it relies entirely on the encounter with the viewer.
Of his painting method, Minah states that “inspiration comes directly from the working process itself. I am so physically engaged in this process that it really becomes a part of the final painting, a documentation of a sort of prolonged performance piece. And while I can exert a lot of my will on the behavior of the paint and I choose the colors, composition, etc, there’s always something unexpected that will happen when I work this way, something that I’ll have to react to in the moment which give a sincerity and freshness to the work that I find appealing in art.”
It’s that time of the season again for the Fall Open Studios hosted by the Mid City Artists. This is a great opportunity to support local art and visit various artists in their own studios.
Here at Vastu we have artists Colin Winterbottom and Brian Petro. You can visit their studios (located in our lower showroom) from 12pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, October 13th and 12pm to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 14th.
Vastu will be open on Saturday, October 13th from 11am-7pm and Sunday, October 14th from 12pm-5pm.