Current Exhibit -Moonalised - A Portrait Exhibition
October 30, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Opening Reception - Thursday, October 30th 6-8 pm
Clover’s Fine Art Gallery presents Moonalised – A Portrait Exhibition, a group show by six artists – Abdul Blum, Yehuda Blum, Colin Bootman, Maria Diaz-Luna, France Hilbert and Carlos Pinto.
The exhibition runs from October 30, 2014 to November 30, 2014.
Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, October 30th, 6-8pm
at Clover's Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Brooklyn - 338 Atlantic Avenue (Hoyt & Smith).
Abdul Badi never took art seriously. For years he drew and painted with reckless abandon, with little thought the effect his work had on viewers. But with age and study, Abdul has come to recognize that art provides more than mere aesthetics: it delivers both conscious and subtle sub-conscious messages.
Abdul was born in Washington, DC and spent his formative years in Brooklyn. He attended Manhattans’ High School of Art and Design completed an art program at Mercy College of Dobbs Ferry, New York. He has become known for his vibrant oversized portrayals of Third World people, particularly Africans. Abdul spent years working as a pastel painter but of late works almost exclusively in oils.
Yehuda Blum lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Between 2006 and 2009 he attended classes and summer programs at the Valley Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 2014 he received his bachelor’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University. He spent a year abroad at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Blum’s work ranges from observed renderings to abstract, process-based experiments. He enjoys erasure, layering, transparency, and destabilization as practical and metaphorical impetuses in his practice. While he is primarily a painter and draftsman, he also delves in collaborative and interdisciplinary work.
Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad and moved to the United States at age seven. Bootman cites finding his first comic book as the life-changing experience that marked the beginning of his career as an artist. He was encouraged to purse children’s book art as it allowed him to freedom to express himself through various media. Bootman credits the lively rhythms and vibrant palette of Trinidad which left an indelible mark on his creative expression.
For Maria Diaz-Luna painting is like learning to envision because it is the essence that lives and illuminates within everything. For her, it is like visual music that can be heard and felt from the inner soul. It is an innate force that streams from her belly onto the paint brush and then onto the canvas. Maria was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Brooklyn. Here, she observed the many faces of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds that inspired her towards painting portraits of all kinds of people.
France Hilbert artistic education began in France at age seven when her grandfather, the late artist Jaro Hilbert, taught her the classical tradition. She continued her formal studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris, France and then in the US at the Academy of Arts at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, NY. Hilbert’s major works consist of sculptures in public space and many of her commissions are permanent installations. Talma is a 7-foot bronze sculpture installed in a public square in Brunoy, France and The Calling is a pair of 4-foot bronze relief sculptures installed in Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC.
Carlos Pinto is from Guatemala and has been working as an artist in NY for the past 15 years. His art is as expressive, lush and colorful as his nature country. Pinto’s artwork is also poignantly aggressive and projects a revolutionary declaration. Most of Pinto’s media comes from salvaged material and found objects. He uses discarded plastic Metros cards and broken tile and glass to reinforce recycling and prolong its use indefinitely while provide the artist with a source of free material. Pinto is planning a series of mural and public art in Brooklyn. He hopes his legacy will be an artist who demands change to a Green Revolution.
Come meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine and see this spectacular body of art. Clover’s Fine Art Gallery is located in the historic Atlantic Avenue district, close to the Barclays Center. The exhibition was curated by gallery owner, Clover Barrett. Special thanks to France Hilbert for her valuable contribution in helping curate this show.
Clover’s Fine Art Gallery is particularly committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation of the art and artists of the Caribbean.
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