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Collector's Corner | 05MAR2017

Collector's Corner | 05MAR2017

PoetsArtists asks a group of collectors from our community to take a look at artworks posted on Instagram which have been tagged #heydidi and to choose up to three artworks they like best.  By choosing works by art collectors even though it is for educational purposes, we may get a glimpse into what their collecting pattern is like. 

Since this is a controlled selection based on the use of a hashtag meant for the use of our publisher Didi Menendez to use for these posts some of the artwork may end up being chosen by more than once. The rewards in these posts is to introduce artists to collectors and be highlighted here and possibly creating a wider range of followers on Instagram.

Many of the artworks used for this purpose already belong to other Collections. For example take a look at Alyssa Monks. Yet some artworks are new and being published soon. Take a look at Shana Levenson's painting which will be one of the featured works in Woman as Warrior at Zhou B Art Center in August 2017. Other works are available such as Jeff Bess' and Hollis Dunlap's. Please contact the galleries associated with the artists if you are interested in owning one of the available artworks.

Collector # 1

I rate work purely on its appeal and why it resonates with me. The second criterium is whether I would like to own it. I am actually quite shallow when it comes to selection. Its all about what I really like.
— Collector #1 | Female

Collector # 2

Amy Sherald is best known for painting modern Black Americans with a distinctive style of flat color and a strong feeling of graphic design. She was a student of Odd Nerdrum but I barely see his influence in the work. Instead what you see is her own voice, a lot of cool sleek design and bold color that makes me think more of David Hockney’s portraiture. Comparing Sherald to anyone is not the point anyway, these are big powerful bold portraits that would look great on the wall. The culturally under-represented subjects are a bonus. There’a also the flavor of Pop art flatness working here in a carefully-judged intentional way.
— Collector #2 | Male | West Coast

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Alyssa Monks has been doing the wet ’n’ steamy human figure for over ten years and it’s a cornerstone of her work. Both pretty and often dramatic, it transcends portraiture. The images are appealing figurative works and document an artist’s compelling obsession with the figure as well as often showing great technique in meaty flesh and the human form.
— Collector #2 | Male | West Coast
Jeff Bess does simple objects and barren landscapes with a nice sense of design and limited color. His mad use of the black backgrounds converts ordinary still life into “noir” objects. Some of that feeling of Americana gone wrong that you see in Edward Hopper. Bess is great at conveying that empty vacancy - a mysterious absence - that John Register liked to paint. Funny and disturbing at the same time.
— Collector #2 | Male | West Coast

Collector #3 

Collector #4

Laurence de Valmey - “Swimming Pool Reflections / Hockney Instagram” is a clever juxtaposition and commentary, merging an original painting - itself a small masterpiece of cerulean, sky and navy - with imagined social media conversation between artists.
— Collector #4 | Male
Victoria Selbach - I have to pick one of her “Generational Tapestry” series, because they are nostalgic and yet empowering. Incredibly strong when taken as an entire series, “Dreams of Our Mothers” combines one of my favorite themes - books, and the dreams they inspire - with a mother in her youth, the tattoo on her arm reflective of the ink on on her paperback dreams.
— Collector #4 | Male
Suzy Smith succeeds beautifully in this painting. I love how she weaves an intricate tapestry of foliage and flowers around the woman’s face, and how the inscribed halo and crucifix earrings both contrast and flow with the weave. Wonderfully done!
— Collector #4 | Male
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