Heinz Rabbow

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HEINZ RABBOW

Rabbow is not a realist; he is a mystic. In his paintings he pursues his ideal of beauty. His faces are not portraits; they spring from his imagination, his yearning for perfect beauty, his pursuit of simplicity. He finds it in people, in their faces and in their souls. The appealing features that we admire in beautiful faces – fullness, roundness, smooth and  luminescent skin, are heightened to a degree of abstraction. His idealized face is in fact always the same face, whether male or female, a peasant, a cook, a boxer or a swimmer. It is ordinary and celestial at the same time. Hair would detract from the perfect shape of the head, so caps and hats take the place of hair.

These paintings show neither depth nor distance, there are no shadows. The background and perspective is a mere gesture towards realism. As close as the artist brings the viewer to these “fantasy people” as elusive they are. Their beauty is synthetic – the mystery is the attraction. In the expression of the faces one perceives at once an amused serenity and a sweet melancholy. One can’t quite grasp the emotion but the impression is lasting and unforgettable.

Please contact the gallery to inquire regarding these available works by Rabbow.

Heinz Rabbow | 74" x 82" |Tempura on Board | 2002
Heinz Rabbow |The Swimmer | 74″ x 82″ |Tempura on Board | 2002
Heinz Rabbow | Woman with Scarf | 74" x 82" | Tempura on Board | 2002
Heinz Rabbow | Woman with Scarf | 74″ x 82″ | Tempura on Board | 2002

PASCAL PIERME – Successful Exhibition Extended

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For over 25 years Pascal Pierme has explored the sanctity of material. Working with multiple mediums, he creates sculptures that explore balance, movement  inquiry, architecture and nature within the realm of contemporary minimalism.

His grandfather was a renowned woodworker and an early influence on the artist whose use of high caliber hard woods is integral to his art. He believes that wood carries a cellular memory; that its whorls, patterns and lines evoke character and a past worth honoring. This comes through in gorgeous juxtaposition on pieces where the natural and the man made dwell in perfect harmony. Wood mimics paint, tone, texture or hue while expertly constructed faux surfaces of slate, metal, corroded iron or even travertine, provide striking adjacent complement. Pascal has carved himself an esteemed place in an exclusive league of artists whose command of process, from inception through finished work, is personal and superior.

Pascal has participated in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the United States, France and Switzerland. His work has been commissioned privately by the likes of Pierre Cardin, Carol Burnett, Marriott Hotels and the Equifax World Headquarters among others.

Many pieces have sold from this collection but the works that remain are on dispaly in the main gallery and if you haven’t received the catalog in the mail, we are happy to be able to share it and this exquisite collection here which is being extended through June, 2016.

 

 

Chagall For Children Celebration with Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

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Dear Patrons and Friends,

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the Marc Chagall Exhibition for Children.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a wonderful institution and my wife and I feel lucky to have a place where children can experiment, discover and learn right here in the Coachella Valley.

As proud parents of two wonderful little girls who have spent many magical moments here, we salute the museum for their contribution to our children’s cultural education and in the case of this exhibition, their education in art. The interactive journey through Marc Chagall’s life and the imagery that has influenced and inspired millions was especially meaningful to us. He was one of the most important artists of all times and I have curated several major Chagall exhibitions in Germany, Chicago, Carmel and here in Palm Desert, most recently in 2014 when we showed more than 40 hand signed lithographs in our gallery on El Paseo.

It was a perfect opportunity for the gallery to offer my family’s Chagall collection to help facilitate this endeavor but through the gracious sponsorship of Robert and Sharon Freed this opportunity became a reality and we are grateful for that!

We should not take for granted to have the Children’s Discovery Museum here in the Desert and it is only possible through the support of individuals. With this celebration we would like to raise awareness for this great institution. Please spread the word, bring your children or grandchildren, become a member or include the museum in your charitable plans so that the CDMOD may continue to provide new, relevant and exciting opportunities to our children to help them learn and create!

Thank you for sharing this evening with us!

Christian Hohmann

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Gerd Lieder and Roger Reutimann Premiere at PSFAF

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PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR 2016

Modernism Week has become one of the most important weeks for art in the valley and kicks off a series of important events starting with the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair where we premiered the Gerd Lieder exhibition that will be installed in the gallery next. We also showcased the breathtaking sculptures by Roger Reutimann for the first time. The opening night was less of a social event this year and more of an opportunity for collectors to get a first look, which translated into very strong sales for our gallery with several important works selling within hours of the fair opening. The inventory from the fair will be back at the gallery this coming Tuesday and  we are taking appointments to preview the works from the upcoming exhibitions with works by Gerd Lieder and Pascal Pierme. The Robert Dunahay exhibition is also still on display – don’t miss it!

GERD LIEDER

Gerd Lieder’s painstakingly composed oil paintings are often coined hyperrealism because of their exquisite photorealistic qualities. But the artist does more than merely present literal depictions of life. He in fact delves further by utilizing the tool of reflection to educe deeper meaning and inspire a double take toward everyday scenes that might otherwise remain mundane.

Common circumstances become elevated in surprising ways as his brush bestows color, innuendo, contrast and form to moments captured within surfaces. These moments, glimpsed in transit by Lieder, are documented, pulled from obscurity and delivered in all their spontaneous and surreal glory. Fleeting snapshots arrive from unexpected places: lingering inside a drop of water idling on the trunk of a car, forming a tiny world in a glossy metallic panel of a high-heeled shoe, mysteriously lurking behind prismatic planes of glass, or embedded within a shopkeeper’s window in the form of a woman’s face being refracted back upon itself. The viewer becomes complicit with the artist’s gaze, mining mirrors for the stories within the story. Perspectives refresh, delighted by the shift in looking.

These freeze frames of existence become further endowed with meaning through Lieder’s meticulous process, which requires hundreds of hours of inch-by-inch painting rather than a more traditional layering technique. The initial reflection thus becomes reflected anew, only this time informed by solidity and permanence.

The Gerd Lieder inventory is not online yet, but available to see in the gallery by appointment. We will install this week and once the catalog has been sent to our clients the full inventory will be online.

SEE AVAILABLE WORKS BY GERD LIEDER

ROGER REUTIMANN
Swiss-born artist Roger Reutimann creates sculpture that explores the relationship between the human body and its non-physical environment through a synthesis of seemingly conflicting styles. This is perfectly exemplified through his Perception series, which was inspired by the art of ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphics were two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional objects used to tell stories. In this work, Reutimann articulates the basic female figure through two-dimensional simplified silhouettes that upon further reflection and varying shifts in perspective reveal abstract three-dimensional shapes. These pieces require a double take with their slick metallic finish and stunning elegance. In his Dreams series, Reutimann explores the foggy line between reality and fantasy with highly polished, life-sized figures that float somewhere in that space between our subconscious and conscious presence. The artist engages in a rigorous studio practice seven days a week, which includes the production and fabrication of all his work. This discipline and attention to detail shows up delightfully in his art, which provokes new ways of looking at traditional forms.

SEE AVAILABLE WORKS BY ROGER REUTIMANN

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Gerd Lieder

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GERD LIEDER 
Artist Gerd Lieder’s painstakingly created oil paintings are often coined hyper-realistic because of their exquisite photo-realism qualities. But the artist does not merely present ordinary scenes; he in fact, delves for glimpses of what hides in the everyday and what sparkles in the mundane. Common circumstances become elevated in surprising ways as his brush bestows color, innuendo, contrast and form to moments captured within reflective surfaces. Fleeting snapshots of time take place inside a drop of water idling on the trunk of a car or mysteriously lingering behind prismatic planes of glass or on a shopkeeper’s window in the form of a woman’s face being refracted back upon her self. As viewers, we become complicit with the artist’s intention of showing us life in ways we haven’t seen before or perhaps, hadn’t appreciated prior in its more literal form. These freeze frames of time become further endowed with meaning through Lieder’s meticulous process, which requires hundreds of hours of inch-by-inch painting rather than a more traditional layering technique.

The exhibition has closed but you can still see available works for a short period of time. For available works please view here:  Gerd Lieder Available Works

Gerd Lieder | Water Ballet 1 | 49" x 53"
Gerd Lieder | Water Ballet 1 | 49″ x 53″