2016 Annual Fall Show
Salon, from the French word salon (a living room or parlor), means a conversational gathering. Usually this is a select group of intellectuals, artists and politicians who meet under the roof of an inspiring host held in part to amuse one another, to refine their taste and increase one's knowledge of current affairs and the arts.
Numerous women patrons of the arts have presided over salons in France and England since the 17th century. The American novelist and playwright Gertrude Stein(1874-1946) was known for her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where Picasso, Matisse and other creative people would meet to discuss art, literature, politics and, no doubt, themselves.
The term salon also refers to art exhibitions. The Paris Salonwas originally an officially sanctioned exhibit of recent works of painting and sculpture by juried members of the Royal Academy of painting and sculpture.
Many of these artists who were accepted into the salons of Paris have now found their way to a present day Salon of sorts; gathered here by the insatiable, creative mind and hands of sculptor Richard Gill. Gill's conception of a “Salon” of these masters in his own Burnstown studio brings to life what he has deeply researched and imagined as the creative realm of artists of renown who transformed the face of modern art.
In Richard's Salon Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Diego Rivera, Vermeer keep company with Matisse, Picasso, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Dali, Turner, right along side along with Renoir, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and the outrageous and lesser known Egon Schiele and Tamara de Lempika. Andy Warhol is seen in his “Sliver Factory” studio with Bob Dylan and who knew that he also painted Mick Jagger.
With evocative imagery Richard has created a visual spectacle of over 50 works rendered by a marriage of sculpture that portrays each artist in scenes that include their paintings in miniature intricate detail; skillfully achieving the illusion of greater depth through his unique technique and understanding of sculpting in relief.
Entering his 71th year this salon & sale marks Gill's 44th annual revealing that he is indeed a present day master in his own right adept with a unique interpretation in the medium of sculpted clay in relief. Thus far he feels that this body of work constitutes his finest.
As Richard transforms his studio to salon he invites us to a gathering to mingle among the masters' intimate domain at Bittersweet Gallery in Burnstown. A Salon of the Masters is a sequel to his 2015 show The Masters as Muse. It opens October 1 with Vernissage from 2 til 8pm. Richard will give a brief talk on the works at 3 and again at 7pm. The show continues daily 11 to 5 to October 10.