Thomas French Fine Art Spring Preview
This spring, Thomas French Fine Art is pleased to announce three exciting online exhibitions on thomasfrenchfineart.com, as well as our participation in the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association (NOADA) Art Expo May 10-12 in Cleveland, at which we will feature the work of African American artist Sedrick Huckaby.
Architecture + Urbanism in April will feature a wide selection of architectural studies of the urban environment. Historically, artists’ work has been as much about the built environment as the people who inhabit it. The interaction of these two spheres, known as urbanism, offers an insightful lens through which to consider these cityscapes. Ultimately, this consideration allows the viewer to develop a greater appreciation for the special role that artists have held in recording life around the world throughout history. Artists featured in this exhibition will include: G.B. Piranesi, Joseph Pennell, Childe Hassam, John Taylor Arms, and Robert Delaunay. Several depictions of Cleveland by Louis C. Rosenberg, August F. Biehle, and Yvonne Jacquette will also be included.
Our May online exhibition will demonstrate the artistic evolution of printmaker Ray H. French (1919-2000) in honor of his May 16th birthday. A founding member of the Iowa Print Group, French began his artistic career in the late 1940s and early 1950s with his classic line engravings. Over time, he also developed a unique style of mixed intaglio and did pioneering work on blind embossings, in which he combined line intaglio and embossing in a three-dimensional shadow box to create what is now known as a graphic construction. French’s artwork has been acquired by over 500 museums and institutions including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Alber t Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale, and the Brooklyn Museum.
In June, we will showcase the abstract photographs of Adrienne French (1987-) who carries on the artistic lineage begun by her grandfather Ray H. French by focusing her lens on the urban landscape. A recipient of the prestigious fine art scholarship at Ohio Wesleyan University, Adrienne began her studies with nationally regarded photographer, educator, and museum director Justin Kronewetter. She then studied photography at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where she developed a keen understanding of photographic technique, which coupled with her ability to see beyond the unseen, has led her to capture striking and inspiring images. Specifically, Adrienne finds beauty in the often neglected urban landscape and has revealed that the more dilapidated and unattractive something may appear at first glance, the more beauty she sees and tries to capture. This ability has attracted the attention of many discerning galleries, museums, and collectors including: the Halcyon Gallery in Terre Haute, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in Cleveland, the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, as well as scholar collectors Dr. Henry Adams and Dr. Marianne Berardi.
Finally, in addition to our online exhibitions, we will also be exhibiting at the NOADA Art Expo May 10-12 in Cleveland, where we will feature the work of Sedrick Huckaby (1975-) as well as our large inventory of works on paper. An extraordinary draftsman, Huckaby applies his creativity to his religious devotion and African American family heritage. A recipient of the 2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program Award and the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, Huckaby’s work has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis Museum of Art. Our selection of his work will include paintings, pastels, drawings, and a unique suite of hand colored lithographs created specifically for the Art Expo.
We are looking forward to sharing in the excitement of all these events with you and seeing you at the NOADA Art Expo n May. In the meantime, please take a moment to subscribe to our email newsletters via the homepage of our website and follow us on Facebook and Tumblr for information on our exhibitions, acquisitions, events, and promotions.