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Linda Le Kinff: Off to the Races

Park West Gallery collector James Rhodes of LA Progressive has written a terrific review about his recent cruise art auction experience and meeting the artist Linda Le Kinff. We’re proud to share the article below with all of our readers. Thanks James!

linda-le-kniffIt is rare that an opportunity arises to pluck me out of the national dysfunction  and madness I find myself currently engulfed in here in the United States and transported to a more tranquil Mediterranean setting. When Park West Gallery hosted a private sea adventure showcasing the works of world renowned artist Linda Le Kinff, we had to jump on the offer. PWG is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and hosts four acres of sculptures and 63,000 square feet of gallery space in 23 exhibition halls.

Le Kinff is the favorite artist of my wife and granddaughter. Perhaps it is her wildly colorful style or the exaggerated use of glowing women and hidden cats or maybe it has something to do with the tranquility of her work that connects with the “common man” — certainly an artist of the people…

Read the full article (pdf)

Fine art by Linda Le Kinff is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-lekinff.com.

Park West Gallery on Cruise Radio

Cruise Radio, Park West Gallery, Stoney Goldstein, cruise art auctionsCruise Radio, an informative and entertaining online resource for cruisers, recently interviewed Stoney Goldstein, Park West Gallery Executive Vice President of Sales.

On Episode 112, Goldstein talks about Park West Gallery’s 42-year history as an industry leader, provides tons of great tips for anyone interested in starting an art collection and answers listener questions about Park West Gallery’s popular on-board art auctions.

Listen to the podcast by clicking the player below (interview starts at 6:00).

Park West Gallery in Art World News: “Galleries Benefit from Art Auctions”

Art World News, the popular art and framing trade magazine, recently featured an article entitled, “Galleries Benefit from Art Auctions.” Park West Gallery was among the art auction industry leaders interviewed for the piece. In part:

Creating an “experience” different to what people would get at the gallery alone, is important to the atmosphere, says Stoney Goldstein, executive vice president of sales at Park West Gallery. The company, headquartered in Southfield, MI, holds auctions in its gallery and at sea.

“Auctions are effective because clients enjoy the experience—from the preview to the bidding to seeing the presentations—and that certain indescribable energy that only an auction can provide. In a gallery, artworks may hang on a wall for months waiting for a collector. An auction is not only a fun and exciting event, it also helps clients evaluate what works they are interested in collecting and a price point at which they are comfortable spending more quickly; especially when there are 300 other people there who may be interested in the same artworks.”

[…] Charities can play a big role in a successful auction as well. First, it allows the gallery to do fundraising work, whilst also bringing new people into the gallery. Park West recently did an auction for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation, and raised nearly $30,000 for their children’s outreach programs to the Caribbean and Latin America… 

Download the full article [pdf]

Share Your Park West Gallery Experience [Contest]

***This contest has now ended. The winners will be posted below during the week of April 18-22, so please check back to see if you’ve won—and thank you for entering!***

Share your Park West Gallery experience with us for the chance to WIN an amazing prize! Ever been to a Park West Gallery cruise art auction at sea? Or maybe you’ve attended a Park West Gallery event in your hometown? We want to know about your memorable Park West Gallery experiences!

Contest Rules and Prize Details


Q: How has the Park West Gallery experience inspired your passion for the arts?

1. Simply post your answer to the question above in the comments below. 

2. Include your first name, last initial and email address in the comment form. (Note: Emails will NOT be displayed publicly and will be used to contact the winners only.)

Need a little inspiration to help get you started? Hear what others have to say about Park West Gallery in the video above, “Episode 1 – Experience.”

3. EARN BONUS ENTRIES!* Earn additional entries by linking back to this contest page. Link to this page from your Facebook, Twitter, blog or other website and post a trackback link to it in the comment form below (so we can verify your link). You’ll get an extra entry for each link you post.

*Enter as many times as you’d like. Limit one prize per person.


Csaba Markus book, Park West Gallery

Ten lucky winners will be chosen at random from all of the entries. Winners will receive a copy of Csaba Markus: Gems and Rhapsodies, a gorgeous full-color coffee table book highlighting the life and works of the artist.

The contest winners will be posted at The Official Blog of Park West Gallery and also notified via email. Winners will be announced sometime between April 15-22, so bookmark this page and check back here to see if you’ve won!

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Good Luck!


Each day this week (April 18-22), we’ll be posting the names of 2 of our 10 lucky winners. Be sure to check back to see if you’ve made the list! (Note: All winners will be notified via email once the full list has been posted.)

Monday, April 18, 2011
1. JAN C., posted April 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm
2. DAVID W., posted April 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
3. MARLA C., posted April 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm
4. SANDRA B., posted April 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
5. MARK H., posted April 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm
6. RUSSELL S., posted April 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thursday, April 21, 2011
7. KIMBERLY B., posted April 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm
8. KAILYNN A., posted April 6, 2011 at 7:42 am

Friday, April 22, 2011
9. JENNIE W., posted April 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm
10. LOU M., posted April 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Alfred Gockel: Intention and Discovery

Written by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

Like a gifted musician, Alfred Gockel approaches his canvas.

Just as in Jazz, when he begins there is an underlying skeletal structure for the composition, but it must be fleshed out through instinct, sensitivity, experience and the ability to always be attuned to the “moment.” Musicians create the form of music through pitch, harmony, melody, rhythm, repetition, tone and dexterity with their instrument, honed by countless hours of practice and performance. The visual artist’s formal tools are equivalent: line, color, composition, spatial and proportional relationships, texture and surface and a mastery of draftsmanship gained only through the practiced repetition of capturing in two dimensions what eye perceives in three.

alfred gockel, park west gallery“Blowin’ the Blues” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

For centuries, philosophers, historians, critics, artists and musicians themselves have pondered the relationship between the aural (musical) and the visual arts. Alfred Gockel just lives it.

When he paints (as seen in the Park West Gallery “stop-action” video of Gockel creating a painting), he seems to effortlessly apply his lines and forms, painting ambidextrously (a skill considered essential to Jazz drummers). But this belies the intense state of concentration that holds his attention. Gockel appears to instinctively select his colors, render and adjust his shapes and forms and freely move between his large brushes (for tonal areas) and his smaller ones (for detail). But, a closer look will reveal that his actions are a synthesis of instinct and determination, just like in Jazz: a delicate balance of intention and discovery.

Gockel has created his “performance paintings” all over the world and for years, essentially in his way, he has produced lasting “recordings” of his visual “music.” For Park West Gallery, he has created paintings before huge audiences at cruise ship art auctions, and at cruise ship gallery events. But his reach is not limited to art auctions at sea. He has exhibited and painted live from New York to Los Angeles, throughout Europe and in the Far East. Gockel is a restless soul, and his intention is to expose the entire world to his art and he pursues this goal tirelessly.

Alfred Gockel, Park West Gallery“Americana – The North Atlantic” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

I have known Alfred (Alex to his friends) for many years. In fact, when we are together (we are the same age) at Park West Gallery events we often receive comments about how similar we look (he’s a much better dresser) and we’ve shared many laughs about being “separated at birth.” But together during auctions at sea as well as Park West Gallery events in locations on dry land, we have traversed the globe and our time shared has always been special for me.

Steeped deeply in the history of art, Alfred is adept at a myriad of fine art disciplines beyond painting, including etching, serigraphy, lithography, sculpture and jewelry design. When we are together (whether it’s in Russia, Berlin, or Las Vegas), we jockey back and forth, bantering like two old Jazz musicians reminiscing about their mentors and inspirations. Except in our case, rather than names like Coltrane, Miles, Charlie Parker or Louis Armstrong, our conversations are peppered with the names, Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky and Dali…all clear influences in his work.

In 2009, Gockel painted two of the last remaining unpainted panels of the Berlin Wall, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Gockel was invited to showcase these compelling and history-making artworks at the German Embassy in Athens, Greece as part of the reunification anniversary celebrations. In 2006, Alfred was honored by being chosen as an official artist of the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. Millions of people were exposed to his art through that event.

alfred gockel, park west gallery“USOC Olympic Celebration” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

Over his career as the accolades have piled on and the celebrities, corporations and enthusiastic collectors have lined up to collect his artwork, Gockel has remained true to his original calling, humble and approachable. He possesses the stature of a “Rock Star” in his native Germany (another musical allusion), but neither this, nor his success has gone to his head. Instead he remains devoted to filling the world with art that is energetic, colorful, joyful and expressive of a lifetime of creativity in flow.

In 1910, the Russian abstract master, Wassily Kandinsky, one of Gockel’s artistic heroes wrote in his seminal treatise, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, the following:

“Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

If Kandinsky’s words ring true, then the art of Alfred Gockel is playing a fine tune, and the world is tapping its foot and whistling along.

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→ To learn more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Alfred Gockel website at www.parkwest-gockel.com

→ Alfred Gockel fine art is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Browse the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection at http://sales.parkwestgallery.com 

Read more exclusive articles by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro at his blog, “Who Killed Art,” at http://morrisshapiro.com


Park West Gallery Receives 2011 Best of Southfield Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors Park West Gallery’s Achievement

NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2011) – For the third consecutive year, Park West Gallery has been selected for the 2011 Best of Southfield Award in the Retail Establishment Property Operation category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

Park West Gallery, Best of Southfield 2011 U.S. Commerce Association Award

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2011 Award recipients qualified as Three-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties. 

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

About Park West Gallery
Founded in 1969 by Albert Scaglione, Park West Gallery has brought fine artworks to more than 1.2 million clients around the world through its gallery locations in Michigan and Florida as well as art auctions on cruise ships and in major metropolitan areas. Park West Gallery’s mission is to create an educational, entertaining, and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and creates a collecting experience like no other company in the world. Park West Gallery supports a myriad of artistic talent, engages the widest array of audiences, and advocates genuine artistry while maintaining only the highest of professional standards.

Visit Park West Gallery at www.parkwestgallery.com, on Twitter and Facebook.

For media inquiries only, please contact media@parkwestgallery.com.


The Mysterious Allegories of Roy Fairchild

Park West Gallery proudly presents the extraordinary works of British artist Roy Fairchild. Often referred to as “neo-romantic,” Fairchild’s art is at once mysterious and yet accessible. It is wholly unique and yet grounded in many artistic styles…

"Gift From Far Away" by Roy Fairchild, Park West Gallery“A Gift From Far Away” by Roy Fairchild | Park West Gallery

A Park West Gallery exclusive • By Roy Fairchild

My early career was spent as an illustrator. At first, I enjoyed the challenge of tight deadlines, and the changes in style to suit the needs of the client—anything from cartoons to technical illustration. As I grew older, however, I became increasingly frustrated by the skipping from one style to another. I found that I needed to find a style that I could spend time on, to develop and grow. In short, like most artists, I needed to find my own voice.

I can’t say that I have always enjoyed painting pictures of women and flowers. I am aware that these elements are sellable subject matter and like most people, I have to earn a living. I have never tried to tell customers anything other than that. I try to paint the pictures the best I can, and give customers value for money. If they like them fine, if they don’t like them, they don’t have to buy them. Some people are put off by this attitude, while others seem to be relieved and prefer this more workmanlike approach. After all, if you buy a new car you don’t ask what the inner meaning is behind the round headlight or the way the rear bumper has been designed. Most artists over the centuries were commissioned to produce work. It may not necessarily be to their personal taste or interest.

Having said that, I have tried to balance what I saw as the commercial requirements of art with my own particular interests, and have included bits of the “real me”—whoever that is—into my pictures.

For me, the woman and flowers are just parts of the image; those parts of the painting of a more personal nature tend to float around the periphery. Much like overheard conversations at a party, it’s generally the things going on around you that seem the most interesting, not the person you’re talking to.

Much of my work has taken on a decorative/tapestry like appearance. The tapestry effect of my work evolved as a means of weaving stories, images and objects together. I spent a lot of time being dragged around old country houses with my family when I was a child, and I think that seeing all those old paintings and tapestries at such an early age has had some influence on my paintings. I look towards this way of presenting images as a natural point of reference. For me, the attraction of the finished work lies in the overall pattern and textural quality, not in any particular focus of interest. If you look up at the stars at night, it’s the whole scene that gives it a certain beauty, not any particular star.

"Cradle Song" by Roy Fairchild, Park West Gallery“Cradle Song” by Roy Fairchild | Park West Gallery Collection

Often, the paintings contain references to events that are happening in my life at that time. For example, if you look at the bottom left-hand corner of Cradle Song, it contains writing and diagrams that refer to a legal dispute that I was having with my neighbour. So in a way, the pictures are like a diary, a snapshot of my day. Usually, the true story is not in the centre, nor is it obvious. It is generally woven into the background.

I often include snatches of music and words that I hear on the radio as I work. If I receive letters from people who I like, or even if I don’t like them, then I put these in my pictures. Symbols that are personal to me, things I’ve seen, the stamps off holiday postcards; all these I collect and put down in my work.

I often repeat these objects from picture to picture. Like acquaintances, they evolve slowly. Some get forgotten, others develop and change, some I let go after a while. Just like human contact.

People refer to things like the pattern of life, the threads of existence, and I try to give that feeling of connections in my pictures.

This aspect of storytelling through pictures is seen in most cultures around the world, beginning with the earliest cave paintings.

This relates quite neatly to my initial occupation as a diagram designer. I’ve always been quite a practical person and noticed that a well-designed diagram or flow chart had a natural balance or harmony to it, rather like a scientist or engineer would describe a theory as being elegant. In my paintings I found that if I put elements together that related to one another in some way, even if it was just “odds and ends” from my memory, then the pictures seemed to evolve comparatively easily and had that same sense of balance.

I enjoy working like this. The pictures seem to develop in a natural way; each picture grows as I work on it. My work as a whole evolves slowly, organically, like a living thing.

"A True Heart" by Roy Fairchild, Park West Gallery Collection“A True Heart” by Roy Fairchild | Park West Gallery Collection

I am often asked about the bits and pieces in the border. These came about from my early days as a technical illustrator. I would often make notes and drawings around the edges to remind myself of things to deal with later. And over the years I have started to include these things into the final design, simply because I think it looks more interesting and seems to add a thoughtfulness and structure to the piece.

I just want to say that I don’t walk around being an artist, thinking poetic thoughts all day. A lot of my time is spent telling my children to turn down their music, looking forward to meeting friends, digging in the garden and fretting about income-tax and complaining that no one understands me (I have never met an artist who doesn’t complain). Some of these things you can see in my pictures—happy, sad, thoughtful or trivial—just normal stuff.

Having said all this, I think I should tell you that I am planning to change my style and move into different directions, for no other reason than that I want to see what else I can come up with.

I think that I’m still going to keep some narrative in my work. But I may focus on less superficially attractive, but more personal details of what’s going on around me. Just day-to-day events that all of us go through, and try to paint them with a sense of humanity.
› Learn more about Roy Fairchild at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies →

Exclusive artwork by Roy Fairchild is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery-Fairchild Fine Art Collection →


Art Auctioneer Series: Married Life at Sea

art auctioneers, cruise art auctions at seaArt auctioneers Daniel and Jaclyn DuPont. 

As a married couple, one of the many benefits of working as Art Auctioneers representing Park West Gallery on cruise ships is that we are able to work, travel and live together. Not many couples can say they love what they do, experience what we have experienced, and do all of these things together. 

We have been married for three years now and by working as Art Auctioneers representing Park West Gallery, we have had the opportunity to travel the world. We’ve visited over 100 countries during the past few years and the experiences we have gained through our travels are immeasurable. 

Here are just some of our memorable moments: walking on the Great Wall of China, climbing the Pyramids in Egypt, going on a safari in Africa, exploring Moi on Easter Island, seeing an opera at the Sydney Opera House, visiting Petra (one of the new Wonders of the World), taking a gondola ride in Venice, watching the Pope give Mass at the Vatican, standing at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and dog sledding in Alaska.

Although our marriage may not emulate the married life of the average couple, we feel fortunate to have taken this opportunity during the early years of our marriage. Many of our friends tell us that they wish they were able to do what we have done, but what we find amusing is that we often look at their lives and aspire to have a home and family like them.

There are many moments when we would love to sit in front of a fireplace and watch a fresh snowfall out the window, or drive to the nearest movie theater to see the latest release, but our current reality is that the world is our home. Yes, one day you will find us on land with a permanent address but for now we aren’t ready to have a 9-5 with kids, bills and a mortgage. 

Until we’re ready for that next chapter, we will continue to embrace the opportunity to work, travel and live together with the world as our home.

 —DANIEL & JACLYN DUPONT, Art Auctioneers
A Whole New World of Opportunity
As a global leader in the Fine Art industry, Park West Gallery maintains art galleries aboard cruise ships throughout the world and produces thousands of live art auctions per year. If you are interested in the opportunity to join our team of Art Auction Sales Professionals, please visit Plymouth Auctioneering at www.plymouthauctioneering.com.