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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…

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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.

19th Annual Gala Art Auction Raises Funds for FCCA Foundation

The 19th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Gala was held on March 13, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Dozens of the cruise industry’s top executives, CEOs and presidents were all attendance at this premier social event, held during the week of Cruise Shipping Miami.

The Gala’s festivities included a silent art auction composed of a magnificent collection donated by Park West Gallery. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the Gala and art auction will benefit the nonprofit FCCA Foundation. Created in 1993, the Foundation funds humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Enter the Bright, Cheerful World of Romero Britto [Video]

Experiencing the artwork of pop artist Romero Britto can brighten even the gloomiest of winter days. His colorful, cheerful compositions are enough to inspire happiness and a sense of optimism in any viewer.

Click play on the video below to step into the world of Romero Britto.


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Fine art by Romero Britto is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more about the artist and view selections of his work at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Exploring the Art of Charles Lee

“I have had many hardships as an artist, but nothing has been able to stop me. As long as I have life in me, I will paint.” —Charles Lee

Charles Lee. "Autumn Music I" (2012). Park West Gallery Collection.By Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director

Imagine a virtuoso musician, who has such command over his instrument that he can play a Bach fugue, flow effortlessly into a galloping jazz improvisation, segue into a blistering rock guitar solo and end up with some hip-hop on a beat-box and turntable. This is the artist, Charles Lee, in a nutshell.

Lee is another artist, whom I like to call the “Aesthetic Olympians” of our time. He and the others are pulling back hard on the pendulum of beauty, skill, visual eloquence, and uplifting and inspiring content, which have been essentially shunned by the elitist art world in favor of philosophical definitions of what is and isn’t art — “newness,” shock and novelty replacing quality.

It’s easy to be seduced by the sheer loveliness of Lee’s imagery, into believing his works are mainly decorative. They are not. They are rooted in a reverence for the art of the masters and an accumulated fluency honed by decades of hard work and discipline. Each of his paintings is a vehicle for the multiple sensations of metaphor and poetry, expressed through the visual impulses of a practiced hand, eye, heart and mind. He’s filling a void in the world for an art that can speak to the many, not only the select few. And yet for those who wish to take time to contemplate the deeper merits of his art, rewards do also await.

I was first struck by the extraordinary number of styles in which he works. But style can be deceptive. Good art cannot survive through style alone and herein lies one of Lee’s great abilities: to maintain a wide range of diverse styles and approaches with consistent artistic caliber. Behind each work is a rigorous artistic statement. And, he is able to maintain a fluency and consistency of myriad visual elements and devices which overlap and appear throughout all of his styles.

Charles Lee "Adjustment II" (2012). Park West Gallery Collection.Consistent Elements in Lee’s Art

Most easily seen at first is Lee’s advanced use of color. He is as equally proficient with earthy, golden-brown tonalities as he is with bright and sunny colorations. He uses black fearlessly (few artists do, some not at all) and his colors, although comforting and controlled, are carefully arranged to ease the viewer gently into his compositions.

He employs interesting textures in most of his paintings. The surface of the canvas allows him another mode of expression, and he is acutely aware of surface even in his delicately painted “studies” of women’s faces and nudes. Many of his canvasses feature thick impasto emulsions applied to the canvas with palette knife (he told me the technique is his own guarded invention). These push the eye to the very front of the picture plane and serve as a means of “framing” the subject and creating a spatial context for the viewer.

Lee is also keenly aware of pictorial (also known as “plastic”) space in his paintings. Whether depicting a realist subject and creating an illusionist representational space, or layering spatial planes as Picasso did in his cubist manipulations, it is clear that he possesses a mastery of defining pictorial space and can marshal any number of approaches to express his intent.

In his purely abstract paintings, which conjure associations with the color field painters and abstract expressionists, one sees areas “tearing” into the space, like caverns and undulations of pulsing color atmospheres, advancing and receding. These are very advanced compositional devices at work in his paintings and they are not accidental. Rather, his fluency with form and composition allows him the luxury of calling up any number of approaches as a means to an end with each chosen subject or style.

His brushwork is deft, confident and advanced. It is particularly noticeable in the realist subjects, including his landscapes, seascapes and images of women in interiors. In these works he marshals a skilled application of color and is able to model his volumes and surfaces through shadow, light and color temperature.

The final measurement of an artist’s ability may be found in his drawing. It is the basis and the backbone upon which all of the other elements of a good painting must rest. Lee’s drawing skills are enviable and can be appreciated in his delicate studies, his complex and dramatic abstractions and observed throughout his entire range of figurative imagery. He is clearly in possession of facile and expressive drawing skills.

Charles Lee "Golden Time" (2012). Park West Gallery Collection.Exploration and Creative Drive

I am a devoted fan of Picasso’s art. I have studied the man and his art for most of my life and I have rarely met an artist who did not mention Picasso’s name when asked about his/her artistic heroes and inspirations. Like Picasso, Lee is a probing, questioning and exploring artist with a powerful creative and artistic drive at the core of his motivation.

It was said that Picasso created “fractal” art — each image giving birth to dozens of other images all springing and expanding from one into another. A similar process is at work in Lee’s art. He clearly has developed defined approaches as he navigates through his various styles, but each approach is also a repository for many of the same painterly and compositional ideas he is spreading through all of his imagery. They overlap each style and re-emerge as precise visual devices, such as sections of piano keys and contours of musical instruments, metallic applications, heavy textural emulsions added by palette knife, strong lighting contrasts and color juxtapositions, among others. These serve to reinforce his distinct personality and allow the viewer confronted with any number of variations of style, to recognize at the same time, the “mark” of Charles Lee.

I once asked him about the many styles in which he paints and about his varied approaches and techniques, which I found so unusual in one artist. He replied, “I am hungry. I am artistically greedy. I want to cover it all — styles, approaches and techniques.”

Images above: Charles Lee, “Autumn Music I” (2012); “Adjustment II” (2012); “Golden Time” (2012). Park West Gallery Collection.
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Park West Gallery’s Celebrity Cruise Art Auction Team Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Breast-Cancer-Research-Foundation-Logo-mdThe Park West Gallery Art Auction Team recently partnered up with the entire crew of the Celebrity Solstice to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during its October fundraising drive.

The Park West Gallery Team aboard Celebrity’s flagship conducted an auction for more than 800 members of the crew who attended the late night event. Fine art donated by Park West Gallery was auctioned off in addition to various donations from all around the ship including; a guest cabin for a voyage, an engine room tour, a bridge tour, shore excursions in the ships ports of call and dozens more.

One of the most coveted items available for bid was dinner with a member of the Ship’s Management and Senior Staff. Crew members bid hundreds of dollars for the chance to dine with some of the “Stars” of the Solstice.

The Park West Gallery Team also auctioned off a piece of blown glass artwork from the Corning Museum of Glass to raise additional funds for the charity. The two auctions, along with various other fundraising events held for the crew, netted over $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Recently, Celebrity Cruise Lines selected two members of the Celebrity Solstice’s crew to be the Godmothers of the line’s new ship, the Celebrity Reflection. The two crewmembers are both women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Both of the newly named Godmothers were present for the fundraising activities aboard the Solstice, making the event even more special.

“The compassion shown by the Solstice’s crew is truly remarkable,” said fundraiser organizer and Park West Auctioneer John Block. “It was very inspiring and of course it was an even more special event because Jo and Megan were present to witness the effort.”

For more information about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit www.bcrfcure.org.
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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Artist Linda Le Kinff in Her Studio: Experimenting with Abstraction [Video]

Park West Gallery artist Linda Le Kinff  loves to experiment, incorporating a wide range of techniques, mediums and materials into her body of work. While she typically concentrates on the figurative style, her focus has recently shifted to mastering the art of abstraction. In this clip, Le Kinff gives us an exclusive look inside her studio in France and at her process as she creates a unique abstract masterpiece.

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

Revealed! Norwegian Breakaway Hull Art by Peter Max

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MIAMI, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2012) — Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed Norwegian Breakaway’s signature hull artwork designed by pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max. This is the first time Norwegian has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Launching in April 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest ship to homeport in New York City year-round. Max’s signature artwork will cover approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway’s hull.

“While it has been an honor to have my art exhibited in museums and galleries, I have also enjoyed creating giant ‘canvases’ for public view, including my 600 ft. Woodstock stage, a giant World’s Fair mural, the body of a Continental 777 super jet, and now, the hull of Norwegian Breakaway,” said Peter Max from his New York studio. “The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery— the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars, and musical notes. That’s my New York! And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.’”

“Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colorful artwork by Peter Max will make the ship an instant icon,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Big Apple is known for its love of art and its many galleries – and now, Norwegian Breakaway becomes a floating piece of art that will cruise in and dock every Saturday on New York’s West Side. With this distinctive design, unlike anything else on the water, the ship will be recognizable to the millions of New Yorkers who will see her as she journeys up and down the Hudson River each week.”

To learn more, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com.
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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

The Art of Michael Milkin [Video]

michael milkin, park west galleryPark West Gallery artist Michael Milkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, a city he describes as full of history and culture. Initially, Milkin was a student of architecture, later an art teacher and today, an artist whose collectors span the globe. He says that the opportunity to display his art on cruise ships has allowed him to reach a diverse audience that he wouldn’t have met otherwise.

In his work, Milkin concentrates on still lifes and landscapes, painting in brightly colored acrylics and oils with thick, dramatic brushwork. He is influenced by painters Cézanne, Manet and Vasiliev, and inspired by the country of Israel.

Read more about the artist
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Fine art by Michael Milkin is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.