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Park West Gallery Artist Sessions: The Collectors

Which artist(s) whose works you’ve collected would you most like to meet in person? Who have you already met that you’d like to see again?

It is a special joy and privilege for us to put our customers directly in touch with our artists, an experience historically reserved for only the wealthiest of art patrons and collectors — that is, until the founding of Park West Gallery. We thought we’d turn the tables and share a little insight into how our artists feel about our collectors. Watch:

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Heritage Florida Jewish News: Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

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Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

max-heritage-jewish-newsMay 24, 2013 — If Peter Max’s life had turned out the way he originally planned, he wouldn’t be an artist.

“I always thought I was going to become an astronomer because I loved astronomy so much,” Max says. “I thought art was something that kids do, a hobby.”

Max’s “hobby” has made him one of the most popular artists of the last 50 years, a painter whose dazzlingly colorful, easily recognizable work is among the most collectible in the art market. He has painted everything from musicians Jimi Hendrix and Taylor Swift to American symbols like the Statue of Liberty to cartoon characters and U.S. presidents. One of his more recent major works won’t fit in any art gallery: The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Breakaway, which took its maiden voyage on April 30, boasts a Peter Max design on the front half of the ship.

Max’s love affair with art began at a very young age in a very faraway place—Shanghai, China. Max, born Peter Max Finkelstein in 1937 in Berlin, was taken to Shanghai as an infant by his parents to escape Nazi persecution…

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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.

Park West Gallery Artist Sessions: The Studio

“An amazing place to be…” “It’s nirvana, it’s bliss…” “My place of refuge, it’s everything to me…” We asked various Park West Gallery artists to describe their studio spaces. Here’s what they said…

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Park West Gallery Artist Sessions: Inspiration

Where do your favorite Park West Gallery artists find inspiration? Which artists throughout history have inspired their works?

We asked, and they answered…

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Valentine’s Day 2013

Playful Heart. Simon Bull. Park West Gallery Collection.Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, February 14! Flowers and candy are sweet, but why not make this year unique? The Park West Gallery Winter Sale Collection features fine jewelry from high-end designers and a variety of love-themed fine art by renowned old masters and popular contemporary artists.

Park West Gallery is located at 29469 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Michigan. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 6pm. Art consultants are ready to assist callers toll-free at (800)-521-9654 x 4 or via email to sales@parkwestgallery.com.

Browse selections from the Park West Gallery Collection at sales.parkwestgallery.com.

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.

HOUR’s Best of Detroit 2013 Contest

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Park West Gallery is competing in HOUR Detroit’s “Best of 2013” contest! The annual poll celebrates the city’s finest restaurants, services, businesses and people. We need your help to win, so please take a minute to vote!

Here’s how to vote:

1. Visit www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/Best-of-Detroit-2013-Online-Ballot and complete the short “Your Information” section.

2. Scroll halfway down the page to the “SHOPPING” section. Toward the bottom of that section you’ll find the “BEST PLACE TO BUY ORIGINAL ART (GALLERY)” category.

3. Type PARK WEST GALLERY in the blank space, then scroll to the end of the page and click submit! [Note: You do not have to complete the entire ballot. Only vote in the categories of your choosing.]

Polls close March 15, 2013. Thanks for voting!

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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