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Master Sculptor, Nano Lopez, to exhibit at Park West Gallery

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 1, 2015 — Park West Gallery, which hosts fine art auctions on cruise ships, live art auctions in major metropolitan areas and via art gallery locations in Detroit and Miami Lakes, Florida, will present the works of master sculptor Nano Lopez in an exhibit at its Detroit-area gallery.

Davian Nano Lopez Parkwest Gallery

Behold 36 intricate sculptures during Park West Gallery’s newest exhibition, held June 7-28 at 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield. This will be the only venue for the exhibition.

On display will be Lopez’s popular “Nanimals”– colorful creatures that attract viewers of all ages with their playfulness. At the exhibition, meet Nanimals like a dragon enjoying ice cream, a turtle ready for the races, a poetic owl and a life-sized ostrich.

Mast sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with

Master sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with “Elizabeth (Lifesize)”

Also exhibited are Lopez’s figures, which combine classical training and experimentation to produce sculptures like a winged goddess holding the world. His use of organic textures and human-made objects convey his respect for nature, science and creativity.

“At first glance, it is uncertain which period in time these works hail from,” said David Gorman, Gallery Director for Park West Gallery. “Upon further investigation, it is apparent that these works assume a contemporary role. By incorporating 21st century elements in a surreal approach, Nano Lopez has a way of capturing one’s attention, leaving the viewer spellbound.”

Lopez uses the “lost wax” technique to create his bronze sculptures. The process involves sculpting a clay model, making a silicone mold from the model and pouring wax into this mold. The hardened wax is then used to create a ceramic shell. The term “lost wax” refers to wax melting out of the shell when it’s baked in a kiln. Molten bronze is poured into the shell to create the final sculpture.

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Lopez studied at institutions like the Superior National School of Beaux Arts in Paris and under masters likeFrancisco Baron. Lopez worked at bronze foundries before starting his own business in 1987, and in 2006 became a full-time artist.

Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 248-354-2343 or visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art aficionados via land and sea art auctions by creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts.

We’ve Moved! Visit the New Park West Gallery Blog

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We’ve moved! We’ll no longer be updating this site, but Park West Gallery has just launched a NEW website, where you’ll find our blog. There, we’ll be sharing even more news + information about your favorite artists, gallery events and art world happenings.

Please visit http://www.parkwestgallery.com/blog. See you there!

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…

Watch more exclusive videos from Park West Gallery at http://vimeo.com/parkwestgallery/videos.

The Park West Gallery Spring Fine Art Sale

Park West Gallery Spring Sale 2013

The official start of spring isn’t until mid-March, but we’ve got an early start with the launch of the Park West Gallery Spring Fine Art Sale! A vast selection of fine art, sports memorabilia, Japanese woodcuts, animation and designer jewelry are available at exceptionally reduced prices, including your choice of custom framing, a Park West Gallery appraisal and free shipping to anywhere in the Continental U.S.

Hundreds of works from the world’s greatest artists are being featured, including Old and Modern Masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Marc Chagall — as well as contemporary artists — Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Dominic Pangborn, Romero Britto, Linda Le Kinff, Marcus Glenn and Itzchak Tarkay. A variety of mediums are available, ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, to hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Selections from the Park West Gallery Spring Fine Art Sale are also currently on exhibit at our Michigan gallery.

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.

View the Spring Sale Collection online at sales.parkwestgallery.com.

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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The Park West Gallery Winter Fine Art Sale

Park West Gallery Winter Sale 2013

It’s time to escape the winter blues with a visit to the colorful Park West Gallery Winter Fine Art Sale! A vast selection of fine art, sports memorabilia, Japanese woodcuts, animation and designer jewelry are available at exceptionally reduced prices, including your choice of custom framing, a Park West Gallery appraisal and free shipping to anywhere in the Continental U.S.

Hundreds of works from the world’s greatest artists are being featured, including Old and Modern Masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Marc Chagall — as well as contemporary artists — Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Dominic Pangborn, Romero Britto, Linda Le Kinff, Marcus Glenn and Itzchak Tarkay. A variety of mediums are available, ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, to hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Selections from the Park West Gallery Winter Fine Art Sale are also currently on exhibit at our Michigan gallery.

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.

View the Winter Sale Collection online at sales.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 Holiday Sale 2012

Park West Gallery Holiday Sale 2012

Don’t wait until the last minute to start holiday shopping for your family, friends and colleagues! The Park West Gallery Holiday Sale Collection offers extraordinary gifts for everyone on your list.

Now through January 6, a wide selection of fine art, sports memorabilia, Japanese woodcuts, animation and designer jewelry are available at exceptionally reduced prices, including your choice of custom framing, a Park West Gallery appraisal and free shipping to anywhere in the Continental U.S.

Hundreds of works from the world’s greatest artists are featured in this special Holiday Sale Collection, including Old and Modern Masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Marc Chagall — as well as contemporary artists — Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Dominic Pangborn, Romero Britto, Linda Le Kinff, Marcus Glenn and Itzchak Tarkay. A variety of mediums are available, ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, to hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Selections from the Park West Gallery Holiday Sale Collection are currently on exhibit at our Michigan gallery.

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 email: sales@parkwestgallery.com.

View the Holiday Sale Collection online at sales.parkwestgallery.com.