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In the galleries: Every picture tells a story, but it’s up to viewers to provide the plot. Washington Post by Mark Jenkins, May 25 2018

Technically, the “Theory of Color” at Artist’s Proof is the second half of a two-part show of local and international abstract artists. The selection spotlights bright hues, following a run of all-white work. But some of the pieces from the previous grouping are still on display, so both modes coexist.

Of the part-two artists, most evoke nature. Robert Schoenfeld’s overlapping swaths of color dotted with gold grains suggest flower bouquets, as well as Morris Louis canvases. Shar Coulson’s paintings employ more muted shades and subtle contrasts among areas of opaque, watery and seemingly abraded pigment. Kikuko Morimoto works with literal blocks of color, collaging torn sheets of single-hue paper. Simplest yet rich with detail are Craig Cahoon’s bisected fields, pitting red against orange or black vs. lime. The colors are bold but applied in streaks, which gives them texture and even a sense of movement. 

Of the colorless works still on exhibit, the most striking are Maja Thommen’s bas reliefs, made of fiber resin. They conjure shapes of water, including waves, ripple and bubbles. That the material is entirely white frees the Swiss artist to focus purely on form, light and shadow.


Best Art Advisor: Best of DC, DC Modern Luxury, by the Editors. January 10, 2018

When one asks art curator and advisor Peggy Sparks what she likes when it comes to fine art, she doesn’t equivocate: The woman has a gallery to showcase her passions. From pop artist John Stango to internationally renowned photographer Fred Maroon, Sparks has the most diverse yet on-point eye in the city. The good news for companies and individuals who want to populate their offices and homes with beauty? Sparks’ talent is for hire. She believes in the commingling of personal taste and timeless imagery.



In the galleries: Dark hues that paint unsettling portents, Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins, June 15, 2017

Even if none of Saya Behnam’s paintings included Farsi script, which a few do, the influence of Persian illuminated manuscripts would be clear just from the colors. The Tehran-born, Leesburg-based artist’s elegant pictures are abstract rather than representational, but they’re clearly linked to tradition. Her Artist’s Proof show, “Saffron & Tea,” glistens with flower and mineral pigments used for centuries in one-of-a-kind illustrated books.

In addition to the titular substances, the artist employs henna, coffee and hibiscus, supplemented by gold. Dabs of the latter dance across a series of florals on white backdrops, while other compositions include 3-D spirals of gold leaf or white and yellow paint. The juxtaposition of loosely and tightly painted forms complements the contrast between watery, overlapping tints and rock-solid hues. The results are usually delicate, which befits techniques such as the way Behnam blows saffron grains across the surface, letting them fall where they may. As the artist writes, this process yields a permanent “testament” to a fleeting gesture.



Two Shades Of War: Nenad Zaric At The Artist’s Proof Gallery, The Georgetown Voice, by Michael Bergin, December 12, 2017

In the bewildering strife and tragedy of conflict, art has always been a positive light in the darkness. Petr Krivonogov’s painting of Russian soldiers standing with their arms up on the bullet-ridden Reichstag steps has been a Russian sign of hope for peace, or even for restoration. “Guernica” is a memorial to the chaos and confusion of atrocity and violence, while “Paths of Glory” is a dismissal of glory searching for a lost generation. Those who live through times like these all have a unique experience to convey. Serbian artist Nenad Zaric is no exception. Selected works from his “White and Black” series, now on display at the Artist’s Proof Art Gallery, reflect Zaric’s feelings on the downfall of Yugoslavia, torn apart by ethnic conflict.

Full Article: https://georgetownvoice.com/2017/12/01/two-shades-of-war-nenad-zaric-at-the-artists-proof-gallery/


In the galleries: These are not your usual travel pictures, Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins, May 4 2017

Like Darrow Montgomery, Pedro Correa is a street photographer, but he doesn’t focus on a particular place. The pictures from his “Urban Impressions” series, at Artist’s Proof, depict multiple cities on several continents. A Madrid-born Brussels resident who trained as a painter, Correa hops from London to Tokyo to Paris. Wherever he goes, it seems, he avoids the eyes of the people he observes. He’s a poet of urban isolation, or at least non-connection.

Correa often shoots through mist, fogged and streaky glass, or from several stories up, gazing straight down. The results include a vivid snowscape in which footprints and tire tracks reveal a black surface beneath the white powder, and a red umbrella is the only note of color.

With their generic locations and blurred and hidden faces, Correa’s photos appear to seek universal qualities of city life. Yet they often have discreet local character. Tokyo’s concrete is set off by bamboo, a cogent summary of the city’s look, and a British Rail sign identifies one scene as London. Correa’s subjects may be elusive, but they’re not entirely lost.


Women of Style, Peggy Sparks, Gallery Owner, DC Modern Luxury, September 2016


Art and Culture featuring Donna McCullough, DC Modern Luxury, March 2015


Christian Develter in the cover of the Georgetowner, Georgetowner, October 2014



Far Out Fashion: Exhibition of Fashion Photography work by Fred Maroon, DC Modern Luxury, May 2014

Artist's Proof, DC Modern Luxury, By Katie Bianco, December 3, 2013

For those schooled in contemporary art, stepping into Artist’s Proof (aproof.net), the new gallery in Cady’s Alley, is a joy. Peggy Sparks, the space’s down-to-earth and gorgeous owner, is a Singapore-born, globe-trotting art consultant who recently moved to the District with the mission of opening a gallery that sells exclusive, yet accessible, art. “It’s not just about art on white walls, it’s about being able to interact with the works,” says Sparks, who, before her stateside move, was a driving force behind the success of Ode To Art, one of Southeast Asia’s most respected contemporary art galleries. Here in DC, Sparks has exclusive U.S. representation for many of the artists on her walls, including Christian Develter and Pham Thanh Van. And she plans to host her featured artists for events and workshops, which shouldn’t be difficult, given the friendships she’s forged. “I’ve worked with many of these artists for years,” she says. “The most important thing is, I love them. Unless you love the work, it’s very hard for you to show the passion to anyone else.”


For New Gallery, Proof is the Artists, Georgetowner, by Marie Loiseau, November 15, 2013

The pieces within Artist’s Proof range from geometric to chaotic and black and white to explosively colorful. There are two-dimensional works on canvas and three-dimensional wooden and bronze pieces. The place currently carries works by a variety of international artists, including Jean-Francois Debongnie, Hunter Hogan, and Fred Bergercardi.