Inspired by Nature: Online Exclusive Exhibition

Oct 14, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018

Inspired by Nature: Online Exclusive Exhibition

Artwork based on nature can take many forms and serve many purposes.  Opening our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world the following artists, Deborah Brisker Burk, Jean-Francois Debongnie, Hunter Hogan, and Craig Schaffer,  examine the beauty of nature in an abstract representation through two mediums; sculpture and painting. View the Online Exclusive Exhibition on our website and our Artsy page. 

Deborah Brisker Burk's process begins with an idea or reaction to a feeling, culled from experiences, or a response to a visual in her mind. Throughout the process, she checks to see if the work is reflecting her selected intention. Often, working on several bodies of work concurrently, her various series of work influence and inform each other; often they cross-pollinate. Burk's work is made up of mixed media paint, Caran d’Ache, oil pastel, charcoal, pure pigment and sometimes includes collage.

 A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois Debongnie works exclusively in water-based acrylic and Chinese ink. His paintings have explored visual representations of navigation between the West where he was born and the East he called home for over two decades. Debongnie’s canvases are the beneficiaries of a rich heritage of history transplanted into the modern world where they thrive. Debongnie’s harmonizing touch gives his works their enduring beauty, allowing him to paint traditional botanical scenes with traditional materials in a contemporary style. Debongnie understands each flower as both an iconographic floral signature that expresses essential qualities rather than a precise botanical representation and as one character in the landscape, he invites the viewer to explore. 

Hunter Hogan began her career as a tapestry weaver, and the influence of this experience on her colorful canvases is evident. Hunter understands painting as a literal weaving together of layers of paint.  Giving her works a poignant depth and resonance for the viewer, as though the painting is a foggily remembered landscape that lurks layers below the canvas’ surface. Her paintings use nature as a point of departure for romantic meditations, recollections, and explorations of color, line, pattern, and shape. Hunter’s paintings establish a rhythm and flow that create an atmosphere distinct from the surrounding world— escapism grounded in the primal realities of nature.

Inspired by the infinitely repetitive building blocks of all elements of life, Craig Schaffer's Welded Fractal Series explores the shapes created by the stems and leaves of plants as they reach for the light, the convoluted unfurling of clouds, the formation, and fracturing of mountains, and the jaggedness of the coastline as it kisses the sea. Real life is nonlinear and reflective, so the spiraled paths carved in our consciousness by these natural processes are mirrored in Schaffer's work. His sculptures are dynamic and powerful meditations on the reality of repetition in nature and life. The series was featured in the Morgan Stanley Garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Inspired by Nature: Online Exclusive Exhibition
Artwork based on nature can take many forms and serve many purposes. Opening our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world the following artists, Deborah Brisker Burk, Jean-Francois Debongnie, Hunter Hogan, and Craig Schaffer, examine the beauty of nature in an abstract representation through two mediums; sculpture and painting. View the Online Exclusive Exhibition on our website and our Artsy page. Deborah Brisker Burk's process begins with an idea or reaction to a feeling, culled from experiences, or a response to a visual in her mind. Throughout the process, she checks to see if the work is reflecting her selected intention. Often, working on several bodies of work concurrently, her various series of work influence and inform each other; often they cross-pollinate. Burk's work is made up of mixed media paint, Caran d’Ache, oil pastel, charcoal, pure pigment and sometimes includes collage. A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois Debongnie works exclusively in water-based acrylic and Chinese ink. His paintings have explored visual representations of navigation between the West where he was born and the East he called home for over two decades. Debongnie’s canvases are the beneficiaries of a rich heritage of history transplanted into the modern world where they thrive. Debongnie’s harmonizing touch gives his works their enduring beauty, allowing him to paint traditional botanical scenes with traditional materials in a contemporary style. Debongnie understands each flower as both an iconographic floral signature that expresses essential qualities rather than a precise botanical representation and as one character in the landscape, he invites the viewer to explore. Hunter Hogan began her career as a tapestry weaver, and the influence of this experience on her colorful canvases is evident. Hunter understands painting as a literal weaving together of layers of paint. Giving her works a poignant depth and resonance for the viewer, as though the painting is a foggily remembered landscape that lurks layers below the canvas’ surface. Her paintings use nature as a point of departure for romantic meditations, recollections, and explorations of color, line, pattern, and shape. Hunter’s paintings establish a rhythm and flow that create an atmosphere distinct from the surrounding world— escapism grounded in the primal realities of nature. Inspired by the infinitely repetitive building blocks of all elements of life, Craig Schaffer's Welded Fractal Series explores the shapes created by the stems and leaves of plants as they reach for the light, the convoluted unfurling of clouds, the formation, and fracturing of mountains, and the jaggedness of the coastline as it kisses the sea. Real life is nonlinear and reflective, so the spiraled paths carved in our consciousness by these natural processes are mirrored in Schaffer's work. His sculptures are dynamic and powerful meditations on the reality of repetition in nature and life. The series was featured in the Morgan Stanley Garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
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Artist's Proof
Washington
District of Columbia
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Indian Summer (Diptych), 2016
Hunter Hogan

Indian Summer (Diptych), 2016

Oil on Canvas

36 x 72 in

Sea View (Diptych)
Hunter Hogan

Sea View (Diptych)

Oil on Canvas

30 x 60 in

A Rose Is. . .
Craig Schaffer

A Rose Is. . .

Bronze

24 x 25 x 24 in

Reaching for Spring
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Soar, Abstract Considerations 25, 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Soar, Abstract Considerations 25, 2018

Mixed Media on Paper

26 x 23 in

Arrival, Passages 2 (Diptych), 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Arrival, Passages 2 (Diptych), 2018

Mixed Media on Canvas

36 x 48 in

Late Summer Diptych, 2016
Hunter Hogan

Late Summer Diptych, 2016

Oil on Canvas

48 x 72 in

Reflections I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reflections I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Getting the Yang of It
Craig Schaffer

Getting the Yang of It

Lacquered Steel

60 x 72 x 48 in

Soaring Petals
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Soaring Petals

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

Journey, Passages 22, 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Journey, Passages 22, 2018

Mixed Media on Paper

23 x 18 in

Celestial, Passages 25, 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Celestial, Passages 25, 2018

Mixed Media on Paper

23 x 35 in

Cloud Shadows, 2016
Hunter Hogan

Cloud Shadows, 2016

Oil on Canvas

56 x 48 in

Firebird
Craig Schaffer

Firebird

Steel

56 x 39 x 30 in

Reaching for Spring III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Germination
Craig Schaffer

Germination

Steel

81 x 46 x 40 in

Skyflow, Passages 18, 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Skyflow, Passages 18, 2018

Mixed Media on Paper

18 x 14 in

Color Game, 2016
Hunter Hogan

Color Game, 2016

Oil on Canvas

40 x 46 in

Appoximations
Craig Schaffer

Appoximations

Steel

12 x 19 x 11 in

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Channel and Strait, Passages 15 & 16 (Diptych), 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Channel and Strait, Passages 15 & 16 (Diptych), 2018

Mixed Media on Canvas

48 x 72 in

Skyward, Passages 17, 2018
Deborah Brisker Burk

Skyward, Passages 17, 2018

Mixed Media on Paper

18 x 14 in

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