Saturday, October 21, 2006

Long time no post, I know, I know, but hey, I've been busy at a start-up that's working to beat up on Visa/MasterCard and the cabal of banks that earn billions of dollars in fees for doing very little.

So, anyway, a new post. Last weekend we went to see an open studio of our friend James Jarrett. James is the brother of a good friend of ours. We bought the two pieces above from him* in February. They are oil on board 24x24. These really are the first two pieces of significant abstract art we've purchased. It's a major departure for me but I really love them.

Unfortunately for James, his gallery has closed. He had been showing in San Francisco at Danielle Steele's gallery (yes, THAT Danielle Steele). He shows in Denver as well, but will have to do with open studios and a show at Fort Mason.

His new work is very good as well, we'd love to have a red one, but just couldn't pull the trigger. If you're around SF, check out his studio/garage. Its open this weekend and he'll be at Fort Mason later in the year.

*Its not often that we purchase straight from the artist, since we feel strongly about the value of a good gallery and owner, but in this case, we knew of him through his brother and so, I think it's ok. Comments?


Blogger Tracy said...

Nice to have you back! I have been checking every so often hoping for a new post.

Good to hear that you are in favor of supporting the galleries with your purchases, we have been having a bit of a debate about that recently on my blog, I can't tell you how many people contact me looking for a deal outside the gallery. But if it's someone you know and they don't have representation nearby, I'd say it's ok. I would probably make a sale in that case as well.

Just curious if you know why Steel Gallery closed? I liked the artists they were showing quite a bit.

10:13 AM, October 22, 2006  
Blogger crionna said...

Thanks! Its good to be back. I'm, going to try and be more regular again.

Yeah, the gallery dilemma seems to be everywhere. Winkleman had a huge post up just a few days ago that garnered 54 heated responses.

I think Steel closed for the same old reason, cash flow.

1:05 PM, October 22, 2006  
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