Stanford Art Spaces
January 13, 2006 to March 9, 2006, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Charles Beck
Paintings
Mark Keller
Paintings
François Miglio
Paintings

Sonoma County Landscape

Steet Tango

Cosmogonie


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Charles Beck
 
Russian River Mouth © 2005

Fog © 2005

As Charles Beck turned sixty one this year, he realized that he has painted in a serious way for over half his life. “Sometimes when entering the studio and seeing paintings stacked against the wall, as if they are milestones on the road, I wonder if I took the right turns in life. Despite that uncertainty there is a desire to express in some way the life we experience. And so, I keep on painting.”

The works presented here are landscapes. He hikes and bicycles extensively over land that appeals to him, Sonoma's coastal ridges with ravines twisting seaward, shadowed paths between redwood trees, and narrow roads where barn and orchard meet. He appreciates subtle tones of hills wet with fog, the stark sandstone of Utah's canyons; the human form; movement and rest; light and dark; and the mysteries of our existence. Those events of forms, colors, and atmospheres tend to gather together in the mind. The paintings come from that collective memory.


For more paintings by Charles Beck, click here.




Mark Keller
 
Melody in Blue © 2005

Bird and the Bovine © 2005

Before becoming known as a painter, Mark Keller garnered international acclaim for art directing fabulous ads for Nocona cowboy boots, Levi's jeans and more. He also illustrated posters for TWA and Sheraton Hotels. Next, he turned fulltime to music. As one of the country's most successful producers, he created music for hundreds of television commercials, working with music legends such as Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Michael Jackson, and Johnny Cash.

There is a story underway in each of Mark Keller’s oil paintings and we, the viewers, get to decide where it will lead. Though this series has been referred to as Music on Canvas, it’s much more that just portraits of musicians. Music is simply one element of a much larger drama. With masterful use of light and a controlled palette, this Sausalito based artist creates timeless, soulful images with true emotional depth.


For more paintings by Mark Keller, click here.




François Miglio
 
Gemellit © 2005

François Miglio was born in Montpellier, France. Since 1976 he has developed his own techniques around superimposed, juxtaposed and knife-edged grease crayon on veneered cardboard. His contemplative nature is expressed through paintings of Mediterranean landscapes and seascapes, which through the use of repetitive signs, represent an expression of the fundamental and repetitive fractal structures that comprise all of the natural world.

The year 1990 marked a major event in his life as an artist - a vision, which was interpreted through the painting "Cosmogonie". It gave a new dimension to his work, and through this he explored the fundamental basis of what he calls fractal syncretism. This new approach in the Visual Arts is based on contemplation and results in reflection on the process of creation, most notably through the symbol of the spiral and the poetic approach to the fractal aspects of the natural world. Fractal Syncretism has three main lines: artistic, scientific and spiritual, which in sum represent the same quest for the absolute, in spite of their different criteria for truth.


For more paintings by François Miglio, click here.



Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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