Wind Fine Art Gallery is housed on Far Hills Avenue
in a magnificent two story building, which also houses
the distinctive interiors of classical home design
with Hydrangea Home Furnishings. The gallery itself
features the work of internationally practicing artists
in their collection with a fine selection of serigraphs,
giclees and limited edition fine art prints in addition
to exclusive originals and sculptures from over 100
by artist Kee Hee Lee and inspired by "balancing
the harmony between nature and people," the elements
of interior design and fine artwork have their roots
in Lee's culinary background in the Miami Valley while
owning and operating the Jade Garden Restaurant chain
Cajun Grille. She has also published two novels in
her native Korean and currently writes a weekly column
for the Korea Daily, Joong Ang Iibo, USA.
present gallery location was established in 2002,
moving from a smaller building and now comprising
of 9,000 square feet of exhibition space. Reducing
its exhibition load down from four seasonal shows,
the gallery now has extensive one-person exhibitions
be one of its best-selling acclaimed artists in the
spring (April-May) and fall (October).
current featured exhibition is by the intriguing floral
artist, Brian Davis, born in California in 1946 and
raised by musician parents, now living in Reno, Nevada.
Davis says: "My art, like all art, is at its
core a form of communication that is not easily translated
into words." Davis, who also paints landscapes,
has here as his main focus close-up studies of flowers,
both temperate and sub-tropical, observed in miniscule
detail with a fantastic sense of transparency and
light where even the hidden shadows are glowing with
show runs through Saturday, May 15 at the gallery,
although selections from his oeuvre are on view most
of the time. In this present show there is a fine
mix of original oils, more affordable giclee prints
on canvas, including hand embellished giclees brightened
by the artist's application of new curves and highlighting.
He captures the beauty of his floral subjects first
on film and then on canvas, using different floral
shades of color to enhance the light from without
over 10 years, Davis' precisionist realism has had
crisp lines and intricate details. He starts "with
a value painting and then builds up the color"
in old masterly style, and he consciously avoids the
photo-realistic look with visible brushwork. His titles
both describe each work and impart a poetic and atmospheric
light on each.
roses surrounded a large opened flower with a luminous
white center within its pink parameter in "Visions
of Love," a giclee on canvas, while the elegant
and almost symmetrical "Solo Mauve Iris"
with its white flags and gold-toned tongue seems to
sing a soft mellow song in its glowing oil original.
Busy yellow and brown centers stabilize the purple
and white exuberance of the giclee "Delightful
Dahlias," and the original oil of a white rose,
reminiscent of O'Keefe, curls around a luminescent
yellow swirling core in "Inner Radiance."
original crimson and glowing yellow-orange iris is
called "Burning Passion" and the orchid-like
blooms with red speckled interior is in the giclee
"Cymbidium Spray," and the detailed center
of the bursting white petals of "Coral Splendor"
is a luminous example of Davis' hand-embellishment
of a giclee on canvas.
Radiance" is a centered single flower fusing
warm and white colors in a giclee, the stunning giclee
images of "Delicious Cherry Parfait" invoke
the lusciousness of color and the original "Pink
Peony" is further distinguished by the intricate
interior of green-brown pistils and golden stamen.
The crimson cups and red-striped yellow bells of "Captivating
Cattleya" and the floating petalled cups of a
"Water Lily Duet" with enfolding golden
"fingers" are distinguished giclees. With
an oriental sense of compositional space is the horizontal
original of "Twelve Tulips in a Vase" seen
in a crystal clear cylinder.
giclees in the entrance gallery are: the rising cups
against green foliage of "Katie's Gladiola;"
the white structure and inner radiance of "Enlightenment;"
the intricate interior whorls and surrounding golden-leaved
"Resplendent Queen"; and the furry golden
center of a radiant "Blushing Beauty."
who carries a camera everywhere to snag his inspirations,
says, "The light is the real subject of my work.
The flower is the stage, the light is the dancer."
Davis' paintings are featured in the newly published
book Brian Davis Contemporary Master in a Grand Tradition
published by Collectors Editions. The deluxe edition
includes a linen slip case in an edition of only 500,
each signed by Davis and accompanied by and 8"x8"
hand-decorated numbered and signed giclee on paper
of "French Lace with Bud." The regular book
retails for $75 and the deluxe book for $175.
Wind Fine Art Gallery is located at 7300 Far Hills
Ave., Centerville. For gallery hours and more information,
call (937) 291-4383 or visit www.windfineartgallery.com.
DCP visual arts critic Jud Yalkut at firstname.lastname@example.org