Dog & Horse Fine Art presents an online show of artists who are influenced by the Baroque style. Baroque was an opulent and dynamic movement that followed the classical Rennaissance. It reflected the opulence of Europe during the 1600s to the early 1800s. The historical evolution of western art included the perfection of Realism and perspective, then social and economic factors influenced the future development of styles. At the turn of the 20th century artists broke down Realism until all that was left was Minimalism and Conceptual art. In celebration of the many styles that are evident in contemporary artists’ work, we thought it would be interesting to point out how the Baroque style is evident in contemporary artists’ work.
Beth Carlson (who has five paintings in museums) is very pure in her Baroque handling of her subjects: she loves to capture a moment in time, to create tension and to tell a story. Baroque can be seen as a more developed Realism because it includes more than just the reprentation of the subject. Her paintings are a gift to the viewer, if one enjoys being entertained.
The Springer Spaniel springs into action after it flushes the pheasant in “Almost There.” This moment in time conveys excitement and suspense. The painting on the right might, “Mayhem,” be better titled “Terrorists”. Beth Carlson’s sense of humor is often an added bonus in her paintings.
Beth Carlson’s painting “Early to Dinner” is one of her most brilliant moments in time. Are we worried for the family of humans or happy for the Westies who have made themselves at home for Thanksgiving dinner?
Equine and equestrian paintings are often dynamic action paintings, taking the baroque moment in time a step further; an experienced fox hunter will know that in the painting “Precarious Striding” the left horse’s stride is wrong, and the horse will hit the fence. In “Sneaking Away,” the Pointer and Setter are pointing and honoring – an important moment for the bird hunter. The lighting and angles created by the animals lend to the tension of the moment.
The angelic glow of “Springer Spaniel” is created with Caravaggio lighting. And, oops - these English Cocker Spaniels have been caught at the ice cream stand! “Sprinkles, Please!”
FAITH CAMERON SEMMES
Faith Cameron Semmes was very influenced by the Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio, especially after her many visits to his country. Her “King Charles” is graced with a beautiful backlight. And the Jack Russell, “Spark” which was commissioned by a client in Italy is dramatically lighted as well as very expressive with his head cocked to the right.
Faith Cameron Semmes, appropriately named, skillfully depicted the tension between these two “Soccer Scotties II” as they tug on the soccer ball.
DAVID MCEWEN, Scottish
David McEwen who hails from Scotland and while associated with Dog & Horse Fine Art has lived in France, Florida and now in Ireland. David McEwen has been called a painter of the world which is appropriate since his subject matter includes everything. He has been an equestrian painter since the beginning of his career. In his early education, or when he was in his 20s, he studied drama along with Liam Neeson. David McEwen’s flair for the narrative is very evident in his work. These paintings reflect an accomplished storyteller who loves to charm with the moment in time he captures.
Master artist and raconteur David McEwen’s painting “The End of the Affair” is of a woman who has been jilted by her lover at one of most beautiful restaurants on the Coté d'Azure. David tell his own story, “Bibi sat watching the colours fade over the sea as her old dog looked in vain for Gaston's return. The puppy, more perceptive, realizing that something was very wrong, gazed at her weeping mistress.”
In “Lili’s Story,” Lili is reading from a Jack London book while the Labrador puppy waits patiently with a copy of London’s “White Fang.”
A few unusual David McEwen equestrian paintings capture dynamic moments in a rider’s life, from the experienced jockeys parting company with their horses in “Even Fall I” and “Even Fall II,” to the rambunctious 9-year-old Wilf, who on his birthday enjoys a foxhunt in “Wild Rider.”
In this David McEwen narrative, “End of the Term,” David said, “the little boy has just gotten his School Report and he KNOWS what's in it and he KNOWS that his Mum and Dad WILL NOT BE HAPPY, and he's considering running away to join anything that will have him. His only friend and comfort is his raggedy old dog, Kia.”
One of the United States’ most accomplished animal painters is Joseph Sulkowski. He is represented in many important collections around the world. His paintings are without a doubt romantic, while his lighting and narratives bring the viewer in and are also Baroque.
The Beagle in “Beagles on the Scent” on the left is angled and facing out of the painting bringing the beagle into the viewer’s space. The dreamy quality of the background makes one wonder what we, humans, are missing. Perhaps the dog is trying to pull us into his world? The expressions on the terrier’s faces in “Terriers in the Scottish Highlands” are almost human. What fun waiting for the critter to come out of his hole…The beautiful landscape creates a happy and romantic scene in which all is peaceful and actually quite fun.
Oh, come on, “Let’s Play Ball!” The lighting is dramatic and the begging is tangible. The begging Westie is very serious about playing and the Westie on the throne may be serious about not. Joseph Sulkowski’s whites are as scrumptious as icing - not necessarily a Baroque characteristic.