One of the first exhibitions of it’s kind, “Expressions of Femininity and Form ” explores the transcendent beauty evident across the painted works of Jose Royo and Joan Beltran Bofill, and the sculptural representations of Richard MacDonald and Frederick Hart.
Influenced by the wake of movements such as Impressionism, and able to execute the traditional lyrical beauty that comes along only with the highest level of artistic skill, these figurative masters have translated classical principles of form into exquisite expressions of the elevated everyday. “Expressions of Femininity and Form” is a unique opportunity to view these artists’ work simultaneously in order to gain a broader perspective of the established figural masters of today.
Richard MacDonald has become one of the leading advocates of an art movement known as “neo-figurative”, melding classical sculpture emphasizing the lightness and strength of the human form with modern techniques and compositions. His work not only portrays the beauty of the human form but also the spirit that drives it. Hundreds of exhibitions of MacDonald’s works have been shown throughout the world, and collectors include budding art collectors, aficionados, celebrities, and even Heads of State. The artist has won many international awards and honors including recognition by the prestigious United States Olympic Committee. His enormous bronze sculpture “The Flair” for the 1996 Summer Olympics continues to be one of the most visited monuments in Atlanta.
Heralded by his work visible in the Washington National Cathedral, American sculptor Frederick Hart is known for combining the sublime nature of religion with the emotiveness of humanity. So innovative has Hart’s creative process been, that he has even patented a particular method of resin casting that is used to this day. Hart and his collectors share a vision that with the new century, has come new methods of expressing style, form, and figure. Poetic works representing significant events such as the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of humanity are executed with dramatic potency.
A significant Spanish impressionist painter, Joan Beltran Bofill was influenced by the warm Mediterranean scenery of Majorca and scenes of the nearby ocean and rich landscapes can be found in many of his works. He continued to explore the effect of light in the Mediterranean in his compositions and dappled shadows and filtered light predominate is works. His strength in figurative painting with a focus on femininity and beauty make him a modern impressionist painter. He was inspired by the works of Goya, Bosch, Durer and Botticelli as well as travels to international locales such as London and Paris that played an important part in the artist’s oeuvre. To date, Bofill has had one-man exhibitions in several Spanish cities including Madrid, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca.
Jose Royo has become one of the premier painters of Spanish Impressionist art. He is known for mastering the classical beauty and softness of the female form with lithe figures oftentimes basking in the sun-speckled landscapes of the warm Spanish countryside. Jose Royo began to gained further notoriety in 1968 when his works were being exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona and prestigious galleries in Lisbon but it was the commissions to paint the royal portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia that propelled the artists into being recognized as one of the great living Spanish artists today.Beginning in 1989 and continuing through today, Royo’s style has matured by the use of texture and layering as the artist pays homage to great masters such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Joaquin Sorolla. Bursts of color in floral landscapes exemplify the artist’s style and it has been said by critics that “If the artwork of Renoir were blended with that of the ‘Valencian painters’ you would arrive at the canvasses approaching the uniqueness of the impressive work of Royo.” The artist has mastered the mood and atmospheres of the subject matter with a distinct skill and nod to the classics that is rare in today’s art world.