Our Spring Show features new Abstract paintings by Marina Dunbar and Laura Dargan as well as new Contemporary Realism paintings by Marc Chatov!
March 27 - June 5
New Abstract Paintings by Marina Dunbar & Laura Dargan
Marina Savashynskaya Dunbar was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Dunbar graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Columbus State University. Her relationship with her medium is physical. The surface of a painting is bent, manipulated and twisted to guide the paint, granting the process a sculptural quality. Through simple gestures of pouring and removing paint, gravity shapes the lines and forms. Her paintings are abstract, but the sequential application of color gives the work a narrative component. The beginning and the end can be seen simultaneously. Initial shapes recede into space as they are enveloped by veils of subsequent layers. Marks hovering on top are the finish line. Each emerging form is a response to the last; a visual conversation. Sometimes the result is an echo of contours, other times it’s a chorus of contradicting movements and marks. The spirit of Dunbar’s paintings fluctuates between improvised movement and controlled intention. Her work is included in many public and private collections.
Laura Dargan is a Columbia, South Carolina, native exploring the interaction between unexpected color combinations & irregular shapes. Dargan's goal is to create visual energy that is specific to the viewer. By composing designs without any suggestion of representation, the viewer has a chance to connect with the painting in their own way. Her work embodies the idea that art is subjective, allowing the viewer to explore their own personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. Dargan graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001. She currently resides & creates work in Charleston, South Carolina.
New Contemporary Realism Paintings by Marc Chatov
Renowned contemporary realist painter Marc Chatov was born in Key Largo, Florida in 1953 to a family of artists, musicians and stage professionals. From an early age, he was immersed into the world of art. Chatov attended Georgia State University as a Fine Art major under the late James Sitton, studied at the Art Students League of New York under Michael Burban and Nelson Shanks and took on an intense, full-time apprenticeship with his father and uncle in his early twenties. He continued his artistic pursuits by traveling the world studying, drawing and copying from great masters making stops in Italy, Greece, Spain and Mexico. "I’ve discovered that everything has a secret. The relationship of light and color upon form gives me a hint of what and where that secret lies. Even everyday objects can reveal a plethora of design and meaning, that largely, remains hidden in our everyday lives. I see a connectedness in all life, in all forms, whether designed by man or by nature." Chatov says of his current painting practice. He considered a leading contemporary portrait painter with numerous memberships and recognitions such as Money magazine naming him one of the top eight portrait artists in America. He is featured in private collections across the world and has exhibited at notable museums and galleries such as the High Museum of Art, Mobile Museum, Cochran Gallery, Portraits Inc. Gallery, and Salmagundi Club of New York. Currently, between completing commissions and gallery works, Chatov instructs art classes at the Chatov Studio, the longest running art atelier in Atlanta.