‘Nothing Could Be Finer’
For The Art Cellar, nothing could be finer than artist David
Birmingham’s latest exhibition — literally.
Titled “Nothing Could Be Finer,” the new exhibition opens this week at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk.
A celebratory reception with the artist will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, and all are invited to attend.
According to The Art Cellar, “‘Nothing Could Be Finer’ seemed the perfect title for his exhibition because of Birmingham’s love of Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and his ability to capture the richness and beauty of the landscape through oil on canvas.”
Birmingham has been working for more than a year, creating a collection of richly detailed paintings that range from vast gorge views to walking paths.
A classically trained painter, Birmingham studied in Australia and then in England at the University of London and the Royal Academy of Art. He continued his studies and travels throughout Europe, including The Grand Chaumiere Academy in Paris. His travels brought him to the United States where he taught at The Art Institute of Miami, eventually visiting the North Carolina mountains, where he soon established a home and studio. Birmingham has been represented by The Art Cellar Gallery since 1998, and his paintings have many enthusiastic collectors.
A lifelong artist, Birmingham has focused most of his artist energy on capturing the landscape around him, the mountain peaks and quiet back roads, but he has also created many classical garden scenes, figurative works and still lives.
His work is in collections in France and England and in public and private collections throughout the United States. He is painting and drawing every day, believing that nature is the best of teachers.
The Art Cellar Gallery will be featuring “Nothing Could Be Finer” on the main floor gallery, while the upstairs and downstairs galleries will offer a wide range of work from their diverse collection of artists.
According to the gallery, “The artists represent some of the most accomplished local and North Carolina artists, as well as acclaimed artists from other parts of the Southeast.”
The selection ranges from realism to abstraction and painting to sculpture, including glass and the work of North Carolina clay artists.
The month of July also includes two other feature events of North Carolina painters. The first is a feature exhibition that will take place at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, featuring the trompe le oil works of artist Gregory Smith in the museum’s Community Gallery. The artist will have a coffee talk presentation at BRAHM Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m.
In the middle of July, the gallery will present an exhibit by artist Tony Griffin, “Drawing From Life,” which will feature his figurative work — both nudes and portraits, studio still lives and a collection of plein air works. According to the gallery, Griffin’s work has evolved from a deep-rooted understanding and appreciation of the academic approach to a more personal and direct interpretation of his experiences and surroundings.
This particular show will feature his works in oils, as well as inks and charcoals on paper.
“Nothing Could Be Finer” runs through July 27. The Art Cellar Gallery is located on N.C. 184 in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5175 or visit http://www.artcellaronline.com.
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