Above: American Beauty on Black, photographic pigment & encaustic on board, 57 x 43″
American Beauty is one of multiple series that focus on specific sites, namely barns of midwestern America. Every year, O’Meara returns to her favorite barns to revisit and recapture the majesty of these structures. Within her works, O’Meara combines photography pigment and printmaking methods with painting techniques such as encaustic, or painting with a pigment-wax mixture. O’Meara has been a pioneer in photographic printmaking since 1991, and continues to search for new technologies to use in her work.
Fun Fact: ‘Encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in (the pigment mixes with hot wax), and its usage dates back to ancient Greece as well. Before being adapted for use on panels, encaustic paints were used to decorate Greek warships and merchant vessels because of the waterproof nature of the wax.
Scott Clark is from Illinois and is an artist across platforms. A skilled painter, Clark is also an avid photographer and dedicated musician. As a painter, Clark creates visual landscapes that are a fascinating combination of intimate and isolating.
Above: We Are Not Alone in This, oil on wood, 24 x 48″
The process behind these works involves the layering of many thin coats of oil paint. Over time, deep and varied compositions begin to form from the fields of color, and are broken up by the occasional variance in texture.
Above: An Offering, oil on wood, 24 x 48″
Many of Clark’s works are inspired by personal events, and expanded to reflect on the emotions that everyone experiences. For more of Scott Clark’s paintings, check out his website below!
Above: Lincoln, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 18″ // Distorted Waters, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24″
Justin King believes that art is for everybody. Through a focus on color, movement, and texture, King delivers unique art through a distinguishable style. King’s portfolio spans from abstract paintings to colorful portraits to sculptures of many kinds. Works by King inspire excitement and intrigue – mirroring the artists’ adventurous use of materials. Lincoln and Distorted Waters add a burst of color and energy to The Current collection.
See more of Justin King’s wide range of works on his website or follow him on Instagram!
Fun Fact: Abraham Lincoln is honored in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Outstanding American award for his wrestling career when he was younger. Lincoln lost only one out of 300 matches.
Above: Manic Blue, oil on canvas, 42 x 60″ // Untitled #7, oil on canvas, 42 x 60″
Gary Passanise is a St. Louis based artist, but has exhibited works across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Gary prefers to work with oils, wax, charred lumber, found objects, limestone, and steel. Both the unique materials and their expertise application contribute to the intriguing surface quality achieved in Gary’s works. In both Manic Blue and Untitled #7, an interest in implied forms influences the composition. The two paintings work together to provide enough structure to invite the viewer in, while simultaneously existing in a reality parallel to our own.
Fun Fact: The reality we see is not how we actually see it. Our two eyes perceive two slightly different angles of the world, and our brains are constantly working to combine those two images into one. The brain is creating our perception every second, and fills in any blanks by using subconscious clues.
Above: Agave // Greensleeves, both acrylic on board, 20 x 16″
Jessica Hitchcock is a St. Louis based artist who loves to explore bright and vibrant colors. This pair of abstract paintings have similar palettes and composition. The abstract grouping of dots and drips is a recurrent theme in Hitchcock’s work; the result of these groupings is a painting buzzing with spontaneous energy while humming with harmony. The title Greensleeves alludes to the traditional folk song as well as the cool palette filled with greens and blues.
Above: Abstract 027, acrylic on canvas, 49.5 x 40″
Andy Hahn, a St. Louis native, describes himself as a Contemporary Abstract Artist. He uses texture and color to explore emotion while maintaining an aesthetic integrity. Hahn usually begins with thin layers of acrylic paint, laying darker pigment over lighter pigment. He then begins his process of manipulating and often removing paint to expose the light hidden within. To do this, Hahn uses his own hands, rags, or non-traditional materials.
Learn more about Andy Hahn and his creative process at his website below!
Fun Fact: Subtractive art is a method of taking away material to display the final product. Similar practices have been used throughout time – from ancient Grecian friezes to the more modern Erased de Kooning by Robert Rauschenberg.
Above: from her series Tree Paintings, acrylic on canvas, 29.5 x 36″
Fern Taylor has many original paintings throughout our hotel. You can find selections from her Tree series in many guest rooms. Every one of these works features the subject matter of a closely-cropped tree, but each painting is very unique. Through this series, Taylor is able to explore light, shadow, and color; by retaining the subject throughout, the viewer is able to concentrate on the subtle differences between each tree. We also have a large Taylor original, Storm, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 63″, located on our 2nd floor!