Gary Passanise

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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. 

Gary Passanise is affiliated with Bruno David Galleries of St. Louis. 

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.

Jessica Hitchcock

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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.

Follow Jessica on Instagram or Facebook to see more of her colorful creations!

Fun Fact: Agave is a succulent plant related to the lily family. Agave nectar is used as a sweetener, and some agave plants are used to create mezcal and tequila.

Jason Pavalonis

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Above: Blade Runner, print, 85 x 32″ // Fibonacci, print, 44 x 72″

Architectural and landscape photography are two of Jason Pavalonis’ passions. The Current is fortunate enough to have two of Jason’s works on display. Blade Runner is able to convey an extreme feeling of depth and movement while boasting an elegant composition. The orientation of the work adds broadness, while the tight cropping helps draw the viewer towards the focal point.  Our second Pavalonis print, Fibonacci, displays the beauty of architecture. Fibonacci’s composition cleverly alludes to the Golden Ratio, and its title clearly references fibonacci numbers. Both of these associations are reinforcing the interconnectedness of mathematical concepts, aesthetics, and architecture.

To see more of Jason’s work, check out his facebook page at Warm Desert Wind Photography!

Fun Fact: The Golden Ratio can be found in many forms; sea shells, pinecones, flowers, the human body, and many works of art throughout history.

Louis Gonzalez

Above: Olives, and Pepper, lacquered, painted, and carved wood

Louis Gonzalez was born in raised in Colombia, but currently lives and works in Florida. Louis’ process has been developed over years of experience. Every detail is considered throughout his process; from his selection of the wood, the drying of the wood (which can take years), and the carving, painting, and finishing of the sculptures. His Olives and Pepper sculptures are fun and vibrant additions to our Viva bar!

For commissions, or to find out more, check out his site here!

Fun Fact: Most of the wood used in Louis’ art comes from South Florida. Some of his favorite wood types are Oak, Mahogany, Wild Tamarind, and Black Mangrove.

Andy Hahn

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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!

http://www.andyhahnart.com/

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

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Erased de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, 1953

 

Samuel Kane

Above: Neon Portrait I & II, Monochrome I & II, print on canvas, each 30 x 60″

“Samuel Kane was born and raised in the rural town of Trona, California. He discovered his artistic flair and love for painting in a high school art class. He would be inspired by all things: pictures in magazines, old family photographs, nature, and even the walls of his house. He has been traveling all around the world to fuel his passion for art.”

We have variations of Kane’s split portraits in several guest rooms, as well as in public areas. 

Fun Fact: The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons on average. These neurons create a dense and complex network, and are responsible for the way our mind processes information, as well as our sense of self. 

Fern Taylor

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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!

See more of Fern Taylor’s works via her Facebook, or follow her Instagram!

Fun Fact: Before trees existed on Earth, there were fungi types that could grow up to 3 feet wide and 26 feet tall! Prototaxites existed about 420 million to 370 million years ago.