Left: Pure Elegance from his series The Kiss: Homage to Rodin, stainless steel
Andre Tourette is a sculptor who has lived all over the United States, but has found roots in the midwestern city of St. Louis. His background is working on naval ships and yachts as a metal welder, and also has experience in producing commercial products for businesses and architectural firms. Andre has been welding since he was 15 years old, and his passion has only grown stronger. Most of his creations are made using scraps from commercial commissions; Pure Elegance was made using a long continuous scrap of stainless steel, which Andre then etched, polished, and rolled to form. This specific work of art was part of a series of stainless steel sculptures made in reference to the sculptor Auguste Rodin, specifically Rodin’s The Kiss. Pure Elegance seems to defy gravity while defining two forms in a romantic embrace. The steel follows a natural ebb and flow, and the etching on the surface catches light in different ways as you move around the sculpture.
Andre’s works can be seen in businesses and private collections across the country, but he also sells some of his work through his Etsy shop. Be sure to follow Andre The Sculptor on Facebook!
Fun Fact: Stainless steel is one of the most recycled materials on the planet! About 88% of the world’s steel is recycled, and 2 out of every 3 tons of stainless steel produced today was made from recycled steel!
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!
Above from top to bottom: 7 Apples, paint on canvas, 108 x 24.5″, Blue Cow, paint on canvas, 24 x 18″, Blue Pig, paint on canvas, 18 x 24″
Andy Cross is a very talented artist from St. Louis Missouri. We are fortunate enough to have several of Andy’s works in our collection: 7 Apples, Blue Cow, and Blue Pig. Andy also painted our ‘Welcome to Iowa’ sign in the lobby, and he assisted Nancy Spurlock (and local Quad Cities kids) with our mural! Andy’s 7 Apples can be seen interacting with fresh apples everyday in our lobby area – drawing comparisons to self referential art such as Renè Magritte’s The Treachery of Images. Blue Cow and Blue Pig also nod to art history, but in this case to Picasso’s Blue Period.
Fun Fact: Andy Cross has spent over 20 years painting scenery for the Muny Opera in St. Louis, the Reperatory Opera of St. Louis, and the Opera Theater of St. Louis!