"I’ve often combined pop art and logos with the abstract work that I do. The LIFE logo has been a favorite image and at the beginning of the COVID quarantine everything felt different and I lacked inspiration. Life felt still, stopped. After about 6 weeks I realized I needed to continue in the new normal. Everyone was talking about how life had changed and would never be the same. I started working with the LIFE logo and almost subconsciously the logo started right side up but as the work continued the word turned backward and upside down. Art imitating life!
Carl White was born in Liverpool, England in 1969. Carl studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design from 1989-1992 in Calgary, Alberta. His paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada since 1992 and reside in numerous private collections nationally and internationally. White currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta where he is exceedingly active in the art scene, as well as the community.
My identity, universal personages, and surreal images are part of a search for my dream to travel, share and have fun with my work.
At the age of 13, he began painting to win the heart of a young girl. Since then, David Silva H has taken the artistry of the traditional Mexican painting very seriously; sharing his work in a revolutionary, political, and social context of the past and the present.
The work of this young Zacatecano painter, now living in the city of Rosarito, forces the spectator to turn and observe with profound interest. When observing David Silva's paintings, we find Don Quixote's with a look of surprise, of anguish or of wonder.
We see free gestures, dynamic vitality, and Quixote's that emerge from their meditations, not always optimistic about the condition of humanity. David Silvah, in his relentless effort to express himself, reunites Zapatas, Cristos, Villas, and Don Quixote at the same table. He uses narrative and literary content, as well as many colorful artistic effects, allowing us to enjoy the originality in his fine works.
Each work is a synthesis in which the painter gives free reign to his imagination, without being judged by other different and present pictorials. This allows David Silvah to approach his painting with absolute artistic freedom.
Born in Philadelphia in 1983, Gregory Prestegord has a myriad mix of influences in his background. The grittiness seen in Presetogrd’s work is a direct impact from the graffiti street-artists he grew-up around in Philadelphia, and yet there is a refinement to his painting which is a credit to the formal training he received at America’s oldest art school and first art museum: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There Prestegord studied the great masters and won awards for his cityscapes which remain a continued theme of his work to this day. “The quality of light and shadow and the energy of the people in the contrast of urban cityscape is what I want to capture,” explains Prestegord.
Whether painting cityscapes, orchestra pieces or musicians like his New Orleans, Jazz series, Prestegord combines many styles of art from impressionism to abstract and street-art to realism, creating his internationally recognizable and exceptionally distinct style. His style is born from vast inspirations and influences, capturing the feeling of a place, taking your eye into the painting, and creating a sense you're there; one with the composition. His paintings take on a sculptural form at times from the amount of paint, palette knife, and brushwork Prestegord uses to create them.
James is a contemporary figurative painter located in Lawrenceville, NJ. His home, a 1920s center hall Colonial, is also the location of his studio where he paints daily. Doherty believes that a painting should look like it has been painted and not like a photograph. You should see each brush stroke, each drip of paint and each layer of color. Many of his paintings seem like he captured a moment- the delicate lines of a woman, the last to leave the party, her fancy dress now the worse for wear as she casts a subtle glance about the room, searching for something unknown. James’ paintings are often characterized by softened drips, smears, or unfinished edges. James believes his process should be visually accessible. Among his personal favorites and influencers are the painters, Gainsborough, Sargent, and Degas. Doherty's education includes: 2008-2012, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 2009, Studied portrait painting with Theodore Xaras, 2012, Masterclass with Stuart Shils, 2010-2012, Studied figurative painting with David Shevlino, 2012, Studied cold wax painting with Rebecca Crowell.
An AJC reviewer once said ” Jane creates dreams in stone”.
My stone sculptures are mystical in nature.The art reflects the coexistence of the conscious and subconscious, the symbolic and literal, and the ancient and modern.
Being a direct carver, I draw directly on the stone. With an idea in my mind, I start chiseling. I usually start with an idea that revolves around the human form. It may be a piece of wood that inspires me because it suggests a drapery or a broken stone that looks like a silhouette.
It is a discovery of the unconscious. Your hands follow what your creative self dictates. My art evolves usually as I create it.
I am especially interested in combining various materials. I pay homage
to the Greco-Roman roots of stone in sculpture. I incorporate broken torsos like in Greco Roman ruins. From the Romans, I borrow the combining of different stones in one figure .
Lately I have been creating full figure images from cypress and stone. The figures are about the gesture of the figure and the various combinations of the different stones. Contrasting the angular with the curvilinear shapes is of interest to me.
My stone sculptures invite the viewer to interpret thus creating their own stories
The Cypress Series combines Cypress wood and various stone elements to create standing figures. I choose wood that already suggests drapery and then carve elements to further enhance the female form. Movement is very important to me. The stones chosen for the head and torso either create contrast or harmony. The sculpture is about gesture.
"My process begins long before any paint hits the canvas." ~ Michael Bartmann
Michael studied from 1982 -1987 at The State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, where he received his BA in Landscape Architecture. From 1995 -1999 he continued at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, in the Certificate Program.
Artist Spotlight: MICHAEL BARTMANN
I begin by exploring an inspirational location and visit many times before starting. I am drawn to non-designed, left-over places. When I was young, I spent a greater amount of time playing in and exploring the vacant lots rather than the professionally designed playgrounds. As an artist, I am still drawn to those abandoned, derelict spaces where the imagination is free to roam. It's the lack of obvious beauty and not knowing where these spaces will lead me artistically that draws me to them. After visiting several times I paint on site and explore the site through the lens of a camera. I also research the history of the site and look for any old photographs. I do all of this "getting to know the site" in order to allow a more personal artistic vision to develop rather than just capturing its essence.
After getting to know the site, I then move the ideas into the studio to further remove myself from its innate meaning. I like the idea of the painting being "site-specific", but I want it to evolve into something more personal with a new "sense of place." In the studio, my process starts with a drafted line drawing in which a new place is constructed- much the same way that an architect would create. However, many times the drawing is a combination of several different places and possibilities overlaying and overlapping each other that will be further explored, changed or decided during the painting process. The drawing creates the underlying structure. This underlying drawing eventually gives way to the paint. I am more of a searcher with paint. Often the paint is doing one thing and the drawing doing another with a precarious connection between the two. I enjoy this tension. I paint as much for paint sake instead of for just the image. There is a fine line between the love of paint, the material itself, the mark making versus the definition of the image. My painting process involves scraping, staining, dragging, and a re-invention of the space. A new space evolves from the process. My paintings are as much about the architecture of the paint as it is about an architectural scene.
I want the entire process to show through in the final painting. The residue of the previous drawing/painting comes through in final version.
The painting titled Passages has a “sense of place” inspired by an actual location which then evolves through ideas that come from multiple sources, real and imagined as well as through the process of painting. This process is a dynamic interaction with the surface, the space, the layering and taking away of paint.
Tension exists between the use of traditional one-point perspective, the flat abstract two-dimensional canvas world and the surface world of paint.
Like many artists, I use light to turn the ordinary and everyday into something more, something greater.
I evoke emotion using spatial dimension, atmosphere and defining architecture. There are many paintings within the painting. Typically there is not just one straightforward view, but many spatial directions and abstractions of space to move through. I am interested more in a journey through the space and paint than a particular fixed image. I create a space that the viewer is free to roam around in. There are no figures in the paintings because I want the figures in the paintings to be the viewer.
René Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected, contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwestern United States. Now living in both Chicago, IL and Carmel, CA, this artist is creating powerful images of strength and vulnerability that speak to the heart of the human condition: love, sorrow, solitude, and heartbreak; yet, through these depictions of difficult subjects, she inspires her viewers with hope, fortitude, and ultimately, enduring strength. The figures Schuler captures are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the range of human emotions that she has experienced in her all-too-colorful life. Her approach is personal yet universal, and essentially intimate. The work is visually and emotionally affecting; it powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition and speaks to global and societal issues that continue to impact daily lives.
Schuler’s work is in the permanent collections of The Union League Club of Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and St. Thomas University Museum of Art – Sardiñas Gallery in Miami. Her work is in public and private collections around the world and has exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome, Paxos, Singapore, and Beirut. A musical production, Jolere, was wholly inspired by Schuler’s works, with five original scores composed by Lee Kesselman and accompanying contemporary dance choreographed by Joanna Lees. Jolere performed to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis, 2013 and Chicago, 2015.
A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos and striking figural canvases in addition to providing readers a look into her artistic process, was released in 2013. A book, simply titled René Romero Schuler, was released in August 2016, and a second hardcover book, also titled René Romero Schuler containing personal essays and poetry alongside her most recent works, shown, was released Summer, 2019. Signed Copies Available.
**Note: Due to the overwhelming response surrounding René 's artwork her valuations increased and therefore pricing was increased in early 2020. You may see price differences from pieces sold before that time.
*** As of late Spring 2020, René is now collected in all 50 of the US states and more than 15 countries.
Ann Rudd has created art for many years.
Subject: Moods -- especially moments of quiet reflection, peacefulness, contentment in the moment. In a world that's surging with activity, effort and angst, her paintings can be reminders of the quiet times that are available to all of us. Technique: Semiabstract combinations including oil, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite pencil. Ann is interested in paintings that combine the appearance of 3-dimensional depth and 2-dimensional flat surface. The design possibilities seem endless. Color palette: Grays, neutrals, soft palette colors Influences: Berthe Morisot, Alberto Giacometti, Alex Powers and others Awards: Ann loves a good contest and has won numerous awards at the local and regional levels in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the last decade. She was juried into two national shows in 2016, received a Merit Award from the national Art Muse Contest in 2018, was an Art Muse Contest Emerging Artist Finalist in February 2019, and has been listed in the Bold Brush Favorite 15% several times. She continues to exhibit in a variety of venues and competitions. Current direction: Since retiring from a 30 year career in psychology, Ann has pursued painting on a daily basis, creating many small works that explore subjects and process. She is currently interested in oil painting, figures and faces, with architectural elements in the background.
Painting and designing are daily essentials to me as an artist. I must greet the easel on a regular basis to unleash my creative stories. My stories change as I gather up new images within my experiences. I find that no matter what I paint, I handle and place my brushstrokes with deliberate movements, unique color families, and strong compositions. I often let go of details so that the audience has an opportunity to become part of my story intertwining their own experiences, emotions, and ideas.
I have been a huge believer in my Modus operandi “Everything has been painted, so paint it differently”.
I am a retired elementary teacher and I often ask myself how would a kindergartner begin and finish a story? Five year olds have the essential tool kit to create art with such a fresh, uninhibited, and sometimes hilarious approach. When I am researching and pondering my new story I often bring out the saved and treasured art from those five year olds so that it keeps me on my toes.
If I am not at the easel you can find me in my BB Fresh Cut Flower Farm, or in the Pacific Northwest spending time on the Columbia River with my immediate family and friends.
In addition to our Gallery Artists, we represent many regional, national, and international artists. You can find their artwork hanging on a rotational basis. If there is something you do not see here we can happily help you acquire it. *Ask about artists who allow commissions.
Standing Out among Lancaster PA Art Galleries
While many Lancaster PA art galleries have earned recognition as part of the growing downtown art movement, CityFolk Gallery stands out as one of the most vibrant voices in the community. In fact, CityFolk was the epicenter of the Lancaster PA art explosion. Located in the heart of Gallery Row, we showcase internationally-recognized fine artists such as Robert Nelson, Rene’ Romero Schuler, Michael Bartmann, Carl White, Gregory Prestegord, and David Silvah. In fact, CityFolk is one of the few Lancaster PA galleries to highlight such distinct and utterly thrilling modern artists – along with several large art pieces. It’s this commitment to finding and representing such bold fine art that has earned CityFolk popularity among the Lancaster art scene and visiting art lovers alike.
In much the same way that the Lancaster community represents a blending of the modern and pastoral, we also believe in integrating traditional folk art and crafts with our internationally-known modern artists. From hand-crafted furniture to authentic primitives, the gallery serves as a destination for those looking to appreciate the thriving folk art community. While we are primarily a modern art gallery, we are proud to feature authentic folk art and crafts. Some of the distinct folk art talents you’ll find at CityFolk include Eric Fausnacht, Kolene Spicher, K. William Kautz.
Current Exhibitions at CityFolk Gallery
Due to CityFolk’s prominence as one of the main Lancaster Art Galleries, we are able to host art exhibitions of renowned and rising national and international artists. These exhibits allow the Lancaster art community to experience – and purchase – the work of visiting artists. See our current exhibitions and stay tuned for upcoming artists.
A major component of the aesthetic diversity that makes CityFolk such a unique art gallery comes from our distinguished member artists. Our storied member artists represent a wide range of distinct styles including the lost art of drawing, expressionism, figurative, watercolor, and several different takes on the abstract vision. Explore our member artists’ digital galleries right here – and then visit CityFolk Gallery to experience their work in person.
A Diverse Vision in the Heart of Gallery Row
Visiting art collectors often tell us that our gallery belongs in New York City. While we wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than Lancaster, we do think that we bring a metropolitan feel to our town. The unique CityFolk feel comes from the wide range of artists and styles we represent. Ranging from the last Draughtsman style of Robert Nelson to the ethereal quality of Michael Bartmann’s Architectural Paintings, to the Inspiring Figurative work of Rene’ Romero Schuler, we offer a true spectrum of voices in the fine art community.
Visit Our Lancaster PA Art Gallery
If you are an experienced collector or just beginning to develop your appreciation, we’d love to share our artists and pieces with you. Whether you’re looking for a standout First Friday destination or if you’re visiting the area and want to explore a premier Lancaster PA Gallery, start at CityFolk Gallery – as the in-the-know locals do.
While it may be a cliché, it’s true: seeing really is believing. Experience the magic of CityFolk Gallery. Our collection of fine and folk art and our large modern art pieces can only be fully appreciated in person. On the personal side, CityFolk is designed to feel welcoming as soon as you cross the threshold. We want to invite you to visit our downtown Lancaster PA art gallery – stop in and see us today!