Solo Exhibition Opens August 3rd

Ingrid’s solo exhibition, Madness of the Muses, opens Saturday, August 3rd in Aspen at the Forré Gallery.  The reception is from 4 to 8pm.  This is Ingrid’s third one-person exhibition in Aspen.  The exhibition will be comprised of 12 of her most experimental works to date, none of which have been shown before.  Each piece is a reach into the depths of creativity that has made Ingrid’s work so unusual and so collectible.

Cherished Memories of Cornell's Lost Muse

Cherished Memories of Cornell’s Lost Muse

Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, Ingrid’s new book, will be officially released at the reception.  The book features Ingrid’s work from the last seven years.  Also included is a catalogue of the complete works from 2006 to 2013, along with essays and articles by prominent art collector Bradley E. Place and others.  Hardcover, 176 pages.

Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches

Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches

TheForré Gallery is located at 426 East Hyman Ave in Aspen (a quarter of a block from the Wheeler Opera House).  Ingrid will be at the reception to visit with collectors and to sign books.  It is a rare opportunity to see so many great works together, meet the artist and get her new book.  RSVP is not necessary but plan to come early, it is likely to get very busy.  See you there.

 

March Video Update on Ingrid’s Work Now Online

March Video Update on Ingrid Dee Magidson

March Video Update

Ingrid’s March video update is now online and ready to view.  In it she discusses her latest works in detail.  It is an intimate look at the process that goes into Ingrid’s work.

Reflection by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid recently completed her artwork honoring Catherine the Great.

Reflection by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“Reflection” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The intricately layered mixed-media work is entitled “Reflection.”  It is an homage to the Hermitage and its founder Catherine the Great:

“I am deeply inspired by men and women who have changed the world profoundly.  Catherine the Great was one of these women.  I wanted to capture her essence in this piece.  Deeply rooted inside her soul, she knew her purpose and her destiny.  With that inner driven passion, she alone helped give the world one of the greatest gifts to its future, the Hermitage Museum.

In this piece Reflection, Catherine is shown in her coronation gown along with her crown.  The viewer is able to look into her dress to see a present-day Hermitage – a view towards the future.  Surrounding her to the right and underneath are many portraits of her family, her husband, and her lovers who influenced her and formed her life.  Like a family tree, I’ve included branches to represent their connection to Catherine.
"Reflection" by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“Reflection” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

To the left of the main portrait, the viewer can see a reflection of Catherine.  It is ghostlike, representing the lasting impression of her life echoing into eternity.  Like the butterflies, each of us lives only a brief time, but can leave a permanent mark.  Also, if the viewer looks into Catherine’s reflection at the correct angle, they will see themselves.  This is symbolic of how each of us never actually sees oneself, but only a reflection as seen through the eyes of another.”
-Ingrid Dee Magidson, 2012
 

Ingrid’s Recently Completed Commission

Ingrid with her recently completed commission

Ingrid with her recently completed commission

Ingrid recently completed a commission for a Colorado client.  You can see from the photo how large it is, nearly 7 feet tall.  It was a challenging piece that was started in March and finished in mid August.  We asked her a few questions about working on this piece and commissions in general.

Was the size of this piece a challenge?

I love working on large pieces, it allows me the space to express my visual ideas.  But it is also physically very demanding.  Just the shear size of the panels and weight can be hard on my body.  [The final piece was well over 100 pounds requiring two persons to move it.]  I’m very proud of this piece.  It brought out some new ideas and challenged old ones.”

Working on a commission

Working on a commission

Are there more commissions in the works?

Oh yes, I’m working on one now I’m very excited about.  And there is another in the idea stage.

Working on the commission

Working on a commission

How long does a commission take to complete?

That’s not easy to answer.  It depends how busy I am, if I’m working towards a show.  And it depends on how large the piece is.  But all things being normal (which they never are) I usually tell the client to allow 4 to 6 months.  If I can do them quicker, I always do.

Do you put more effort into a commission?

I pour my heart into every piece I create.

working on the commission

Working on a commission

Would you advise collectors to buy a completed piece or wait for a commission?

It depends on the collector, but I usually advise that they buy the piece they fall in love with when they see it.  If that piece is already sold, let’s talk.  I can’t do the same piece twice, but I can create something similar.  Some collectors are wary of commissions, that they may not be as good as the works the artist creates for himself.  If they are uncomfortable, I suggest they wait for new work.  But it might help to remember that many of the greatest works of art were commissions: the Mona Lisa, for example.  And many great renaissance painters only painted works for patrons on commission.  Some collectors are worried that they won’t like a commission piece when it’s done and they’ll be stuck with it.  That’s never happened with any of my collectors, but I understand their concern.  Each person has to judge their own comfort level about doing a commission.  Either way, it always works out.

Documentary of Ingrid Magidson’s Work Wins 2012 Telly Award

Congratulations to The Reid Effect of Pioria, AZ for their recent award of a Silver Telly (highest honor) for “Windows Through Time” a documentary of Ingrid Dee Magidson’s art work.

Rob Reid came to the studio of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Colorado in the fall of 2010 to record and interview Ingrid and Jay Magidson.  He and his film crew were on site for three days filming and interviewing the artist and her husband.  It was a unique experience to say the least.  Rob is a consummate professional.  He has a way of making you feel at ease even in the most difficult shots.  For example, Ingrid was retelling the story of her youth, about particular difficulties that ultimately led her to a life of art.  At one point, she was overwhelmed with emotion and was unable to continue.  Rob respected the emotion and the moment.  He never hurried her or tried to move on, he simply waited, “when you’re ready, we’ll continue.”

Filming moved into Ingrid’s studio.  This was not an easy place to shoot.  It is very crowded and the light is difficult.  Ingrid’s work has many reflective surfaces that make it very difficult to photograph.  Rob and his crew moved in without a complaint, setting up lights and reflectors and in no time they were filming.  Take a look at the final minutes of the film, it shows some very creative shots that Rob came up with where Ingrid is on the other side of the art.

Thank you Rob and congratulations on your much deserved award.

2012 Silver Telly Award to The Reid Effect for Film Documentary, “Windows Through Time,” the work of Ingrid Dee Magidson

An In-depth Look at a New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Whispered Memories by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Whispered Memories by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Whispered Memories is one of 12 new works featured at the upcoming one-woman exhibition for Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, July 5th.  Mysterious and thought provoking, it is a good example of her recent work.  Once again, Ingrid challenges herself to reach beyond the expected into the unknown.

Whispered Memories - detail

Whispered Memories – detail

We feel a great sense of time with this piece.  The little boy has long since grown up, lived, died, was buried and has long ago turned to dust.  Yet here he is again, as if reawakened from a dream.  The butterflies flying around his head, give the viewer a feeling that he just ran in long enough to get his portrait painted, and ran back out to play.  His clothes and hat reveal a deeper sophistication, however.  And his haunting eyes show a thoughtful look far past his young years.

Whispered Memories - Detail

Whispered Memories – Detail

When we look closer, we find an entire life woven into the boy’s figure.  His clothes are not just fabric but stories, mythology and adventure.  One see’s cupid and other cherubs.  But there are also kings, battles and castles, an entire life layered here.  It is the boy’s future, now our past, that is merged impossibly together.

Whispered Memories - Detail

Whispered Memories – Detail

One necessarily moves back to the boys face, cherubic and beautiful, but fractured.  Ingrid has layered it in such a way as to show a break under the eyes.  The mind dreams of the future, the eyes see past us beyond even our own lifetimes.  But the heart and body are separate from the mind, part of the past and history.  It is this fracture that keeps up coming back to his beautiful young face, the past and the future trapped in his small body.

Whispered Memories - Detail

Whispered Memories – Detail

Whispered Memories is about all of us, about our link to our own childhood, when we gazed into the future unafraid, without care for the past.  But as we get older, our future shrinks, and our past grows, the two threatening to tear apart from each other.  But they don’t tear us apart, the stay joined.  And just like Whispered Memories, we hold the impossible together.

Whispered Memories and 11 other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson will be featured at her One-Woman Exhibition opening July 5th and 6th at Galerie Zuger, Vail, 6 to 9pm both nights.  The exhibition continues for three weeks.

Ingrid Begins with Forre Gallery in Aspen

It’s official.  Ingrid is now showing with Forre Floria Gallery in Aspen.  Gallery owner, Ania Forre was at Ingrid’s studio today to look at Ingrid’s newest work.  Ingrid and Ania discussed many things, not least of which, was getting Ingrid’s work into the gallery as soon as possible.

Ania Forre and Ingrid Magidson

Ania Forre meets with Ingrid Magidson in her studio

Aspen has a lot of personal importance to Ingrid and her work.  Her first one-person exhibition was in Aspen in 2007.  That extraordinary show sold out within hours of arriving in the gallery – a full 3 days before the official opening of the exhibition.  Aspen was the home to her and her husband’s gallery for 18 years as well.  There are a lot of loyal collectors who will welcome the addition of Ingrid’s work in the expansive Forre Floria Gallery.

The Eminence of Time 61 x 38" will be showing at the Forre Floria Gallery in Aspen

The Eminence of Time 61 x 38,” now showing at the Forre Floria Gallery in Aspen

Earlier this year, well-known and respected gallery owner, David Floria joined forces with the Forre Gallery (the name changed from Forre Gallery to Forre Floria Gallery).  Ingrid had a one person exhibition with David in 2010, which was also an unqualified success.   David has been a long time friend of Ingrid and Jay, and we are happy he has added his wealth of talent and knowledge to this outstanding gallery.  Thank you David and Ania.  Ingrid is grateful to be showing in your beautiful gallery.

To inquire about Ingrid’s work at the Forre Floria Gallery, please go to the web site at http://www.forrefineart.com/

To see more of Ingrid’s work, go to her web sited at: http://www.IngridMagidson.com

 

Newest piece by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Set Me Free by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Set Me Free by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Here is Ingrid’s newest piece, “Set Me Free.”  Another masterpiece.

“Set Me Free”

30 x 24″

Layered mixed media in a shadow box

Ingrid Magidson’s Artist Documentary Now Online

“Windows Through Time” a documentary of Ingrid Dee Magidson and her work is now online.  It was filmed and produced by The Reid Effect for Paul Zuger, major art dealer and owner of 10 galleries throughout the Western United States. The Reid Effect is known for its extensive experience in documentaries and artist monographs.

From the film description:

This visually stunning documentary takes you behind the scenes, for an honest glimpse into the passions and experiences that drive Ingrid’s creations.

Running time 21 minutes.

For more information about The Reid Effect

For more information about Galerie Zuger

Video of Ingrid’s Exhibiton in Denver

Here is a video overview of Ingrid’s exhibition in Denver, Colorado that opened Friday, May 20.  If  you are in Denver, go see the exhibition.  It is magnificent.

The Exhibition is at the Masters Gallery in Greenwood Village, www.mastersgallerydenver.com.

The video can be played at high resolution (1080) for better detail.