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.”
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.
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.
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.
Ingrid has completed three experimental works recently. These rich, subtle pieces are different from most of her work. Each is nearly monochrome with splashes of intense color from the butterflies or other objects. The main subject seems to hide in the background like an apparition, either fading into the background or emerging into our foreground. There are fewer layers on these pieces, yet they appear almost more three dimensional. Some so realistic, the figure seems to hover on the verge of life. Haunting, subtle, beautiful, Ingrid has created three incredible new works. Please post your comments, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
PS: The codpiece on the “King of Renaissance” is a real wasp’s nest!
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
Below, is a very brief video of one of Ingrid’s works, “Together We’ll Make History.” It is a romantic and beautiful work dedicated to all lovers of beauty. It is 47 x 36 inches and is one the newest works featured at Forre Floria Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Co.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Thank you for making the exhibition at David Floria Gallery a great success. The exhibition will come down today, and the the many sold works will be shipped to their new homes. What an exciting time for art! Thank you David.