Once Upon a Timelessopens in Houston, TX, Friday, April 22 at the Unix Gallery
Ingrid has reached into the creative unknown to produce her most exciting work to date. It has always been her goal to paint the human spirit in her work, to capture that spark or essence that is the nobility in each of us. Using three related techniques in this unusual exhibition, Ingrid brushes the beauty within each of us. Though it is difficult to capture the true depth and dimensionality of her work in photographs, here for your viewing pleasure are a few samples of the masterpieces you will see at the exhibition.
Ingrid continues to create her most well-known work, consisting of transparent layers, antique objects and butterflies. Stunningly beautiful images that touch the divine in each of us.
Never content to stand still, Ingrid experiments with new materials in this recent series of dimensional work. The objects literally jump from the surface.
Abstraction has always been a critical part of Ingrid’s work, sometime layered deep within her figurative work, or gently applied to the transparent surfaces. Her show in Houston will be the first time these paintings will be shown as separate and unique work.
Once Upon a Timeless
April 22 – May 31, 2016
Opening Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 22, 5-8pm
Three Exhibitions, two countries, and one book signing. Ingrid’s work will be showing in 4 venues this fall, from San Francisco to New York City and Aspen to Toronto. It is a great opportunity for you to see her new work and possibly meet the artist. Here is the schedule:
You may now bid online for Ingrid’s work The Traveler being presented at Artcrush this Friday. Of course, there are several other great works of art being offered at the auction too. Pretty impressive company. Bid now, and support Ingrid and the Aspen Art Museum.
Ingrid’s new book, Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson is in print and available!
From the back cover:
Ingrid Dee Magidson’s art career began just over six years ago. In that brief time, she has had 15 solo exhibitions (most of those sellout shows), a museum exhibition, her work included twice at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Gala in New York City, numerous magazine features and a loyal international group of art collectors which include: the Alpina Gstaad, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Jackie Bezos. The Madness of the Muses is a richly illustrated look at the life and work of this rising art star. Magidson’s unique style combines the poetic paintings of the Renaissance with contemporary and antique materials to form works of sublime beauty. Each piece is imbued with a sense of spirit, as if time has stopped and we are looking at people long gone, but brought back to life in Magidson’s extraordinary work. One collector describes his experience:
It is as if the artist has compressed 500 years into a single work of art. These few fragile layers of antique objects, paint and butterflies are arranged in such a way that I can see into the very depths of a stranger’s soul. I begin to pull away, but I can’t stop looking.
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.
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.
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.
The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Ingrid reminds us also to do what is important. Somehow with children, family and guests, she was able to fit in time in the studio. Two incredible pieces are the result: “The Angels’ Guardian” and “Gaia.”
Ingrid took a few minutes to discuss these new works and more on her recent video update.
Ingrid recently completed her artwork honoring Catherine the Great.
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.
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 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!