Houston Exhibition Preview

Once Upon a Timeless opens 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.

Toscas-Lost-Love-52x38

Tosca’s Lost Love 52 x 38

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.

Once Upon a Timeless 39 x 29

Once Upon a Timeless 39 x 29

Never content to stand still, Ingrid experiments with new materials in this recent series of dimensional work.  The objects literally jump from the surface.

The Magician 55 x 48

The Magician 55 x 48

 

Emergence 38 x 32

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.

First 46 x 70

First 46 x 70

 

Genesis 48 x 72

Genesis 48 x 72

Once Upon a Timeless
April 22 – May 31, 2016
Opening Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 22, 5-8pm

Unix Gallery
4411 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
713-874-1770
UnixGallery.com

September and October Exhibition Schedule for Ingrid Dee Magidson

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:

September 17 – 21  New York City

Unix Gallery - Daniela and Alex

Daniela & Alex of Unix Gallery, NYC to feature Ingrid’s work at the Park Avenue Armory September 17-21

 The Avenue Art Fair
Art, Antique and Jewelry Show
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave, NYC
Unix Gallery Booth

October 1 Snowmass Village, CO

Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Madness of the Muses

Book Signing in Snowmass Village at the MPMA Confernce October 1

Book signing and meet the artist
Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference
Snowmass Conference Center
Click here for information or to attend the conference

October 9 – 12 San Francisco, CA

Art Silicon Valley - San Francisco

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco Oct 9-12

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco
Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Unix Gallery Booth

October 23 – 27 Toronto, Canada

Art Toronto, October 23 - 27, 2014

Art Toronto, October 23 – 27, 2014

Art Toronto
Metro Toronto Convention Center
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Canada
Unix Gallery Booth

Ingrid’s Artwork at Aspen Art Museum Auction Now Live

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.

The Traveler to benefit the Aspen Art Museum

The Traveler to benefit the Aspen Art Museum

https://paddle8.com/work/ingrid-dee-magidson/19072-the-traveler

Proceeds go to support the Aspen Art Museum.

Don’t forget, Ingrid’s solo exhibition this Saturday (August 3) at the Forre Gallery in Aspen, 4 – 8 pm.

 

New Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Available Now!

Ingrid’s new book, Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson is in print and available!

Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Madness of the Muses

Madness of the Muses

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.

Here are a few glimpses inside of the book:

You can learn more about Madness of the Muses on Ingrid’s web site.

Madness of the Muses – The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson
176 pages, hardcover with dust jacket
Available signed and dedicated by the artist
Stratumentis Publishing $65

To buy a copy, click here.

Available on Amazon.com in August
Also available at the art galleries which represent Ingrid’s work (Aspen, Vail, Miami and New York).

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.

Video Update and New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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.”

Gaia by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Gaia by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Angels' Guardian by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Angels’ Guardian by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid took a few minutes to discuss these new works and more on her recent video update.

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.

Three New Experimental Works by Ingrid

Lost in a Dream by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“Lost in a Dream” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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!

King of Renaissance by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“King of Renaissance” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Queen of Masquerade by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“Queen of Masquerade” by Ingrid Dee Magidson