Ingrid’s Newest Commission Installed in Denver

Ingrid began her most challenging commission more than a year ago.  It was just completed and installed in the owner’s home this past Wednesday.  The monumental piece entitled, “Goya’s Muse” combines the transparent images of two of Goya’s most well known paintings, “The Duchess of Alba in White” and the “Duchess of Alba in Black.”

Goyas-Muse2

Goya’s history with the Duchess of Alba is not fully known, but it seems likely Goya was in love with her.  In the painting nicknamed, “White Duchess” one can see “Solo Goya” (only Goya) written in the sand.  The Black Duchess was painted shortly after the Duchess of Alba’s husband died.  In it we see her wearing her mourning dress, but not so much sad as defiant.

Goya's Muse Detail

Ingrid’s challenge was to combine the two paintings into her own work.  To do this, she made both images so transparent, the viewer can see through both and to the background beneath.  They stand over one another, different versions of the same woman, but also part of each other.  Ingrid placed many of her familiar objects into the work to denote time: clocks, sand and an hourglass.  Also quite challenging was the scale of the work.  Standing at almost 7 feet high (213cm) and nearly as wide, it was extremely difficult to handle the large panels and became quite heavy, about 150lbs.  In both works the Duchess is standing on the beach, Ingrid wanted to create the illusion of the sand in motion.  Using industrial glue and solvent, she created a frozen seascape of sand and shells that looks like a slice of the beach.

Goya's Muse, Detail

Off to the right of the monumental portrait of the two duchesses is the tiny portrait of her dog.  Ingrid decided to place the dog in a separate box and frame so it would not lose its importance in the large piece.  He stands alone on a bed of shells and sand, illuminated by hidden lights in the box, but also connected to the duchess by a gold chain.  The effect is at once poignant and humorous.  For all her importance and nobility the duchess couldn’t be without her little dog.

Duchess's dog

Thank you Brad and Penny for commissioning Ingrid to do this challenging work, for your patience and trust.  She is grateful and honored to have created a work of art so special for you.

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

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.

Final 5 pieces complete – Exhibition Opens Thursday!

Our Eternity Begins Now 53 x 38"

Our Eternity Begins Now 53 x 38"

Ingrid has finished and sent off the final 5 pieces for her exhibition in Denver.  “Windows into the Past” opens Thursday & Friday at the Masters Gallery from 6-9pm both nights.  Ingrid is very proud of her latest work.  The exhibition consists of 11 works, all but one completed in 2011.  “It has been thrilling.  I dug deep into myself for this group, and I’m very pleased with the results.  I can’t wait to see all the work hung in the gallery.”  Ingrid said yesterday as the works left her studio.  “The works are very personal to me.”  She said.  “Sometimes people ask, ‘Then how can you let them go?’  Once the emotions are expressed they are free to go.   When they leave, they create a space for me to create more.  And that is what I live for in my art.”

“Windows into the Past”

Opening on two nights: Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 at 6-9pm.
Masters Gallery
The Village Shops at The Landmark
5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303.221.2449
www.mastersgallerydenver.com