Ingrid Has been very busy creating these last few months. Below, you will see new work: transparent layered canvases, abstracts and commissions. All of them have the unique and subtle elements that continue to make her work so intriguing.
In October 2019, Ingrid’s most avid patron and art collector commissioned her to do a monumental portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. He and his wife are anglophiles and frequent visitors to England. They wanted a piece that symbolized not just the queen’s life, but also her influence on generations of people across two centuries. It was a difficult task and Ingrid had to dig deep into her creative source. The piece took nearly 18 months and was completed on April 21st, the queen’s 95th and just 12 days after Prince Philip’s passing. A sad and sweet coincidence.
The collectors are very pleased with their new work and were kind enough to allow us to share an image of the work here. We hope you will find it as inspiring as they do.
Winds of Change
All of Ingrid’s works incorporate abstract elements, usually the initial layer is an abstract form. Several years ago, she decided to explore the ideas hidden in her layered work. The results have been beautiful abstract works alive with a unique and vibrant energy all their own. They have been well received and many clients have multiple pieces.
Ingrid is often asked to describe her artwork. Labels are like boxes, they confine and define something that, in this case, is fluid. She combines so many differing genres and materials into a single work that it is difficult to describe simply. For example, the main image is usually Renaissance or Baroque, then she adds collage that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Abstract treatments throughout the work are influenced by contemporary and post war art. And all this is incorporated using 21st Century industrial materials such as Acrylic, Resin and bonded aluminum. So rather than pigeon-hole her work, we’ve decided to simply show the most recent pieces in a slideshow format and let the viewer decide – enjoy!
Recent New Abstracts
Ingrid’s abstract work continues to evolve. In the slideshow below, you will get a sense of how her layered work influences her abstracts and vice versa. Several of the works have embedded objects or sculptural elements projecting from the canvas. This added dimension blurs the line between painting and sculpture.
The Artist Dreams is an unusual piece in many ways. First it is by artist, Ingrid Dee Magidson, which by definition makes it unique. But even within that broad category of the different, The Artist Dreams pushes new boundaries.
About two years ago, Ingrid’s son found the remains of a deer near their home. A mountain lion had killed the poor creature, and other animals had eaten what it had left behind. When Ingrid’s son found it, only part of the spine remained. Knowing how his mother likes certain objects, he brought it home. Ingrid cleaned and preserved the bones and put it aside for just the right piece.
A year later, the right piece was ready for the spine – The Artist Dreams. It is a surrealist work representing the illusory nature of time, how living things are at once so fragile and strong; living only a few years, but leaving behind bones that could last centuries, millennia or even eons. The work is also unique in that it incorporates mirrors on both sides of the spine. The viewer is able to see the front and sides of the spine simultaneously. It was a technically difficult piece that came out spectacularly.
The Artist Dreams was debuted at the Aspen Art Fair in August 2013. The Unix Gallery out of New York City exhibited this and other of Ingrid’s work. There were several interested collectors, but the piece did not sell until it was exhibited in Houston later that month. Well known art collector and philanthropist, Dr. Carolyn Farb saw the work and immediately fell in love with it. She purchased it and hung it prominently in her Houston home. She compares it to work by one of her other favorite artists: Frida Kahlo.
And we come full circle to the 2014 Aspen Art Fair, which opens July 31st at the Ice Gardens in Aspen. Unix Gallery will once again be showing Ingrid’s newest work. Work that is unique, challenging and always beautiful.
Aspen Art Fair
July 31-Aug 3, 2014
Aspen Ice Gardens
233 W Hyman Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611 www.Art-Aspen.com