Good Things Come in Threes – Emillions Art welcomes three new artists
September 27, 2021
Emillions Art welcomes three new artists: contemporary abstract painters Todd Williamson, Arcade Latour and James P. Kerr
Naples, FL: (September 27, 2021) . . . “Good things come in threes,” believes Marlissa Gardner, founder of global art consultancy firm Emillions Art, welcoming three new contemporary abstract artists: Los Angeles-based abstract painter Todd Williamson, Montreal plant abstract painter Arcade Latour and master oil painter James P. Kerr.
“Todd Williamson’s abstract paintings are nuanced abstractions with subtle historic references from Rothko, Frankenthaler and Still with ideas and thoughts from modern masters like Gerhard Richter, Ross Bleckner, and Sean Scully,” explains Ms. Gardner, noting Williams’s work has been compared to works by Kandinsky and Paladino. “He is the current winner of the prestigious Pollock Prize for Creativity, only the third artist in history to win this coveted prize from the Pollock Krasner Foundation in honor of Lee Krasner,” she adds. His project Processional was one of 20 official exhibitions at the 2019 Venice Biennale, viewed by over 100,000 visitors, and named one of the Top 10 exhibitions at the international event. Todd has also been honored with the inclusion of his work “Mercy” into the permanent collection of the Pio Monte della Misericordia where it hangs next to its inspiration, “The Seven Works of Mercy” by Caravaggio.
Williamson’s latest work, a series of questions on society and the political climate, is available now at Emillions Art. He says the new abstract “portraits” are sparse, near-monochromatic compositions created by removing layers of oil and leaving distinct frameworks of 3” parallel or grid-like lines. “The parallel lines become a framework that holds the story told in the painting while allowing the viewer to observe the sometimes-chaotic mass of color from a place that is both calm and peaceful,” explains Williamson, adding that the lines reflect the war that wages within himself over control and chaos.
In this digital age and era of virtual reality, Canadian abstract painter Arcade Latour offers intriguing works of intensely colored landscapes on canvas using the age-old medium printer’s ink. When only a child, Arcade discovered the remains of printing ink in trash cans and fell in love with the material’s thick and malleable texture. Over the years, he perfected his special art using the blows of a spatula to assist in the physically demanding art that can sometimes take two years for a painting to dry well. Mindful of its environmental footprint, Arcade has developed an ink recycling program where he finds the inks he uses in his paintings.
A solo exhibition of Arcade Latour’s artworks, with a rare personal appearance by the artist, is planned for January 20 through February 8, 2022.
“James P. Kerr’s style of painting is described as a unique combination of impressionism and abstract expressionism – his painting is direct and colorist. His oil paintings are inspired from scenic locations in New England, Florida, the Caribbean, and the mountains to the coast of North Carolina and the somber tones of New Orleans night-life and jazz musicians,” says Ms. Gardner, adding tropical markets, boxing matches, nudes, fishermen, musicians and landscapes are frequent subjects.
Growing up in a prominent arts community in Buffalo, New York, Kerr studied at a young age with the late Lazlo Szabo, a renowned portrait painter (from 1964-1970) and Carl Illig (1971) a prominent landscape painter and he developed a high-key palette. He has had more than 20 one-man shows throughout the United States. His paintings are represented in hundreds of private and corporate collections, including the Wachovia Bank and Trust, RJR Nabisco, Glaxo Wellcome, Bank of America, and MBNA. A solo exhibition of Kerr’s artwork with an opening night reception is planned for March 10-31, 2022.
Ms. Gardner travels the world to negotiate rare masterworks for the discerning collector. She continues to expand the Emillions Art network, creating international partnerships with esteemed gallerists, curators and collectors in the US, Europe and the Middle East. As an authority in fine art asset management, Emillions Art has developed a core collective of leading experts in art appraisals, art history, scientific forensics analysis, authentication, provenance, gallery exhibition, insurance, and other professionals to create a full slate of art industry services catering to ambitious buyers and collectors.
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