FABER BIRREN NATIONAL COLOR AWARD SHOW
Stamford Art Association Established in 1971, the Stamford Art Association is a nonprofit organization whose members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Our mission as a neighborhood arts organization is to provide a forum where emerging and professional artists can exhibit their work to the community and compete in juried shows.
Color is a tricky thing. For all the ink that has been spilled by artists, philosophers, and scientists alike, whom, over time have scrutinized and theorized the nature of color, it remains elusive. From the sonorous and sublime to the slapstick and silly, the concrete and rational or frenetic and emotional, the affective nature of color so often slips away from objective systems. In the end, it falls to the artist’s intuition that color finds its desired effect in each specific work.
Mike Harris’ photograph, “Old Delhi Fruit Vendor,” saturates the senses. The bright hot yellows of the shop walls, produce, and advertisement are soothed by the refreshing splash of turquoise framing the vendor and his gravitating gaze. Lori Glavin’s work “Verdant”, on the other hand, creates as sense of pastoral calm through her intricate composition of collaged forms. The red and violet pieces of paper playfully pop among the work’s lush, earthen greens, like flowers in a field.
The works of art on display for the Faber Birren Color Award Show exhibit just this control of and feeling for color, and do so throughout a diverse range of mediums, styles, scales, and subject matters. My aim as a juror was to select the outstanding works from this group that demonstrated an artist’s strong sense of color and nuanced ability to balance color with form and composition to produce a harmonized and complete work.
The quality and strength of the submissions made the final selections extremely difficult. Many of the submissions, beyond the two Honorable Mentions, Benjamin Shamback and Carol Nipomnich Dixon, warranted distinction. It was a privilege to have been asked to judge the Faber Birren Color Award Show and to have the opportunity to view such a rich variety of excellent works.
Thyra Moore presented a subtle, yet richly complex display of color in “Inquisitive”. Energetic bands of purples and blues hum with a cool electricity as they emerge from a field of crèmes, whites, and flesh pinks. A tension seeps from the stream of interpenetrating colors and forms as it pushes and pulls through the ethereal space of the composition. The painting is a dynamic demonstration of the power that color and form alone can produce when balanced.
Devon Zimmermann, Juror
Thyra Moore, 1st Place Inquisitive, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Mike Harris, 2nd Place Old Delhi Fruit Vendor, 2017 Photograph on paper, 17 x 11 inches
Lori Glavin, 3rd Place Verdant, 2017 Collage hand painted translucent rag paper, 32 x 24 inches
Benjamin Shamback, HM Color Aid and Newsprint 18 x 12 inches
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, HM Sunlit Woods 13 x 13 inches
Blaine Breaux 4 of a Kind, (Quadriptych), 2017 Acrylic on panel boards, 48 x 48 inches
Brian Comforti Self Portrait in a Blue Shirt, 2017 Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
Constance Culpepper Chickepox, 2013 Oil, pastel on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Stuart Danoff Blew, 2017 Parchment, 18 x 24 inches
Lorraine Dauphin State of Mind, 2016 Oil on canvas, 31.6 x 25.6 inches
Arnold Evans Sunset, 2016 Oil on canvas, 3 x 5 ft
Francine Even A Life Of Its Own In Color, 2017 Cotton, 32 x 14 inches
Yolanda Fernandez Shebeko Evening Walk, 2017 Acrylic on linen, 22 x 28 inches
Ronnie Gold Hot Summer Day, 2017 Pastel on paper, 21 x 29 Â˝ inches
Heide Follin Escargot Begonia Night, 2017 Acrylic paint and ink on canvas, 14 x 11 inches
William Gordon Tres Colores in Havana, 2017 Photography, 28 X 22 inches
Susan Taylor Murray Little Galaxies, 2017 Mixed media, 6 panel 6x6 inches each
Eileen Tavolacci Realization, 2013-2015 Oil on linen, 40 x 30 inches
Jane Lincoln Outspoken Orange, 2016 Acrylic on paper and board, 24 x 12 x 1 inches
Pam Lindberg Floral Explosion, 2016 Alcohol ink on Yupo paper21 x 27 inches
Richard Malinsky Harvest, 2014 Liquid acrylic on canvas, 37 x 35 inches
Richard Malinsky Reflection, 2014 Liquid acrylic on canvas, 44 x 42 inches
Loretta Kaufman Sere Deconstructed II - Circle of Life Series, 2017 Acrylic paint, 20 x 24 inches
Gregory Presley Colored Skylines, 2017 Photography, 10 X 16 inches
Indrajeet Chandrachud Asleep for 3000 years only to wake up to a Prince song, 2017 Canvas, twine, gesso board, canvas, 30 x 30 x 10 inches
Heidi Lewis Coleman Serendipity 2, 2016 Acrylic & Cut Paper on Canvas, 24 x 24 inches
Neva Setlow Happy Moments, 2017 Wood and acrylic paint, 16 x 16 x 1 inches
Michelle Sakhai Through the Light, 2016 Oil and metal leaf on canvas, 20 x 40 inches
Wendy Williams Incredible Flying Machine, 2016 Acrylic and gouache on canvas, 51 x 58 inches
Wendy Williams Tabletop Still Life, 2016 Acrylic, ink, and gouache on canvas, 60 x 52 inches
Jno. Wilson SQUARE, 2017 Acrylic on canvas, 24 X 24 inches
Caren Winnall Poolside, CA, 2017 Photograph, 20 x 16 inches
Nancy Rosen Calypso, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches
Faber Birren National Color Award Show In 1980, Faber Birren, world renowned color consultant, author of 27 books on color, endowed the Faber Birren Color Award of $1000 for original and creative expression of color. The Faber Birren Color Award Show has grown from a regional exhibit to one of national scope, encouraging artists in all media. This competition is the only artistic event devoted exclusively to the use of color. This year the Stamford Art Association celebrates its 37th year of the Faber Birren National Color Award Show. Juror: Devon Zimmerman, Ph.D. candidate, formerly Director's Assistant at Pace, Modern and Contemporary Art Department Research Assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and researcher at MoMA.
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