Reoccurring Themes – Artist Insights from Ingunn Milla Joergensen

Many artists are well known for specific themes which marked their beginning years. Ingunn Milla Joergensen is not different. Three themes weave in and out of her work and are always present in one way or another in each body of work she creates. For her and her clients, they are classics.

Buildings

“I always return to structures, barns, and boathouses. I find them utterly beautiful. I need to rest in their uncluttered simplicity,” shares Joergensen. “It never ceases to amaze me how much people relate to these quiet buildings. Each person adds their interpretation.”

 

Nets

“Another returning theme is the nest. They are fascinating constructions on their own, so strong and fragile,” explains Joergensen, “Still, they also awake a feeling of being safe and surrounded. We all need that.”

Sheep

“I never get tired of these adorable creatures with skinny legs and fluffy wool coats,” Joergensen laughs. “These sheep happily rummaged around in a meadow by an old monastery.” 

Details for Ingunn’s show follow this link.

To read more about this talented woman, click the links below.

Ingunn Milla Joergensen

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Ingunn Milla Joergensen

Painting with Paper – Ryan Kohler’s Solo Summer Show

“Some would argue that a painting, just by being a painting, is automatically abstracted to a small degree, no matter how hyper-realistic it is,” says artist Ryan Kohler. “My work falls on the abstraction scale, sure, but where doesn’t matter to me. Tasteful expression matters to me; strong composition and accurate drawing matter; mixing color with integrity matters.”

Kohler’s one-person show will be open on August 13 at The Gallery at the Grand on Maine Art Hill, 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk. The gallery opens at 10 AM, and this show is available every day through September 8.  Please note the artist is attending the opening reception from 5 to 7 PM on August 13. All are welcome.

Kohler has a BA in Art with a concentration in drawing from the University of Maine at Augusta. He practiced many mediums throughout college, but one continually came out ahead.

“While studying for my art degree, I was subjected to all sorts of torturous experimentations with various mediums,” Kohler jokes.  “I knew drawing would still be a relevant skill whatever avenue I chose to pursue in art, so I took just about every art class, sometimes unwillingly, but painting was always my favorite.”

 

If painting was his preferred outlet, acrylic was his first love. Yet, Kohler has found a new passion, quickly stealing space in his heart and studio.

“My process is evolving. My work continues to be acrylic, but I’m incorporating the use of papers,” he explains. “I’m treating my canvas as collage. Each piece demonstrates different levels of this aspect. Some are more extreme than others.”

    

Kohler began experimenting over the last few years and has found incredible success. However, even this new process evolves into something more with each piece he creates.

“I like the freedom of adding and removing physical pieces to the painting.  With this, I knew paint alone would never be enough for me,” shares Kohler. “However, I had to find a reasonable, sustainable option to combine with it.  Long story short, I found paper.  Completely safe to use, glue-able, paintable, flexible, archival, and millions of colors.”

The result of this work is similar to palette knife oil paintings. Parallel with distinct planes of color and various shapes layered over each other.  For Kohler, the paper’s advantage is the workability, clarity of color, and the ability to work in small areas without the risk of the muddiness that can sometimes come with an oil painting.

“It’s beautiful when the right shapes in the right color all come together just the right way. I’m proud of these paintings. They are my clearest vision yet in my career and my most cohesive body of work.”

This show is a must see in person, and all are welcome to The Gallery at the Grand in Kennebunk to visit. The opening is Saturday, August 13 at 10 AM, with an artist reception from 5-7 that evening. The show runs until September 8 and is open every day. FMI 207-967-2803 or maine-art.com/shows

Kohler says, “An artist can be anything but boring,” and this show is anything but that.

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To see all available work from Ryan Kohler, click the link below.

Ryan Kohler –  ARTIST PAGE

To read more insights from Ryan Kohler, click the link below.

Ryan Kohler – INSIGHTS AND STORIES

Ryan also has a collection of videos, including Secretly.

Ryan Kohler –  VIDEOS

 

Grounded in Nature – Artist Insights from Ingunn Milla Joergensen

Artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen is known for the essence of her work. Each painting brings peace to a gallery, a person, a home. Yet, as much as her home is her sanctuary, sometimes a person must wander to find rest.

   

“Early this spring, I was lucky enough to spend a week more or less in solitude on an island by the east coast. It was a week of light, color, water, sand, dunes, reflection, and meditation,” shares Joergensen. “This week very much led to the body of work in this show.”

When the tiredness of the pandemic and the sadness of human cruelty in our world and just a long winter were heavy, the solitude helped to heal this.

“Having only the elements to relate to for days was a much-welcomed timeout. The only sounds were the crashing of the waves and the screaming seagulls,” she explains. “I have found confirmation that I need simplicity, nature, the absence of clutter, and most of all, to feel grounded. I find all this in a close and deep connection with the elements.”

All you need to do is walk through the doors of 10 Chase Hill Road to feel everything Joergensen describes. The walls whisper soft words of comfort and calm.

“I have walked the empty beaches from sunrise to sunset in my life in Kennebunkport and during my week away,” Joergensen says. “I hope my viewers can relate to what happens when and where I paint. My paintings should become a little sun bleached in an otherwise busy world.”

Details for Ingunn’s show follow this link.

To read more about this talented woman, click the links below.

Ingunn Milla Joergensen

To see our present collection from this artist, click the links below.

Ingunn Milla Joergensen

Silvery Summer Light on the Isles of Shoals – Artist Insights from Claire Bigbee

The Isles of Shoals is a group of small, rocky islands in the Gulf of Maine and six miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire coast.  It is also where Claire Bigbee found inspiration for her summer show.

“Toward the end of my painting for this show, I booked a three-and-a-half-hour day trip and tour to check out the Isles of Shoals with my sister,” shares Bigbee. ” I have lived in Maine since I was twelve and have never been there. So we were both very excited to finally visit.”

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As they docked for their hour-long walkabout, the captain gave them a brief rundown of the island, its facilities, and a few suggestions on what to see.

“I was immediately turned on to the vibe at Star Island. I spoke to the personal retreat concierge at the Oceanic Hotel and booked four days and three nights for the following week in hopes of five more paintings for my show,” says Bigbee.

The Oceanic Hotel has a front porch scattered with oversized wooden rocking chairs, with most guests holding books on their laps and relaxing.