Heather James Fine Art

Heather James Fine Art is an American company with galleries in Palm Desert, California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The galleries offer exhibitions, lectures and guided tours of impressionist, modern and contemporary art. They also have two art consultancy agencies. While focusing on the latest and most cutting-edge pieces on the art scene, Heather James Fine Art have great respect for classical, antique masterpieces.

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A white earthenware clay round dish, engobe & white enamel decoration, under partial glaze, painted black, blue & white by Pablo Picasso. Edition 33/200 Numbered verso, "33/200." Two stamps underneath. Provenance: Masterworks Fine Art; Private Collection, London. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881. He grew up in Barcelona, where he spent his childhood studying drawing and painting under his father, Jose Ruíz, who taught at the local art school. Picasso spent a year studying at the Academy of Arts in Madrid, before traveling to Paris in 1900. Landing in the center of the European art world, Picasso shared lodgings with the poet and journalist Max Jacob, with whom he lived the Bohemian lifestyle of the poor and starving artist. The next few years saw an improvement in his fortunes and he spent time in Paris and Madrid, founding and illustrating the art magazine Arte Joven. Picasso began to mingle in the company of other artists and literary figures including the poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the legendary writer, art critic and salon hostess Gertrude Stein, whose portrait he painted in 1906. He had astonishing powers of invention, continually innovating and refreshing his work and experimenting with one style after another. His earliest distinguishable period is the Blue Period, dating approximately from 1901 to 1904 when he used a mostly blue and blue-green color palette and painted poignant images of beggars, prostitutes and other tragic figures from the streets of Paris. His Rose Period, which followed thereafter, made use of a warmer color palette and focused on generally less somber subject matter. Around 1907, Picasso became very influenced by African masks and art which began making their way into Parisian museums following the expansion of the French Empire into Africa. The faces and simplified, angular planes of the women in Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, clearly derive their style from African masks and sculptures and this painting is often heralded as the beginning of Cubism. Along with his contemporary, Georges Braque, Picasso began to develop an artistic style, later known as Analytical Cubism, which approached the visual world from the perspective of geometric forms. In 1926, Picasso turned towards Surrealism, a movement that was growing in strength and popularity among Parisian artists. Picasso’s most famous surrealist work, Guernica, depicted the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. This painting is a powerful anti-war statement warning against the suffering and devastation of war. Arguably one of the greatest, most radical and most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso’s legacy is far-reaching and enduring. More than any other artist, Picasso defined Modern Art of the twentieth century by his establishment and development of one of its major movements, Cubism.Read more

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Border Theory (second configuration)

A dye and oil on linen painting by contemporary artist Tony de los Reyes. Border Theory is part of Tony de los Reyes' new series of rigorous, visually tactile paintings contemplate abstraction as the foundation of both color field painting and the establishment of the US-Mexico border. The paintings are both visually stimulating and subtly provocative, the exhibition asserts the proclivity behind border-making and the aesthetic principles of abstraction are motivated by the same habitual pursuit of spatial order. De los Reyes theorizes that both abstract painting and border-making rely on the assumption that absolute space can be materialized through its transformation into a space of containment and law. In the Border Theory paintings, the artist investigates the indeterminate, layered structures of identity as found in the continuum of his location and profession. The imagery of the paintings reference sections of the US-Mexico border captured by satellite photography. Viewed from this perspective, regional landscapes are flattened into ambiguous areas of varying shape, color and tone. Tony de los Reyes lives and works in Los Angeles and received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Tony de los Reyes’ work was the subject of the exhibition and catalog Chasing Moby-Dick: Selected Works by Tony de los Reyes (2010) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In 2011 he was a recipient of both a City of Los Angeles (COLA) grant and a California Community Foundation Fellowship. Reviews and articles include Artforum “Critics’ Pick” October 2012, Art in America, X-TRA, Modern Painters and the Los Angeles Times.Read more

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