Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NEW WORK: Rocky Rische-Baird

Rocky Rische-Baird, Dragonfly, 17 x 15/10 inches, oil on canvas

We have just received new work in from Rocky Rische-Baird! If you don't know about Rocky, read on...

Rocky Rische-Baird is an artist born and raised in Northern California who divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and a studio in the village of Putney, Vermont.  Rische-Baird’s work, beautiful and peaceful, timeless and reflective, and stunning in both vision and rendering, reflects his deep love and affinity for nature, as well as his interest in questions regarding consciousness, the self, and the unity between the human mind, wonder, and nature.                   

Fascinated and enamored with drawing, painting, and the natural world from the earliest of ages, Rische-Baird spent his every waking free hour honing his craft and exploring and observing nature, which led to a series of apprenticeships starting at a very young age with various artists and craftsmen, and eventual employment as an assistant art director in his teens at a printing and design studio. Later, Rische-Baird moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has shown his work in Bay Area galleries, been voted “Best of the Bay” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, accepted commissions to be part of permanent city collections, and has frequently been featured in numerous publications, such as the San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Magazine, as well as featured on ABC News and KCBS radio. Through all of this, Rische-Baird has continued to create technically masterful works of a unique vision all his own, inspired by expressions throughout the ages that reflect concepts of continuity within nature and/or the self and how they relate to our contemporary perceptions of the world and our role in it; works that strive to portray an eternal essence of nature through timeless and magical pieces that place the value onto the wonder of being.

In Rocky's words:

"My work explores the unity between the human mind, Nature, and wonder.
I do not use models or photographic reference in my work and create directly from imagination. The portraits are of no one and the scenes are of no particular place or thing. They are not records of people or things in a phenomenal world but emerge from a world within and prompt questions regarding consciousness and the self.
Analogously, my work shares strong philosophical similarities with the Chinese landscape paintings of the Song Dynasty, particularly those of the Northern Song artists. As in my work, the Song paintings did not record specific sites, but strove to portray an eternal essence of nature, whereas the painting became an expression of the desire to commune with nature. Though my work shares this motive in regard to landscape, I also apply the method to my figures, thus portraying a likeness of human essence that is too, an attribute of nature.
I draw inspiration from expressions throughout the ages that reflect concepts of continuity within nature and/or the self and how they relate to our contemporary perceptions of the world and our role in it. I am interested in the idea that what is sought may only be that which has been forgotten. My work has been greatly influenced by the Platonic dialogue, Phaedrus; whereas Plato pictures the human soul in some previous state of being, as having been able to comprehend the spiritual forms with perfect clarity, a vision in which the incarnate soul retains a shadowy memory.
A core concern in my work is that of timelessness. I want to create work that is compelling and could resonate in all three spectrums of time. The exclusion of any representation of dress frees the work from values placed upon temporal material modes. Similarly, the figures rest in a space devoid of worldly influence and human concerns, placing the value onto the wonder of being." Click for an interview with Rocky


Rocky Rische-Baird, Woods, 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel

Rocky Rische-Baird, Sow, 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel

Rocky Rische-Baird, Designation, 17 x 30/27.5 inches, oil on canvas

Friday, March 26, 2010



RSVP BEFORE APRIL 15 for special $15 entry

Exclusive Limited Entry Preview for
1st Biennial Photography Invitational

TE! On THURSDAY, MAY 6th from 6-8pm, Skotia Gallery will be offering an exclusive collector champagne preview for
our 1st Biennial International Photography Invitational opening on Friday May 7th.

This preview will be limited to 100 people, and will give collectors first choice of available pieces. If you are a photography collector, or a photography fan who prefers to enjoy the show without the crowds, this preview is highly recommended since we are expecting a large turnout for the opening night on Friday the 7th. This will allow you to sip champagne and snack on complimentary hors d’oeuvres at your leisure, while browsing the show and chatting with fellow collectors and photography lovers.

For those who RSVP before April 15th, entry will be $15 per person; if room is still available after that date, entry will be $20 per person.

Call 505.820.7787 with your credit card to reserve your space today

**EARLY RSVPs ARE ADVISED since entry is limited

1st Biennial International Photography Invitational

1st Biennial International Photography Invitational

Skotia Gallery is proud to announce our Biennial Photography Invitational. Some of the best contemporary photographers from around the world will be contributing their work to this exhibition – this is an event that you do not want to miss out on!

Award-winning artists from China, India, Peru, UK, Japan, France, Iran, South Africa, Chile, Poland, and the US will be participating in the Invitational. Santa Fe is quickly becoming known around the world not only for its regional art, but as one of the contemporary art epicenters of the country. The Photography Invitational is a celebration of the very best in contemporary international art photography, and we hope that you will join us in what is sure to be one of Santa Fe’s most memorable events of the year. Seventeen artists from thirteen countries have been handpicked from a pool of thousands based on the quality, originality, and over-all distinction of their body of work. For approximately three weeks, Skotia Gallery will be displaying the Invitational exhibition, and we welcome you to stop in and enjoy these beautiful and compelling images.


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Crow Moon Grand Re-Opening and Lounge Party


 Copyright Gabriella Marks | Triggerfinger Photography

We are ready to March Forth into a new year! On Thursday, March 4th from 6 to 8pm, Skotia Gallery threw a party unlike any art opening you’ve experienced in Santa Fe. Some of the most challenging, boldly original work from our artists were featured in a dim, loungy, club-like atmosphere; servers were on hand to serve beer and wine to go along with delicious appetizers. DJ Pablo 77 was spinning, belly dancers performed for the crowd, and an Aerial Fabric performance by Wise Fool blew the audience away.
Rarely-shown pieces from our well-known favorites Geoffrey Laurence and Daniel Sprick, along with new pieces from international emerging artists Raghava KK, Timur Tsaku, and Rodrigo Cifuentes took center stage at this exclusive Grand Re-Opening. Most pieces are still up in the gallery – so if you missed the opening, stop by and take a look!
We are pleased to announce the success of the show: A number of the pieces have already sold – Joshua Suda’s “No. 12” & “Monster”, Rodrigo Cifuentes’ “The Tobe Hooper Case” & “The Cannibal’s Burp”, Timur Tsaku’s “Ballerina”, Daniel Sprick’s “Reclining Nude” & “Skeleton Table”, Ray Turner’s “Concord Bridge”, Raghava KK’s “A Wind of Such Violence” & “The Smile of Iceboxes Annihilates Me”, and Rimi Yang’s “Searching for the Western Moon” have all gone to new homes.
Although the evening was invite only (you had to be on our mailing list to get in), the gallery was packed from wall to wall, upstairs and down. We were very pleased to see that over 120 people who attended the opening were new to Skotia Gallery. If you did not know about the event, please sign up for our newsletters to learn about upcoming events and exclusive invites!
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