A Look At My Personal Collection (Updated)
ACQUIRING ORIGINAL ART DOES NOT REQUIRE SPENDING A FORTUNE... IF YOU'RE PATIENT AND BUY WHAT YOU LIKE FROM RELATIVE UNKNOWNS...
Preface: One of the things that beBee does best is to provide a social media platform where business people and professionals show their more personal sides. This is one of mine. Someone once said the art which a person collects offers a window into their psyche ― or at least should have said it.
The heading image seen above is of a four-panel, hand-painted Japanese silkscreen, approximately 72" wide overall by 34" high, circa 1950. Acquired from a Tokyo art dealer.
This acrylic on canvas by musician and painter, Jeff Laibson, of Miami, contains a playable score. Acquired directly from the artist.
Eclecticism as a theme in art appreciation... This painting by Ethiopian artist Wosene Worke Kosrof exhibits a variety of influences, melded to produce its own unique character.
Not all art hangs on walls. The provenance of this hand-painted cabinet — whose hinges are wooden with the only metal being hammered drawer handles and door escutcheons — is not entirely clear, acquired from a couple of returning foreign service diplomatic employees who purchased it in rural northern China.
Not every piece of art that hangs on a wall is a painting. This collage is by artist Jo Nelson of Hastings, Nebraska, USA. It blends East Asian and Native American overtones. Note the genuine mah jong tile incorporated into the composition, a signature touch of Nelson's.
This piece is a change of pace for us. It caught our notice because our daughters ride and love horses so much and because it was so striking in its literally photo-realistic appearance, right down to the hair on the horses. And it captures the spirit of the herd. Look closely, though, for it is actually a pencil drawing. (Yes, you also do see a ghost image in the covering glass due to my lack of skill as a photographer.)
To demonstrate the range of my wife's and my eclecticism, I thought I'd add this abstract piece by a Korean-American artist to the queue. The photo image does not do full justice to the vibrant colors of this unique painting, which shows to my eye the hint of the influence of Mondrian. Acquired directly from the artist, 2001.
Not all art is gratifying on a purely aesthetic basis. Some art is utilitarian as well and straddles the line between art and craft. This 60" wide Campaign Desk is built of ribbon-striped Mahogany with Maple burl inlays. Antique? Not exactly Designed by Phil Friedman and built by AeroLite Marine Interiors (2008)
Lithographic impressions are considered originals in the Art World. This impression was taken by the Louvre Museum in Paris from the original plates created by the artist in the mid-1850s. Note the embossed Louvre seal at the bottom.
This piece sits on my living room coffee table. It is actually a maquette for an 80-foot high, polished stainless steel sculpture that has never been executed full size. It is both simple and complex in that it's detail comes from the fact it reflects its surroundings in multiple planes. Intended to be placed in green space in a park or quad among office towers. I loved it at first sight, but the artist would not part with it. So I married her.
Postscript: This particular post is itself a work in progress. Additional images from my personal art collection will continue to be added. So if you enjoyed these, please do feel free to check back periodically to see the others.
― Phil Friedman
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About me, Phil Friedman: With 30 some years background in the marine industry, I've worn numerous hats — as a yacht designer, boat builder, marine operations and business manager, marine industry consultant, marine marketing and communications specialist, yachting magazine writer and editor, yacht surveyor, and marine industry educator. I am also trained and experienced in interest-based negotiation and mediation.
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Image Credits: Phil Friedman, Google Images, and FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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