Throughout the autumn, Thomas Deans Fine Art will present a series of “mini exhibitions” featuring two new artists and two long-time gallery favorites. The exhibitions will be available both online and in the gallery. Because of the current pandemic, however, the gallery will not be hosting opening receptions for the mini exhibitions.
Paul Tamanian’s robust visual vocabulary has earned him a wide following in Atlanta and around the country. His abstract paintings on aluminum using a panoply of techniques and media attest to a restless creativity. Fire, water, and gravity, as well as rocks, pebbles, and many other items pressed into service play roles in the creation of his innovative and impressively beautiful work. The mini exhibition will include paintings both large and small. In addition to their beauty and resilience, Paul notes of his work, “you can hang them inside or outside and even take them through the car wash.”
The recent paintings of Atlanta artist David Kidd celebrate the beauty of nature through an evolving series of images based on shadows of leaves and branches. His paintings, in subtle colorations, comprise alternating layers of thick textured paint and translucent glazes. "My paintings are process driven. The physical act of applying paint has a strong influence on the direction that the painting will ultimately take, says Kidd.” This ongoing series has found countless admirers up and down the east coast.
Two artists new to the gallery share our third mini exhibition. Though quite different artistic personalities, Marlise Newman and Mary Parkman both revel in color and imagery that is inspiring and ingratiating. A North Carolina native, Marlise Newman obtained a degree in Advertising Art and Design and worked as a commercial artist and interior designer before devoting herself fulltime to a career in art. Her previous professional endeavors still inspire and influence her whimsical and serene paintings.
Mary Parkman graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Fine Arts. She continued her study of art at the New York Studio School in Manhattan and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Having begun her career as a representational painter of still lifes and landscapes, many done en plein air. Parkman has seen her work become increasingly abstract, with greater focus on pure painting and process. Her lush still lives combine her love of both representational and abstract art.