Two things I am a really big fan of, the first is humans that really really know their craft,
and the second, is art that is just strange enough to make you turn your head sideways a bit....Art that draws you in and makes you stare a little longer. Heaven.
Over the next five weeks I am going to introduce you to five new artists that we are lucky enough to call our friends. These friends, mostly local, will be gracing our gallery wall with original pieces, curated and framed by us personally, and ready to hang on your wall.
It has always been my dream to expose good art and procure a selection that both the discerning/experienced collector and the new/idealistic collector alike can realize. Our clients will be able to select a piece right off the wall and make it their own .
I would like to introduce you to our first (local) artist, Hector Acuna. He is sweet and kind-hearted and so genuine he makes you want to snuggle into him. His skills are honed-in and inventive. He is a master of watercolor, gouache, and charcoal for this fluid series of blurred, unfinished, and elusive 'faces.' His work undoubtedly draw you in. Please come by and experience his work any time at the shop from M-F, 8am-6pm.
Hector Acuna//Full Bio
Raised in the countryside of Kenosha, WI; Hector Acuna is an emerging artist working with oil and watercolor/gouache.
The studio paintings portray people, both fictional and non-fictional, in moments constructed to challenge definitions of society.
Stereotyping, materialism, and family relationships inspire concepts for these bodies of work. Shifting between the artist's candid family imagery to imagined portraiture as subjects provides room to discover conversations between developing paintings. Working "en plein air" informs and assists techniques used in studio work. Painting from life trains a painter's eye by offering insight into understanding subtlety and the affect of changing light and color. The process of layering pigment offers opportunities for reflection and risk taking which reveal new directions for the artwork.
Hector earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he exhibited on campus and held a solo exhibition at the Scarrabochio Art Museum. As a student his paintings were recognized by the University where he received three scholarships and six awards including the Hipstamatic Entrepreneurship Award of $5,000. As a senior his painting "Portrait of the Poet: Emmitt James" won first place in the Gamblin Torrit Grey Competition. Since earning his degree, Hector has began building his career as a fine artist selling his paintings to collectors throughout the US.