Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
FRANCES SEMPLE   CAROLYN STOCKBRIDGE   

Frances Semple & Carolyn Stockbridge
Figure and Ground
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Jan.12 - Feb. 3, 2010 - Curated by Lynn Ruscheinsky, Ph.D.


Frances Semple - Reclining Male I
Frances Semple
Reclining Male I
22 x 32 x 16 Inches  
cast concrete
$6,000 

edition of 9



Figure & Ground: Frances Semple and Carolyn Stockbridge
Curated by Lynn Ruscheinsky, Ph.D.

Figure & Ground is a two-person show highlighting the contemporary abstract painting of Carolyn Stockbridge and the three-dimensional figurative sculpture of Frances Semple. Stockbridge's playful, colorful and evocative paintings complement rather than contrast with the muted concrete surfaces of Semple's captivating figures. While the technique of painter and sculptor may differ, their emphasis on dynamic, energetic gesture and an attention to the physicality of their materials is much the same.

The charm of Semple's figurative work lay in her ability to communicate the subtlety of human emotion through a simple gesture, the tilt of a head or turn of a hand. Whereas it is the directness and immediacy of expression, the gesture that is evidence of the actual process of the work's creation that gives Stockbridge's painting its' primal beauty.

Both artists' work is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance. The expressively textured surface of Semple's Reclining Male while appearing to be inadvertent is in fact a purposeful and creative choice that gives the work its' essential meaning; the fissured and eroded torso forces us to look beyond mere appearances into the depths of our own mortality. Equally, the appearance of spontaneity and improvisation in the random drips, scumbled brushwork and exposed under-painting of Boobytrap not only belie the concentrated work involved in Stockbridge's process but make visible the unknowable and uncontainable creative force of the universe that we experience as chaos.

While these artists value the qualities of their materials and the act of painting and sculpting, the essential or primary aesthetic focus of both Stockbridge and Semple is fundamentally a sensory or an emotional experience for the viewer. Satisfaction
is in the freedom to roam around the sculpture or painted surface, in time and space, observing and experiencing the colours and forms, the rhythms and tensions, hospitable to sensuous and imaginative experience. Figure & Ground is an experience of movement and action as an imaginative participation in the act of creating.

Lynn Ruscheinsky, Ph.D.




Frances Semple - Dream Sequence II
Frances Semple
Dream Sequence II
62 x 27 x 13.5 Inches  
cast concrete, metal armature & steel rod
$4,800 

editon of 8



Frances Semple - Dream Sequence II - detail
Frances Semple
Dream Sequence II - detail
62 x 27 x 13.5 Inches  
cast concrete, metal armature & steel rod
$4,800 

edition of 8



Frances Semple - Winter Coat
Frances Semple
Winter Coat
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Winter Coat (back view)
Frances Semple
Winter Coat (back view)
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Wind
Frances Semple
Wind
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Wind (back view)
Frances Semple
Wind (back view)
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Young Man
Frances Semple
Young Man
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,800 

edition of 9
also available in concrete



Frances Semple - Young Man (side view)
Frances Semple
Young Man (side view)
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,800 

edition of 9
also available in concrete



Frances Semple - Coy
Frances Semple
Coy
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Coy (left view)
Frances Semple
Coy (left view)
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edtion of 9



Frances Semple - Coy (right view)
Frances Semple
Coy (right view)
28 x 8 x 6 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$2,100 

edtion of 9



Frances Semple - Study # 2
Frances Semple
Study # 2
33 x 7 x 7 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,500 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Thinker
Frances Semple
Thinker
22 x 21 x 21 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,500 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Thinker
Frances Semple
Thinker
22 x 21 x 21 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,500 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Reclining Male II
Frances Semple
Reclining Male II
13 x 9 x 32 Inches  
concrete & wax

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Reclining Male II - back
Frances Semple
Reclining Male II - back
13 x 9 x 32 Inches  
concrete & wax

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Suspended Animation
Frances Semple
Suspended Animation
20 x 12 x 7 Inches  
cast concrete & metal armature

Set of 4 standing works
with base and rod total height ranges from 52" to 72"
this is the last set of an edition of 9



Frances Semple - Water
Frances Semple
Water
21 x 33.5 x 9 Inches  
cast concrete, metal armature & beeswax
$4,800 



Frances Semple - Piece (wall mounted)
Frances Semple
Piece (wall mounted)
40 x 22 x 13 Inches  
cast concrete & metal
$4,500 

edition of 8



Frances Semple - Piece (side view)
Frances Semple
Piece (side view)
40 x 22 x 13 Inches  
cast concrete & metal
$4,500 

edition of 8



Frances Semple - Study #1
Frances Semple
Study #1
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,500 

edtion of 9    



Frances Semple - Study #1  (back view)
Frances Semple
Study #1 (back view)
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
polymer/gypsum
$3,500 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Man in Kilt
Frances Semple
Man in Kilt
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
cast concrete
$3,800 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Man in Kilt
Frances Semple
Man in Kilt
35 x 14 x 7 Inches  
cast concrete
$3,800 

edition of 9



Frances Semple - Untitled Relief (wall mounted)
Frances Semple
Untitled Relief (wall mounted)
34 x 16 x 2 Inches  
polymer gypsum & metal
$2,100 

edition of 9

to see more work by Frances Semple click here.
to view Frances Semple's bio click here.
 


Carolyn Stockbridge - Opium Eater
Carolyn Stockbridge
Opium Eater
54 x 48 Inches  
oil on canvas
$4,600 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Distant Cousin
Carolyn Stockbridge
Distant Cousin
42 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,400 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Modern Nature I
Carolyn Stockbridge
Modern Nature I
60 x 72 Inches  
oil on canvas
$6,200 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Discussion Between
Carolyn Stockbridge
Discussion Between
42 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 



Carolyn Stockbridge - A Day for Stripes
Carolyn Stockbridge
A Day for Stripes
54 x 48 Inches  
oil on canvas
$4,600 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Warren
Carolyn Stockbridge
Warren
40 x 42 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Revelation
Carolyn Stockbridge
Revelation
54 x 60 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 



Carolyn Stockbridge - Reverie
Carolyn Stockbridge
Reverie
42 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 

to see more work by Carolyn Stockbridge click here.
to view Carolyn Stockbridge's bio click here.
 

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