A Collaboration by Carol Anthony and Gregory Leon Baird

SOFA – Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art
Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, October 31, 2019 |  5 – 9 pm
Friday, November 1, 2019 | 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 12 – 6 pm 

Join us at Navy Pier for this year’s Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair, the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. Brushwood Center is honored to be exhibiting with Arica Hilton International at booth A49.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1993, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

Brushwood Center is proud to be bringing Passages to SOFA – the collaborative work of artist Carol Anthony and Gregory Leon Baird, a Residential and Interior designer and watercolorist. The works consist of Anthony’s series of finger-painted monotype prints, which Baird collaged into a series of 24 cut-stone arches that he had drawn in the hard-edged, 18th Century architectural technique and tradition of the French L ‘ Ecole des Beaux Arts.

The overall effect is a juxtaposition of two very different worlds and styles of drawing and painting: crisp, precise line work and l’ encre de chine washes integrated with Anthony’s unique, soft, atmospheric technique. A chiaroscuro effect was waxed over the pieces to unite cool l’ encre de chine washes with the warm tones of Anthony’s color pallet, creating a dramatic quality of light.

The inspiration for this series originated in the family library of the 14th Century Chateau le Mollarond, St Jean d’ Avelanne, France. As a young boy, Baird discovered an engraving by Bresson in a 5-volumn Edition of Larousse Encyclopedie from 1823. Bresson was known as an 18th Century engraver, who was the first to visually record the recognized classic cut-stone Arches of Western Europe.

“I was fascinated by the geometries used to create the cut-stone Arches and the theory that the geometries were integral to the structural integrity of each respective Arch. That discovery inspired me to see architecture in a new way and many years later when Carol Anthony asked me to collaborate with her I knew exactly what that subject of collaboration would be.

The paintings of Carol Anthony are a world of iconography and language which tells her stories; the “twin bed” and “twin candles”, an Homage to her identical twin sister who died very young, the “lone cloud” representing “Spirit and the Breath of Life”, the “egg” and the “nest” – “Beginning of Life”, and the “bowl” for sharing a meal leading to “Peace”.

Faced with two very different materials, Arches Watercolor paper and the soft rag monotype paper I struggled as to how to represent the geometries, then one evening working on our “petit point” projects with my Grandmother by a roaring fire at Chateau le Mollarond it came to me … I will “stitch” Carol and My worlds together using the arch geometries to continue the stories; see the man taking a walk, his lungs full of the Breath of Life?”

Carol Anthony is a famous American artist, best known for her sculptures and paintings. Her paintings and monotypes are represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Carnegie Institute, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.

Gregory Leon Baird is a renowned Residential and Interior Designer and artist. Gregory is the Managing Director of the Environmental Art Performance Not-for-Profit, The Way of the Rain, Inc. Born in New Mexico and raised in both the U.S. and Europe, Gregory was directly tutored as a youth in the now almost lost 18th century Ecole des Beaux-Arts architectural drawing and transparent watercolor tradition. Gregory’s work is in the Permanent Collection: Architecture & Design-New York M.O.M.A., The Royal Collection of H.R.H. Prince Charles of Wales and S.A.S. Prince Albert ll of Monaco, to name a few.

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