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The Best of Art Hamptons 2013 – Artists To Watch

Submitted by on July 19, 2013 – 3:30 pm539 Comments

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By Heather Buchanan

In its sixth year Art Hamptons was a rousing success with over 14,000 viewers taking in sumptuous works at the 78 galleries from 11 countries held at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton.

Rick Friedman Executive Director and Founder of Art Hamptons stated, “We had the perfect mix of art and activities that offered both the art buyer and those seeking a fun day something to enjoy.  ArtPolo, Tesla test drives, the 35th anniversary Hamptons Magazine Party, and the fun Hamptons Tea Dance sponsored by the Empire State Pride Agenda provided something unique each day.”

Sales were also robust with most prices ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

One of the great things about the art fair is the chance to speak with gallery owners and the artists themselves to learn more about their images and artistic process.

Margo Selski "Defined By Hair"

Margo Selski "Defined By Hair"

Margo Selski – Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor NY

I was inextricably drawn to the surreal, dark fairy tale like images of Margo Selski.  I was both eager and fearful to jump into the mythical world she creates.  I had the chance to talk with her and hear her process on these beautiful but haunting paintings.

“I have a very ornate cast of characters: queens, young girls, flora and fauna, predators, prey, and Victorian debutantes.  I use these characters to create themes such as motherhood, familial love, permanence versus impermanence and the fragility of childhood.

Some are from my memory and some are magical.  I use them as raw material to invent, discover and explore the tension between extremes – contemporary and classical, old and new, safe and unsafe, and discretion and confession.  Because I deal with that grey matter, that tension, that space between extremes, it fulfills my desire to explore mystery.

I lead the viewer on this emotional labyrinth from the stable and content through twists and turns to a place of instability, ambiguity and melancholy.

The initial painting is done in oil and I make all my own colors and own paints.  Then I put beeswax on the surface, take a dryer and burn it down to a smooth sheen. I’ll use dental tools to scratch into the surface to the paint and I’ll rub my burnt umber into the cracks.  After a week I blow dry that off.  I’m invested in the work and it takes a long time.  That’s fine – I come from hearty stock and quilters and embroiderers.”


Howard Ben Tre

Howard Ben Tre

Howard Ben Tré – Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan

I was drawn to the opaque, green sculptures which looked as if they held magic potions.  Casting glass is apparently a very difficult process to keep even the width of the walls but the end result is beautiful, especially with the gold leaf.  The Habatat Gallery is actually the oldest and largest gallery in the U.S. dealing with artists who use glass as their medium.

Howard Ben Tré references inspirational architectural forms like spires, minarets, and obelisks.  Each sculpture articulates the connection between the spiritual intention of the reference architectural form and our own physical and spiritual presence on earth.

Doesn’t get more profound than that.


Dorryce Rock "Liquid Poetry #2"

Dorryce Rock "Liquid Poetry #2"

Dorryce Rock – Rex-Livingston Art Dealer, Sydney, Australia

Okay, I’m a sucker for a man with an accent but it was the bold and vibrant swaths of color on Perspex over canvas from artist Dorryce Rock that immediately caught my attention.  I want to paint a whole house white and decorate only with her images.  By painting oil varnish and oil pigment on the Perspex instead of directly on canvas, Rock creates an incandescent, three dimensional glow to her work.  They appear almost to float in space.  I have no doubt that any dark day can’t be improved by living with these bright images.


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