Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Artist's reception: Janis Price, Sun. Dec. 6, 1-4pm

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A nice review for Bill Miller in the Columbus Dispatch

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our 10th anniversary exhibition! Reception Fri, Nov. 6, 6-9pm

It's hard to believe it's been ten years, time truly does fly! Please come out and help us celebrate, and see a great show of new work by Bill Miller.
Miller is originally from Ohio, but now lives in Maryland. His work is done entirely in vintage linoleum... there is no paint!

here's a link to a New York Times article about Bill:

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Friday, September 25, 2009


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We're happy to have Harry back for his second show at LINDSAY GALLERY. Since his first show here we have successfully shown his work at Art Chicago, Folkfest Atlanta, and at Outsiders/Outside.
A native Floridian, Harry was uprooted when Hurricane Andrew destroyed his hometown. He wandered for a time, finally settling in Nashville.
Harry's paintings blend past, present and future into a timeless world that is a place he says he would like to go on vacation.
Living near Nashville, his paintings have caught the eye of many people in the recording industry... including Cheryl Crow and Michelle Branch.

Here's a great article from Harry's previous show at LINDSAY GALLERY:

Come and meet Harry at the opening: Friday, Oct.2, 6-9pm

Artist's reception: Harry Underwood, Fri. Oct. 2, 2009, 6-9 pm

Paintings rendered with a folk art aesthetic... a tropical noir lifted from life and dreams, a history of light.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Artist's reception: Kendall Polster, Fri. Sept. 18, 2009, 6-9 pm

Milwaukee welder Kendall Polster started out making steel furniture, but over time his tables and chairs morphed in to the sculptures he's know for today. Polster's creatures are surprisingly elegant, especially when you consider that they are mostly made of scraps from his shop floor.

Go to the upper right and click on "FOLLOW".

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MARK THOMAS exhibition preview, Reception JULY 11, 6-9PM

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MARK THOMAS artist's Reception Saturday , July 11, 2009, 6-9pm

oil on canvas

I have rarely been as excited about an artist as i am about Mark Thomas. The level of technical ability... the influences of American regionalism and WPA art made it hard for me to believe that he was self-taught, but he is!

Mark was born in 1967 in southern Ohio and lives on the east side of Columbus. He looks to his neighborhood for visual inspiration. Children playing, people drinking and dancing, trash collectors and construction workers tend to be the subjects of his work. Like the American regionalist painters of the 30s and 40s Mark is interested in the "American character." The character that he sees is in people of all races playing, partying, working , even brawling.
In his words: "There is something special about ordinary people doing ordinary things."

Thomas has clearly looked at a lot of art and absorbed the influences of different genres. And while he says he likes cubism, he seems to be completely unaware of artists like Thomas Hart Benton and Marsden Hartley. Perhaps he saw WPA era murals or prints as a child. But whatever the influences, he has combined them into his own unique style... not quite folk or fine,
a true "contemporary self-taught" artist.

Mark works in acrylics, pastels and charcoal... but also oils which many self-taught artists avoid.
This is his first one-man show, but i believe he's ready to join the ranks of the great African American self-taught artists from Columbus.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Preview: images from upcoming KARL MULLEN exhibit: Reception Friday, June 12, 6-9 pm

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KARL MULLEN artist's reception Fri, June 12, 2009 6-9 pm

I'm excited to announce that
KARL MULLEN will be coming to Columbus for the opening of his new show Friday 06/12/09 at LINDSAY GALLERY. We were not sure that this show was going to happen, as Karl has been ill.... but he's feeling better and will show off his new artwork and play some of his music!
There will be large scale works on paper, but this time we will also be showing a large series of small paintings done on letters, book pages, ledgers and envelopes.

The artist's reception is from 6-9 pm, and then Karl Mullen and friends will perform at 9:00.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A new acquistion of some exceptional pieces by LEVENT ISIK.

I just acquired a group of earlier LEVENT ISIK pieces... they date from 2004-2007. Call 614-291-1973 for sizes and prices!

Friday, March 13, 2009

a really nice article by LIZ JAMES on our current show.


Wearing elegant, yet simple, Africa-print dresses and matching head wraps, Vivian Pitman and her mother, the artist Barbara Thomas, welcomed guests to their Lindsay Gallery Opening on Friday, February 27. It was a gala evening. Guests and glasses sparkled. Vivian's unique and bright paintings almost jumped off the wall, and so did the more sedate renderings of her mother. All of the small, puppet-like dolls seemed to breathe, even though they are cartoon-ish and stout and dance without strings!

When I asked Pitman what her dolls were made of, she replied, "clay. And anything I need to use and find to use."

Pitman is a self taught artist. She seems to dance, like a break dancer, between colors, words, and "schools" of art. Her liveliness surpasses the terms "primitive" or "authentic." She is unafraid to use bright reds, greens, yellows, purples. She knows how to create textures and surfaces, and she will not reveal her secret: how she uses sand in her creations.

Her composition -- sometimes elementary, sometimes random -- is always effective. Expressive. As in Expressionist! In THE DEATH OF LINCOLN, Pitman, at her most elementary, has depicted the martyred President as resting, his corpse strangely tube-shaped, on bright grass surrounded by a color guard in bright yellow shirts! The crudely painted soldiers are firing a salute, "as they would for a President," Pitman said. An encirclement of creatures that resemble merry go round horses -- or reindeer -- surrounds the scene. And everything dances together. --As I recall, this is a scene in which a grotesque blood red Bird of Death is veering.-- A Pitman may be child-like, but it is rarely, or ever, "cute."

Vivian employs words; most of her paintings include titles or phrases. You'll find an ALPHABET OF SLAVERY: "A is for African, torn from his home. B is the bloodhound to catch all that roam. C is the cotton plant. . ."

One of the small stout three-D puppet-like dolls represents "Eta Moten, singer, actress, hailed as a pioneer for black actresses."--I had to look her up!-- Pitman "saw Moten once in a movie." And many remarkable personages will be seen at this Lindsay show. You will learn much. For example, Virgina Hamilton, who wrote books for young people, is represented.

The slogan,"Only Love Can Drive Out Hate" is visible. So is a heart wrenching Klan Whipping, and a Lynching, and the admonition "KKK. Leave the negro alone!" (in which blood drips from the white man's club!) Gazing at these grotesque depictions we are reminded of the ferocity of anarchist posters that blossomed before and between World War I and II. They said it like it was.

Pitman celebrates history and narrative in a unique way, and she is, indeed, worthy of the title, Griot. History bearer and tale teller. Lincoln, Martin Luther King, yes, and nearly life-sized President Barak Obama, are much in evidence. In one painting the wonderful young President, in profile, wearing a classy green sweater -- I just know it's cashmere -- looks admiringly at a recognizable, if stout, Martin Luther King. They are both happy because Barak Obama has fulfilled The Dream. A wide Stars and Stripes provides a background for the two gifted leaders. In one painting Obama-as-Hero seems to have morphed into Spider Man!

OOOPS! One of Pitman's most outre subjects, unique but not offensive, depicts women sitting at a long table, similar to that in the legendary Last Supper. However,Pitman's "supper" presents, not traditional disciples of Jesus, but women who are squirting breast milk at each other! Pitman said this painting was inspired by Women Who Earn Money by Selling Their Own Milk!

IN OUR TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Pitman revealed that she works part time, is a Christian who loves her church, and that her art career started when she began making ladies hats and selling them. Her mother, Barbara Thomas, a strong yet more conventional artist, has always encouraged Vivian.

About her own art Pitman said, "it's kind of a gift, like a talent for throwing a baseball. You're born with it, but you have to practice. I'm still learning."

She added, "I'm patient and strong, and I can work hard." Pitman likes to listen to jazz and all kinds of music. She is not immune to the power of dreams. And she is wonderfully proud of her sister, the novelist GWANDINE THURMAN who recently published ETHIOPIAN PRINCESS. (see

Pitman is "engaged" or engagee as the French used to say about socially concerned artists. She was definitely not born with a gold paint brush in her hand. In fact, Duff Lindsay, gallery owner and curator, first discovered Pitman through a contact at The Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

The current exhibition reveals a wide sweep of concerns and subjects, which, like the proverbial maiden in a fairy tale, Vivian Pitman has woven into a mythical assemblage of paintings, dolls, and sculptures.

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Lindsay Gallery is located at 986 North High in Columbus, Ohio. 614-291-1973. VIVIAN PITMAN will run thru March 21. See photos of the Pitman reception.
posted by Liz James