Scott Kelley 1963 –
Scott Kelley gets inspiration during his travels and returns to his studio in Maine to create his masterful watercolors. Many of his works have been inspired by trips he has taken through the Florida Everglades.
It has been a joy to have his works in our gallery and to see the flora and fauna of the world around us through his eyes.
His works were seen at Surovek Gallery by Gerald Peters, a gallerist from New Mexico, who invited Kelley to visit Santa Fe “just to have a look around.”
“At the invitation of Gerald Peters, I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the fall of 2019,” Kelley wrote, “and spent two weeks in the desert, putting 2600 miles on a Jeep in 11 days.”
The National Gallery of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming recently purchased The Sacred White Bison of the Pojoaque, a painting inspired by the New Mexico trip, to add to their permanent collection.
Kelley was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and was a fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. He lives and works in Peaks Island, Maine.
Scott Kelley’s work is not just technically superb, but also conveys a feeling of empathy, care and deep regard for his subjects.
Norman Lewis 1909 – 1979
The works of Norman Lewis have been garnering record sale prices at auction. In 2019, Ritual, done in 1962, sold at Sotheby’s New York for $2,780,000.
Last May, Evening Rhapsody, done in 1955, sold at Sotheby’s for $1,714,000, above the estimated $700,000-$1 million.
Lewis kept Evening Rhapsody for more than twenty years, before gifting it to Wallace Nottage. They met when Lewis was a teacher at Harlem Community Art Center and Nottage was a student. The two became lifelong friends and Lewis gave the painting to Nottage just prior to his death in 1979. Evening Rhapsody was passed on to Nottage’s daughter, Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer-winning playwright. She said that the artist visited the family home often, and the children referred to him as Uncle Norman. Lynn Nottage and her brother, Aaron, talked about their relationship with the artist, and the painting, in a video that was recorded before the auction.
Norman Lewis was born in Harlem in 1909. He was not just a fine artist, but also a teacher and scholar. In the 1940s, Lewis began to create Abstract Expressionist works that are emotionally charged and reflect his brilliant use of color.
Victoria L. Valentine. Evening Rhapsody: Norman Lewis Painting Owned by Playwright Lynn Nottage Sells for Near-Record $1.7 Million at Sotheby’s. Culture Type. May 25, 2021.