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Collection Spotlight: The Artfulness of Life Collection

Our latest collection, The Artfulness of Life is inspired by our blog series Art Forms, where we connect various art forms through interviews with leading influencers in the arts.

Throughout this curated collection of visual artworks, we gather examples of the full range of art forms, from architecture to theater. This collection applauds the stretches of human creativity. With artwork inspired by music, dance, literature, drama, and more,  The Artfulness of Life collection is a celebration of all art forms.

Here is a closer look at a few of the art forms represented in the Artfulness of Life collection:

ARCHITECTURE

Building her portfolio from the advancements of modern architecture, Jessica Ecker represents the long-standing art of architecture with her series of architected, desert landscape paintings. Acrosanti II is a painting of an experimental town in central Arizona whose founding principles rest on acrology (a combination of architecture and ecology). It is known as architectural gem in the Arizona desert.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Joining in the improvisiational rhythms of jazz, ink artist Orlando Marin-Lopez creates lively artworks that bring the spirit of contemporary music to our collection. In addition to the subject matter, his expressive brushstrokes reinforce the excitement of jazz music.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Harmonizing separate parts into one, Jack R. Mesa invokes the orchestral unity of a symphony. Doing visually what conductors do sonically, the painting 140 Sounds finds beauty in unexpected combinations and arrangements.

DANCE

Celebrataing the graceful beauty of the human body, Liz Brozell’s portraits of dancers represent art form of dance. The gentle impressionism found in her brushstrokes gives the dancers a graceful sense of movement.

GARDENING

Capturing the beauty of floral arrangements and flower gardens, Allen P. Frielander shares the artfulness of gardening with his botanical paintings. To learn more about the connections between original art and gardening, read our Art Forms interview with the New York Botanical Garden.

LITERATURE

Recalling the classic icons of literature, Sarah Clements fine art print shows her interpretation of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous heroine Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter. Through imagery, visualization, and beauty of language, literature creates art through words.

OPERA

Combining drama, rhythm, and beauty, DL Watson’s operatic composition represents the art form of opera. As the title Overture suggests, the painting has an overt musicality. And, though abstract, the emotive and expressive technique suggests an unfolding narrative beneath the surface.

PAINTING

Capturing a moment of inspiration between artist and muse, Glenn Quist celebrates the joys of his own art form, painting. Cast in Glenn’s distinct yellow, green, and brown pallete, the compoisition features classic emblems of painting: palette, paintbrush, studio, laurels, and nude model.

POETRY

Imploring an audience to look at something ordinary in a new way, Shannon Amidon’s encaustic artwork portrays its own poetry. Her medium is filled with symbolic materials used like metaphors used by a poet; among these materials, she embeds vintage pages of text.

THEATER

Under the spotlight of a golden yellow, Patrick Soper's small-scale painting Solaris gives a vignette that recalls a scene in a play. The dramatic posture and flattened background project a theatrical impulse that propels a narrative beyond the canvas.

Celebrate these art forms and more in the Artfulness of Life collection on UGallery.