Faith and fine art: New exhibit celebrates ‘Life of Christ’
www.whitestonegallery.com , is hosting the inspirational exhibit, “Life of Christ,” during this Easter holiday season.
The exhibit opened March 7, featuring works by several of today’s national and international leading Christian artists, including two oil paintings by South Carolina’s Daniel Bonnell, three oil paintings and two contemporary bronze and steel sculptures by New York City’s Bernard
Bonnell studied under great artists such as Ansel Adams, Milton Glaser and Ed Ross and was mentored by a French Catholic Benedictine Monk. But he says his greatest lessons came from living in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya, living with the homeless in New York City and teaching special education students in the ghettos of Savannah, Ga.
Bonnell’s patrons span the spectrum from a heavy metal recording artist to an Anglican cathedral in Jerusalem to a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His oil paintings have been described as “masterful, peaceful and uplifting.”
Deschler is an active sculptor and painter who speaks most eloquently of the anguish of the poor, needy and spiritual. Born in Paris, Deschler began his studies with George Klein, a disciple of the impressionist Maurice Utrillo, and devoted himself initially to drawing and painting.
EASTER MORNING, above, an original painting by Bernard Deschler, is on exhibit for the first time with White Stone Gallery, although they sell the print. It was in the artist's personal collection for a while, said gallery owner Susan Hooks. View more of Deschler’s work and the other artists’ featured in the “Life of Christ” exhibit at www.whitestonegallery.com. - Art submissions courtesy WHITE STONE GALLERY
After a visit to the stone quarries of Italy and exposure to the work of several influential contemporary sculptors, Deschler turned to sculpture as the preferred medium. Temporarily interrupted by WW II and the completion of his education in the arts and architecture, Deschler completed many ecclesiastical and commercial structures in which his sculptures are incorporated as part of the design and the building.
The most original and compelling aspects of Deschler’s work are the passionate mysterious motifs and symbols that intentionally recall the beginnings of humanity’s rise, fall and redemption.
According to Far Eastern Economic Review, “Dr. He Qi ranks as arguably China’s most internationally sought after contemporary Christian artist.” He Qi’s works blend together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages.
Using his own paintings as the design, his silk embroideries are intricately created with hand-sewn silk thread on silk fabric.
The exhibit runs until April 27. White Stone’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Private viewings and guided visits are also available.
Throughout the year, White Stone will continue to host inspirational solo and group exhibitions by notable artists of faith.
To view the artist bios and work currently on exhibit, to view other artists featured by the White Stone Gallery or for purchase information on fine art, go online to www.whitestonegallery.com or call White Stone Gallery during business hours at 215-482-7700.