Music City’s most acclaimed contemporary Realists are the focus of this summer’s show “Art Nashville” at Haynes Galleries. The show features a range of artists who hold Nashville close to their hearts. The roster will include seasoned artists as well as those who are new on the scene. Their works will be on view through August 15.
Nashville is famed for its musical talents but this exhibition is a clear marker of the ever growing visual art scene. Works range from photographs with a photojournalist edge to Old Master inspired paintings and ceramic sculptures that will play tricks on your eyes.
John Guider’s captivating photography reveals the beauty of the Tennessee landscape and his many worldly adventures. Guider has traveled all over finding splendor in the mundane and oftentimes the overlooked. Guider’s platinum prints are a rare and extraordinary process that has been lost over time due to the extra labor and cost. A platinum print is metal embedded in paper, with deep blacks and rich grays, truly a unique spectacle to behold.
John Baeder garnered international acclaim for his unidealized American diner scenes in the late 20th century. Baeder’s photography generates the same nostalgia as his paintings. With his lens, he captures the spirit and country grit of Nashville. Baeder’s collection of work has been celebrated for more than forty years. He has published several books and is soon to release another.The longtime Nashville resident is still out capturing the veracity of the ever changing city.
Nashville’s new generation of artists are represented by Richard Greathouse and Amanda Hope Cook. Born and raised in Nashville, Greathouse trained at the internationally renowned Florence Academy of Art and learned the ways of the great masters. Now a principle instructor at the Florence Academy’s American branch in New York, Greathouse has become a premier portraitist and is leading voice in the next generation of Realism.
Nashvillian Amanda Hope Cook embraces a vestige of modern life— neon signs. She seeks them out as they are a part of the city’s history. Guests familiar with some of Nashville’s classic institutions will recognize the glowing tubes carefully captured in Cook’s oil paintings.
Alan LeQuire’s figure sculptures will be peppered throughout the gallery, just as they can be found installed throughout Nashville. LeQuire studied at Vanderbilt before going off to France and Italy to continue his education in bronze casting.
The show celebrates artists who have travelled extensively and make Nashville their home. Born in France, Count Bernard de Claviere is a treasure in the art world. Commissioned to paint portraits in over 140 countries around the world, de Claviere is now here permanently.
“Art Nashville” is a celebration of artists of many trades, and Haynes Galleries is the only Nashville gallery offering Realist art of multiple mediums, and art of all sorts will be represented. With art that is of an international caliber, “Art Nashville” is sure to please the native and visiting audiences.