Onyxswan Gallery presents a new, textural art exhibit called “Embellished Figures”, featuring figurative forms, portraits and masks. Contrasting hard and soft figures through pastels, watercolors embellished with beadwork and fluid metal sculptures and masks, made out of copper and recycled bicycle chains.
Opened, Saturday July 15, 2017 and runs through September 16, 2017
Figurative Mosaics by Navada Swan, this collection embodies female figure drawings in rich pastels, with emphasis on gesture and shapes. The illusion of motion, and body tension are created through the exaggeration of forms and repetition of lines. In addition to pastels, Navada has created a series of watercolor portraits, inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo, that are embellished with beadwork creating a layer of texture and rich, vibrant colors.
Navada Swan is the co-owner of Onyxswan Gallery and has lived in Albuquerque, NM for the past 12 years and has worked for two of New Mexico’s fine jewelry stores. She is a multi faceted artist with experience in jewelry design, silversmithing, beadwork, as well as drawing and painting. Navada attended Otis Parsons School of Design in CA., Howard University, DC. and has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from SUNY, Purchase.
Bicycle chain and copper sculptures by Steve Fehér a licensed psychologist who retired in 2010 and has since been creating sculptural art forms out of metal. As an avid bicyclist, he primarily uses recycled bicycle chains. There is an ample supply of bike chains, since when they are changed the old ones are sent to landfills. The challenge was to recreate the human anatomy out of hard metal and transform it into fluid, gestural figures. Steve created 200 pound molds to be able to support the figures as he assembles and welds the metals together.
Born in Brazil and moved to United States when he was 12 years old, Steve was in the Air Force for almost four years in upstate New York. Upon completion of his service, he attended the University of Texas at Arlington and after graduation in 1969, moved to Taos, New Mexico. While in Taos Steve designed and built a house by himself for his family. M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, from UNM and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Steve has received awards from the Regional and National Veterans Creative Arts Festivals in 2015 for his bike chain figures and molten copper figures, as well as 1st place in Sculpture Division of the 2016 Fine Arts Exhibition at the State Fair in NM.
We are a new gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico featuring contemporary artistry and jewelry of many local and National artists.