Meet the Artist: Borowski

From a bag of sand pulled from the earth to a finished piece of handcrafted art, glassmaking runs deep in the Borowski family. Going back decades and across multiple generations, each member of the Borowski family dedicates themselves to honing their craft and perfecting the art of glassmaking with every piece they create.

The artist Stanislaw Borowski, one of the big names in the European studio-glass movement of the late 1970s, achieved a previously unseen quality in his engraved and sculptural works. Compellingly presented in numerous exhibitions, they have reached a wide audience in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

 

Stani, the youngest son in this family, was born in 1981 and graduated from Koln Design Academy in Germany. As a newly born artist, he is the most intelligent and potential multi-media artist in modern art circle.

His artworks are mostly collected by museums and collectors all over the world.  In addition to his paintings and sculptures, made from bronze, metal and glass, he creates many unusual sculptures for the Artist Edition as well as colourful objects for the Studio Line and the Outdoor Objects collections.

Glass has always held a very special fascination for people. No other material plays with light, colour and form to such an extent, or appears to forge such a natural connection with its environment. Even its production seems to be almost magical – from sandy raw materials to crystal clear beauty.

So it is no wonder that glass has been a constant inspiration to artists to create fascinating works of art. This means that the contemporary Studio Glass Movement is a young and exciting art form that has been in continual development and of increasing importance since the 1960s. Our family has contributed significantly to its development. In the 1970s my father had already gained international respect and recognition with his engravings and sculptures. Numerous masterpieces created by my father and my brothers, Pawel and Stani Jan Borowski, are now exhibited in renowned international galleries, museums and private collections. Borowski glass manufacture ranks among the most acclaimed artistic glass studios in the world.

But what exactly is it about these objects that international buyers and collectors value so much? Firstly there is the completely emotional aspect: an often quite spontaneous excitement at the wealth of ideas, the explosion of colours, this zest for life that these works embody. Every single one of them – be it a masterpiece, one of a collection or edition – is a quite special, unmistakable, life-affirming art concept, unique to Borowski, and is hard to match.

It is therefore all the more fascinating that each and every one of these light, bright and colourful unique pieces has undergone such a complex production process. An old and demanding skill that only very few manufacturers today possess. Indeed, I believe that is exactly the attraction for collectors and art-lovers – this special quality: the unique mixture of craft skills and joie de vivre!

With our three collections: Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we hope to incorporate these elements into your daily life. These collections embody the same vibrant art concept as the Borowski masterpieces. They admirably fulfill their purpose as vase, fruit bowl or candle-holder, are displayed as much sought-after collectors’ items in all sorts of different locations, stand in gardens or on terraces, draw admiring glances in parks or on balconies, make people smile and linger. They embody our artists’ wealth of ideas and the craft skills of our glassmakers in equal measure. Each piece in the collection has been worked with great love and care an

d meets the highest quality demands.

With Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we can pass on our fascination for glass to you – and what distinguishes the work that our family does: Love, Passion and Perfection.

We wish you great joy and pleasure on your journey through our collections.

Wiktor Borowski

Owner of Glasstudio Borowski GmbH


Meet the Artist: Thomas Arvid

Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Art Business News (May 2003) credits him with "launching a major art trend . . ." with his oversized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his images and with his mastery of light, depth, and reflection.

The magic of his painting is in Arvid's ability to visualize and chronicle an entire scene beyond the frame – to tell a story of enjoyment and the good life – using lush color and adroit composition. Arvid is passionate about art and wine: a collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well-lived on each canvas. An Atlanta resident and fresh-faced father of two young sons, the self-taught artist insists that wine should be approachable; his paintings are an embodiment of the casual way that we enjoy wine today. He is an appealing role model for a lifestyle of easy elegance and unpretentious charm.

 

Arvid's approach to wine and painting is surprising, given his background as a Detroit native raised to parlay his inherent artistic talent into a secure job in the industrial complex. Instead, Arvid made the leap into pursuing his art as a career, and with the support of his art historian wife and inspiration garnered during a backpacking trip through Europe, he began painting full time.

Drawn to wine by his focus on the color red, Arvid knew he had discovered something when his paintings featuring red wine were being purchased before they were finished. Arvid is awed by the response to his work, "Wine is a great subject because people are familiar with it; they really connect to it. My paintings are really the landscapes between people sharing wine – it's amazing that my collectors find personal fulfillment in my work, especially when I'm just doing what I love."

The aura surrounding Arvid's work is palpable. His international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elite art galleries in the US, Canada, and Japan; collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals. Influential wineries such as Silver Oak Cellars, Far Niente, and Diamond Creek Winery collect Arvids because he translates the craftsmanship of wine to canvas. Doug Shafer, of Shafer Family Vineyards, likens Arvid's skill to that of a winemaker, "Arvid's style is big and bold, with enough selected detail and softness to create a sense of balance . . . this blend of elements is precisely what winemakers hope to bring to their top vintages."

Today, Thomas Arvid and his wife, Vanessa, head Thomas Arvid Fine Art, Inc., one of the most successful boutique art publishing companies in the country. Founded in 2000, the company distributes Arvid's limited editions and originals across the country and the world. In 2004 they released a retrospective of Arvid's work, "Arvid: Redefining the Modern Still Life," that traces the development of Arvid's style from its beginnings a decade ago to the lifestyle it is today. The book is a fitting chronicle to illustrate one of Arvid's favorite phrases, "Life without art is like dinner without wine. Why bother?"

Show continues through November 16th

Meet the Artist: Borowski

Meet the Artist: Wiktor Borowski

Saturday, December 14th, 4PM-8PM

"Glass has always held a very special fascination for people. No other material plays with light, colour and form to such an extent, or appears to forge such a natural connection with its environment. Even its production seems to be almost magical – from sandy raw materials to crystal clear beauty." - Wiktor Borowski
 
Don't miss your chance to meet and mingle with Studio Borowski owner, Wiktor Borowski. An evening that is sure to be filled with fun and beautiful glass sculpture. The gallery will be displaying new Borowski designs, perfect for holiday gifts and home decor. With any purchase, the artist will personally sign your artwork that evening.

PLEASE, Touch the ART

Syd Entel Galleries &

Susan Benjamin Glass, etc.

Invite you to reach out and,

Please, Touch the Art!

It’s no secret that in the art gallery world we are often expected to view with our eyes only. Susan Benjamin invites you to take your hands out of your pockets and Touch the Art. This show is curated with the intention to engage your tactile curiosity. We invite you to get engaged with your surroundings and feel the art and beauty in the space. “Please, Touch the Art” features a collection of artists in all mediums:

ART, GLASS & JEWELRY.

 

 

Join us for a special MEET THE ARTIST event with Lonni Hopkins.
Friday, October 4th, 4pm-7pm

     Our featured jewelry artist, Lonni Hopkins is familiar with the importance of texture. Her beautiful handcrafted jewelry in Sterling silver is meticulously constructed.Each piece is a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork to be treasured.

     Lonni has lived a life of art: from lithography and photography in college, to quilting while raising her children, watercolor, sculpture, and many mediums in between.Her endeavor into Metals started circa 1996. Jewelry seemed a natural progression, pulling from past experiences and artistic expressions, culminating with the acute skill and careful craftsmanship that Metalsmithing demands. Her skills were honed with a variety of master teachers including, John Cogswell, Ronda Coryell, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Andy Cooperman, Betty Helen Longhi, Tom McCarthy. Lonni recently retired from teaching Metalsmithing and Jewelry at H.W. Blake High School for the Arts in Tampa.  The majority of her work is Sterling silver, sometimes including 18K Gold, and sometimes a body of work in Argentium silver. The newest body of work is called the “Abstract Rhythm Series” the works are sculptural and textural, using a process of fusing small components of metal that look like abstract paintings by Kandinsky. You’ll see in the new work hollow forms, and shell forms and domed pieces. Expect to see lots of new stones, layers, and coordinating pieces.

“How light dances across the surface of the metal is an important consideration in the designs. Stones provide a sense of color and contrast.” – Lonni Hopkins

Maya Eventov

Maya Eventov offers paintings that seem more like sculptures on canvas. Her use of the pallet knife allows her to build, shape and carve her subjects to life. She was born in 1964 in Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, under the former Soviet Union. At a very young age her parents introduced her to the great artistic treasures of the city. She spent countless hours at the magnificent Hermitage Museum studying the works of great masters. The works of the Post-impressionists, and those of the Russian Avant-Garde especially fascinated Maya. The palette of Matisse, Gauguin and Renoir affected her interpretation of color, while Rodchenko, Lissitzki and Malevich influenced her sense of balance and composition.

After excelling in art as a child Maya was accepted at the prestigious High School #109 affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Art. She graduated in 1987 with a Masters degree in graphic art and began illustrating children’s books. She took parting creating murals for concert halls in Moscow, Leningrad, Erevan, and Komsomolsk-na-Amure.

Maya immigrated to Canada in 1990 where she now resides with her husband and two children. Her style has evolved during her life in Canada. She loves the rich, bold and bright colors of the Mediterranean and often portrays scenes from her travels in her paintings. Maya developed her unique technique of etching on oil after being inspired by Faberge Eggs that fascinated her as a child when she saw them in the museum.

 

Andrew Mavin of Axiom Glass lends his strong and experienced  aesthetic as our featured glass artists. His series of thorn vessels and bowls are breathtakingly solid with a delicate curvature, pushing the modern edge. The show also features his mixed media sculpture of glass and stone, which is engaging with its contrast of texture.

Born in 1977 near Detroit, Michigan, Andrew grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around him. He displayed a passion for creativity and a clear talent to build. These innate skills developed in his high school metals and jewelry classes, earning him work at a custom jeweler. Soon earning him gold and silver scholastic awards on a national level for his art and designs.

This energy in combination with a scholarship propelled his schooling to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Here Andrew abandon the delicate format of jewelry for the larger scale study of sculpture. However, once exposed to the medium of glass there was no doubt it was the beginning of a life long relationship. “The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered.” The fire and soul of hot glass seduced Andrew at once.

Currently, Andrew is producing all of his original glass works to the highest quality and craftsmanship. His limited edition fine craft and fine art sculpture continue to evolve as his techniques flourish and his ideas expand. Installation and custom commission work are available and collected on a national and international level.

Additional artists will include: 

Rolland Poska, PT Tiersky, Fay Miller, Patty Roberts, So Young Park, Susan Gott and more.

Opening Reception
Meet the Artist: Lonni Hopkins
Friday, October 4th
4pm-7pm
RSVP to Meet the Artist Oct 4th
Show continues through October 26th.