Kevin Harrison adopted Charleston as his “hometown” in 1997 and quickly made a name for himself as an artist. Known for his contemporary urban style, Harrison draws inspiration from architectural design, abstract landscapes, iconic street scenes, saturated color and abstract imagery.
His most recent paintings are aerial views looking down at the city landscapes. This is a new perspective from his previous works and will be featured in an exhibition at Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery.
"I find myself drawn toward images of street scenes, jazz clubs, night owls and extreme detail, such as cracks in the sidewalk. My family and I recently returned from living abroad in Spain and Ireland and so this is the first exhibit and only gallery my works will be for sale in Charleston. Michael (Corneau) and I have known each other since high school and, in fact, I was the one who encouraged him to move his jewelry design business to Charleston. Of course, this is where I want my newest paintings to hang."
The late artist Peter Karis was an expressionist, painting people, flowers, trees and objects as he interpreted them, not as they seemed to be. He worked in acrylic and the subject matter was interpreted with maximum color, conveying emotion and power. The work tends to draw you into a memory of your own, more evocative than descriptive. Karis has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.
Margaret Weinberg trained at cone 10 studios in downtown Charleston, SC where she builds in stoneware fired at cone 10. Form, texture and nature find expression in her work. Her extensive education in the arts as well as her travels have influenced her ceramic work, but living in Charleston has had the greatest impact on her stylistic development. She is an active member in the burgeoning Lowcountry Ceramic Artists group.
"Since I have moved to Charleston I have been fascinated by my coastal surroundings: nature, creatures, beach treasures, heightening my sensitivity to form, texture, color, arrangements and intensities. All of this and more is finding expression in my work with clay."
Matt Coggin, head chef and owner of award winning DBA Barbecue in Atlanta, GA, has been creating art through food for many years. His hard work,passion and dedication paved the road for a successful restaurant serving some of the best BBQ in the south. Recently, Matt was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome which changed his life. Taking time to balance his life and syndrome, a new found love for painting emerged. A different creative outlet for him to explore. The raw and undiscovered passion has become another avenue for Matt to share beauty with the world. We are thrilled to showcase his art and share his inspirational journey.
"This journey started on February 6, 2017. I had a nervous breakdown that required me to take a break from work. The nervous breakdown also brought a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Basically, it explains the challenges and successes of the first 43 years of my life. I needed something to clear my head. I was always drawn to art that featured bright, vibrant colors. I started with an adult coloring book. I did not make it through half of an explicative. I started to doodle instead. I started with color pencils, but that was not vibrant enough. I wanted a lot of color. I followed the pencils with soft pastel and hard pastel. At this point, I was hooked on art. I went on a manic spending spree. I pretty much bought everything but a kiln. Most importantly, I found that I belong with oil paint. I love color. Vibrant color. I appreciate your encouragement."