Layaway Days: Art collecting on a Budget
After living in Seattle for seven years, my wife and I finally made it to bucolic downtown Kirkland. This afternoon Lindsey Kustusch and the Howard/Mandville Gallery held a reception for her new solo show. As we entered the gallery, we received an affectionate welcome from the gallery staff. The gallery itself, was charming and efficiently displayed Kustusch’s paintings.
Before we could even examine the paintings, we were introduced to Lindsey. I immediately recognized her husband, artist/illustrator Nate Ross. I hoped he would accompany her, as he is an up and coming emerging artist. It sounds hackneyed, but they couldn’t have been more pleasant. My wife and I spent most of the show speaking with Nate about several subjects including: favorite artists, San Francisco-based artists, affordable art, HIV vaccines (my wife’s work), and their cat Hank. But on to the show.
In my opinion, Lindsey is one of the world’s premier cityscape painters. She had several pieces dedicated to the genre, but also had plein air and faunal paintings available, for purchase. Paintings started at $575 for her 6” x 6” butterfly paintings and maxed out at $8200. Lindsey makes a concerted effort to provide collectors with affordable options and a few butterfly paintings still remain (so call the gallery!).
As great as the internet is for researching art, it doesn’t do the paintings justice. The color and detail in her paintings were mesmerizing, as the viewer is rendered motionless. The contrasting blues and grays in ‘Just A Few Stops From Home’ were incredible and the pinks in ‘Looking North At Dawn’ and ‘Winter Calm’ were astonishing. The juxtaposition of realism and abstraction, truly make these paintings unique. And kudos to the gallery, as the framing was the best I’ve seen in recent memory and complimented the paintings perfectly. Lindsey will be one of the next artist’s that I purchase an original from, as she’s a remarkable talent.
Nate Ross recently exhibited a few paintings in the 'City Streets 2017’ group show, at Studio Gallery in San Francisco. All of his originals were priced <$1000 and most sold very quickly. I’m not sure how many remain, but you can click on his paintings below, to be directed to Studio Gallery’s website. Not only did Nate show that he belonged with the show’s heavy hitters, his work connected with collectors.
At the risk of embarrassing them, I think it’s safe to say that the art world has a new power couple. Move over Kimye, Linate is here!
Thank you to the Howard/Mandville Gallery, Lindsey Kustusch, and Nate Ross.
Art isn't purchased at big-box stores. This blog is for collectors like me, who collect on a budget.