The Fine Art of Contemporary Impressionism

A visit to the St. Louis Art Fair

Lon and I walked through the St. Louis Art Fair yesterday.  We’ve been there before but this time was different since we’re actually participating in art fairs now.  It was a little overwhelming since its such a big show and the quality of the art seems to be better there than at the other shows we’ve been in ourselves.

Both of us found several of the artists to be worthwhile:

Matthew Cornell was pretty spectacular.  He had about 10 photo-realistic landscape paintings on the walls of his booth, one on each panel and several of them VERY small (business card size) but with large frames bringing the overall size of the pieces up to about 8″x10″ or so.  The scale of the pieces FORCED us to go in and inspect them closely –  I couldn’t help but be pulled in by them.  It was such a dramatic and effective way to show the work.  He’s definitely got the goods as evidenced by red dots (meaning SALES, for anyone not familiar with the art market) on at least half of the paintings on display.

Steve Graber does figurative and landscapes in an impressionistic style.  They’re different from Lon’s work but similar enough that we stopped to talk to him about the art fair circuit.  He was good enough to talk to us for a bit and offer encouragement and suggestions.  Nice guy, and nice paintings too.

David Oleski had large impressionistic paintings of fruit, mostly apples, if I remember correctly.  The green apple paintings were especially attractive.  There were very few paintings in the booth since most of them took up a whole 10′ wall.  The colors and paint texture were striking.  His blog (which can be reached easily from the website) shows small works, many of them sold,  that are done in the same style and work as well as the large ones.  Well worth a look.

Robert Schlieker (link may not work) is a good friend of ours and has some beautiful bronze sculpture in the fair.  Its his first year in the St. Louis Art Fair and we both really hope he does well with it.  He’s a talented artist both as a painter and as a sculptor.  Bob’s a great guy.

In the debriefing on the drive to a friend’s birthday party we decided that we’re actually doing fine and just need to keep doing what we’re doing and keep submitting and getting accepted to better and better quality shows.  One of them will be the St. Louis Art Fair.

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