This week we are excited to feature two more of our wonderful artists! We are very happy to have them a part of our gallery. Our featured artists are Bret Hines and J. L. Fashempour.

Bret Hines

In the world of broken and discarded things, Bret Hines is an accomplished sculptor in his field. Hines takes the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” fully to heart. He uses items such as frames from forgotten doors, rusted locks, and the legs of chairs in his art. Hines creates intricate collages that represent the passage of time and how objects experience this decay. He does not shy away from faded paint or crushed wood. The grains are exposed and aged metal is brought to light. He also incorporates images of places and people into his work. His piece “Faces,” which involves the severed legs of chairs and the faces of historical figures frozen in varnish and nailed to a moldering board.

Hines has said that his art is heavily influenced by the contrasting elements of the city and rural farmland. This is demonstrated by the swirling red wood of barn door panels as well as the pristine locks of an apartment building in Cleveland. These elements are very personal to the artist himself, because of his experiences as a child as well as an adult. Choosing to see the beauty in unloved things, Bret Hines transforms ordinary objects into captivating art, with a few modifications.

L. Fashempour

Nature and a unique view of the world meet in the work of J. L. Fashempour. While Fashempour creates invaluable work with various mediums, the most captivating art form she employs is one that is both archaic and modern. Which is known as encaustic painting. This ancient technique was first used by the Greeks before later becoming popularized as as a form of expression. Extensive and time-consuming, this difficult process involves countless hours of hard work and originality. Every piece the artist creates, stands entirely on its own. No one piece is a like. Favored subjects in her work include forest paths, towering buildings, and collapsed structures. While these works are usually shrouded with dark undertones, she also depicts grassy plains and untamed fields with cheerful greens and blues.

Art is a gift that can be passed from generation to generation. Fashempour’s work can brighten any home and add life to places that were once dull. Her one of a kind animal portraits and illustrious scenes, will appeal to any nature lover. Fashempour’s art will make an unforgettable gift for years to come.