I first posted about Jason Gamrath in 2012, as he was beginning to burst onto the glass art scene. I wasn’t kidding when I said he was one to watch. His recent Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher Plant collection is luscious.
At first glance you notice that Gamrath’s sculptures of flowers and plants are lovely. Sure. But wait. WAIT. In most of the images you don’t get a good sense of the size of the sculptures – and it’s the size that sets these beauties apart. The Columbine sculptures pictured below? 8 feet tall. Oh.My.Goodness.
You cannot fully appreciate this work until you see the creations installed.
The artist and his Venus Fly Trap
Jason Gamrath’s website
Previous post on DAM about Gamrath
Nick Mount’s ongoing series of plumb bobs, scent bottles, fruits and cans are a seductive collection of objects expertly combined in still life settings that draw the viewer in. The glass forms beg to be caressed, if not by the hand, then certainly by the eye. Stunning.
One of the pre-eminent artists in the Australian studio glass movement, Nick Mount has been a glass blower for more than four decades. In 2012 he was given the distinction of Living Treasure by the Australian Center for Craft and Design. It’s easy to see why.
Nick Mount’s website
Viewers often ask glass artist Paul Messink if he embeds photographs in his work. No. Not even close.
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, 9 layers
While the work looks like it might include photographs, the Illinois artist actually paints images onto several layers of glass. He applies enamel by hand, creating depth by layering, diminishing size and color, texture and translucence in each of the 9-12 layers needed to complete one panel. The layers are then kiln-cast to form one solid layer.
Misty Road, 9 layers
Solitude, 6 layers
Light Rain, 9 layers
“Looking at nature for inspiration, I create scenes which often include bare trees. I like bare trees because of their minimalism, and because they reveal a great deal of character.”
Forest in Fog, 9 layers
The trees enveloped in fog give me a quiet place to rest my eyes; my mind slows a bit; my heart finds a moment of much needed peace. Many thanks to Paul for a peaceful start to my day. . .
Paul Messink’s website