Two Artists Visit Lanning Gallery in Sedona
Sedona, AZ: Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth: The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith.” Neo-primitivism may best define the rich encaustic landscapes by Russian artist Slava TCH. The places he depicts seem at once both mythical and sacramental. TCH, who grew up as Viatcheslav Tchstiline in Russia, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Arts. He initially painted with oil in a realistic manner, paintings as well as monumental murals. TCH received top awards from Moscow’s Central House of Artist (CHA), Russia’s largest exhibition center and received a museum medal for panoramic display. When he immigrated to Canada in the mid-1990s and turned to encaustic as his medium, awards and honors continued. He also made his name easier for his new audience: Slava, in Russian, means Glory and TCH stands for Tone, Color and Harmony.
For TCH, the process of painting engulfs him fully and encaustic’s sculptural qualities, as melting wax meets pigment, allows him to create luminous, 3-dimensional worlds that suit his vision perfectly. “The melody of my paintings just lifts me up and sweeps me away,” TCH says.
When artist Bob Smith is asked about staying with his work as a potter for over forty years he explains that it is because he has been changed, “significantly and irrevocably by making clay art; because my head, hands and heart have come together during this active, long-term pursuit of my dreams; because I am beginning to understand the complexities of my medium; and because I work hard and with care and sincerity to train my hands to do what they must; and in this self-actualization, I have become passionate.”
The experience achieved by Bob Smith continues to be evident in each stunning vessel he creates. Whether saggar-fired vessels with their silky surfaces or raku with bright surfaces that capture the red rock tones of our area, Bob Smith excels in these complicated, and always unpredictable, techniques. Both techniques rely on utilizing a variety of combustible materials, either immediately after a firing (with raku), while the piece is still glowing yellow, or placed within a saggar with the piece during firing. The effects on the vessels’ surfaces is where not only the hand of a skilled and experienced artist, who understands how heat will effect a variety of materials both organic and inorganic, but also the vagaries of pure chance share credit. The results are remarkable.
Stop in to the opening of “Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth: The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith” and meet both celebrated artists. This exhibition runs through April 16th.
Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.
“The Liquid Air” by Slava TCH, encaustic on canvas, 11” x 14” (fr. to 19”x 17”).
“Vase Form” by Bob Smith, saggar-fired ceramic, 10”h x 7”w x 7”d.