Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Matthew Langley
Down the August Path
oil on canvas on wood panel
30 x 40"

Established in 1993

1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007

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tel 202 965 4601
fax 202 338 1660
email gallery@callowayart.com
website www.callowayart.com
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm, or by appointment

Susan Calloway, Owner/Director
Kerin Backhaus, Assistant Director/Gallery Manager
William Adams, Art Conservator/Framer
Caroline Adams, Gallerist, Framing Consultant

Contemporary and antique fine art

Susan Calloway Fine Arts specializes in contemporary art by local, regional, and international artists, antique American and European oil paintings, and a carefully chosen selection of 17th-19th century prints. The gallery also specializes in conservation framing using archival-quality materials and techniques, and in traditional French mat decoration. The gallery provides extensive art consulting services for business and residential clients and collaborates with architecture and design trades.

Current Exhibitions:

Current: The Light that She Loves: Literary Paintings and Drawings by Maud Taber-Thomas, September 12 - October 11, 2014. Opening reception, Friday September 12, 6 -8pm

If music and sweet poetry agree, As they must needs, the sister and the brother, Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me, Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other…. One god is god of both, as poets feign; One knight loves both, and both in thee remain. -William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s sonnet “If music and sweet poetry agree,” highlights the beautiful bond between two seemingly separate art forms, music and poetry. In the spirit of Shakespeare, artist Maud Taber-Thomas creates luminous drawings and paintings that embody a loving conversation between several different art forms. A passionate scholar of classic literature, an avid classical musician, an eager European traveler, and an aficionado of past time periods, Maud Taber-Thomas interweaves all of these interests into her artwork. Her paintings tell the stories that she discovers in Victorian and Medieval literature, capture the vibrant light and color of far-off places and distant time periods, and weave together symbols in compositions reminiscent of polyphonic music. The classicism and rigor that Maud admires so much in the classic works of literature and music that influence her is key to her own creation of artwork. Trained in academic painting techniques, Maud’s artistic process is strongly tied to the skills employed by artists from past generations, from the Renaissance Tenebrists, to the French Rococo painters, to the Pre-Raphaelites and the Impressionist portraitists. Working in miniature, on a larger than life scale, and every size in between, Maud endows all of her works with a sense of the fleeting nature of light, a celebration of color, and a sympathetic and tranquil sense of peace and thoughtfulness. Many of her works feature sensitive portraits that evoke the complex inner life of her subjects, hinting at stories that transcend the single moment that can be depicted in a visual artwork. Maud’s drawings and paintings exist within a peaceful conversation between the many art forms that she loves. In her work, music, sweet poetry—and the fine arts—agree. Educated at the New York Academy of Art, Bowdoin College, and Oxford University, Taber-Thomas now lives in the Washington, DC area. She teaches at the National Gallery of Art and the Yellow Barn Studio.
Artist Talk with Maud Taber-Thomas, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 3-4pm

Maud Taber-Thomas’ exhibition "The Light that She Loves" at Susan Calloway Fine Arts draws its title from Tennyson’s poem Maud. In her artist talk, Taber-Thomas will describe how specific passages from classic literature have caught her imagination and influenced her artwork. Drawing inspiration from authors such as Virginia Woolf, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Dodie Smith, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the anonymous medieval poet of Sir Orfeo, Taber-Thomas creates luminous paintings and drawings that capture the atmosphere of past times, evoke the psychology of literary characters, and intriguingly hint at stories. The talk will include readings from the novels and poems that have most influenced Taber-Thomas, followed by explanations of how her paintings relate to them in direct and indirect ways. A passionate student of classical painting techniques, Taber-Thomas will also discuss how her experimentation with the techniques of specific master painters has given her insight into the mysterious and rewarding potential of oil paint to create light, space, and atmosphere. The various techniques of such diverse artists as Rembrandt, Sargent, Vermeer, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Manet all make appearances in her work. Maud Taber-Thomas looks forward to sharing her love of literature and art history with her audience while also providing insight into the background of her paintings.
Upcoming: Paul Jett and Michael Hampton, October 17 – November 15, 2014, Opening Reception: October 17, 2014, 6-8pm

The relationship between the work of Michael Hampton and Paul Jett is one of both harmony and contrast. Hampton’s watercolors highlight the absolute symmetry and precision of neoclassical architecture, which emphasizes exacting classical line and proportion. Jett’s photographs capture flora he comes across while taking walks in the woods—like dangling tree limbs or Spanish moss. Yet both artists demonstrate the power of simplicity, the impact of a clean line, and the drama of using negative space. These qualities bring cohesion and unity to their very dissimilar subject matter.
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