GLORIA VANDERBILT @ THE SPOKE CLUB

  • Girl at the Window by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on Arches paper
    27.0 x 21.0 inches | 69 x 53 cm
    2013
  • Flowers for Aurelia by Gloria Vanderbilt
    gouache on paper
    28.0 x 23.0 inches | 71 x 58 cm
    2013
  • Girl Dreaming by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    45.5 x 65.5 inches | 116 x 166 cm
    2014
  • Hide and Seek by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on Arches paper
    31.0 x 25.0 inches | 79 x 64 cm
    2013
  • Hireath by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel and collage on Arches paper
    31.0 x 23.0 inches | 79 x 58 cm
    2013
  • J. C. O. by the Sea by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    61.0 x 21.0 inches | 155 x 53 cm
    2013
  • Premonition by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    65.5 x 41.5 inches | 166 x 105 cm
    2014
  • Someday IŽll Find You by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on Arches paper
    25.0 x 31.0 inches | 64 x 79 cm
    2013
  • The Left Hand is the Dreamer by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    65.0 x 45.0 inches | 165 x 114 cm
    2013
  • The Lost Boy by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    45.5 x 65.5 inches | 116 x 166 cm
    2014
  • Together Alone in the Unknowable Night by Gloria Vanderbilt
    pastel on board
    65.5 x 41.5 inches | 166 x 105 cm
    2014

 

 

 

GLORIA VANDERBILT @ THE SPOKE CLUB

Gloria Vanderbilt,

June 20 - August 28, 2014

Opening reception: June 20

De luca fine art is pleased to present the work of American artist and writer Gloria Vanderbilt at The Spoke Club in Toronto. 

"Often my images are channeled in dreams which find expression in my paintings often in a narrative quality which has been shuffled around in the kaleidoscope of my imagination to find themselves in colors and patterns that sustain me. 

Memory is also a driving influence, memories I absorb and reinvent to changing effect because I have changed but do not want to let them go. Color too intoxicates, inspires, so does the beauty of a person, who has something I can’t quite catch. They become muses which I become obsessed to define, reveal something of their mystery. 

Joyce Carol Oates – the beauty of Burne-Jones painting. The darkness of her hair crinkling in a halo around the tenderness, the compassion, the intelligence of her face.

Amy Hempel – her mysterious beauty – the cloud of shimmering hair cascading  around her as a cloak to protect the pureness of her spirit which runs through her  bloodstream like crystal water. 

Aurelia Thierree – she moves on strange planes that girl – her catlike beauty, her delicacy, her strength. Will I ever be able to capture it? 

Carol Matthau who I have painted again and again. Aurelia who knew Carol remarked upon seeing  “Carol and her Rose Garden,”“What was most peculiar was to recognize her intimately, but yet as it translates into a different language. She was familiar still, visceral even, and yet she had entered Gloria’s world. Carol – her presence is in it, in a different form. But it is her. Which is what defines a work of art, I suppose – you feel it is personal and familiar." 

But most of all my inspiration is appetite for life – Mary Oliver’s poem comes to mind, “Messenger” begins, “My work is loving the world.” As Amy Hempel has said, it is “a poem of the miraculous in the everyday…‘which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.’ How fascinating it is to find what influences and inspires, what is filtered out and becomes flotsam winding ‘somewhere safe to sea,’ and yet is never lost because it has found life in a story, a painting, a song.”

 

Gloria Vanderbilt