Contemporary paintings
Tina Garrett (b. 1974), “Tango Nights,” 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 in., private collection

Capturing the Spirit of Music and Dance

By Kelly Compton

Because the arts have always been interconnected, it makes perfect sense that painters and sculptors continue to depict musicians and dancers at work. Among the best-known chroniclers of these sister arts is Edgar Degas (1834–1917), who haunted the stages and rehearsal rooms of Belle-Epoque Paris, drawing what he witnessed.

Hailing from across North America, most of the artists highlighted here work in modes quite different from that of Degas, yet their overall objectives are similar: to underscore the intense effort necessary to pursue these disciplines, and also to convey the exhilaration performers and audiences feel when everything comes together.

Contemporary paintings
Jorge Alberto (b. 1949), “Allegory of the Arts,” 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 25 in., Troika Gallery, Easton, MD
Contemporary paintings
Andrew S. Conklin (b. 1961), “Spanish Still Life,” 1994, oil on linen, 24 x 19 in., private collection
Contemporary paintings
William Schneider (b. 1945), “Practice Makes Perfect,” 2013, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in., private collection
Contemporary paintings
Andre Lucero (b. 1967), “Floating,” 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in., J.M. Stringer Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
Contemporary paintings
Nancy Oppenheimer (b. 1948), “In Key,” 2008, pastel on board, 30 x 23 in., available from the artist
Contemporary paintings
Michael Malm (b. 1972), “The Dancer,” 2010, oil on canvas, 40 x 15 in., Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe
Contemporary paintings
Matthew Bird (b. 1977), “Jazz by Brennan’s,” 2016, watercolor on paper, 29 x 31 in., available from the artist
Contemporary paintings
David Tanner (b. 1969), “Boy with Mandolin,” 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 15 in., collection of Alexandra McGrath
Contemporary paintings
Brian Keeler (b. 1953), “Interiority Rhythm,” 2017, oil on linen on panel, 30 x 26 in., collection of Scott Nissenson and Laura Taylor, Ithaca, NY
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Morgan Weistling (b. 1964), “The First Dance,” 2008, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in., private collection

Contemporary paintings
Dean Larson (b. 1957), “Dance Rehearsal: Duet,” 2009, oil on canvas, 52 x 40 in., private collection, Florida
Contemporary paintings
Anna Rose Bain (b. 1985), “Vintage Tutu,” 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 36 in., Saks Galleries, Denver
Contemporary paintings
Eli Cedrone (b. 1956), “Toe Shoes,” 2017, oil on linen, 20 x 16 in., available from the artist
Contemporary paintings
Trent Gudmundsen (b. 1978), “Warming Up,” 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 24 in., Samarah Fine Art, Whitefish, MT
Contemporary paintings
Karen Horne (b. 1959), “New Shoes I,” 2017, pastel on paper, 19 x 25 in., Horne Fine Art, Salt Lake City
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Brett Weaver (b. 1973), “Cellos,” 2015, oil on linen, 20 x 16 in., The Arts Company, Nashville
Contemporary paintings
Leonard Mizerek (b. 1947), “The Dance Instructor,” 2017, oil on linen, 18 x 14 in.
Contemporary paintings
Jo Ann Peralta (b. 1967), “Spanish Dancer,” 2016, oil on linen, 30 x 22 in., InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Contemporary paintings
Gladys Roldan-De-Moras (1963), “Flamenco Lady,” 2014, oil on linen, 36 x 24 in., private collection, courtesy InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Contemporary paintings
David William Terry (b. 1958), “Like a Lover at First Touching,” 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 24 in., private collection

5 Contemporary Sculptures Celebrating Music and Dance

Contemporary sculptures
Jane Dedecker (b. 1961), “Can Can,” 2004, bronze, 79 x 83 x 49 in., Brookgreen Gardens (SC) and also available from the artist
Contemporary sculptures
Paige Bradley (b. 1974), “Ballet Femme,” 2015, bronze (edition of 25), 32 x 24 x 44 1/2 in., Thornwood Gallery, Houston, and Gallery D’May, Cape May, NJ
Contemporary paintings
Olga Nielsen (b. 1953), Dancer, 2015, bronze (edition of 3), 26 x 7 x 13 in., available from the artist
Contemporary sculptures
Marc Mellon (b. 1951), “Marcelo Gomes as Apollo,” 2017, bronze (edition of 12), 26 1/2 x 10 in., available from the artist
Contemporary sculptures
Richard Macdonald (b. 1946), “Joie de Vivre,” 2007, bronze, 82 x 68 x 55 in., private collection

This article originally appeared in Fine Art Connoisseur, January/February 2018


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