So, I wanted to post what’s been going on in the studio at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach. Here’s a picture I took yesterday of a commissioned piece of wrestlers called “Souplay”…. for now… that name is likely to change.
Here is another piece that is currently in the works of two NFL football players Bruce Smith from the Bills and John Elway from the Broncos. No name as of yet so stay tuned.
This is a picture I took early this morning with a helmet and shoulder pads on Bruce Smith. The little elves in Richards studio have really working hard to help him make things come together.
Last but certainly not least we have the lady on the bench. Eventually we plan to have two children on the bench with the lady. The concept is suppose to be of a mother that falls asleep reading a book and her children are next to her trying to tickle her nose with a flower.
This lady is actually modeled after the lovely Joy Thompson who is the daughter-in-law of Kathy Thompson. Kathy is the mother of a son who suffers from ALS, therefore making her a fervent advocate for ALS research. Learn more about her charity, Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. People from all over the world donate they’re beautiful quilts to help support research for ALS.
This is one of the great oil paintings on wood by Micha Arkhipoff, that we have at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach. He is one of our newest artists to have work displayed. The little tag that you see below the rose says “Maison de Bonmeur” which translates to “House of Happiness”. Arkhipoff’s style is quite similar to that of Salvator Dali’s. Very three-dimensional, mystical, and definitely surreal.
On the shores of time lost Oil on wood by Micha Arkhipoff
Ok, so I have to show you one more example of his work. Just look at all of the symbolism and how detailed it all is. You can’t help but feel that the artist is trying to send some sort of message to his audience.
We do have one more painting by him at our Laskin Road gallery in Virginia Beach, VA, but you’ll have to come in to see that for yourself. I do realize that some of you may live no where close to Virginia Beach so instead you can click here to see the other painting. And feel free to browse around the rest of the site!
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