Saturday, June 16, 2007

East Coast studios #3: Carol Struve & Stephen Niccolls

Carol & Steve were two of our fabulous hosts during our East Coast Stay. One of their big recent projects has been fixing up the beautiful 3-story house they bought within the past year in Kingston, New York (on the Hudson River, about an hour & a half from NYC).
I hadn't seen recent work from Carol in some time, and things have changed! So it was exciting to take a tour through her portfolio of monoprints, mostly done during a fellowship at the Women's Studio Workshop (also near their home. On a rainy day later in the trip, we visited there-- very cool place.) Carol's new work is more completely abstract (earlier work had abstracted landscape forms), celebrates color and color relationships, and is very much a result of exploration & discoveries made through the print-making process. I think we all wanted to take a monoprint workshop with her by the end. (More about Carol here-- click on her name...)

I posted about Stephen's work here a while back, while he was having a show at the Van Brunt Gallery; but it was nice to see some of the paintings in person (funny how those little jpgs don't do a big painting justice!)
Here's one shot in his studio on the second floor of their house-- and at right are 2 paintings culled from his website where you can go to see more.

Below are a couple of his lovely, subtle, idiosyncratic gouache pieces.

We miss you guys already!
Thank you so much for conversations, tour-guiding and general hospitality!

Below: playing duelling cameras with Stephen, and L to R, Tony, Stephen, Bev & Carol, while at Bev's ... .


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