In this post on his Paint and Plaster blog, Sean Hennessey describes his personal art collection and the outstanding DC artists whose work it includes. An excerpt:
“I wanted to share something very personal to me. our art collection. not pictures or anything, but the artists that we collect. My wife Rania and I have, over the last few years, been trying to collect works of DC area artists. We’re pretty committed to promoting and supporting local art and we have a lot of great friends that happen to be great artists.
Place and community are important to us. We also want to shape our collection into something very personal and a narrative of sorts or our life, people and things that we want to be close to. Our collection is one venue and outlet for our creativity. I’ve talked to a number of people recently that want to collect DC art but were uncertain where to begin.
I hope this helps those people… as well as just serving as a list for me to remind myself to buy art. Plus, you know.. if any of you want to buy us gifts (our birthdays are both in february). And yes, its 100% subjective. And no, I mean no offense if you are not on this list.
So far, we’ve managed to get works by these wonderful artists:
I knew Novie a looong loong time ago, well before either of us knew of one another as artists. I was taking a year off of college, she was working at a punk rock pizza joint where a roommate of mine worked. We were acquaintances, but not really friends. I re-met her at a lecture at the Arlington Art Center and she showed me some of her work. I fell in love with it. Plus Novie is a great woman. I got to know Novie better as we were both on the board of the Washington Sculptors Group for a spell and we are now studio neighbors out in Mount Rainier. I can’t get enough of her work and if rich enough would get her to design an entire room. I deeply hope that I can actually work with her on projects in the future.
I first saw Andrea’s work at Artomatic back in 2002. Stunning pieces and I’ve been buying jewelry from her for years. Her studio was nearby our house and before she took a sabatical from DC we bought a small piece of hers. we need a larger piece i’m afraid. it’s unique and beautiful. natural and synthetic. delicate and indestructible. I dont know a soul that doesn’t love her work.
Once michael started working in his now renowned scraffito technique i really wanted a piece of his. I’ve managed to pick up a few of his pieces at the Washington Glass School open studios. I’d really love to buy a large panel of his works, especially his more architecturally oriented pieces. he should be an art megastar. His work is that compelling.
I met and became good friends with Tim at the 2002 Artomatic. I had gone a bit over the top with a painting installation at that artomatic and was fortunate to have tim fall in love with my work. I was able to barter with tim to get some cool pieces of his. nothing like his newer pieces… which i covet. Even though he is mostly known, these days anyway, for his self contained video installations, my favorite pieces of his are complicated and narrative arrays of found objects with cast and blown glass. series such as the 7 deadly sins. But then again, maybe if ya’ll would stop buying his work, his prices would go down and i could afford it. ; ) Tim is one of the founders of the Washington Glass School, a MUST SEE studio for every art lover and collector in the dc area.”
Click here to read the complete post, including more profiles of exemplary DC artists and descriptions of their work.
Image in the post is Novie Trump’s White Woods.