CERA – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Recent commission by street artist, CERA.

We are excited to have this piece in our collection.

We met CERA in Milwaukee in 2016 when he was one of the featured muralists in the Black Cat Alley Mural Festival.  Since then we have been following his work.

Connect with CERA at @cera_streetart

SKRT SKRT, Spray Paint (Montana 94), acrylic, on hand cut wood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2018

SKRT SKRT, Spray Paint (Montana 94), acrylic, on hand cut wood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2018

 About CERA

Cera graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2012 with a major in printmaking. He has exhibited across the country in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Houston, and Philadelphia. He’s also exhibited work overseas in South Korea, including solo projects, as well as a collaboration. The artist is currently operating out of Philadelphia.

Most recently, CERA and Katie Batten completed a mural in downtown Milwaukee. Click the link to read about their Migration Mural. 

Links:

“Migration” mural takes flight in once-creepy Jefferson Street Pedestrian Tunnel, Milwaukee Record [link]

Downtown Tunnel Gets Colorful Mural, Urban Milwaukee [link]

Pedestrian tunnel in Milwaukee transformed by mural; ‘A sense of wonder and surprise’, Fox 6 [link] 

 

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Tony Conrad, Untitled – Appleton, Wisconsin

Untitled

Acrylic on canvas

12″x12″

2016

redstripes-copy

Statement

Tony Conrad’s recent paintings take inspiration from the meticulous patterning characteristic of traditional Persian rugs and fabrics. In their symmetry, arabesque embellishments, and vibrant colors, his paintings epitomize the delicate beauty of these woven textiles. Collaged into the composition, however, are images of bullets—metallic cartridges and round case heads scanned from photographs and printed on thin paper. Conrad juxtaposes gender and cultural stereotypes in complex opposition. The iconic symbols of masculinity he remembers from growing up in rural Wisconsin—trophy stags, hunter silhouettes, and ammunition—are combined with densely layered designs of Persian femininity and domesticity. In placing them in conflict with each other, he also synthesizes them in an ironic harmony with political and sexual implications.

About

Tony Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.  Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he now lives.  Conrad’s work has been exhibited in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.  Recently, his paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.

Back Alley Steps and Trailer Alley by Sara Willadsen – Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its newest acquisition from artist, Sara Willadsen.

Trailer Alley acrylic on canvas 18" x 30" 2010

Trailer Alley
acrylic on canvas
18″ x 30″
2010

Back Alley Steps oil on masonite 24" x 24" 2010

Back Alley Steps
oil on masonite
24″ x 24″
2010

Sara Willadsen makes pictures that satisfy her curiosity in aesthetics and found materials. Combining these articles with reappropriations of her own work allows her to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop.

Sara Willadsen was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1987. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Graphic Arts from Lakeland College in 2010. Working mainly with paint and various site-specific found materials, Willadsen’s work explores concepts of abstract spaces and structures guided by her surroundings. She has had work featured in New American Paintingsand Fresh Paint Magazine and shows frequently in group exhibitions across the country. Willadsen currently works as a visual artist and freelance designer in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Visit Sara’s website to view more work. Click here.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

Untitled Portrait (Houses) by Rafael Francisco Salas, Ripon, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its newest acquisition from artist, Rafael Francisco Salas. 

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin based painter. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.

His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. His work is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Salas is also a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

Samantha Haring – Chicago, Illinois

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. Her work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. Haring uses her studio as subject matter to discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence.

Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring received a scholarship from the Union League Club in Chicago in 2013. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, most recently in the “Art of Painting” exhibition juried by William Bailey. Haring’s work is included in the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5; her work will be published in the upcoming 2015 Midwest issue of New American Paintings. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Here is one of seven paintings that are now in the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection. 

Haring_MarlboroRed3

Marlboro Red 3, gouache on panel, 6″x6″, 2012

To see our newest acquisition click here.

Visit samharing.com to check out her work.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

Rafael Salas – Ripon, Wisconsin

Our newest acquisition comes from Rafael Salas, a Wisconsin-based painter, from Ripon. We were first introduced to his work back in 2007 in Milwaukee. We reconnected a couple years later. We found the interplay between realism and abstraction quite captivating. 

Our two acquisitions are studies for paintings called Untitled Interior (Funeral), Untitled (House), Untitled Interior (Living Room), Abstraction Study #1, and Abstraction Study #2.

You can view these paintings at rafaelsalas.com.

To read his statement click here.

rafaelsalas, abstract study II, 2011

rafaelsalas, abstract study I, 2011

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.