Small-scale art
American Art Collector|October - November 2020
RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, hosts its annual BIG ART, small canvas exhibition beginning October 31, featuring an array of artwork by some of its most sought-after gallery artists.

The show is wide-ranging in its subject matter, with everything from figures to still lifes captured in the small-scale format. Among those participating are Alexander Klingspor, Frank Oriti, P. Smallwood, Suzy Smith, Armando Valero, Salvatore Alessi and Juan Béjar.

“Our annual BIG ART, small canvas exhibition has been appreciated and well-utilized by collectors at all levels. They recognize the well-priced diversity of the smaller unique artworks that we offer for holiday gift-giving and to fill the small, open spaces in their homes, waiting for just the right treasure to be found,” says gallery owner Richard J. Demato. “The featured artists are masters of the canvas, creating small masterpieces with big appeal. As an added incentive, we are also offering free shipping for the holidays.”

Klingspor’s works in the show include two paintings from his Eat The Night series, which is inspired by his New York City friends who are mostly from the burlesque performance world. Cassandra depicts Cassandra Rosebeetle, while Pete’s Tavern is his artist friend David Peña at Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place in Gramercy, where they used to go to dinner.

Oriti’s newest body of work features everyday items that he considers objects of beauty. “These colorful and unique ‘portraits’ of sneakers allow us a glimpse into a rich and constantly evolving culture,” he shares. Included in the show are AF1 Low Cactus Jack and Jordan 4x Levi’s Denim, which he says, “reference some of my other paintings in which the intense study of different materials like denim and leather are the main focus.”

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