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The Vault: A NICHOLAS HARPER ARCHIVE EXHIBIT curated by Ken O’Brien and Britney Krchnavy

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Think Local: Artist, Restauranteur and Neighborhood.

Please join us for this ARCHIVE EXHIBIT featuring Nicholas Harper. Enjoy DJ Moxi, Cash Bar and Menu.

Monday, March 31st, 6-10pm

@ Toast Wine Bar & Cafe (415 North 1st Street, Minneapolis(

http://www.toastwinebarandcafe.com

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ARTIST TALK THIS THURSDAY

Please join us Thursday, March 13th @ 7pm for an artist talk with Venus DeMars.  Venus will be discussing her drawings as well as performing a few songs and reading from her upcoming memoir.
 
Hope to see you here!
 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502829713277218/?ref_notif_type=event_mall_reply&source=1

“Bones & Arrows / Swords & Snakes: 
Drawings of self – insides out”
A Solo Exhibition Featuring Venus DeMars
February 15th – March 15th, 2014

Venus de Mars presents drawings on archival sketchbook paper, created during 20 years of rock tours, and a trans-journey of body construct, and mind deconstruct.
Darkness and moonlight. Tits and dick. Stars and thorn. 
Dream
Addiction 
Glitter
Death
These are fragile bits of paper memory twisted rich and tangled from a black ink ballpoint medium tip. 

www.roguebuddha.com
www.venusdemars.com

More about Venus:
Venus de Mars is best known as the iconic leader of the long standing Minneapolis dark-glam/trans band: “Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses.” A band which Venus formed in the early 90′s, and has continued with since.

But s/he is also known in the arts community as a performance artist. S/he is both a former McKnight Multidisciplinary Artist Support, and Bush Artist Support fellowship recipient, as well as one of the core artist from the now defunct 1980′s era “Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery,” which was formerly located on Minneapolis’ infamous “E-Block.” 

Throughout he/r musical career and touring schedule, Venus has kept up with all he/r other art disciplines, including these many ball-point pen notebook drawings which have become a kind of life journal for he/r. 

“They’re kind of a collection of emotional self portraitures,” s/he says of them. “The central subject is most often a trans-person. non-gender or racial specific, with imagery taken from actual life events which happened to me during the time of the drawings and I usually include dream imagery which also occurred during the same time periods.”

The formality of these drawings were modeled after trips overseas when Venus came across old religious icon art in various European art museums and Church tours.
“I love the symbolism of that old art form, and thought I could bring the style into my own work. Since then, it’s become a kind of style-template for me. Something to build my 2-dimensional imagery with.”
These intricate and fragile ball point pen drawings have occasionally become the inspiration for Venus’ large 8-foot by 10-foot oil or acrylic paintings.

 

INAMORATA (study) by Nicholas Harper

A new piece available at the Love Stories Group Exhibit which opens tomorrow at Chowgirls! Cheers!

Details at: http://www.facebook.com/events/488880967896426

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BLACK MADONNA (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s Punk Prayer)

This piece is currently available at Gallery 360 until Feb 23rd. It’s the second painting I’ve made using Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot as the subject of a portrait. For more info, shoot me a message. Cheers! 

 

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Bones & Arrows / Swords & Snakes: Drawings of self – insides out A Solo Exhibition Featuring Venus DeMars

The Rogue Buddha Gallery is extremely pleased to present:

“Bones & Arrows / Swords & Snakes: 
Drawings of self – insides out”
A Solo Exhibition Featuring Venus DeMars
February 15th – March 15th, 2014

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Venus de Mars presents drawings on archival sketchbook paper, created during 20 years of rock tours, and a trans-journey of body construct, and mind deconstruct.
Darkness and moonlight. Tits and dick. Stars and thorn. 
Dream
Addiction 
Glitter
Death
These are fragile bits of paper memory twisted rich and tangled from a black ink ballpoint medium tip. 

www.roguebuddha.com
www.venusdemars.com

More about Venus:
Venus de Mars is best known as the iconic leader of the long standing Minneapolis dark-glam/trans band: “Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses.” A band which Venus formed in the early 90′s, and has continued with since.

But s/he is also known in the arts community as a performance artist. S/he is both a former McKnight Multidisciplinary Artist Support, and Bush Artist Support fellowship recipient, as well as one of the core artist from the now defunct 1980′s era “Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery,” which was formerly located on Minneapolis’ infamous “E-Block.” 

Throughout he/r musical career and touring schedule, Venus has kept up with all he/r other art disciplines, including these many ball-point pen notebook drawings which have become a kind of life journal for he/r. 

“They’re kind of a collection of emotional self portraitures,” s/he says of them. “The central subject is most often a trans-person. non-gender or racial specific, with imagery taken from actual life events which happened to me during the time of the drawings and I usually include dream imagery which also occurred during the same time periods.”

The formality of these drawings were modeled after trips overseas when Venus came across old religious icon art in various European art museums and Church tours.
“I love the symbolism of that old art form, and thought I could bring the style into my own work. Since then, it’s become a kind of style-template for me. Something to build my 2-dimensional imagery with.”
These intricate and fragile ball point pen drawings have occasionally become the inspiration for Venus’ large 8-foot by 10-foot oil or acrylic paintings.

Beata Rustica: The Tale of the Would-Be Saint

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A few months back I mentioned that one of my pieces was going to be used as the cover of an upcoming novel… It’s here!!!

Beata Rustica: The Tale of the Would-Be Saint
A novel by award-winning author Meredith Steinbach
Available now on Amazon and select bookstores!

It just arrived at my door! 75 pages in and I’m completely in love with it! A magical realistic mythic representation about, well… life, in all of it’s dark and humorous glory, by way of a dwarf.

Literary magical realism has been one of my biggest inspirations for my work. It opened a new world (or, more accurately, allowed me to see the world anew) and inspired the approach I take to painting the human figure, outside of the bounds of what is natural or “real”.

I’m elated that the first novel one of my works is a part of is a Magical Realistic tale, and that it’s brilliantly written!! Thank you so much Meredith!!! Back to reading!

Cheers!

BELLA DONNA by NICHOLAS HARPER

A short film showing the evolution of the painting “Bella Donna”. The original is sold but currently available to view at Gallery 360, in South Minneapolis, through February 23rd. Cheers!

BELLADONNA: PAINTINGS BY NICHOLAS HARPER

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BELLADONNA

PAINTINGS BY NICHOLAS HARPER

@ GALLERY 360

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JANUARY 11th, 7-10pm

Please join us on the evening of January 11th from 7-10pm for the opening reception of Belladonna, Paintings by Nicholas Harper at Gallery 360.

Nicholas will be exhibiting a number of new pieces along with a few oldies but goodies.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I started drawing as a young child as a way to pass the hours of solitude, a coping mechanism I’m sure.  I found shelter in the tip of a Design pen gliding it’s way across a bright sheet of Arches.  Somewhere, where the ink met the fine tooth of the paper, there lie an entire world of potential, where anything was possible and every question had an answer.

Years later, after making art not only a profession, but a lifestyle, I’ve come to know that for every question answered, there are many more to be uncovered.  Perhaps therein lies the wisdom behind the saying “It’s in the journey, not the destination.”

The friends I’ve met along the way have been a great source of inspiration and motivation.  Whether they are artists, collectors, enthusiasts or just plain passers by taking a peak into the world of art, they have all contributed to my work and my life, and for that I am grateful.  I hope that you stick around and perhaps our journeys can be made all the better by traveling them together.

ABOUT

Nicholas Harper is an Atelier trained, award-winning artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Harper refers to his artistic style as magical realism and is heavily influenced by Russian and Orthodox Iconography. Perhaps most well known for his portraits of women with long necks, Harper attempts to convey his personal symbology in which the compositions represent the inner struggle within each of us, between our spiritual potential and our worldly natures.

Over the past 14 years, while continuing to own and operate the Rogue Buddha Gallery as a labor of love, Harper has continued to expand upon his personal artistic repertoire. He has exhibited throughout the country and is collected widely. He has also appeared in numerous publications, including CNN, where he was named as an artist to watch.

Most recently, Harper was featured on MN Original on PBS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:

www.gallery360mpls.com

www.roguebuddha.com

Happy Holidays!

OWL AND LARK HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW, THIS SATURDAY! DO NOT WANNA MISS!!!

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Hey Cats and Kittens! It’s that time of year again. Time for another trunk show and sale to roll out the new 2013 fall/winter jewelry collection. Just like last year, Rogue buddha Gallery in northeast minneapolis will be hosting the sale. The first 50 people through the door will be able to draw out of a hat for a chance to win one of 10 pieces of jewelry that will be given away the day of the show, so come early before all the good stuff is gone! It’s also small business saturday so be sure to stop by any of the local businesses and restaurants that northeast has to offer. What better way to avoid the crowds and support local artists and businesses this year. Also, we will have complimentary gift packaging available to further assist you in your holiday gift giving. Be sure to linger and check out the beautiful art on the walls. There’s sure to be something for everyone. Hope to see you there and bring a friend!

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