Highland Parkers’ Kamp Gallery hangs new shingle
Barbara Vahlkamp hangs a painting for the the first show at the new Hubbard Woods location of Kamp Gallery. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 13, 2012 10:41AM
Highland Park residents Nick and Barbara Vahlkamp met over art, loved over art and just plain love art and each other. They have been combining their love for art and each other in their Kamp Gallery in Winnetka, on Lincoln Avenue, and at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for more than 20 years. Now they have moved their gallery to a single location, the former site of the Pierre Deux Gallery in Hubbard Woods.
Their first show in their new space, at 996 Green Bay Road, will be The New Fauves.
This will be a first-ever exhibition on the North Shore that is dedicated to the Fauvist Movement. (“Fauvism is not an invention, an attitude, but a way of being, of thinking, of breathing.” - Maurice de Vlaminck)
The Fauves (“wild beasts” in French) emerged at the beginning of the 20th century and continued to paint and evolve during the ensuing half-century.
The hallmarks of the Fauvist movement were strong, saturated colors paired with uncomplicated figures.
Foremost among these painters were Henri Matisse (1869-1954), André Derain (1880-1954), Georges Braque (1877-1953), Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), and Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958). The New Fauves are a group of like-minded artists committed to the propagation, style, aesthetics and approach of the great Fauve painters.
Kamp Gallery believes the style of the New Fauves is a gold mine of dazzling art. Artists featured will include Ken Christiansen, Kathleen Elsey, C.J. Michelson, David Pickett and Brian Simons.
Each canvas to be exhibited is ebulliently painted in the manner of the Fauves, using bright, vivid colors and bold, meaningful brush strokes.
These artists hail from across the United States and Canada, have different backgrounds and training, yet come together over their mutual adoration for the Fauvist movement, and their talents for painting in its tradition.
For more information, visit the gallery online at kampgallery.com.