New Release: Michael Flohr’s, “Parisian Rain”

•July 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery is excited to unveil the latest Fine Art Limited Edition by artist Michael Flohr.

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Paris is known as the city of love because of its architecture, history, and aura of romance. What better place for contemporary painter Michael Flohr to capture in his most recent “rain” series?

Flohr’s fond memories of Paris are personal in nature. The memory of visiting cafés in the Montmartre district where the great impressionists Cezanne, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec frequented inspire and excite his imagination. Flohr’s distinct style is both impressionistic and expressionistic in nature, making Paris the perfect place to paint yet another great masterpiece.

Using rain as a metaphor for cleansing, the sparkling lights of the city glow with a renewed brilliance. The Eiffel Tower stands proudly in the background, bringing contrast to the female figure holding a vibrant, red umbrella. Symbolic of the artist himself, this visual innuendo speaks of bold individuality and undaunted perseverance. The composition originates not only from seeking new places, but also from seeing places with new eyes. Some may surmise that Michael Flohr paints moments, not places. He is an artist that sees the beauty of the physical world, but ultimately yearns to paint the experience of being in a special place, at a special time. Parisian Rain is the embodiment of what is quintessentially Michael Flohr.

New Release: Michael Summers’, “Catnip”

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Exclusive Collections Gallery is excited to unveil the latest Fine Art Limited Edition by artist Michael Summers!
Catnip by Michael Summers
195 SN, 25 AP, 10 PP
36″ X 48″

It’s a jungle out there! That is one way to look at life, but artist Michael Summers challenges his viewer to look again with fresh eyes of imagination. In his latest work, Catnip, the artist speaks to the need to lighten up, to play, and take a little “nip” out of life!

Elaborating on this idea, Summers explains, “By being open to new events, new ideas, new types of art, we allow ourselves to learn, to empathize, to grow.” Summers continues to grow as an artist, as with each new painting he demonstrates his strong understanding of not only color, composition, and subject matter, but the personal message of his artistic dialogue.

In this meticulously refined and detailed work of art, Summers once again marries his mastery of realism with a contemporary abstract setting to bring forth a surreal experience. Each vertical line of color is added by hand to recreate the effect of dripping paint. The gradation in the background illuminates the isolated scene like a spotlight on a stage. In the foreground, three rare white tigers lie close together as a family. The tiger lying in the colorful rain has surrendered to the experience, and his perception of the world will be forever altered. The tigress and cub sit safely under the umbrella watching, while a second cub ventures off to explore the territory. Marching to the beat of his own drum, he pounces and plays in a colorful puddle, enjoying the experience while the others look on.

Catnip is a celebration of life. The capacity to feel jubilation is in direct correlation to our ability to explore all that life brings! Catnip reminds us all that it is ok to venture off the path and pounce when we find the right puddle to play in.

Momentous Milestones

•July 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery Celebrates 20 Years

Art is and always has been a crucial part of our human existence. Art chronicles history and tells a visual story of the experiences of life. It allows the viewer to look back in time and discover a different view of times past.

Exclusive Collections Gallery was founded on the ideal that the impact art has on a society is relevant and significant. The role that the visual arts play is something worth preserving. It is with this ideal in mind that the first EC Gallery was opened in 1995 in San Diego.

Known for discovering talent, EC Gallery established itself to be on the cutting edge of art, discovering half a dozen unknown artists and brought them to international acclaim. Over the last two decades, the galleries have uniquely drawn from this talented group of premiere artists under exclusive contracts that hail from all different genres.

EC Gallery is rooted in the commitment to artistic excellence, a philosophy that continues to grow as they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

Today, there are six EC Galleries including locations in Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops, in the seaside art town of Laguna Beach, two in downtown San Diego in the popular Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village as well as a gallery in Beverly Hills. Continuing to expand, they recently acquired a sixth gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado in May. Future EC Gallery locations include Hawaii as well as many other top US markets in the next five years.

One thing that makes EC Gallery unique is that all but one of their galleries have been acquired galleries that were in closing, they saved and reopened them under the EC Gallery brand — preserving the cultivation and 

accessibility of art in these cities. Their secret to success has not only been seeking great art but also discovering the non-established talent and bringing them to market. Once more, the patrons of the gallery are family and it is an approachable open style to art that continues to bring art seekers in the door.

Each member of the gallery is passionate about the role art plays in the individual human experience. Whether it is the directors, consultants or artists on the team, each member’s role is to provide the best experience and put the collector’s interests above all to experience art in a pristine, comfortable, luxurious environment with ease of decision, lack of pressure, and fullness of joy. The true excellence of EC Gallery’s vision is in excellence of art and that is found in their core belief that “art that stands the test of time.”

There is a human element in every aspect of the art business. EC Gallery’s passion stems from the love of what they do and operations driving from integrity and with people in mind. The true essence of EC Gallery’s vision is the excellence of art and the core believe in “art that stands the test of time.”

If you are a long time patron, you are an important piece of the fabric in the tapestry of their 20-year history. Perhaps you have never been in one of the EC Galleries, please come and see what has made this such a special brand that will continue to grow and flourish for decades to come. You will not find another gallery with more passion and commitment to the art, staff, long time patrons and future art lovers than at EC Gallery.

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Bella Hearts

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery (ECG) warms up the hearts of local communities with their art showcase, Bella Hearts. This amazing art was created by an eight-year-old named Isabella Thorn, who has been painting ever since she first held a brush at the young age of 16 months. To date, Isabella has created more than 400 Bella Hearts, showing that even the smallest among us can have a huge impact. Bella Hearts’ pieces are collected and have traveled to collectors as far away as Dubai. These beautiful hearts can be seen at all five EC Galleries.

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At Isabella’s choice, 10% of the proceeds from her work go to benefit children and animals in need. It is her hope that every time someone sees a Bella Heart, there is a child who has benefited from another’s love and compassion. Each Bella Heart is an original creation made by the hands of three generations of artists. Together, grandmother, mother and daughter combine their creative talents to generate a beautiful, unique work of art crafted from the inherent love generated within the family.

Bella is frequently on TV and has been featured on KUSI Good Morning San Diego and San Diego 6 CW Wake Up San Diego. Her Hearts have been presented at different art shows, some shows where she has even painted live. Bella, a wonderful child, is creating art to help other children. What could be more special?

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Asencio, “Eclectic Beauty”

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This August at Exclusive Collections Gallery in San Diego’s Seaport Village, Henry Asencio presented a new collection of original oil paintings at his show, “Eclectic Beauty”.

In addition to a stunning array of new original paintings, Asencio also presented his newest available Fine Art Limited Edition painting, titled Classic Beauty.

“It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”
—excerpt from Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”

Asencio’s newest Fine Art Limited Edition, Classic Beauty, celebrates the fundamental artistic elements of line, composition and light. As Asencio exhibits a seamless transition from drawing to painting, she, too, cannot be neatly defined or precisely bound to a series of connected lines. Her personality and the essence of her being gracefully leap from the canvas.

Hands on the hips, her confidence and strength shine through. Her face need not be revealed to determine that her beauty on the outside reflects every ounce of beauty that materializes from within. Asencio’s brushstrokes create a raw, palpable energy while the sepia tones demand a breathtaking silence.

With so many stunning works of art, several paintings from the show have been selected for future limited edition release, including the pair Flamenco and Italia, as well as Intrepid and Recollection.

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Flamenco and Italia, two dancers, pay tribute to the aesthetic beauty of the human form in dance, as well as the beauty in dance tradition. Movement, strength and storytelling that emanate through flamenco dancing perfectly parallels the kind of messaging that Asencio seeks to portray in his work.

Intrepid and Recollection continue Asencio’s exploration into monochromatic works of art using sepia oil paint.

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An upheaval of masculinity charged with the turmoil and fleeting memories. A teetering between emotion and a dedicated presence. Captive of his own struggle and triumphs, he is empowered not by his physical statement but all that is in accord with his recollections. His movements mirror his resolve. He remains shadowed as he remains unknown even to himself. Posed for a latent revelry, he begins the journey.

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The beauty of painting with a singular tone is the immediate gratification in capturing the subject’s essence. Many times in these works the abstraction supports the figure, but in this piece it was the reverse. The figure’s shadows follow the fleeting strokes. The negative shapes of the figure are in harmony with negative shapes of the background. It’s as if she is the key puzzle shape designed to fit with the rest of the painting. The figure doesn’t impose itself, but interlocks perfectly within its design. This in turn mimics the subject’s acceptance of her surroundings and immerses her psyche into the realm of uncertainty.

On Saturday, Henry Asencio painted live in front of his audience. Standing at the Artist’s Stage, Asencio continued a painting, using a live model who posed in the gallery as a reference.

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Thank you to everyone who came to support this fabulous artist in one of his most exciting exhibitions to date!

EC Gallery Celebrates 19 Years in Business

•July 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections has come a long way in its 19 years, but it has never wavered in its spirit of community and family closeness. This past weekend, EC Galleries celebrated its 19th Anniversary with artist appearances, live painting, food and drink, and fun for the whole family!

SEAPORT VILLAGE

Artists Steve Barton and Walfrido Garcia joined Exclusive Collections Gallery in San Diego’s beautiful Seaport Village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With delicious food created by Chris’ Ono Grinds Island Grill and hula dancing performed by the Island Praise Dance Ministry, it was a weekend of fun in the sun!

Barton and Walfrido at Seaport Village

Both artists painted live in the gallery, demonstrating their amazing brushwork and eye for beauty. While similar in subject matter, each artist carries a distinct style of painting that sets them apart. Walfrido Garcia uses many layers of oil paint that gradually build up to create serene seascapes of tropical paradise. Steve Barton, applying thicker brushstrokes to the canvas or even a surfboard, creates a painterly quality that contributes to the three-dimensional aspect of his work. This three-dimensionality is also seen in his signature wavy frames.

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HISTORIC GASLAMP

BYOB! Michael Flohr visited Exclusive Collections Gallery in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp to celebrate with drinks in hand and on the easel! Art collectors brought in their favorite bottles to be turned into works of art by Michael Flohr in beautiful oil-on-paper sketches.

LAGUNA BEACH

Daniel Merriam enchanted art collectors in Laguna Beach with a dazzling new collection of fine art limited edition paintings. Four new paintings include A World Away, Music Room, The Falconess and Staying on Top. Fans and art collectors were able to meet Daniel Merriam and learn more about the fantasy and imagination that inspires the way he sees the world.

BEVERLY HILLS GALLERY OPENING

EC Galleries is proud to announce the newest gallery location in the ECG family: Beverly Hills! Join us July 30 from 6pm to 8pm for an opening celebration featuring artist Henry Asencio! He will be creating a new work of art at the gallery from a live model.

Address: 229 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 | Phone: (310) 278-7117 | Email: pr@ecgallery.com

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Michael Flohr Show “A Moment in Time” at EC Seaport Village Gallery

•July 9, 2014 • 1 Comment

Attendees had more than just a moment this weekend to speak with Michael Flohr about his newest collection, “A Moment in Time.” He hosted the three-day exhibition June 20-22 at EC Seaport Village Gallery where collectors got a first look at the collection of original oil paintings inspired by the artist’s travels and observations. Unveiled for the first time, Michael Flohr also presented his newest fine art limited edition painting, Romance in the Rain. The painting depicts a couple walking through the rain in Piazza Navona in Rome. Through Flohr’s vague brush strokes, he is able to capture the sparkling reflections and he transports viewers to the Piazza, as if they’re right there watching the couple. He says he sometimes takes pictures of places but generally sketches the setting and takes notes for later. He then goes into the studio to put his contemporary impressionism into practice. “My wife always says I have greedy eyes because once I see something I can’t let it go. I have to get back in the studio and paint it,” Flohr told the audience on Saturday.

Guests mingled over complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The collection captured snapshots of cities throughout the world, including Austin, San Diego, New Orleans, Paris and San Francisco and offered collectors a taste of travel without ever leaving home. He draws inspiration from “little snapshots, kind of like when you’re walking down the streets, you see something that just sparks out,” said Flohr. This was his 12th exhibition for EC Gallery.  He met gallery owner Ruth-Ann Thorn while sketching at a cafe next to one of her past galleries in La Jolla. “It was serendipitous, I was sketching next door to her gallery in La jolla 12 years ago,” said Flohr. “History was made!” added Thorn. A lot has happened in the last 12 years. Flohr started a family and painted countless masterpieces. Three generations of the Flohr family attended the gallery opening to offer their support for the master artist. The family-friendly event ran all weekend and was featured on San Diego 6 News Saturday morning.

 
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