Raleigh, NC, United States – September 26th, 2014 /PressCable/ —
Art gallery patrons will be fascinated by the innovative use of colored concrete at a new exhibit by artist Nicola Godfrey. Godfrey, an NCSU graduate in Environmental Design who also studied in Copenhagen and the New York Academy of Art, and is the featured artist for the recently opened Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery in Cary, NC.
“Nicola's designs represent a radically new approach to everyday household objects”, says gallery owner Gordon Munro, a former New York fashion photographer. “Hard surfaces are transformed by the imaginative use of an infinite variety of shapes, colors and textures, and each piece is a work of art. Made out of concrete, Nicola's designs are also practical for everyday use and work equally well indoors and outdoors.”
In her sculptures, Godfrey uses specially crafted sheets of flexible concrete to mold into a design, then applies color before finalizing the artwork. Her customers use the finished pieces as decorative sculpture, wall art, tabletop centerpieces, as well as outdoor bird baths and garden planters. Some customers request custom designs and Godfrey color-matches them as needed.
The gallery holds a monthly open house on the second Friday of each month when the artists are available to explain their artistic techniques and answer questions. The current exhibit for Godfrey's functional sculpture runs through October 8, 2014.
About the Artist
Nicola Godfrey has devoted much of her life to the study of art, design, architecture and culture – both historic and contemporary. Her career began as a student of nature in a rural suburb of New Your City. There she could explore endless fields and forest or take advantage of the culture in Manhattan.
She moved south to study Landscape Architecture at the School of Design at North Carolina State University. During that time, she attended the University of Copenhagen in Denmark where she studied historic and contemporary design in Western and Eastern Europe.
After receiving her degree in Environmental Design, she created and managed a landscape design-build firm for 15 years. Turning her focus to fine art and sculpture, she pursued studies at the NY Academy of Art, NY Academy of Design, and the Silvermine in New Canaan, CT, setting the foundation for connecting art and nature within the human experience.
About the Gallery
Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery, located alongside Gordon Munro's Cary Portrait Studio, features the work of painters, sculptors, fine art photographers and printmakers, both local and national.
Having spent much of his career shooting for magazines such as Interview, W, Vogue and Bazaar, Gordon Munro is known for his fashion photography, studio work and celebrity portraiture. Born in England, Gordon was inspired by the works of famed photographers such as Richard Avedon, Hiro, Art Kane and Irving Penn, the latter of whom he worked with for four years following his move to New York in his early twenties. In the decades since, Gordon has had a thriving career in fashion, beauty and editorial, with a resumé that includes the likes of Lancome, Revlon, Clinique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Judith Lieber, and Bill Blass.
During his decades-long career as a photographer, he satisfied his curiosity of the arts by visiting Manhattan's many varied galleries, among them the Museum of Modern Art and the Met, alongside the more avant-garde examples in SoHo and Chelsea, such as OK Harris Gallery and the Gagosian, and those specializing in photography, among them Pace McGill, Staley Wise and Howard Greenberg.
Name: Gordon Munro
Organization: Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery
Address: 952 High House Road, Cary, N.C. 27523
Release ID: 64372