Rob Mueller is a master photographer whose life, wants, ambitions and skills are as varied as his photography - he is a highly successful photographer, an engineer, a father and a musician.
Mueller's own connection pertains to the beautiful buildings and landscapes of Spain and Portugal. He's been to Spain four times in the past three years. "That's where I felt that my picture-taking should take me," he says. "I just felt like I had to do white buildings and very close shots," he recalls. "Some of the buildings and the area are 600 or 700 years old," he adds.
Along with the archaic motif comes a mixed cultural influence. "The Romans, the Moors, Germans, a Jewish culture and even Scots lived in Spain. With all of that you get a tremendous amount of diverse architecture," he says. Mueller prefers shooting architecture because he can "get close to it."
The photographer hopes that those who view his works will see shapes and contrasts among the blacks, whites and grays. His theme is geometry in nature, whether they are manmade or natural. "A clump of trees that forms a rectangle or whatever," he says.
His recent series includes unusual stairway perspectives, arches with broken-glass windows through which a hint of a garden peeks through and a ladder against a wall that's full of lichen.
"Some say that my pictures look lonely. I may like to be alone, but I certainly enjoy my family life and being with people from time to time," he says as he reflects on a print that features numerous cafe-style chairs arranged haphazardly against a stark wall with not a speck of life in sight. "I do enjoy being alone, though, and that comes through in my pictures."
Mueller's photographs opened at the Fraser Gallery on Friday, January 16, 1998 and the show was reviewed by the KOAN Art Newsletter. Click here to see more of Mueller's works.
With a terrific reception on Friday, February 20, 1998, the memorable works of Ted Kliman made their formal debut in Georgetown. This evocative artist, whose art is able to deliver a poignant visual connection to the solemn history of the Hebrew people, was on display until March 18, 1998. To read the Washington Post's review of the show, click here.
On exhibition since March 20, 1998 and hanging until April 15, the 1998 Georgetown International Art Competition brings together artists from all over the country as selected by juror Barbara Januskiewicz, an award winning artists and host of the popular TV art show "Creative Vision." This juried exhibition selected 31 pieces from
342 eligible artists who submitted nearly 1200 slides for judging. A total of $1,500 was awarded in prizes to the winning artists. Send us an email to get in the mailing list for next year's show!
The Best of Show was awarded to John Salminen, for his entry Dundas Street, Toronto. 1st Place was awarded to Fred Doloresco with In the Window; 2nd Place was Veronika Hart with Self Portrait with Robe; 3rd Place was William Rodgers with Dutch Still Life. Furthermore, Honorable Mention winners were Ruth Clinard with Interior, Joe Bascom with Brown Paper Bag and John Carrao with Sugar Baby.
An exhibition of work by the artists represented by the Fraser Gallery. We hung work by Jim Banks, Ed Bordett, David Bruner, Tucker Bobst, Adam Bradley, F. Lennox Campello, Danny Conant, Greg Denton, Foust, Catriona Trafford Fraser, Elaine Hahn, Ted Kliman, MaryEllen Malinowski, Rob Mueller, Tamaki Obuchi, Bonnie Printz, Malcolm Sharp, Grant Silverstein and Karen Watendewao
An opening reception was held on Friday, April 17th, 6-9pm and the work was on exhibit until Thursday, May 14th.
One of America's greatest living masters of surrealism, Tucker Bobst is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work shows regularly in Paris, London, Munich and now Washington, D.C.
He has won many distinguished honors and awards, and his works have been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Artes Populares in Mexico City, the Espace Lyonnais d'Arte in France, the International Biennale in England and closer to home, at the Maryland Federation of Arts and the Corcoran's 30th Biennial in Washington, D.C.
Tucker is acclaimed for his "people in paintings" series of prominent artists, writers, actors and politicians. His subjects include Vivian Leigh, Tennesse Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Aldous Huxley, Rudolph Nureyev, Barbara Bush and Bill Clinton.
A reception for Mr. Bobst was held on Friday, May 15th, 6-9 PM. The show will be on exhibition until June 17, 1998. To read the Washington Post's review of his show, click here.
He has worked in locations throughout the United States and has exhibited his work extensively in museums and galleries. His works have received numerous awards and are included in many corporate and private collections.
Bordett's images are familiar urban landscapes and evocative street scenes. They are executed with strength, sureness and an intrinsic appreciation of the effects of light and color.
A reception for Mr. Bordett was held on Friday, June 19.
Diane is a member of the prestigious Virginia Watercolor Society and in 1994 her work was selected for inclusion in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Her work was featured in the magazine Watercolor Magic in 1996 which showcased the work of America's best watercolor painters. In 1997 Diane's painting "Sonatina" was awarded Best in Show at the Georgetown International Art Competition, an annual exhibition at the Fraser Gallery. Diane was awarded $1000 and a solo show which was on exhibit from Friday, September 18 until Thursday, October 15, 1998 and had an opening reception on Friday, September 18 from 6.00pm until 9.00pm.
In 1997 the Fraser Gallery held the first Georgetown International Art Exhibition. 315
artists from around the world submitted over 1000 entries of artwork in all medias. The
Judge, F. Lennox Campello, selected 39 pieces for the exhibition which were displayed at
the gallery in April, 1997. The following three artists were awarded Honorable Mentions
by the judge. Read the Washington Post review of this show here.
Barbara Januszkiewicz has exhibited her paintings extensively within the Greater Washington area for several years and her work has been acquired by both corporate and private collectors.
Barbara has developed a loose and enthusiastic style of painting, using bold, bright colors and concise brush strokes. She is perhaps best known for her unique portraits which use personal objects to illustrate the personality of the subject, as opposed to a facial representation.
Barbara is also the Executive Producer and Host of the cable television show Creative Vision. Each month Barbara interviews artists, collectors, curators and gallery owners to discuss various issues related to the visual arts in this area.
David FeBland is a self-taught artist, born in England and based in New York. David has been described by the New York Times as a rising member of the new wave of urban figurists.
His paintings of urban life combine humor with pathos and the distorted features of his subjects compound the surreal vignettes of human drama. FeBland describes his work as "invented reality", which is under scored by his non traditional use of perspective and composition. David's work has been published in New American Paintings and Harpers Magazine and he has participated in over thirty exhibitions in the past year.
Hai-Ou Hou is a graduate of the Central Institute of Fine Art and Design in Beijing and a former professor at the Hubei Fine Arts Institute of Wuhan in China.
In 1989 Hai-Ou emigrated to the U.S.A and has since gone on to exhibit her work throughout America. Hai-Ou works primarily in oil and has won many awards for her paintings, many of which depict scenes from her native country as well as portraits of the Xingjiang, an ethnic minority living along the border with Russia.
The opening reception was held on Friday, October 16, 1998, 6-9 PM and the work was on exhibit until November 19, 1998. Two paintings by David Febland sold.
Catriona Fraser returns for a third showing of her black and white infrared landscapes from Scotland. This year's show features several new photographs, including new images from the Callanish Stone Circle and other stones circles from the Isle of Lewis. A reception for Ms. Fraser and a celebration of the beginning of the gallery's third year was held on Friday, November 20, 1998 from 6-9 PM and eight photographs sold on opening night and twenty all together.
Award winning artist, art critic and writer F. Lennox Campello returns for this third gallery show. This year's show is in the theme of "Drawings Inspired by Celtic Myths, History and Legends," and borrows heavily from Celtic mythology and the great research and informational resources available at Celtic Heart.Twenty drawings will be on exhibition. The show opened on Friday, December 4, 1998 with a reception for the artist and eight drawings sold on opening night and a total of twelve drawings were sold.