Past Exhibitions

TEXAS TREASURES

3116 Garrow street, Houston, 77003

October 14-15, and 21-22, 2018

HOUSTON, Texas - Vaughan Mason Fine Art and Antiques, LLC, presents Texas Treasures, a unique art sale benefiting the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The bi-annual pop-up sale is free and open to the public from noon to 5 pm on October 14 – 15 and October 21 – 22, 2017, and by appointment. The sale will be displayed in an elegant warehouse at 3116 Garrow Street (77003) in the historic and revitalized Greater East End district near Ninfa’s on Navigation.

Significant works have been assembled and curated by Thomas Mason and Heidi Vaughan from important Texas private collections and top Houston galleries. Featured in the sale will be works from McClain Gallery, Moody Gallery, Sicardi Gallery, Cindy Lisica Gallery, Parkerson Gallery, Off the Wall Gallery, and Mixed Emotions Fine Art. Major works include paintings, sculptures, and prints by Anthony Caro, Miguel Angel Rojas, Carlos Cruz-Diez, James Drake, Luis Jimenez, Robert Rauchenberg, Edward Lee Hendricks, John Alexander, Willem De Kooning, John Fincher, Dale Chihuly, Jene Highstein, William Cannings, Joseph Havel, Derek Bosier, Karin Broker, James Surls, Carlos Silva, Mark Flood, Terry Allen, Claes Oldenberg, Jesus Bautista Moroles, Ammar Alobaidi, David McGee, Robert Wilson, and Deborah Nehmad.

Vaughan Mason Fine Art and Antiques will donate one third of the profits from the sale to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The CFRF was initiated in the wake of 9/11 as a means to help families affected by acts of terrorism, catastrophes, and natural disasters and has distributed more than $300 million to people in crisis, including providing assistance following Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy. They will match the Texas Treasures donation dollar for dollar, and distribute 100 percent of the funds raised to people in need in Houston.           


VAUGHAN MASON FINE ART

ARTIST TALK WITH ALTON DULANEY

May 26, 2018

Artist Alton DuLaney will be present on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 1pm at Vaughan Mason Fine Art, for an artist's talk and discussion of his latest work. A video of DuLaney's newest performance art piece, entitled ART Brand, a collaboration with Uriel Landeros, will be shown at the talk.The gallery is located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in Houston, Texas.

The current exhibition includes objects from his collection of work, ART Signs, which made its debut in Marfa, Texas, in 2017, in addition to a new series that focuses on materiality, including diamonds and gold, U.S currency, and the human body.
 
Through expertly crafted pieces, DuLaney's work examines ART's ability to transform objects, images, and actions. The exploration of signs - inanimate yet capable of communicating instruction - and text - the word ART always appears as subject, theme, and title - are reoccurring themes in his work and this exhibition. Through a variety of mark-making techniques, such as stenciling, branding, and tattooing, he adds the word ART, executing a thoughtful concept, and simultaneously branding the maker as an artist.
 
Alton DuLaney is the Art Director of James Surls’ studio, Splendora Gardens, an elected member of the Splendora City Council, and can be seen promoting creativity on national television as The World’s Most Famous Gift Wrap Artist. A brief biography on the artist can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OftRW4RC-Y.

 


 

VAUGHAN MASON FINE ART ANNOUNCES

EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS

BY JEFFREY F. WHEELER

June 30-July 28, 2018

 

Vaughan Mason Fine Art is proud to feature the work of Lubbock, Texas artist Jeffrey F. Wheeler in From the Shores of the Adriatic, opening June 30 and running through July 28, 2018 at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and painted ceramic works created in the past year and inspired by the artist’s travels in Europe. Much of this body of work was done in Marusici, Croatia, a tiny tourist town on the Adriatic Sea, twenty miles east of Split, as well as around and in the studios of Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence, France, and Giorgio de Chirico in Rome, Italy. The gallery opening will be held from 5 to 9pm and Wheeler will give a brief artist talk at 7:30 pm during the opening.
 
Wheeler made pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Modern masters, creating images that are pastiches of everyday life mixed with art historical references and abstraction, typical of much of his recent work. He continues to reflect varied visual approaches that illustrate rare observational skills and a unique relationship to his materials. While the overall aesthetic strategies may be familiar, the tone of this work is a departure. The sardonic wit at the heart of much of Wheeler’s oeuvre is absent as he explores new environs and revisits iconic paintings. In between the beach and Old World scenes, the artist visited the sites of the creation of some of the most famous works of the Modern period. His recent explorations give these works an immediacy and presence reflecting a reverence for his predecessors and their innovations.
 
To help celebrate the opening of this special exhibit, Wheeler’s brother, Bryan Wheeler, also a visual artist and the frontman for the band, Los S.O.B.’s, will perform a special acoustic set.

 


 

VAUGHAN MASON FINE ART ARTIST TALK

BY AVISHEH MOHSENIN

August 25, 2018

Vaughan Mason Fine Art is proud to exhibit the works of Houston artist Avisheh Mohsenin, who will have an artist talk on Saturday, August 25th at 1 p.m., at  3510 Lake Street at Colquitt.

Avisheh's talk will focus on her reflections of her experiences creating the Resurface exhibition. It will include images relating to Hurricane Harvey that are not part of art featured in the show. The artist and the exhibition are the subjects of a documentary. A crew will be present filming  the event, which will be included in the documentary. A representative from the Houston Arts Alliance will give brief remarks regarding a fund dedicated to disaster resilience training for artists and arts organizations. A portion of sales from Avisheh's exhibition will go toward the fund.

Last August, with her studio only 600 feet from Buffalo Bayou, Avisheh returned from a summer vacation to find that it had been submerged for days. Her pre-digital era photos were immediately considered ruined. The blow of the destruction of memorabilia, family slides, and artworks was one similar to the violation felt by a loss. In the heat of the moment, in trying to save some part of the collection, she entered into a creative mode working with muddy images, discovering them in a new state. They were no longer the images of loved ones but surfaces with sophisticated lines and colors, as if made mindfully and with intent. The accidental effect was a silver lining.
 
The “Excavation” part of this series presents reborn images in the form of reprinted archival photographs. They are the product of marinating slowly in a mix of photo chemicals and flood water. The “Reinterpretation” part of the series includes collages made using images related to the flood and its aftermath. Putting pieces of doors and windows and chairs on top of each other on a canvas functioned to revere their potential and allowed the artist to be in charge of the devastation, not its victim. The entire process served as a tool for healing.

A catalog about the exhibition is available for purchase at the gallery with essays by Patricia Restrepo, writer, independent curator, and Assistant Curator & Exhibitions Manager at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, as well as Rabéa Ballin, MFA, curator, artist, and arts educator. Avisheh's exhibition runs through September 1st.
 
View the Houston Chronicle's Gray Matters feature on Avisheh here: https://goo.gl/2dyNcy 
View the Houstonia's feature on Avisheh here: https://goo.gl/hiEa5f
Avisheh's website can be be found here: www.avishehmohseninart.com


THEDRA CULLAR-LEDFORD'S ACCOUTREMENTS

Exhibition

September 8, 2018

Vaughan Mason Fine Art will open the exhibition, Accoutrements, the latest series by Houston artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford, on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries.
 
The joyful series, Accoutrements, is based on actual personal luxury objects from Thedra's patrons’ and friends’ closets. This new work is an extension of her earlier art that focused on female subject matter, such as dolls and feminine forms, but is a lighthearted shift from her emotionally heavier subjects like ethnicity, body image, and cancer that she is known for. Many of the new paintings have been translated onto clothing and accessories, including handbags and dresses, which will be available at the gallery during the run of the show.
 
Thedra is perhaps best known locally for her large, controversial exhibition, Lady Part Follies, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 2016, and Drawing the Eye to Nothingness at G Gallery in Houston in 2015. She has two additional upcoming exhibitions. P Town Babies opens at AMP Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts in September 2018.  A show at Ivy Brown Gallery opens in February 2019 in New York City to coincide with Fashion Week.
 
Thedra will have an artist's talk on September 22 at 1pm at Vaughan Mason Fine Art. The show Accoutrements runs from September 8th until October 13th.


ROn Hartgrove'S

ghosTS Exhibition

October 20, 2018

Houston, Texas – Vaughan Mason Fine Art will open the exhibition, Ghost, a new series of paintings and sculptures by Ron Hartgrove, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the gallery located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries.
 
Ghost is a tangible exploration of the evanescent, inspired by the artist’s 50 years of practice in Transcendental Meditation. The paintings and sculptures in the exhibition reflect three dimensions simultaneously: the physical, mathematical, and spiritual. According to Hartgrove, “Ghosts come in many guises. All memories, couched in word or image, are types of ghosts. All nagging regrets are forms of ghosts. All the books, music, and visual art created by writers, musicians, and artists long dead are ghosts. When our conscious minds are presented with effable, audible, visual information we are infected by the insight, power, and spirit of those once living beings. Art works are what linger between the living and the dead.”
 
Hartgrove has been a practicing artist and internationally award winning jeweler since the 1970s. He counts among his early patrons John and Dominique de Menil, who bought several of his works of art that are now part of The Menil Collection. Ghost is a brand-new series for the artist. He will give an artist talk about the work on Saturday, November 10, at 1 pm. The exhibition runs through November 24 and is part of Houston Sculpture Month 2018.

PATRICK MCGRATH MUÑIZ
PROPAGANDA PERPETUA
Exhibition Opens December 1, 2018

Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is proud to open the exhibition Propaganda Perpetua,  the latest project by Houston-based artist Patrick McGrath Muñiz, on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries. The exhibition runs through January 12, 2019.

Propaganda Perpetua considers and explores the hidden connections between American consumer culture, propaganda, and Spanish Colonial iconography. The works represented are a response to an indifference to the rising threat of consumerism and climate change. With roots tracing back to the time of Columbus, and adopting Renaissance painting techniques on canvas and retablos reminiscent of Spanish Colonial art, Patrick emulates earlier indoctrination strategies and devices from the time of the Conquest of the Americas, providing historical continuity between Colonial and Neo-Colonial narratives. Patrick’s works question the modernist creed of growth, progress, profit, and the presumed human dominion over nature. His paintings expose an embedded belief in consumerism and the disproportionate attention and faith placed on technology, corporations, and mass media.

Patrick McGrath Muñiz is a Houston-based artist from Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western hemisphere. After experiencing Hurricane Harvey first-hand in Houston, and witnessing Hurricane Maria passing over Puerto Rico, where most of his family and friends live, the issue of climate change has become very personal. By appropriating figures and icons present in Art History, Pop culture, Christian iconography, mythology, and Tarot, Patrick paints portraits and scenes that mirror his own experience living in a world of stronger storms, hurricanes, and floods, as well as alternative facts, climate change denial, and misinformation.

Patrick’s work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, in Mesa, Arizona, as well as in numerous private collections in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. His most recent exhibition, Tarot Novi Mundi, is currently on display through November 2018 at the Jung Center in Houston.

Patrick will have an artist talk to discuss his recent works of art on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 1 pm.

For more information please contact Heidi Vaughan at 832.875.6477 and at  heidi@heidivaughanfineart.com.

HEIDI VAUGHAN FINE ART

Presents

SUSAN BUDGE OBJECTS OF AFFECTION

Houston, Texas – Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is proud to open Objects of Affection, an exhibition of bronze and ceramic sculptures by Houston-based artist Susan Budge, on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries. The exhibition runs through February 16.

Objects of Affection is a body of work reflecting the artist’s passion for making sculpture. Contained within the exhibition are pieces devoted to different themes, all of which are connected with love. Hearts are Budge’s most common signifier, which she uses to reference various aspects of affection. Summed up by Kahlil Gibran, “… be wounded by your own understanding of love… and meditate love’s ecstasy.” Mystery is expressed in her work, Eros, and maternal love in Eye Spy. Passion is revealed in Ecstasy, and paid in Why Cry. Respect for nature occurs in Harvey, the personification of a storm. Other works investigate psychological influences and meditative impulses.

The physical, sensual, and direct qualities of clay have challenged Budge throughout her long career. Her work serves as a catharsis in times of turmoil, a salve during stable times. Kandinsky said that “Everything has a secret soul which is silent more often than it speaks.” Budge uses that statement as a reference, an expression through form.

Budge has been making ceramic sculpture for forty years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work has been included in hundreds of exhibitions, and is included in important private collections in the United States, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Her sculptures can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Angelo Museum of Art, the Art Museum at Northern Arizona State University, the Art Museum of South Texas, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition to these, Budge has completed six public commissions, and received numerous awards, honors, grants, and residencies. Prior to returning to Houston, she was a tenured professor at San Antonio College. She currently teaches ceramics at Art League of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School.

Budge will have an artist talk at the gallery on Saturday, February 9, at 1 pm.

HEIDI VAUGHAN FINE ART

Presents

HillerBrand+Magsamen

Houston, Texas – Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is proud to open the exhibition The Devices Project, a collection of photographs, video, and sculptures by Hillerbrand+Magsamen, on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street in the Upper Kirby Galleries. The exhibition runs through March 30.

The Devices Project is a multidisciplinary undertaking originally conceived as an experimental theater production presented in May of 2018 at the MATCH performance venue in Houston. Originally titled 147 Devices for Integrated Principles, the artists have continued to grow and develop the project and have created varied renditions of it. This exhibition features a curated selection of photographs, video, and sculptures from the project. New to the program are the hand-manipulated photographs that have been sewn into, bedazzled, silver leafed, and spray painted, so as to be more sculptural, unique, and playful with what is real. Also new are a series of 3D printed sculptures of devices originally created for the photography.

The Devices Project explores the idea that we can create tangible objects to deal with abstract emotions such as confusion, grief, loss, and anger. Using the body and simple everyday objects such as twine, aluminum foil, cups, and toys, Hillerbrand+Magsamen have made contraptions and actions with full knowledge of the futility in trying to control fate. Perhaps these tools won’t actually help a dying mother, a defiant teen, or the wrinkles and gray hair that mark old age, but they can provide a way to understand, communicate and have hope, making the futility more bearable. They are a metaphor for our persistence to grow in this world as individuals, families, and community members. 

Stephan Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Mary Magsamen is the Curator at Aurora Picture Show. Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice prioritizes and utilizes collaboration, process, and media experimentation through videos, photography, installations, and interdisciplinary performances. They explore their relationships to each other and society with an uncanny sensibility that merges the real and unreal, blurring boundaries between life and art, and often includes their two children, Maddie and Emmett. Hillerbrand+Magsamen will have an artist talk on Saturday, March 23, at 1 pm.