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Artist Spotlight: Hand-Crafted Sculpture Amidst the Conceptual Art Revolution
Speaker(s): Gino Miles, Rhonda Long-Sharp
Recorded at: Art Southampton 2015

Artist Spotlight: Hand-Crafted Sculpture Amidst the Conceptual Art Revolution

This session features a conversation with internationally known contemporary artist, Gino Miles.

Talk Details

Rhonda Long-Sharp will examine the craftsmanship and complexity of his remarkable works, which are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. His hand-craftsmanship will be juxtaposed with that of today’s conceptual art movement.

Attendees of this session will learn that:

  • Much can be learned from exploring an artist’s process; despite trends in technology, many of today’s artists employ classic methods to create their art.
  • Debate exists about whether conceptual art should be valued the same as non-conceptual art.
  • Classically trained artists create in non-classic forms.

Speaker Details

Rhonda Long-Sharp

After a successful 20+ year legal career defending men and women on death row in the highest courts of the US, art enthusiast and collector Rhonda Long-Sharp decided to formally pursue her passion for the arts in 2005. Beginning as both an art consultant and modern art broker, Long-Sharp specialized in post-war and contemporary multiples and works on paper. Recognizing the internet’s inherent global accessibility to fine art and cognizant of obstacles that virtual galleries can place in a collector’s path, Long-Sharp invested substantial resources and years of experience as a collector and dealer to provide national and international buyers with security and confidence in the acquisition process. Long-Sharp Gallery warrants each work sold with extensive warranties as to condition and authenticity. Long-Sharp Gallery has placed works in important museums, corporations, and in public and private collections. With modern and contemporary fine art clients on 6 continents, Long-Sharp Gallery is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with being a member of various federal bars, Long-Sharp is also a member of the International Fine Art Appraisers and the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association.

Gino Miles

(American, b. 1952) Inspired primarily by 20th Century European masters such as Moore, Brancusi, Archipenko, and Marini, sculptor Gino Miles has worked with both monumental and small dimensions since the 1970s. Miles distills his love of the classical figure and objects found in nature, working with a sparse and contemporary language that embodies tranquility. Stripped of an overt narrative, Miles’ abstract forms achieve a poetic harmony of man and nature, with subtle references to both the human form and ancient cultures. Gino Miles became interested in painting and sculpture in the early 1970s at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also earned a Master of Art in Sculpture. He studied at Universita per i Stranieri in Perugia and the Accademia di Belli Art in Florence. A profound love of teaching inspired Miles to help establish Italart, a school for American and German students in the Chianti region outside Florence. After many years of study and work in Europe, the artist and his wife returned to the US and settled in Santa Fe, NM. Miles’ large-scale works are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Some of these include Spencer Museum at University of Kansas, Evansville Museum, Disney Corporate Headquarters, the cities of Cerritos and Napa, CA, the City of Edmond, OK, and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, among others.

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