For Immediate Press
SOLD at Auction today, May 4, 2023 in Paris, France
Shane Guffogg, 2017, “At The Still Point of the Turning World – Only Through Time is Time Conquered” oil on canvas, 84 x 108 inches (231.3 x 274.3 cm)
$480,000 USA Dollars | 435,200 Euro
This sets a new record for a Guffogg painting to be sold at auction for this amount.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GUFFOGG STUDIO, LOS ANGELES
Dear Friends and Art Collectors,
It brings the Guffogg Studio, and Patrick Carpentier great pleasure to report on May 4, 2023, a significant oil painting created in the Los Angeles studio by Shane Guffogg, sold at auction in Paris, France, by Expertisez auction house, “The Still Point on the Turning World” series of paintings are described by Shane Guffogg as,
Thoughts become words – words have meanings that define thought; a brushstroke is a thought. It takes countless brushstrokes to make an image that can potentially be read like a word. I am forever dancing with the invisible, trying to entice it into manifesting into my/our world. Thoughts and words can be guides for how the invisible is to enter into our dimension of time and space. The words of T. S. Eliot’s poem, “The Four Quartets” set the stage for my hand and mind to become one, entering into a hypnotic rhythm that pulsates between the background, middle-ground, and foreground – the past, present, and future…
Join us to celebrate this triumph!
Shane Guffogg Studio
1028 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Shane Guffogg was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised on an exotic bird farm in the San Joaquin Valley. His interest in painting began while a teenager when he traveled to Europe and the former Soviet Union and was exposed to the Masters. He received his B.F.A. from Cal Arts, and during his studies, he interned in New York City.
He relocated to Los Angeles, where he lived in Venice Beach and worked as a Studio Assistant for Ed Ruscha from 1989 until 1995. His work began exploring the iconography of Ancient, Classical, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary cultures and the relationships among the various times and peoples. During this exploration, he found that painting is one of the few art forms that may express what language cannot. The resulting work contains its own language of sign and symbol, and in its patterning, visual depth, and light, simultaneously seems to refer to emotion, to the human spirit, and to the unseen worlds of Quantum Physics and Super String Theory.
Guffogg works in oil on canvas, paper, watercolor, gouache, pastel, and traditional etchings on zinc plates. The size of the work ranges from the intimacy of 10” x 8′′ to the monumental 10′ x 8′. His oils typically have up to 100 layers of translucent colors mixed with a glazing medium, which causes the paintings to seem illuminated from within.
Guffogg’s language of light and color in the oil paintings manifested into glass, with the shapes originating from the negative spaces within his paintings, creating a visual duality of male and female, organic and architectural shapes. The glass sculptures are created in Murano, tying his sculptural ideas to an ancient history of glass making. These shadows have also taken shape in Carrara marble.
Guffogg’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, The Imperial Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, The Gallery of the Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles and other public collections.