Our mission at The Road Gallery is to showcase the work of talented emerging and established artists and to make their work accessible to people who love art and who want a positive experience buying art. One of the ways we are achieving this goal is through the newest section of our gallery, The 500 Project.
The 500 Project is a curated collection of beautiful, original, affordable artworks, all priced under $500. You can browse the collection and purchase pieces directly through our website. We have found a number of incredible and inspiring new artists to join The 500 Project and many of our existing artists have produced or selected pieces especially for the collection.
We’d like to introduce you to some of the new artists who have joined The 500 Project:
Jesse M. Bell was born in Marshall, Michigan and received his BA in Visual Arts from Olivet College. Since that time, Bell has been creating work that strives to condense his visual language into two-dimensional imagery. Focusing primarily on the abstraction and interaction of organic shapes in various painting mediums, he employs symbols and detached iconography to create what he refers to as “visual poems”. Bell has shown in numerous group and solo shows throughout the Upper Midwest and currently works and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Julia Clift received her BFA in Painting and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and she studied under the painter Odd Nerdrum in both Norway and France. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous locations, including Arnot Art Museum, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Wythe Hotel, and the Green Hill Center for Contemporary Art. She currently teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Jefferson University. She lives and works in the Philadelphia area.
The Plein Air series featured in The 500 Project are small works painted outdoors in single sessions, lasting several hours at most. Embracing concision, the paintings crystallize Clift’s emotional experiences of the natural world.
Michael St. Germain
Michael St. Germain lives and works in Newton, MA. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York and Massachusetts. He employs abstraction to create the illusion of reality. His engagement with materials is mediated by Pareidolia: “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.” His works embody arbitrary rules, accumulation of material and musculoskeletal bias. He values relative experience and unintended aesthetic consequences. He sees artistic potential in literary, sensory and aesthetic misinterpretation. His role, as an artist, is to create and promote an opt-in supplemental reality. This real and imagined “aesthetic hybrid “is affected (and actualized) by each viewers’ emotional climate, susceptibility to illusion and ability to exist in the present moment.
Case Jernigan grew up by the ocean in South Carolina. He mapped pathways through the rocks, jetties, and marshes populated by alligators, pelicans and turtles. Living there he felt like an explorer, and those memories of adventure drive his studio practice. He studied at the College of William & Mary and The New York Studio School. He now lives and works in Brooklyn. Jernigan’s work has been show in solo and group exhibitions in New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut.
He begins with a singular image, a letter, animal, or architectural reference. He’s inspired by old maps, storybooks, and ancient art from Egypt and Greece. Images expand and are held together by maplike notations, threads and clues, such as arrows and stippling dots. Details and directional devices in the work reference those found on a map, board game or illuminated manuscript. Swathes of ink obscure and highlight the graphite and pen imagery as he stress transparency, intensity of color, and personal mark-making.
Born in Hawaii, artist Mark Perry now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He specializes in printmaking, working out of his own studio. He works mainly in etching, relief, collagraph, woodcut, and intaglio methods. He is interested in layering, sequencing, variation, and repetition. Most of his imagery is non-representational with symbolic and recognizable elements involved. All his works featured in The Road Gallery are one of a kind, and all of them are hand printed via a press. Perry has participated in a multitude of shows and exhibitions in Oregon, Hawaii in addition to Louisiana, New York and Connecticut.
Josh M. G. Yates
Josh M. G. Yates is a British visual artist currently living and working in New York City. In 2012 he acquired a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in the fall of 2013. Josh’s work is exhibited in both the USA and Europe, primarily New York City, Boston and London. He sells and licenses his work to businesses (commercial, hospitality, residential) and to private collectors.
His current work is, at the core, an ode to drawn elements which he further manipulates both digitally and traditionally. Though his degree is in painting, he considers line work to be the strongest aspect of his practice, and the use of digital manipulation imparts a feeling of control that becomes a theme maintained throughout the rest of the creative process.
Artist Paul Rutz graduated from the Naval Academy in 2001, earned a master’s degree eight months later, then served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kennedy. While in the Naval Reserve he danced ballet with various small groups. After working as a reporter/photographer for the Pentagon’s press service, he went back to school to study imagery in American culture, completing a Ph.D. dissertation on art and the Iraq war in spring 2011. Throughout, he used the practice of painting to digest the stagecraft around him, earning the chance to show and sell that work. Eventually he took on painting as his main vocation. His work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Oregon, Virginia, Indiana, Washington and D.C. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.