Arizona Fine Art Expo Featured Artists; David Barkby & Ronald Wickersham

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The Arizona Fine Art Expo is showcasing two artists that personify their craft: Dave Barkby, wood sculptor and Ronald Wickersham, abstract expressionist painter. Both artists are exhibiting at the Arizona Fine Art Expo through March 24th.

"The Arizona Fine Art Expo is an oasis in the desert. A must see for all art enthusiasts'

The works of Dave Barkby & Ronald Wickersham cannot be overlooked by those who value the creations of talented artists, thereby confirming their own exquisite discernment.

For many years now, the Arizona Fine Art Expo has provided a unique showcase for many talented artists who choose to exhibit their works. It is a celebration of the artist and art, giving art enthusiasts the opportunity to meet award-winning, renowned and emerging artists from throughout the USA and abroad. Coupled with the vast spectrum of works exhibited, from realistic depictions of the west to individual abstract interpretation, the Expo is unparalleled.

Dave Barkby
Born in Syracuse, New York in 1964, Dave moved to Dover, Pennsylvania in 1972. At the age of twelve, David began working with wood, leading to a life-long passion. Developing his art from personalized custom pieces, Barkby’s art evolved into woodturning and his intricate and complex wall sculptures.

Barkby Woods was established in 1991 in Dover, Pennsylvania. Dave is internationally renowned woodturner whose sculptures range in size from thirty-six to a hundred and twenty inches. Each piece of burl is hand picked by Barkby, who has become very adept at choosing the best burls to produce the highest quality and unique wood turnings. All his sculptures are one of a kind and Dave is the only turner creating these pieces that go up to ten feet in diameter.

In October 2000, Dave was awarded the status of Juried Member in Woodturning at state level by Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

Ronald Wickersham
Art gently rubbed RAW! At first glance, the viewer sees shameless color, complex texture, and spontaneity. The creativity is raw and it’s uncooked, perhaps rough. However, a closer examination reveals an unexpected elegance along with an ambiguity, that is carefully inserted through out the work.

Painted juxtapositions hold meaning-- often playful themes or an occasional social or political message, but the real meaning is always left to the viewer. Thoughts run rampant with unfinished phrases and trains of thought that barrel through the station, slowing down just enough to splash their way on to the canvass. Corrected spelling becomes a casualty.

 Some images may have the feel of having been applied because time was running out and it seems as if the artist is in a hurry to tell us something …  or for the audience to tell him something! Sometimes rudderless, the art beckons for the viewer to give it direction. This work is not for everyone. This work is for those who are not afraid to examine or reexamine notions they have always assumed to be true. The subject of raw art may even beckon for the eyewitness to take a side. Often leaving us with more questions than answers, it becomes clear the artist does not take a side. With his use of authority figures such as religious icons, politicians, kings and celebrities, we can see the artist's conflicted views of the human situation in an amusing and non contemptuous manner.

The figurative work, may exhibit inevitable aloneness. However, the art seems to creatively illuminate the darkness and celebrate rather than hide such difficult emotions, 
quilted together in a patchwork of fragmented thoughts, images and color making for a puzzle and leaving the solving for the viewers. Some paintings are a study in contradiction and conflicted emotions, beliefs that at best, seem uncertain as if the artist is standing on always shifting ground. His graffiti work illustrates this best, aggressive movements, and vibrant colors seemingly there to awaken tired heroes; the onlookers are asked to hearken back to a day time of youthful innocence, perhaps face some of one’s own conflicts we harbor as an adult. Moreover, the artist challenges the viewer to re-live their first drive inn movie.

To see more of the artists work, visit David Barkby in studio 72 & Ronald Wickersham in studio 24 at the Arizona Fine Art Expo.

January 10th thru March 24th, 2013
Open 10am until 6pm, 7 days a week.

Arizona Fine Art EXPO, 26540 N Scottsdale Road, 85254
Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Roads, North Scottsdale.
5 miles south of Carefree & 5 miles north of Loop 101 (5 minutes).

Open to the public
100 studios filled with award-winning artists passionately producing art. Easy access and wheelchair accessibility.

Season Pass (one time fee) $10, $8 for seniors and military.
Purchase passes at the gate or call ahead.
Return as often as desired at no additional charge with Season Pass.
Parking is free.
visit or call 480-837-7163

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