Do you love large scale brightly colored artwork? If your answer to this question is yes, then you are going to want to head over to the Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte’s Southend to check out the exhibition for artist Sally King Benedict. Not to mention that checking out galleries is the perfect way to start your Saturday morning.
Sally King Benedict lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston in 2007 and also studied at Central St. Martins in London. her work has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living among others. Growing up in Atlanta, Sally frequently traveled and attended art openings, exhibits, and design shows, seeking inspiration from the work of both past and contemporary artists. Sally King Benedict is an intuitive painter whose brushstrokes are sure and precise. Her compositions flow together combining subject matters, linking images through layers creating a narrative that is unique in it’s own right. – Hidell Brooks Gallery
The works featured in her exhibition ‘Lanai’ were inspired by a three week trip that Sally and her family took to Hawaii over the Christmas holidays last year and the brilliant colors the artist used definitely show much the tropical landscape and surroundings of Hawaii inspired her.
Most of the pieces in this exhibition were ‘puzzles’ made of several wooden pieces that were fitted together, along with In the Middle a triptych (a work of art that is divided into three pieces) and several other pieces on canvas. I was fascinated how well the wooden pieces fit together so well, and the bright colors were so brilliant to see in person.
As always I like to learn a bit about the pieces, including which of the pieces are Katharine Hidell Thomas and Rebecca Brooks favorite, and on this occasion we also learned which painting from the show was the artists personal favorite.
One of the pieces in particular from this show River’s Map was inspired by Benedict’s son, who loves volcanoes, map making and x marks the spot.
Planning on adding a new piece to your personal art collection? I’d hurry over to the gallery, b/c when we were there only five paintings remained up for sale. The exhibition is on display through 3/28.