Coe & Co Photography Gallery is a collaboration between photographer Nathan Coe and Cavalier Ebanks Galleries, bringing to Nantucket and Palm Beach an unparalleled selection of works by leading fine art photographers.
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Guy Stanley Philoche Subway Token
Nathan Coe Breaking the Rules
Bjorn Skaarup Seated Hippo Ballerina
William Nelson Boom Boom
Jim Rennert Head Games
Andrew Blauschild Ghost Twin
Dean West Palm Springs #2
Tyler Shields Rolls Royce
Wolf Kahn Salmon River
Kadir López Havana Monopoly
Haitian-born, Connecticut-raised, modern artist Guy Stanley Philoche immigrated to Connecticut when he was three. As the middle child of three boys and coming from a family of sports enthusiasts whose passion he didn’t share, Philoche turned to art as his calling. While remaining close to his Haitian roots, Philoche was the only son to buck his culture’s tradition of the entire family living together and struck out on his own – first attending Paier College of Art and then Yale. He now lives in New York City.
For the past 15 years, Philoche has been attracting international attention with his work and his impressive roster of solo shows. As an artist, his palette is strong and sophisticated. His layering technique has created a body of paintings so richly textured that one can hardly hold back from reaching out and touching the canvas. In fact, it is the artist’s intent and wish that the viewer will follow their desire to reach out and feel the different textures of his canvases. His work is for the viewer’s pleasure, to be fully enjoyed from a tactile standpoint, and he has varnished the canvases for exactly that reason.
In Philoche's “Come Fly With Me,” series, the artist’s lush surfaces were inspired by the buildup of city walls, thick with traces of wheatpasted posters, advertisements, tagging and graffiti. Paper airplanes made from collaged reproductions of dollars and euros come zipping through the frames, leaving their swirling trails behind them in great looping gestures. From the glib use of $100 bills for some of the airplanes, to smaller denominations folded into the form of butterflies that momentarily alight on round canvases, Philoche’s folded bills draw attention to currency’s status as an abstract sign, with no inherent material value once detached from its system of circulation.
In the spirit of nostalgia, Philoche created his “Game Series” which is inspired by joyful childhood memories with his family. As Guy explains “Every Sunday we gathered for dinner.” Afterwards, the board games came out. “When playing monopoly there were many ‘side deals’, exchange of monies and ideas, these were fun, bonding times.” In this series the canvases are made to look worn, well used, right down to teeth marks. To achieve this look the artist uses a distressed color palette and textures the canvases with dents, cracks and tears. The goal is to evoke nostalgia, warm memories of shared times with his friends and family.
His series, New York, I Still Love You is a collection of mixed media paintings on canvas that are inspired by famous New York tropes and events. Philoche describes the series as “my way of telling NYC that I still love her! If you have left New York [during the pandemic] these paintings are of the things and places that you loved when you were here that made the city so unique and special. If you are still here, then you know that the city we love is still alive. These paintings reflect the things that we connect with that gives it the pulse you can’t find anywhere else,” says Philoche. In addition, the mixed media on board series is inspired by Polaroid photographs, “what I love about them is the ability they have to capture a moment - you can write down the when, where and who.”
Philoche's powerful palette and perspective have garnered him a strong following – he’s collected by everyone from George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Tommy Hilfiger to Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and Barclay Investments Inc. Although very successful, he considers himself an outlier in the fine art space and wants to change the conversation around access to art, in particular for communities of color. His studio is in Harlem and he was one of a handful of artists chosen to work on the Black Lives Matter mural on 125th Street. Philoche is a big believer that art is for the people, he even placed one of his own paintings on a street corner in East Harlem and told his followers on social media that anyone who wanted it could come take it, in the hopes of bringing someone joy.
As his success as an artist continues to grow, so does Philoche’s dedication to philanthropy in his community. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Philoche turned to Instagram calling out to support his fellow artists who had work to sell. Over the last 2 years, he has purchased over 150 works by up-and-coming artists across the globe, creating what is now The Philoche Collection. Seeing the struggle faced by artists as a result of the pandemic, he took the opportunity to pave the way for others, some of whom had never before sold a painting. His efforts have been honored and supported by major media outlets including CNN, People Magazine, Reuters, Time Out New York, NBC New York, Palm Beach Daily News, the Kelly Clarkson Show, the Tamron Hall Show, and more.
“Old school” in his technique, Nathan is able to marry the contemporary with the traditional for truly one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art. Using rich contrasts and dramatic lighting, Nathan’s images take you on a journey throughout the frame. With his creativity and passion extending well past the initial click of the camera. Nathan Coe’s images have been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, Billboard and more. Nathan’s 2014 Double Exposure Exhibition at Cavalier Galleries took Nathan to new heights in the world of fine art. Inspired by Nantucket, Nathan wanted to show a new dimension of the beautiful landscapes he had long been shooting. Nathan’s appreciation for the sensual beauty of the natural landscape gave him the idea to overlay the female form on the landscapes to tell a new story. Inspired by the work of Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton, and Peter Beard, he crafts compositions in which the shape of the landscape complements the sensuous curves of nude women, to the extent that both are equally central to the composition. The end result is a captivating, provocative, one-of-a-kind piece of fine art. With the large-scale photos being editions of one, these pieces are truly a collector’s item. Though Coe prefers film photography for its slow, meticulous nature, he digitally shoots his double exposures. In Coe’s latest work, he has introduced the nude female form into his imagery by photographing his models on site. In his intriguing and provocative new work, the figures are seen in the grand entrance to the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, gazing off the deck of the Nantucket ferry, or heading down the iconic path to Steps Beach in Nantucket. Nathan’s passion for photography began at University, graduating with a BA Hons degree from Gloucestershire, England in Photography and Media. Nathan then moved to Nantucket where he made a name for himself as the Creative Director/Editor of N Magazine, leading the team through a rebrand, cementing N Magazine as a hugely successful destination publication. Nathan left N Magazine to pursue his fine art photography full time. He now splits his time between Nantucket and Palm Beach.
Bjorn Skaarup holds a MA in History and Art History from the University of Copenhagen, and a PHD in History from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Skaarup has also furthered his education with post-doctoral studies at the Warburg Institute, London and Columbia University, New York
In addition to his career as a self-taught sculptor, Skaarup has written and illustrated numerous books on historical, archaeological, and anatomical subjects.
Skaarup’s unique sculptures draw inspiration from classical mythology, late Renaissance, as well as 20th century American pop culture, while reinterpreting both classical and modern artistic themes.
"My animal sculptures represent a number of characters that have been given man-made and cultural tools and attributes that underline their particular traits – the dignity and supremacy of the majestic lion, the chivalrous nature of the ermine, the speed of the cheetah, the height of the giraffe, and the heavenly aspirations of the ostrich... The sculptures are a celebration of life and nature and its many intriguing shapes and creatures, all placed in peculiar and surreal encounters between nature and culture. The result is a group of bronze sculptures that combines the gracious and exclusive with the communicative, distorted and humorous."
The intention of this work is to generate conversations about values and identity by assembling unlikely pairs, Hollywood film icons and nostalgic comic book environments. Each entity reveals a partial narrative. The nature of a comic and the personas of the movie stars, presented in the ethos of the Hollywood studio system, act as blank canvases for us to project our personal experience, principles and standards of behavior. There is a connection and a disconnect between these entities beyond technique. They exist within a single frame and are aware of each other’s existence yet there is an element of obliviousness. Something is happening and they can’t seem to take it in. Their dissociation, the separation of the two entities, compels comment.
Jim Rennert was born in 1958 and was raised in the Southwest United States. Rennert began exhibiting his work in 1993 and has since become an important figure in contemporary sculpture. Rennert’s work is exhibited regularly at important American art fairs, in addition to galleries throughout the US and Canada. His works can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide, including monumental bronzes at Palisades Village in California, and the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania, as well as a collection of multiple sculptures throughout the town of Naples, FL. Notable public exhibitions include his iconic “Think Big” which debuted in June 2014 in New York's Union Square, now permanently installed on 34th Street, as well as the 2020 exhibition, “Jim Rennert: With These Hands” a collection of monumental works presented at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach, FL.
Rennert's work is figurative, emphasizing movement, action, and contemplation. Looking at various aspects of business life, Rennert presents the contemporary businessman's daily struggle with himself and others. Shifting away from the more refined detail of his earlier sculptures, Rennert's recent works have become increasingly cerebral, with softened characteristics allowing a broader representation of any given person. This reflects a greater focus in his body of work on the everyday challenges faced by any individual, so as to invite an immediate connection with all who view his work.
A New York City native, Andrew Blauschild (b. 1971) took up photography at just twelve years old. Dividing his time between New York City and the East End of Long Island, he is an avid surfer and is widely known for his photographs that document the surfing community and culture of New York beaches. In 2007, Blauschild became the creative director and photographer for his own surf company, Kookbox Surfboards, which began as a result of taking photographs of pro-surfers. For his photographs, Blauschild frequently utilizes an innovative dye sublimation printing technique that he learned from his mentor, the renowned printer Charles Griffin. Blauschild’s Ghostboard series as well as his seascapes have been featured in group shows in Connecticut, Montauk, and the Hamptons. He has a number of clients and collaborations he has been involved with, most notably Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, New York Times, and New York Observer.
A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (b. 1983) artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, West is widely known for his meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes.
While the tableau photography of Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall inform West’s understanding of photography as a form of contemporary communication, the paintings of David Hockney and Edward Hopper provide evident aesthetic direction. The fictional world of cinema and the functional language of advertising have also clearly left their mark and taught lessons of their own. International brands have embraced West’s vision through partnerships and important clients such as Disney, MTV, Bombay Sapphire, and Fox Sports. Recognized as one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s “Top 100 Emerging Photographers” in 2008, West has also been honored with “Advertising Photographer of the Year” at the International Loupe Awards (2008) and the prestigious “Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice, Italy (2009). Globally renowned, works by West have been exhibited at important institutions including the Columbus Museum of Art (2012), Faneuli Hall Museum of Boston (2015), the Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (2015), Puls 5 Gallery in Zürich, and the Discovery Times Square Museum in New York City (2014). Hailed as one of the most promising artists of his generation and identified as one of the most accomplished practitioners of digital image making as an art form, West has been honored by acquisitions of his work by some of the most prestigious collections of contemporary art, including that of Sir Elton John.
“Considered the Andy Warhol of his generation, Tyler Shields (b. 1982) has produced images that play with notions of the gaze, power structures, hyper-realism, iconoclastic-tendencies and cinematographic practice, but his Mouthful series of works are among his best known” – Sotheby’s
Born in Jacksonville, Florida and now recognized as “Hollywood’s favorite photographer”, L.A. based contemporary artist and filmmaker Tyler Shields’ evolution from the “bad boy of photography” with his controversial blood-stained photographic series featuring Lindsay Lohan to the more subtle color-explosive poesy of his Chromatic series, and his work featuring Francesca Eastwood (Clint’s daughter) to the fire-starting bag-sawing antics of a $100,00 Hermes Birkin Bag, to the stoic magic surrealism of Suspense, a project shot in the New Mexico desert featuring Franseca Eastwood, Emma Roberts and Lydia Hearst, Mr. Shield’s art captures the emergence of an artist and his medium into a more mature overture and output.
Shields’ work derives from a unique history directing music videos and working with the legendary skateboarding icon Tony Hawk. Mr. Shields has produced images that play with notions of the gaze, power structures, hyper-realism, iconoclastic-tendencies and cinematographic practice. He has worked with a roster of ranking members of Hollywood including Mischa Barton, Emma Roberts, Aaron Paul, Demi Lovato, Juno Temple, Shiloh Fernandez and more.
Tyler’s output involves various mediums from book publishing “The Dirty Side of Glamour in 2011, to a novel entitled “Smartest Man”, and a cluster of solo shows: Mouthful, Los Angeles (2012), Miller Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio (2012), Phothub Manomtr, Moscow, Russia (2012) and more. Shield’s technical brilliance as a photographer has much more to do with the shift in focus from the fragility of the “celebrity photographer” to the output of the contemporary art medium. Most of the talented people who work with him include actors who are serious about their profession, but are not celebrities. People will go to him to make art rather than celebrity photography.
Tyler Shields, as an artist, attempts to move through the complexes and layers of the “celebrity” sphere, into an inherently tangible vision of the portrait, and its meaning and context in a rather shifting landscape of identities that accumulate into what we call the 21st-century.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After completing his degree in only one year, Kahn decided to return to being a full-time artist. He and other former Hofmann students established the Hansa Gallery, a cooperative gallery where Kahn had his first solo exhibition. In 1956, he joined the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1995. Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Medal of Arts from the U.S. State Department.
Traveling extensively, he has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. He spent his summers and autumns in Vermont on a hillside farm, which he and his wife, the late painter Emily Mason, owned since 1968, but his primary residence was in New York City. They have two daughters, Cecily and Melany. Cecily Kahn is also an artist, and is married to the painter David Kapp.
The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies a synthesis of artistic traits - the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. The fusion of color, spontaneity and representation has produced a rich and expressive body of work.
Wolf Kahn regularly exhibited at galleries and museums across North America. His work may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among other institutions.
Wolf Kahn died March 15, 2020, in New York, NY.
KADIR LÓPEZ (b. 1972, Las Tunas, Cuba) came to artistic maturity at a time when the image and illusion of the Cuban Revolution were greatly diminished. That’s probably the reason why he sealed his fate in tribute to what is pictorial, on one side, and urbane in the other. Skilled in watercolor and acrylics, Kadir is also known for the creativity and individuality of his installations, as well as for the use of non-traditional artistic medias.
Much of his work is inspired by a meditation on time: blurring past, present, and future, he critiques the effects of progress, or lack thereof, and its spiritual, economic, and political effects on society. In mining Cuba’s rich and complicated history as well as personal events, he creates a multilayered reality that combines space and time into a unified visual universe. His exploration on the theme of continuity has led him to traverse the finite limitations of both his own geographical surroundings and the pictorial plane. Kadir embraces the idea of a present whereby differing histories coexist and inform each other. The amalgamation of ready-made materials and intervention allows him to be observer and participant, author and audience. As a result, the world he creates is at once complex and beautiful, ambiguous and revealing, critical and hopeful.
He has exhibited his work consistently since 1990 in over 90 solo and group shows in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He has participated in several of the art world’s prominent international art fairs including the Havana Biennale, the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF), ArtMadrid, Miami International Art Fair, Art Palm Beach, Pinta New York, Houston Fine Arte Fair, Hamptons Art Fair and many others. Among his many outstanding solo exhibitions, Signs series, brought him critical attention and he was named one of the top ten artists to watch in 2011 by The Huffington Post.
In addition to creating art, Kadir has lectured at conferences at universities and museums worldwide, and has served as a juror at a number of national art contests in his country. His work can be found in several major museums collections, as well as a large number of private collections all over the world.