Hors D'Oeuvres

Hors D'oeuvres:  A small sampling of the great things to come.  The current show focuses on giving the visitor to the Brady Hart Gallery a taste of the many hundreds of paintings available through our gallery.  While the physical exhibition is focused on affordable pieces tailored to the tastes of walk-in customers, you will find that we have truly great paintings available on the website, and for showing by appointment in the gallery, located in colonial Chestertown, MD.


While you may find a remarkable and large portrait of Constance Eastman by Dewitt Lockman, NA,  hanging on the wall currently, if you inquire, you may view a portrait by Antonio Mancini, Simon Maris, William Henry Singer, Jr. or even Hyacinthe Rigaud.  The current show allows a small visitation with the watercolors of John Costigan, but if you are interested in the artist, you may make an appointment to view one of his large canvases, experiencing true greatness in brushstroke for yourself.

The current show features four works by California artist Jack Baker, from the collection of actor Jimmy Stewart.  Included is a monumental floral diptych, measuring 96" tall by 104" wide, executed in oil on canvas.  

In many of his paintings, the artist uses strong linear architectural elements in contrast with native flora.Growing up in California, Jack Baker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Scripps College in Claremont. He also attended the University of Southern California, the Academie Julien in Paris and the University of Mexico.  He painted with Milford Zornes and Millard Sheets. In 1955, Baker went to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to teach at the Government Technical School and was soon named the director of the Emperor Haile Selassie's Academy of Art.  Here he began painting the indigenous flora and fauna and the fascination with the exotic brought him to other African countries, among them Zanzibar and  Kenya. Further travels include India, Russia, Malta and England, where he was equally attracted by the hedgerows and pastures of the English countryside.  

His work has been exhibited around the globe, from Bombay to London and California. His work is in the permanent collections of the Phoenix Art Museum, Davenport Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, and many others.  Biography of Jack Baker from the archives of askArt.

Prior to making an appointment to view original paintings of high caliber, visitors to the gallery may view the same works in a large format on our theatre screen, which gives the capacity to see hundreds of works on a scale that allows for contemplation of the brushstroke.  We are looking into  the possibility of running an art film series in the gallery utilizing our state of the art theatre system.

The current show features a sampling of equine art by Sir Alfred Munnings, Emil Adam, Frank Sauerwein,  Buck McCain, C S Park, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville, Lynden Godoe and James Colt.  If you wish to step up to finer selections, excellent examples of equine painting may be viewed by appointment by artists such as George Ford Morris, Adolph Schreyer, Alexander von Wagner, William Ritschel, Cesare Auguste Detti, David Dalby, Donald (Edwin Dawes) Teague,  or if you have very large walls, even Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry, who painted La Guerre en Dentelles in a truly heroic scale, as the canvas measures 58.5 x 88.5 inches!

While the gallery focuses primarily on investment quality art by important American and European artists, we recognize that Chestertown has a burgeoning cadre of working artists that together make a tapestry of creative talent that is becoming recognized locally and nationally as a contemporary movement in creating a modern artist's colony in one of the best places to live and retire in the United States.  With this recognition in mind, the "Hors D'oeuvres" show has a small bite of some of the best of local artists and photographers, including Lynden Godsoe, Barbara Parker, Constance Stewart Larrabee, Sherrie Von Sternberg, Russell Cather Levi, Frederic Lafargue, Florence Hoffberger, and even yours truly, Brady Hart.  In the future you can expect to find a dedicated section of the gallery website, BradyHartGallery.com devoted to showcasing the talents of local artists working in the Chestertown, Maryland area.  Local artists may submit digital images, with dimensions and pricing for consideration for inclusion in this exciting upcoming program.  Submissions should be sent to info@BradyHart.com.




Following please find a preview of the works currently on display for the show "Hors D'oeuvres" at Brady Hart Gallery, 200 B High Street, Chestertown, Maryland.