Artists' Biographies

These are biographical sketches of artists who we have worked with and are convinced about
the solidity of their future. If you have further questions, please
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Gayle B. Tate, b. 1944, American

Gayle B. Tate is a native of Midwest America, born in Texas and raised as a world traveler, being the son of a career army officer. He studied engineering at the University of Wyoming from 1962-64, then graduated from Florida State University in 1967. He then served in the United States Air Force for five years as a commissioned officer, being honorably discharged in 1972 with the rank of Captain. Desiring to go into studio production, he pursued extensive private studies at the Loch Haven Art Center in Orlando and with private ateliers in Orlando, Tampa, Asheville, North Carolina and Laramie, Wyoming. Even while serving in the Air Force, Mr. Tate began working in the art business, establishing his first gallery in Texas in 1967.

Mr. Tate has achieved international recognition and major auction sales through his work as a trompe l'oeil painter in oils. Of particular importance are the artist's works depicting images of paper currency, achieving recognition as "the foremost money painter in America" (source: Trompe L'Oeil Society of Artists). Added to his craftsmanship are his unique and often ironic observations and themes, resulting in works that viewers and critics alike remember for their wit and insightful commentary as much as for their technical achievement.

The artist writes: "Trompe l'oeil is a French phrase meaning 'trick the eye'. Sometimes art provides the trick... changing the perception of pigments applied to a surface to a different reality. All of art is about perception, and my paintings are all about deceiving the eye to perceive another reality. The Victorians had a hazy, romanticized view of life. The early moderns embodied a revolution against traditions. American artists, despite roots from diverse backgrounds, have corroborated to draw together a view of art that is characterized by the same pioneering spirit it took to tame a rugged and uncharted land. The American character is raw to the bone. From early in its history, America had no time for frivolity. She demanded truth up front, she demanded integrity; and in the face of constant challenge, anything less was a waste of time. Any vision that was not born out of passion could not last in such a land; tradition has given way to character. American painters have always depicted real places and real things in real terms. They have always worked with a vigorous energy that matches the splendor of the land. We have been given a responsibility as creative artists to bring this fresh viewpoint to an often drab and uninspired world. I, as any artist with such roots, am dedicated to developing a reflection this character, our uniquely American roots."

Mr. Tate continues a regular study of his craft, particularly of the dynamics of color relationships, often working in diverse subject matter. By working in other venues, the artist is becoming better equipped to understand the dynamics of color in his trompe l'oeil paintings. The result is that he is able to present his enthusiastic world view with excellence and taste. His refined classical techniques and craftsmanship transcend both old and new eras of art history, and assure him a place in the defining of an American national style.

Auction Houses that have Sold His Work:
Christie's, New York
Sotheby's, New York
Skinner's, Boston
Weschler's, Washington, DC

National and International Auction Record Publications:
Franklin & James

Biographical Information Publications:
Who's Who in American Art
Internationale Biographie
Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
Men of Achievement
New York Art Review
American Artists, An Illustrated Survey

Collections, Galleries and Museums Include:
Vose Gallery, Boston
Spanierman Gallery, New York
Richard York Gallery, New York
Hollis Taggert, New York
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York
Creighton-Davis Galleries, Washington DC
Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta
David Cook Gallery, Denver
Roughton Galleries, Dallas
Hall Galleries, Dallas
Van de Griff-Marr Gallery, Santa Fe
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI

Affiliated With:
Founding member of the Trompe L'oeil Society of Artists
"The Seven", Alliance of Christian Artists, Asheville, NC
Southeast Professional Art Dealers' Association, Tampa

Hephzibah M. Tate, b. Thailand 1954, (now an American citizen)

Hephzibah M. Tate is the wife of artist, Gayle B. Tate, and brings her unique vision heavily influanced by her cultural heritage. Mrs. Tate is first and formost a colorist... following a simple a pure love of color, mixed fearlessly in a naive impressionist style. The combination of the two influances has brought her to produce exciting and lively works of very personl expression. The work she produces is usually small, yet carrying high powered visual impact through her use of color. She is listed in Who's Who in American Art, and finds national acceptance for her appealing paintings.

Linda Cheek, b. 1943, American

Linda Cheek is emerging as one of this country's finest plein-air landscape artists. Her work in both oils and pastels has earned her wide recognition with an unusual mix of both impressionist and realist styles. She is a true dedicated plein air artist...working on location in the beautiful country of the southern highlands of the Appalachian Mountains, the Smokey Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, all near her home and studio in Western North Carolina.

Ms. Cheek has shown in the prestigeous Salmagundi Club in New York, where she has twice won the annual George Gray Award in national competition, and these works are now hanging in the permanent collection of the Salmagundi Club. With a long background in the field of technical illustration, she brings a refreshing spontaneous feel to her disciplined images. Her biographical listings include Who's Who in American Art, and she has always been a favorite in the sales of G.B. Tate & Sons. In the last few years, her work has shown up in the auction rooms, with works in Ken Farmer Auctions in Virginia and Skinner Auctions in Boston.

Statement for the "Ten by Seven" show: "Painting done on the spot, by necessity, must minimize or eliminate detail while focusing on value and color. Thus I am forced as a painter to call upon the viewer to participate in the interpretation. If I am able to get the essentials right, the viewer's imagination can fill in the details. I strive for a painterly translation of my subject, and to convey a sense of "place" rather than a literal copy. Painting becomes a task of catching the effect...of turning the subject into a strong simple statement of hues and value...relying more on the power to suggest rather than to define. As a conductor is responsible for interpreting a musical composition with conviction, so I am responsible for making my painting simple to read, because it has been painted with conviction.

Light and shadow on architecture have always intrigued me and when that is combined with interesting colors, it makes a challenge I can't resist. The patterns of light and shade give a painting its foundation as well as its initial impact. So as an artist, I must take the time to analyze the subject with a penetrating eye rather than just paint what I see. Patterns of light and shadow become my visual vocabulary through which I can express my point of view.

When I translate the tactile understanding of a form or an object completely, its solidity is revealed. Color then becomes a spontaneous reaction letting the picture paint itself. Keeping an eye out for the interesting compositions in the landscape, I trust my intuition as a guide to determine what makes the subject so special to me. Then I go ahead and get caught up in what I am doing so that little else matters. The form remains constant, but the effect changes so quickly that I have to rely on instinct far more than the rules or the mechanics of painting. I visualize the broad masses of light and shadow in a composition, and when I trust my vision, the drama of light and shadow become the language of paint."

Robert Seabeck, b. 1945, American

Robert Seabeck is a Wyoming native who, from childhood has persued an art career, ultimately receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts at California State College, Long Beach and a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Wyoming.

The intense skies, clear colors and wide, open spaces of Wyoming are reflected in the atmosphere and boldness of Seabeck's paintings. While working in a wide range of subject matter, the distinct mark of his style is unmistakable. His animal and wildlife paintings have the same character as his fine automobile works.

For many years, Robert has demonstrated painting at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody as well as the National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, Wyoming. His is known for his entertaining presentations for a wide variety of audiences. The city of Cheyenne also commissioned Seabeck to execute a large steel wildlife sculpture of Canada geese.

Robert Seabeck will be included in an upcoming edition of Who's Who in American Art, and his work has been sold through Sotheby's.

Joseph Arnold, b. 1954, American

Joseph Arnold is the fifth generation to live in Laramie, Wyoming, where he and his wife and fellow artist, Alison Arnold, both maintain their studios. Joe graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 1977, and has since settled in Laramie.

Joseph is primarily a plein-aire landscape painter in oils and pastel. He also has the unique gifting as an avid and skilled rock and mountain climber... which give him a distinct advantage in reaching difficult places where the most dramatic views can be obtained. He has scaled the highest peaks in the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming as well as the 20,000 feet plus peaks of Bolivia, South America. His abilities as an artist and visionary provide him the springboard for showcasing the fabulous mountains of the Wyoming landscape. His passions give Joseph a connection to the days of the first pioneers of the west, who traveled by horseback and wagon, risking all for the opportunity to capture the rugged wilderness that still exists in Wyoming.

Joseph 's lengthy show record includes shows in Casper, Jackson, Laramie and Cody, in addition to the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota and the Yellowstone Art Center in Billings, Montana. He is now a perennial favorite at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, an annual event in Cody. Today, Joseph still conducts numerous workshops in pastel, oil painting and drawing. He has taught art history and criticism at the University of Wyoming as well as hands-on projects to kindergarten children. Joseph Arnold will be included in an upcoming edition of Who's Who in American Art, and his work has been sold through Sotheby's.

Roderick Jordan, b. 1934, English

Royal Academy (1951 - 1955) During Rodericks student years at the Royal Academy Schools in London the guiding artistic principles were set by the visiting artists who comprised the teaching staff. These included many notable artists including Sir Alfred Munnings and Sir Stanley Spencer. The guiding principle was a search for the truth. This was understood to be the desire to present the spectator with an image which would convey feelings of life and space.

Medals and Prizes : The Creswick Prize, The Landseer Prize, The David Murray Prize (3 times). Presentation of drawings for the young Prince of Wales, and Pincess Anne. Personally presented to Her Majesty the Queen. Public exhibitions include, the Royal Academy Summer Show. - His painting "The Interior of the Old Stock Exchange " hangs in the Guildhall collection, and works have been displayed in various galleries.

Freelance artist for the BBC and ITV television companies from 1958 until the present day. - During this 28 year sequence Roderick has worked on many landmark television shows and series, including "That Was The Week That Was " ( a seminal satrical TV show). A 28 year seqence of " Braden's Week " and " That's Life " ( Primetime magazine shows featuring topical events and consumer issues - Roderick produced the featured topically humorous end roller caption). Topical programmes including, "The Money Programme"," 24 Hours"," Tonight","Man Alive", and the BBC flagship, "Panorama". 15 years as series artist on the science series "Horizon" and many other documentary series. Commissioned works, produced in a variety of styles, for Drama productions, including the drama series "Lovejoy", "Duchess of Duke Street" and etchings for "The Jewel in the Crown". Book illustrations for various publishers and the Rugby Football Union.

After his student days Roderick spent a some time in France, living in the hills above Nice, on the Mediterranean coast. It was here that Roderick (who speaks fluent French) developed a lifelong love of the South of France and the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia, and which has provided the inspiration for a group of Rodericks paintings. Returning to England Roderick established a family home and studio close by the town of Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, (next to the village of Penn, founded by Wiliam Penn), where his studio looks out over the fine mature beechwoods that grace much of the area. His and his wife have three daughters and four grandchildren. Rod continues to paint, always developing his style, and is working on various projects. He is currently represented in America by G.B Tate and Sons Fine Art and Antiques.