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Quintessence

Tadashi Ito     Sheila Mahoney Keefe

June 7 - 29, 2013

 

Quintessence Show - Tadashi Ito, Sheila Mahony Keefe \

See more of Tadashi Ito's work:  2007 show 2009 show 2011 show 2013 show

 

Quintessence

 Painting by Sheila Mahoney Keefe

Ceramic by Tadashi Ito

Beauty knows no boundaries. It can be found across medium, in diverse cultures and locations. With this in mind, Santa Fe artist Sheila Mahoney Keefe joins forces with Japanese ceramist Tadashi Ito to create this extraordinary exhibition that invites contemplation on the beauty of life.

The works of Sheila Mahoney Keefe and Tadashi Ito appear to speak to one another on multiple levels. Keefe's paintings are a reflection of her spiritual journey. She created her latest series after visiting the Civil War battleground in Virginia and the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wintry countryside with barren grounds and leafless trees were poignant reminders of humanity past. There was also a profound sense of serenity. Silence, except for an occasional flock of birds that fluttered across the landscape. A quiet beauty visible to those with a perceptive mind.

Ito’s award-winning ceramic forms are inspired by nature's forms, especially the graceful lines in seashells. Peering into those shells, Ito feels he has glimpsed hidden secrets of the universe, some quintessence of life left behind by living creatures long gone. Ito digs a special clay that has a high content of feldspar, silica and iron. Upon firing, the impurities produce glistering silver beads like jewels unique to his work. Some works are finished in a rich reddish brown color, achieved by using an unusual heat-resistant local red clay as a slip. The interior of every piece is finished in a beautiful jade green, visible only when one peers inside.

The subdued colors and roughness of Ito's ceramic echo the hues and textures of many of Keefe's paintings. Their interplay of forms, textures and colors produces powerful aesthetic and emotional resonance that transcends barriers. When viewed together, these artists' works take on deeper meanings, inviting quiet contemplative introspection.

 

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Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Caretaker of Silence    Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Moment of Silence    Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Place of Silence

Sheila Mahoney Keefe

'Silence' Triptych, acrylic on wood  28" x 54"

Left: Caretaker of Silence 28" x 18"                Middle: Moment of Silence 28" x 18"                Right: Place of Silence 28" x 18"

 

 

 

 

 

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Tadashi Ito

Quintessence No.3

  Ceramic form    20" x 8.5" x 5.5"h (2 views)

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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.4

Ceramic form   11.5" x 10" x 9"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito

Quintessence No.7

  Ceramic vase form    13" x 9" x 8"h (2 views)

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Sheila Mahoney Keefe Silent Presence I 
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
Silent Presence I
Acrylic on wood  60" x 18"
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.9

Ceramic form   11.5" x 10" x 7.5"h (2 views)

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Sheila Mahoney Keefe  In the Darkness I

Sheila Mahoney Keefe

In the Darkness No.1

Acrylic on canvas  24" x 20" 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Mahoney Keefe  In the Darkness II
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
In the Darkness No.2
Acrylic on canvas  24" x 20"


 

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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.1

Ceramic form   13.5" x 9.5" x 5"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.5

Ceramic form   7" x 5.5" x 8.5"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.8

Ceramic form   14.5" x 9.5" x 6"h (2 views)
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 Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Spirit of Silence                         Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Spirit of Silence
 

Sheila Mahoney Keefe

The Spirit of Silence

Acrylic on canvas  40" x 30" 


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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.2

Ceramic form   14.5"h x 9" x 7" (2 views)



  

  Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Unknowing
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
Unknowing

Acrylic on canvas  24" x 24"



Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Solitude
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
Solitude

Acrylic on canvasboard  24" x 24"



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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.10

Ceramic form   11" x 9" x 8"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.6

Ceramic form   15" x 13.5" x 5.5"h (2 views)
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Quintessence Show Touching Stone Gallery 

 

 

    

Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Vow of Silence I
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
A Vow of Silence I
Acrylic on wood  24" x 28"




  
Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Vow of Silence II
Sheila Mahoney Keefe
A Vow of Silence II
Acrylic on wood  24" x 28"





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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.11

Ceramic form   20" x 8.5" x 8"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.12

Ceramic form  
11.5" x 10.5" x 8"h (2 views)
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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.13

Ceramic form   11"h x 8" x 6.5" (2 views)

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Sheila Mahoney Keefe  Ground of Being
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Sheila Mahoney Keefe

Ground of Being

Acrylic on canvas  30" x 24"

 

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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.14

Ceramic form   15.5"h x 11" x 9" (2 views)
 

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Tadashi Ito Exhibitions

1990 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

1992 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

1994 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

1996 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

1997 Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

         Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

1998 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

         Meiso Gallery, Sendai

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

1999 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

2000 Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

         Meiso Gallery, Sendai

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

2001 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

2002 Meiso Gallery, Sendai

         Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

2003 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

2004 Gallery Meguro Tougeikan, Tottkaichi

         Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

         Meiso Gallery, Sendai

2005 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

2006 Tousai Gallery, Tokyo

         Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

         Gallery Meguro Tougeikan, Tottkaichi

2007 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

         Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

2008 The Musee Tomo Prize, Second Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea

         Ceremony, Musee Tomo Museum, Tokyo

2009 Gallery Mukyo, Tokyo

         Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

2010  Toukyo Gallery, Tokyo

          Third Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony, Musee Tomo

           Museum, Tokyo

          Toukado Gallery, Tokyo

2011  Gallery Pusu, Tokyo

          Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

2012  Toukyo Gallery,Tokyo

          Gallery Meguro Tougeikan, Yokkaichi

          Tomio Koyama Gallery Ceramics, Kyoto

2013  Yorozu Tetugoro Museum Hattyodozou Gallery, Hanamaki

          Gallery Pusu,Tokyo

          Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

   

Sheila Mahoney Keefe Solo Exhibitions
Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM (16 exhibitions 1996 - 2012)
Marymount University, Arlington, VA 2007
Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Washington, D.C.
La Galeria Sacred Stone, Santa Fe, NM
A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
World Wide Art Gallery, New York, NY
Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
Galeria de Taos, Santa Fe, NM
International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Valparaiso University Chapel, Valparaiso, IN
Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
Galerie Geilsdorfer, Cologne, Germany
Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA
Northern Virginia Art League, Alexandria, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions
United States Embassy, Kuwait City, Kuwait
J.W. Mahoney's Hirschorn Museum Revelations exhibits, Washington, D.C.
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Gallery 10, Ltd., Washington, D.C.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts, Atheneaum Museum, Alexandria, VA

Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, Franz Bader Award winner
Southern Exposure at Washington on Art 6, Washington, D.C.

Commissioned Installations

Bishop Mason Retreat Center, Dallas, TX

American Embassy, Saudi Arabia