E-Newsletter : Issue #126 April 2018 – Introducing Clare Belfrage

April 2018

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Spring greetings! I hope this issue of Holsten Galleries news finds you and your loved ones well and enjoying the coming of Spring. This month I am featuring new works by some of my favorite artists and also introducing the glass sculpture of Clare Belfrage. I hope you enjoy the beautiful art and I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments you may have.


"Look at life with the eyes of a child."

– Henri Matisse

"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing."

– Marc Chagall


Introducing Clare Belfrage


I am very pleased to introduce an artist from Australia whose work some of you may not yet be aware of. Clare Belfrage is one of Australia’s leading glass artists in a very active and vibrant glass community. Her incredibly complex and detailed glass on glass drawings lend her organic blown forms a highly sophisticated air. The subtlety of her color palette can only be fully appreciated in person. Clare has said of her own work: "As an artist, my point of view is often looking from close up. The big feeling that ‘small’ gives me is intimate and powerful."

Cluster in Brown and Burgundy by Clare Belfrage
16.5″ x 23.5″ x 11″

Quiet Shifting: Turquoise and Pink by Clare Belfrage
21″ x 13.5″ x 8.5″

Quiet Shifting: Burgundy and Yellow by Clare Belfrage
15.5″ x 13″ x 8″


Featured Works


by Lino Tagliapietra

The Dinosaur series is perhaps the most iconic of all of Lino Tagliapietra’s work. This newest piece from that series is certainly one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen by the Maestro in this series or any other. The form could not be more perfect and the painterly quality here is beyond masterful.

Dinosaur by Lino Tagliapietra, 43 x 26 x 8″


Steel View by Alex Bernstein, 18 x 18 x 3″

Steel View
by Alex Bernstein

This new cast piece by Alex Bernstein combines glass with metal in a unique and beautiful way. The gradation of subtle colors in the cast glass borders on the sublime and the use of negative space in the "window" adds a dramatic focal point of artistic tension to this graceful piece.


Curved Crosscut Sunset
by John Kiley

John Kiley’s latest blown glass sculpture, Curved Crosscut Sunset, is an exuberant expression of color and form. The subtle drama of the curves, the spot on combination of colors, the use of negative space, all give this piece the kind of sophistication that only comes from a total mastery of technique combined with a poetic eye.

Curved Crosscut Sunset by John Kiley, 8 x 8 x 8″


Apricot Shimmer Orb by Nancy Callan, 16″ x 16″ x 16″

Apricot Shimmer Orb
by Nancy Callan

This new piece by Nancy Callan is called "Apricot Shimmer Orb" and, as its title suggests, as the viewer walks around the piece a shimmering effect is created. Visually dazzling and technically perfect, this piece marks a somewhat new direction for one of my favorite glass artists.


Thank you for taking a few moments to enjoy some of the finest work in glass being done in the world today. I look forward to being in touch.

Kenn Holsten


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