The Dallas-based art advisor Temple Shipley talks about her favorite works in the September selection on Platform.
In their own words
As an advisor, I spend each day connecting my clients with artworks that bring joy to their lives and enhance the stories that their collections tell. I started my career in curatorial departments at museums and in 2014, I translated my research and education skills into my advisory practice. Although I studied art history at the University of Chicago, my education started much earlier as the daughter of a residential architect and photography professor. I aim to empower clients with the tools to think visually and enjoy witnessing the evolution of their tastes. Like many advisors, when I am not transfixed by the surface of a painting, I'm scouring the internet and Instagram (@templeshipley).
Lumin Wakoa, One Month of HeatOil on linen, 48.0 × 40.0 inches, 2022. $8500
Lumin's brushstrokes bring to mind the gestures in watercolors by Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) - both artists deftly capture the sounds and vibrations in nature on the flat picture plane. Lumin's squiggly marks suggest steam or smoke rising, as well as a tree quaking in the wind or a flower bursting into a bloom. Her bright yellow paint dances across the composition, evoking the appearance of a flame and reminiscent of Burchfield's punctuating use of the same color. While Burchfield often painted from his immediate surroundings and chose watercolor for its fluidity, Lumin paints specific memories with layers of oil paint that are sanded to achieve a more liminal effect. Browse the work.
Chehayeb, campsAcrylic on canvas, 24.0 × 20.0 inches, 2021. $4000
Individually, the illustrated roller skate, green blades of grass, and ball allude to an outdoor experience and once I learned that the title is "camps," I wonder more about the artist's inspiration for the painting. As an advisor, I look closely at the titles, which can often inject attitude into the composition or serve as a clue to the artist's mind. One of the advantages of Platform's digital interface is that any given artwork's title and tombstone information is readily available - that info is not always accessible when looking at art in the flesh. Browse the work.
Conrad Ruiz, Bounced out of BakersfieldWatercolor on paper, 24.0 × 18.0 inches, 2022. $6000
What a refreshing watercolor that depicts a fiery moment that is both disconcerting and entertaining. The image skews cinematic (I wonder if film may be an influence for the Los Angeles-based artist) and reminds me of compositions by Celeste Dupuy Spencer and JMW Turner. I want to see what happens in Conrad's proverbial "next frame." Browse the work.
Rae Klein, BanquetOil on linen, 16.0 × 12.0 inches, 2022. $4500
Rae's painting of candles and a floral arrangement that float on a backdrop of clouds is a feast for my eyes. The centerpiece against a sky brings to mind religious imagery such as Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Rae's choice to omit the tabletop and place settings imbues the painting with mystery. The painting's title Banquet suggests a large and formal occasion, which the artist has charmingly juxtaposed with the canvas's small size. Browse the work.