Monday, February 14, 2011

The Way I Saw Things -- a retrospective

One Man’s Comet Ride Along Madison Avenue

February 19 - March 19
Opening Reception Saturday, February 19 from 5 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

A brilliant past is the setting for Braldt Bralds’ retrospective exhibition, “The Way I Saw Things”, opening on February 19th at the La Tienda Exhibit Space. A self-taught Dutch painter, Braldt spent many hours of his youth in Holland’s museums standing nose to nose with works by the Old Masters of his heritage; he was equally drawn to the enticing world of American illustrators, and dreamt of a similar career. Upon arriving in New York in 1980 he was swiftly welcomed through the gate into their dynamic and luminous world, Manhattan’s illustration scene. That entry opened onto the international realm of art directors, and Braldt’s life soon took an unimagined turn. “THE WAY I SAW THINGS” recounts those times with original oil paintings, archival prints, and the stories behind them.

Over the course of his career Braldt was an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator, whose work was produced for such publications as Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy. Braldt was commissioned by the United Nations Postal Service’s Environmental Division to produce three different stamp sets; those original works will be featured at the show. Portraits created for Time Magazine covers are currently in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. And Braldt’s design and illustration works include the book jacket for the iconic “Mists of Avalon” and packaging for Celestial Seasonings.

A section of the show named “THE WAY I SEE THINGS”, represents more recent works of fine art.