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It is said that “dead men tell no tales,” but Linda Cosgrove’s study of the Old Masters and their techniques has become the foundation for her art in carrying forward their tradition of fine detail, sense of light and touch that separates them from more contemporary applications.

Linda Cosgrove arrived in San Francisco in 1976 after her university studies. She is surrounded by her important collection of rare European and Latin American artifacts – artifacts that often appear in her paintings. Her surrealist works in oil are acclaimed for reviving the medieval practice of oil-on-copper, and create a synthesis of Renaissance-inspired pieces with a strong hint of dark humor. The further one ventures into her work, the more visible is the differentiation.

Cosgrove’s art is featured in collections throughout Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. She has been featured in many prestigious shows, including the New York Armory International Exhibit in which she was featured as one of the exhibition highlights, in the company of renowned artists including Durer, Rembrandt and David Hockney.

Talking about art with Linda is a fascinating journey of historical influence around the world. She has studied the greats and defines her creative process as a simple idea that comes into her mind. Her sense of humor can be found in almost all of her works as well as her tribute to the oil surrealist movement of the past. There’s a little bit of Dali, Picasso, Cornell, and Ernst in all of her work. With appreciation of the history of great artists, her work has defined a new movement for surrealism which had it’s strongest impact in the 20’s and 30’s of the twentieth century.

Cosgrove’s art will be on display at Art Ventures Gallery through January 7th with the artist reception planned for December 8 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Art Ventures Gallery is located at 888 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.

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“Safeguard CA” on display at Art Ventures during the Global Climate Action Summit

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Art Ventures in downtown Menlo Park is hosting a three-day exhibition showing local artist Michael Killen’s six by 20 foot painting “Safeguard CA” during the Global Climate Action Summit this week, Tuesday to Friday (Sept. 11-14) . The painting is an interpretation of the sixth goal of California’s Climate Plan. There will be an art and […]

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Absurd painting an answer to Elon Musk’s absurd tweet?

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Kate Powers, who owns the Art Ventures gallery in downtown Menlo emailed: “We are posting this on Instagram regarding Musk’s tweet [during the Thailand cave rescue] together with my favorite quote “art is the highest form of hope.” “This is a painting by one of my artists-in-residence Uta Reinhardt, oil on canvas; title is History […]

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Walk for Our Lives march scheduled for March 24 in Menlo Park

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Students, their families, and supportive community members don’t need to journey to Washington, DC, on March 24 to March for Our Lives or even to other cities in the Bay Area thanks to Dr. Katharina Powers, owner of Art Ventures in downtown Menlo Park, who is organizing a walk on that day from noon to […]

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Photographer Ian Ruhter bring’s “perfect imperfections” to Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park

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When invited to view “the world’s largest ambrotype” at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park, there was an immediate pivot to discover just what this was. A quick web search revealed that an ambrotype “is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed […]

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