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Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery Presents “Elements” Featuring the Work of Arturo Mallman, Jamie Kirkland and Arthur Umlauf July 1-30, 2014

Austin, TX – An exploration of “Elements” as subject matter and as medium will take over the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery July 1-30, 2014 as Arturo Mallmann, Jamie Kirkland and Arthur Umlauf present new works in an outstanding exhibit that provides a visual feast for serious art collectors.

Mallmann is known for exploring depth and scale in his light filled paintings that incorporate a very small human element somewhere within the painting. He believes that when vast amounts of space surround us, it allows for our deepest selves to be revealed, such as he learned exploring the endless horizons in Argentina and now as he demonstrates in his evocative paintings. Kirkland’s abstract landscape art transports viewers to another reality, with a feeling of quiet and stillness that she aspires to convey throughout her paintings. Much like a haiku poem, she reduces expansive landscapes to shape and form, creating an abstract feel with a very finite focus. Umlauf’s sculpture honors the female form in the most exquisite of displays using clay, wood and alabaster. When looking at his materials, he sees the image he’s going to create within the structure and carefully helps the dimensional art take form. The tedious and time intensive process completed 100% by the artist, gives Umlauf the power to refine every stroke, every mark and curve on his sculpture. All three will be exhibiting new works which will all be available for acquisition and a chance to meet the artists will take place on Saturday, July 12 from 6-9 pm.

Arturo Mallmann began painting in 1983, five years prior to moving to the U.S. Although his technique and subject matter have evolved over the years, his focus on light and depth haven’t changed. In most paintings, a small figure is on the horizon, searching for, or becoming enraptured by the source of light. “It is my hope that the viewers of these paintings can join the little person and let themselves be enchanted by the light as well,” says Mallmann.

Jamie Kirkland’s technique is a process of action and reaction, which results in layers and layers of paint, always striving to achieve an overall sense of color harmony for her abstract landscape paintings. Collectors are drawn to the quiet, meditative feeling and harmonious color palates that appear in many of her pieces. Southwest Art magazine selected her as “an artist to watch” and her work hangs in many prominent corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

When Arthur Umlauf began sculpting at age 50, his former career as a carpenter and cabinetmaker prepared him for the work of creating with his hands. Of course, being one of the six children of esteemed sculptor Charles Umlauf also helped mold his work ethic as he grew up in a home filled with life-size renditions of religious icons, studies of animals and figure studies. Umlauf is solely responsible for every step in the preparation of a piece of sculpture, making each work of his art a true labor of love.

“The idea of these three artists coming together for a show was inspired by the elements that they use to create their works, as well as the subject matter of their art. Many of our clients are looking for different textures and elements to enhance their art collection and this exhibit will certainly satisfy that need,” says Lisa Russell, owner of the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery.


An opening reception with all artists in attendance will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 6-9 p.m.

The event is open to the public and an RSVP is requested

Art will be available for acquisition and will be signed by the artists. The exhibit will be on display July 1-31, 2014.



The Spanish Masters featuring The Salvador Dali Argillet Collection, Picasso and Miro

Art Exhibit and Sale at The Shops at La Cantera August 1-10, 2014

The Russell Collection is thrilled to announce The Spanish Masters featuring The Salvador Dali Argillet Collection, Picasso and Miro, showcasing works by the notorious Surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and other Spanish masters including Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso in San Antonio, Texas, August 1-10, 2014. Original works on paper and tapestries as well as hand colored etchings will be available for sale in this unique showing of art.

Part of the exhibit, The Argillet Collection, brings more than 100 pieces of art by Salvador Dali, each piece has been authenticated and signed by Dali and have never before left the collection. The keeper of this esteemed assemblage, Christine Argillet will be in San Antonio for a reception on August 9 and 10, which is free and open to the public. She is the daughter of the prominent art collector and publisher, Pierre Argillet. His friendship and working relationship with Dali spanned more than five decades. As a child, Christine and her father spent many fascinating years interacting with the eccentric artist. The wildly imaginative Dali was legendary for his quirky antics and sometimes provocative visual images.

Exhibit runs August 1-10, 2014.

Personal appearance and reception with Christine Argillet from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 and from 1-4 pm on Sunday, August 10.
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday from 12-6.

Russell Collection Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas
The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio. (located next to Barnes & Noble)

RSVP Requested: 866-900-6699

Dali’s name is synonymous with the Surrealist movement, a group that viewed the subconscious as a wellspring of the imagination. This remarkable circle of artists, writers, filmmakers, and theorists attempted to fuse the conscious reality with the unconscious dream state. This synthesis aimed to strip ordinary objects of their normal meanings. Putting the mundane back together in new ways forced the viewer to consider their deeper, more psychological significance.


Pierre Argillet and Salvador Dali met in 1934, and maintained a lifelong working relationship and friendship until the artist’s death in 1989. Argillet would suggest subjects for Dali to illustrate then oversee and sell a limited edition printing from the plates. The publisher led Dali in producing plates for the Hippies, Greek Mythology, poems by Apollinaire, and Goethe’s “Faust”. Dali also completed pieces for the “Venus in Fur” by Sacher Masoch, and poems by Ronsard.


Christine Argillet, who spent summer vacations with Dali and his wife Gala, remembers his mischievous pranks. “One day when I was eight years old, my father and I were waiting for Dali in his studio. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something moving. It appeared to be a floating ashtray. Then, I realized Dali had attached the ashtray to the back of a tortoise, and it was slowly crawling along.”

Watching Dali create was fascinating to young Argillet. She recounts a particularly vivid memory of the artist’s constant experimentation. “One day he found a dead octopus that had washed up on the beach. He immersed the creature in acid and pressed it directly on a copper plate.” Later, he elaborated on this image to create his striking “Medusa”. “Even though I couldn’t understand all the artistic implications as a child,” explains Argillet, “I could recognize that spirit of creativity. It was an education for all my life in terms of freedom.”

Argillet recalled Dali’s hijinks involving his antenna-like moustache. He would pick mysterious herbs from the hillside by his home in Spain, and then mix them with his grooming cologne. To the young girl’s amazement, by applying the potion to his moustache, the hairs would begin to wave back and forth. To this day, Argillet still doesn’t know if the trick was real or a chemical reaction. “With Dali,” said Christine, “everything was strange and possible. He was working magic all the time.”