Feb 12 2014

by Catherine M. Austin

Instead of your typical Valentine’s Day flowers which only last a few days, why not consider flowers that lasts forever like works of art from Voltz Clarke? I have been a longtime fan of Blair Voltz Clarke’s curated eye and the artists she represents including personal favorites Ann Sophie Staerk, Mark Boomershine, and Natasha Law (just to name a few!)

For the past eleven years, Blair Clarke has filled private residences, galleries and alternative spaces with a wide range of emerging contemporary art. Her unique formula varies from the traditional white box gallery. Clarke looks after a roster of talented artists and the business model is executed through private appointments, pop up exhibitions, studio visits, artist lectures, and fashion collaborations. Mrs. Clarke’s vernissages have the feeling of a perfect dinner party, with the right mix of uptown sophistication and downtown verve. The space where the work is exhibited can be every bit as interesting as the artwork itself.

In Clarke’s own words, the 41 year-old Columbus, Georgia native has “worn many hats” in the art world, holding positions as Director of Galerie Timothy Tew in Atlanta and Exhibition Director at Sanford Smith & Associates in Manhattan. “Perhaps it is her unique combination of southern charm and New York savvy that has led to Clarke’s success,” comments collector Beth DeWoody. “She excels at connecting identities and ideas that wouldn’t have otherwise come together.”

Blair Clarke is a member of Art Table, Save Venice, Young Collectors of the Guggenheim and The Young Friends of the Louvre. She volunteers her free time with various non-profit arts organizations in addition to gallery hopping with her daughters Poppy and Georgina alongside her husband, Head of Sotheby’s European Furniture, Alistair Clarke.

See below for some of Blair’s favorite pics for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day…

Dan Bennett


Gardens have always held a special place in my imagination. Budding with colour, texture and form, they become ever-changing living sculptures, within which one can hide, play, relax and dream. Having tended gardens for over half my life, I have built up an intrinsic understanding of how plants bud, grow, bloom, whither and die. I no longer use reference material to produce my images, and instead rely solely on my inner eye and visual memory. It is this intimate knowledge that I attempt to capture and express in my paintings. My love of pattern making has led me to appropriate artwork from across the world, and across the ages. Aboriginal patterns have always had a strong influence in my work, reflecting the land and a spiritual connection with it. The spiral, for instance, suggests to me; dreams, re-birth, the snake, wind and the labyrinth. This connection between land and art has always been a fascination of mine, from simply arranging stones on the beach, through to attempting to understand the vast Peruvian geoglyphs . I find Islamic art useful when considering patterns, and appreciate the meditative process of producing more intricately detailed work. Japanese art from the Edo period influences my compositions, especially when working on several panels, as in a triptych. Body decoration from around the world has always informed my patterns, such as mehndi hand painting, Maori tattoos, and African body art. 20th Century Western art is a wealth of inspiration from which I take most of my mark making, such as action painting and ‘taking the line for a walk’. My principle material (acrylic paint) is also deeply rooted in the 20th Century, both in terms of its production and its qualities of plasticity and versatility.

Christina Burch


The work of Christina Burch has been exhibited internationally and has been represented by Voltz Clarke, in New York City since 2000. Her work is held in major private collections, most notably the Mugrabi collection in New York. She has done special projects for Swarovski, Bazaar, Salvatore Ferragamo and others. Most recently her work has been on view at The Armory Show, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Philip de Pury, the Watermill Center in the Hamptons, and is listed on Artnet. Burch’s major artistic influences include Contemporary art, Italian art, Japanese aesthetics, and Tantric painting. Born in New York in 1972, Christina grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and began oil painting at age 8. She went on to receive a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and was a participant in the RISD European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. She traveled extensively in Europe and Japan and completed her Masters in Painting at New York University in 1998. Years later, pursuing her interest in energy and the body, she studied Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Swedish Institute in New York from 2006-2009. The eastern view of energy and embodiment has been very influential in her recent works which contemplate the sensual, poetic dimension of figuration in painting. After fourteen years in New York City, Christina relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008 where she currently lives and works.

Bradley Sabin


An avid gardener and sculptor, Bradley Sabin finds inspiration through the nature around him. He describes his work as a metaphorical equation to the care and time which is needed to have a healthy garden to human relationships that also require nurturing and protecting to flourish.

Prices start at $7,500. For inquiries, please contact Voltz Clarke.

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