How Caspari Supports Artists & Museums
How Caspari Supports Artists
Featured Artists & Museum Partners
Katharine Barnwell is a classically trained artist living and working in New York City. Her studies began in Florence in the studio of Signorina Nera Simi, continuing in New York at the Art Students League, The National Academy, and Pratt Institute. Barnwell paints a full-scale original oil painting of flora or fauna on wood, has a high-resolution scan made and sends it to her carpentry studio. There, the painting's silhouette is laser cut out of wood. It is a painstaking process that each season yields a small batch of beautifully made objects, including fire screens, umbrella stands, and freestanding decorative paintings.
Known for her fearless use of color, Dana Gibson delights and inspires the artist in each of us. In her hand's centuries-old traditions are made modern and relevant today. Ancient ikats, Chinese vases, painterly florals, and curvaceous ogees are rendered in bold strokes and infused with a distinctly modern sensibility. Her relaxed and lighthearted aesthetic is evident throughout her work.
"Parvaneh" means butterfly in Farsi, and she has been drawing and painting butterflies since she was a very young child. Parvaneh’s artistic passion began at a very early age when her father noticed her outlining the flower images on the family’s precious Persian carpet with a pencil at age four. Her parents wisely provided paper and colored pencils and she has been making art ever since. Parvaneh earned a degree in fine arts in 1979 from the London Central School of Art and Design and has worked with Caspari for over twenty years.
Karen Kluglein started her career in illustration after graduating from the School of Visual Arts. She freelanced for many major companies, primarily in food packaging, but worked on everything from magazine covers to a billboard. After seeing an American Society of Botanical Illustrators exhibit, she knew her work and style of painting would fit right in; after all, she had long been painting tomatoes, berries, and herbs for clients. In the years since, she has painted many botanicals, exhibited, taught botanical painting at the New York Botanical Garden and made tutorial DVDs.
Hillwood’s spectacular gardens capture the vision Marjorie Post conceived when rebuilding the estate in the 1950s. She hired prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel to expand the existing gardens. Thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression of “outdoor rooms.” Each of these rooms, meant to complement the mansion’s interior spaces, is decidedly private yet connected to adjacent gardens through subtle transitional features, encouraging an intuitive flow from the French parterre to the rose garden and onto the Friendship Walk.
Gertrude Hamilton was born and educated in Belgium, received graphic arts training in Paris, and later studied at the Art Students League in New York, where she discovered the art of botanical and natural history illustration. Gertrude balances a historically infused style influenced by works of Dutch and Italian masters with a modern sensibility, combining rendering in watercolor and pencil with expressionistic stains of color. She paints her subjects with distinctive personalities as well as scientific accuracy so that her works are more like natural history portraits than simple studies.
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. The Museum has obligations to the people of Boston and New England, across the nation and abroad. It celebrates diverse cultures and welcomes new and broader constituencies. The Museum is a place in which to see and to learn. It stimulates in its visitors a sense of pleasure, pride, and discovery which provides aesthetic challenge and leads to greater cultural awareness and discernment. The Museum’s ultimate aim is to encourage inquiry and to heighten public understanding and appreciation of the visual world.
Isabelle de Borchgrave’s story begins with creative explorations, both literal and figurative. She set up her painting practice in a home studio, offered classes, and explored her art in various mediums. During a visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1994, Isabelle dreamed up paper costumes. While keeping her brushes in hand and her paintings in mind, she worked on four big collections, all in paper and trompe l’œil, each of which set the scene for a very different world. Her explorations of clothing and embellishments span the globe and offer a glimpse into centuries past. Isabelle’s name is also closely linked to the world of design. By working together with Caspari, the potteries of Gien, Target, and Villeroy and Boch, Isabelle has turned her imagination into an art that’s accessible to anyone who wants to bring festivity into their home. Painted fabrics and paper, dinner services, curtains, sheets, decor with a personal touch for parties and weddings… All this tells of the world in which she has always loved to move.
The NYBG is an iconic living museum and, since its founding in 1891, has served as an oasis in this busy metropolis. As a National Historic Landmark, this 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. Each year more than one million visitors enjoy the Garden not only for its remarkable diversity of tropical, temperate, and desert flora but also for programming that ranges from renowned exhibitions in the Haupt Conservatory to festivals on Daffodil Hill. The Garden is also a major educational institution, and visitors learn about plant science, ecology, and healthful eating through NYBG's hands-on, curriculum-based programming.
Right now, many artists, museums, gardens, and estates are closed by necessity and artists' sales and commissions have slowed. When you buy a Caspari product, you're purchasing from these creators and curators and supporting them through the royalties they receive.