Nancy Toomey Fine Art is featuring works by Miya Ando, Gregg Renfrow, and Gilles Teboul this week around the theme of luminous minimalism, from the Beauty in Lockdown catalogue. When we consider the true definition of minimalism in art, it is extending the abstract idea that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing. The medium or material from which it is made, and the form of the work, is the reality. What these three artists share, is the creation of a graceful and calm atmosphere, that encourages contemplation, a kind of luminous minimalism. The works have an ephemeral quality–the viewer can experience them in infinite ways and perhaps never exactly see them the same way twice. The essence of being suggested by the pictorial space of these works dissolves the boundaries of color, light, and spirit. Change and impermanence are experienced viscerally through pure form.


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MIYA ANDO, Gekkou (Moonlight) November 4, 2017
Pigment, Silver Leaf, Arches Paper, 45.5 x 34.5 Inches Framed

This work on paper entitled Gekkou, the Japanese word for moonlight, continues New York based Miya Ando’s exploration of the exchange and relationship between material and the evanescent qualities of nocturnal light. Comprised of silver leaf and pigment on Arches paper, they invite the viewer to recognize the fleeting qualities of light, and of time itself… More »


GREGG RENFROW, Fantin-Latour, 2020
Polymer, Pigment on Cast Acrylic, 48 x 48 Inches

Gregg Renfrow, based in the Bay Area, works on acrylic panels that allow light to filter through the pigment. The result is an illumination of color and form subtly projected from the surface of the work. While looking at this painting, the bands of color may appear suspended in real time and space. Renfrow achieves this discoloration, or dematerialization of the painted image, by pouring polymer over acrylic panels. He is very careful not to interrupt the runs of paint with the unpredictable effects of the human hand. The impression from the contact of carefully applied pigment and transparent support is that the process has occurred by itself through some unknown power or force… More »


GILLES TEBOUL, Untitled 2047, 2017
Acrylic and Resin on Canvas, 19.7 x 15.7 Inches

The work of Paris based Gilles Teboul is a perfect hybridization of elements as diverse as the minimalist aesthetic of artists such as John McCracken and Dan Flavin, and the delicate shading and fluorescent colors of the OS X. His ordered, shiny, lacquered paintings are composed of pigments bonded together by an acrylic resin which is absorbed into the canvas for many hours. Balanced on a flat plane, Teboul pours on paint which spreads over the surface without his intervention… More »


The Beauty in Lockdown catalogue works are available with special price considerations. For more information please contact:
Nancy Toomey
(415) 307-9038



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