ADAM VINSON on 'We Love Your Custom' Painting


The vest in the painting is most likely from the Indus Valley of Afghanistan. It is decorated with intricate embroidered patterns and mirrors, and would have been worn for special occasions. In this context we see it draped upon a wire hanger with the distinct paper wrapping of a Western dry cleaning business whose thankful message to their patrons is “We Love Our Customers”.

However, here we see specific letters of this message obscured by the vest. If we were to read what is exposed in modern shorthand, we might decipher “we love your custom”. Herein is where I intended to juxtapose the relationship of two very different cultures and their current relationship in history. I prefer to leave the message vague and open to interpretation as it is not my intention to deliver any kind of concrete meaning.

                        Adam Vinson, 'We Love Your Custom', 34 x 26 inches, Oil on Panel

                       Adam Vinson, 'We Love Your Custom', 34 x 26 inches, Oil on Panel

Clearly from the buttons pinned to the vest we can see a few messages eluding to patriotism, cynicism, faith and pacifism. 

The wire hanger is intentionally not “hanging” on any sort of hook or nail. It is a painting and paintings can and should transcend reason. For me, this is a reminder that even though I spent so much time trying to execute verisimilitude with this picture, it is, after all, not reality. 

Paint the Hill-- 30 Artists / 30 Locations / Lots of Wet Paint!


On Saturday, June 7th, we had the pleasure of hosting our first ever Paint the Hill Event with the Beacon Hill Civic Association!

The event was a smashing success!  Thirty artists painted around Beacon Hill from early morning until 4pm when all the paintings returned to the gallery for the evening Soirée and Reveal.

Participating artists were from around the greater Boston area, some with an intimate knowledge of Beacon Hill and some exploring the Hill for the first time.  All painted on private property accessible to the public. 

A big THANK YOU to our entire Paint the Hill committee and all of our sponsors who made this event possible: 75 ChestnutHampshire House, Fastachi, Beacon Hill Wine & Spirits, Sevens, Hingham Institute for Savings, Panificio, grosgrain & ink LLC, Boston Art & Framing, Beacon Hill Gourmet, The Boston Courant, Opus Affair, Soon Spoon, and Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

A collection of paintings from Paint the Hill

If you see anything that catches your eye -- contact us!  A number of the paintings are still available for purchase in the gallery.

Out & About: Boston International Fine Art Show

Last weekend we had the pleasure of participating in the 17th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show!  As always, Fusco & Four put on a great show.  Thank you to all our collectors and friends who came by to support us!

In case you missed it, here's a look our booth:

Panoramic of our booth featuring Sally Ladd Cole, Gregory Prestegord, Terry Miura, Frank Strazzulla, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Jussi Poyhonen, & Daniele Cestari.

Congratulations: Thomas Torak's 'Bread and Wine'

In anticipation of our upcoming Thomas Torak opening on October 18th from 6:30-9pm, we would like to share that 'Bread and Wine' has won the Wholesale Frame Co. Award at the Academic Artists Association 63rd National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism! 

We couldn't be happier for Tom, whose dedication and technique we deeply admire. 

Thomas Torak, 'Bread and Wine', 24 x 20, Oil on Linen.

'Bread and Wine' will be hanging and available in the gallery during Tom's solo show -- Alive with Paint.  To get a sneak peek of other pieces in the show or a copy of Tom's article in the October 2013 issue of The Artist's Magazine, please feel free to contact us!  

Back to Back: A Call for Artists

Sloane Merrill Gallery and the Boston Figurative Art Center (BFAC) announce their first collaboration in the form of a themed group exhibition titled 'Back to Back' opening Friday, April 12th at 75 Charles Street, Boston.  

Below is the call to artists to submit for the juried portion of the exhibition. 

Please feel free to contact Sloane Merrill Gallery with any questions at 617.227.1775 or by email at info@sloanemerrillgallery.com

Converge in NYC

We had the fortune of heading down to New York for the opening night of Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide.  It was an incredible evening -- the paintings were stunning, the show was well hung, and we got to spend time with a handful of our favorite artists and friends! 

A personal favorite by gallery artist Danny McCaw:

'Orange on Plate', 30 x 24, Oil on Panel, 2012.

If you are in New York, we highly recommend visiting the exhibition at 25CPW Gallery (25 Central Park West at 62nd Street)!