Art of the Wedding
New York City figurative artist Constance Bosworth will be exhibiting her “Art of the Wedding” paintings at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on Sunday, April 23, during the LBI Wedding Road Show. The Road Show is a self-guided tour that brides and their entourage are encouraged to take to see the many beautiful, local venues, including the LBIF, where they can stage their shore wedding.
Bosworth will have examples of her paintings of wedding bouquets, wedding cakes, wedding dresses and bride or flower girl portraits to show how these can be commissioned as lasting mementos of this most important day.
“These items are beautiful in themselves – the spun sugar roses, gorgeously shaped dresses and bouquets of flowers chosen by the bride herself, and how fleeting the moments are when they are on display. The dress gets stored away the day after, the cake that got so much attention from the baker – an edible sculpture – and after midnight it’s reduced to a few crumbs; the bouquet doesn’t last through the day. There is a romantic sadness about it all,” she said.
“Photographers do a wonderful job of documenting the day, but then the album gets put away, too. A painting visually holds our attention. The objects are so universally touching, enormously sentimental, and I could see that no one was painting them in a way that honored them.
“No other medium in the world conveys emotions like a painting.”
Boswell was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University in studio art in printmaking and sculpture. She moved to New York City and studied at the Arts Student League, Parsons School of Design and the New School. She then met Robert Kulicke and took painting lessons from him in his West Side studio. Kulicke is best known for his small still life oils, for his study of ancient faux finishes and for framing. His frames can be found on Renaissance paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“While I was learning from Bob, his wife, Pam Sheehan, was in the corner of the studio painting away and we never spoke, but Pam was a master landscape painter. After Bob passed away, she generously offered to teach me everything she knows about painting.
“Painting is so full of choices, it’s not like printmaking or sculpture; you have to make decisions. It’s so easy to go off the rails in a short time. She had a wealth of knowledge and is a born teacher with a generous heart.”
Boswell’s paintings are as lush as the wedding day itself. The portraits of children as flower girls are one of her favorite commissions, and portraits of the bride as she walks away (the back of the dress is usually the most decorative) are lit as if from within.
“I have to convey the emotion, but not in a mawkish way. I almost have to tone it down so as not to fall into the trap of over-sentimentality.
“Flowers are one of the most difficult things to paint because each flower has something inherently different from the rest in the way it bends on the stem, the way the flowers interact. The bridal bouquet is one of the most challenging.”
She is clearly up to the challenge.
Bosworth was discovered and brought to LBI by art adviser Elizabeth Burke Beaty and is represented by Beaty’s company, Burke Art Advisory, which can be reached by calling 917-623-9339. An Art of the Wedding website is currently under construction.
Beaty also curates Birdland Gallery, located in Artifacts, 100 Bay Ave. in Beach Haven, and will include Bosworth’s flower paintings in the Flower Show at Birdland in April.
— Pat Johnson