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Figure In Red

hope & grace Wine Label

Charles Eckart


Eckart's work has developed from early expressionist figurative images to the current abstracted landscapes, reflecting a strong gestural style and an emphasis on texture and energy. The most recent etchings, the Ground Cover series, are taken from direct observations of the intimate landscape. They could be called painter's prints because they are created more closely to the way a painting is constructed: by building up layers of pigment."

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"Figure in red," the art on our wine labels, was painted by Artist Charles Eckart in the early eighties. Charles Eckart, was contemporary of Manuel Neri and Nathan Oliveira of the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative movement.
"Charles Eckart was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Yosemite Valley. He is a painter who started etching with his own press in 1966. The etching has always paralleled the various phases of his painting development. After focusing on the figure for many years, his work changed to landscape after he moved from San Francisco to Point Reyes in 1985. He was represented by the Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery for over 20 years, until its closing.

Charles has had “Figure in Red” displayed in his private collection for the past 20 years, which he acquired by chance from the legendary Restaurateur Modesto Lanzone in San Francisco in the early 1990’s. In search of a label design, he felt this would be the perfect painting for the hope & grace label, to provoke emotion, opinion and conversation…Just as art and wine should, and it has. Come in to our Yountville tasting room and gallery to see it in person… it's quite large!

Grouchy Girl

Valentin Popov


"Now in his adopted country, Popov has seized the newness, crassness, abundance and glamour of American culture. Like a very hungry child in a giant supermarket, he wants to taste everything. His recent art reflects this manic appetite for the visual imagery and spoken phrase that now infuses his work…
…The skillful art of Valentin Popov however is a mix of the academic and the anarchistic. His beautifully executed illusionistic renderings of water and sky are poetic. From a distance they are soothing. It is only on closer examination that Popov adds an unnerving poetic commentary across the works often but not always camouflaged within the surface. In taking in the totality of Popovís conception, the visual seduction of what one sees and feels confronts the cerebral issues of what one reads and thinks. These works simultaneously massage and aggravate; they reassure and despair."

Robert Flynn Johnson
Curator in Charge
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco