Area artists selected for Trump art collection
BY JOHN LOVETT The Sentinel-Record
Donald Trump has said "you’re hired" to Art-Exchange. com, and
three local artists are among the 40 chosen to be represented in the
Donald Trump Art Collection Gallery.
Lisa and D. Arthur Wilson and Carole Katchen were selected from
thousands of artists this summer for inclusion in the collection.
"The Donald has always been a fan of art and wants to offer good
art to his clients," said Richard Gipe, president of Art-Exchange.com.
"I really don’t know where this will lead, but we’re excited about
it." What this means for the Wilsons, Katchen and the other
selected artists with Art-Exchange is a major connection to big-time
art buyers in Trump’s residential real estate markets and his
Lexington Furniture line. Art-Exchange also recently bought Timothy’s
Fine Art and Custom Frame in San Clemente, Calif., which will add 40
jobs to the Hot Springs area. The 24-year-old company’s name will be
kept, and for Gipe, hopefully all of its 3,000 designer contacts.
Almost all of the artists Gipe suggested for the Trump Collection
were accepted. Katchen’s piece "The Eyes Have It" is expected to be
used as illustration on the Trump Art Collection Web site at
http://www. trumpartcollection.com. The site will be "unveiled" during
the holiday season.
Katchen’s "The Eyes Have It" is one of the illustrations she
created for the Trump Art Collection promotional catalogue. "I
felt like I was on ‘The Apprentice’ waiting to find out if they were
going to say ‘You’re Fired’ or ‘You’re Hired,’" Katchen jokes. "It
turned out that they loved the illustrations and chose two of them. In
addition, they will be including several of my paintings in the Trump
The Trump connection was set in motion last March at Art Expo in
New York City when Gipe first met the representatives from the Trump
organization and Holoma Inc. Richard and Beth Gipe have attended the
large exposition every year since 2000.
After a tedious selection process this year, all four of the
Wilsons’ definitive styles of art were selected: The "wild
expressionism" of D. Arthur; Lisa’s abstract expressionism; their
figurative collaborations such as the portrait of Louis Moreau
Gottschalk used by Naxos Records for the recent Hot Springs Music
Festival release; and D. Arthur’s whimsical "Rhupert" the ostrich
character, which he has used in a series of children’s books.
One of Lisa’s pieces, "Sonatina," was used in Trump’s inaugural
premier along with his furniture line last June in Dallas.
"It was so exciting but we couldn’t tell anyone," Lisa said. "A ll
the contracts hadn’t been signed yet."
The couple signed with Trump to produce limited edition prints of
almost 40 pieces and will have four separate galleries within the