A The innovative collaboration between one of the leading European luxury furniture retailers in Houston and a large gallery in Dallas – home of provocateurs and acclaimed market photographers Tyler Shields and David Yarrow – promises to enliven the dialogue between art and design in Texas.
Cue CASA Houston and Samuel Lynne Galleries, Dallas, each owned by Jerry Hooker and business associates JD Miller and Philip Romano, who just shared the news with them Paper city.
Currently installed in CASA Houston’s stately Upper Kirby District 10,000 square foot showroom (open to the public and retail), the innovative conversation brings together high-end Italian interior and furnishing brands – think Giorgetti, Poltrona Frau, Rimadesio and Listone Giordano – with a presentation of five talents representing Samuel Lynne Galleries: Lea Fisher, JD Miller, Philip Romano, Tyler Shields, and David Yarrow.
The three abstract painters – Fisher, Miller and Romano, Dallas-based practitioners of the Reflectionist movement – grapple with the pared-down beauty of CASA Houston’s well-edited home design collection.
The photographic images of the internationally known Shields and Yarrow provide additional sharpness and effect.
Agent Provocateurs + sophisticated Italian design
Shields, making its Houston debut, seduces the viewer with an intoxicating mix of celebrity, consumerism, eroticism, decadence and fantasy. This Los Angeles-based artist is the only living artist featured in a solo exhibition at Sotheby’s. As such, Shields is a fearless conjurer of images that confront the viewer and at the same time turn them into spectators and conspirators.
River Oaks District
For CASA Houston, Shields is working with JD Miller, co-owner of the Samuel Lynne Galleries, on an ongoing Masterpiece Collection, each image of which is offered in just one completely unique photo.
Then there is Yarrow, an altruistic talent whose photographs regularly sell for more than six-figure amounts at auctions.
Works such as American hustle and bustle and Friday night at the Pioneer Add to this Yarrow’s characteristic wildlife themes, which were recently highlighted in the artist’s second book, an elaborate Rizzoli volume, David Yarrow Photography: America Africa Antarctica Arctic Asia Europe. With a foreword by NFL superstar Tom Brady and an afterword by famous model / lifestyle spokeswoman Cindy Crawford, the 2019 monograph is donating all of its royalties to conservation projects generously supported by Yarrow. These are Tusk in the UK and WildAid in the United States.
In a statement, JD Miller of Samuel Lynne Galleries stated, “Houston now features our artists alongside the world’s most prestigious furniture brands, offering unparalleled art and interior design options.”
“We are very excited to give these respected artists a home to showcase in Houston. . . Create an immersive interior design environment where everything you see from floor to ceiling is for sale, ”said Jerry Hooker, owner of CASA Houston.
“Working with Samuel Lynne Galleries challenged us to think outside the box to redesign our current showroom.
CASA Houston is located at Upper Kirby’s Arrive, 2800 Kirby Drive, Suite B100. It is open to the public and retailers from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 713-714-8105. More information can be found here.