Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 31 , 5 - 8 pm
*Conversations With the Artists on May 21st, 6-8pm
In Anne M. Bray's new series Irwindale, she gives a modern inversion of the Hudson
River School approach to landscape painting. Anne's current work of oil paintings and chalk pastel drawings documents her fascination with a particular vista from the 605 of a gravel pit. Most of the elements have been touched by man: smog tinges the sky and the landforms surrounding the "lake" have been carved out by industrial processes. Yet dusk envelopes the scene with an eerie beauty and cloaks the more unsettling aspects of it - the strange color of the water and the raw earth exposed by the digging. "Instead of depicting sublime nature unsullied by man, I present the beauty in a landscape wracked by human intervention."
Danielle Eubank, an established oil painter in London, is best known for her undulating, ‘close up' paintings of water that are remarkable for the way they capture the personality of the subject. Her work is modern, formalist, although it is strongly rooted in the realm of figurative art. As Expedition Artist for the 10,000 mile long Borobudur Ship Expedition, and about to embark on Phoenicia, a 17,000 mile circumnavigation of Africa on a replica 600BC vessel, Eubank brings to this exhibition a celebration of water, light, and reflection-both local and far away.
In Still Places, Katherine Kean's recent paintings of winding paths and bending waterways explore illusive margins of atmosphere and form. Subtle edges of earth and water, tree and sky, seem to dissolve and reappear, caught as she says, "At the moment when boundaries are undetermined and reality is malleable, like the point between dream and reality." Beginning with underpainting, Kean modulates the intensity of light that spreads from the center of the canvas, while lines and shapes are defined and then partially obscured. Layer is painted over layer, resulting in unexpected gradations and tones. Imagination's alchemy transforms the recognizable into delicately nuanced layers of color and tone, to gently invoke mystery, sensation, and mood.
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