Dora Dillistone paints evocative images of female forms that point to a relationship between the subtle power of light and the forces that propel life itself. A series of six of these works, titled “Transfigurations,” is the subject of the fourth Parks Gallery Showcase Exhibition which opens Saturday, September 22, with a reception and artist’s talk from 3 to 5 pm
“These are iconic images, not unlike Grecian ideals of the female figure,” Dillistone says of the paintings. “They’re stylized, and simplified, chosen to represent creation, mortality and immortality. Alternating layers of translucent red and blue are applied and hand burnished to achieve the desired blend and richness. The process is reductive and relies on just the two colors to allow the figure to emerge or dissolve into the canvas and the canvas to become a textural element. Subject and process carry equal weight in the works.”
Dillistone spent nearly 30 years in Houston as an artist and art educator before moving to Taos about a decade ago. “Spending time living and painting in the New Mexico mountains had a great impact on my sense of space and light,” she says. “In the summer of 2000, I had the opportunity to work and learn in the Taos studio of Larry Bell. This presented an entirely new direction in my work while enhancing the continuing style of oil painting. My figures are layered, and like Larry’s, very much about how the light is reflected and refracted. Emergence and submergence, light and space . . . “
A major exhibition of Dillistone’s work, “Paradigm Shifts and Other Cliches,” will be exhibited in November at the Jung Center in Houston. “Dora Dillistone: Transfigurations” will be on view at Parks Gallery through October 23. The gallery is at 110-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For information call 575-751-0343 or email parksgallery.com.