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Ghosts Upon The Walls

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Thinkspace
Ghosts Upon The Walls

6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
March 2nd, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013
Opening: March 2nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
culver city/west la
EMAIL:  
contact@sourharvest.com
PHONE:  
310.403.8549
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 12-6

DESCRIPTION

Concurrently on view in Thinkspace's Project Room is Michael Ramstead's Ghosts Upon the WallsRamstead is based out of Long Beach, CA and has been working with a highly refined style of oil painting. The artist's current body of work combines contemporary influences with traditional painting techniques and styles of the Old Masters. The compelling juxtaposition of execution and contemporary subject matter results in a unique recombinant style all the artist's own.

Ghosts Upon the Walls combines the artist's thoughtful and accomplished portraiture with surreal and paranormal imagery. Seemingly allegorical at times, the paintings tap into an iconography and set of metaphorical symbols all their own. Through the use of an intense chiaroscuro technique, reminiscent of historical Baroque painting, and executed with the technical refinement of the Old Masters, Ramstead's works are haunting and beautiful. The artist captures the hollows of the psychological portrait in the midst of a world of animated shadows.