Byron Roche Gallery
Chicago, IL 60610
Byron Roche has been an art dealer for twenty five years and founded Byron Roche Gallery in 1994. The gallery exhibits contemporary art in all media with a focus on painting. The artists represented share Roche's strong interest in the materials and process used to create the work, as evidenced in the distressed aluminum and vehicular paints used by Margaret Evangeline, the repeating multiple portraits created by Lisa Erf, and the use of demanding gold and aluminum leaf by New York artist Paul Hunter. The work exhibited also reflects Roche's attraction to images that interact with the viewer's eye to create optical effects, as reflected in Op Art-inspired work by Chicago artist Ann Wiens, and the meticulously executed repetitive patterns painted by Jiwon Son. The result of this aesthetic is work that reflects a striking degree of technical proficiency, that is also often labor-intensive to produce. Roche believes that education is an important mission of the gallery, and enjoys spending time with beginning as well as experienced collectors, discussing the artistic process as well as the steps involved in art collecting and appreciation. Architectural Digest, Art Across America, August 2004
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