Doug Glovaski, "Painting in a Minor Key"
I have always believed that art can have the power to take us away for a brief moment, the same way that a great piece of music can…to a place where words are superfluous.
The title of Glovaski’s upcoming exhibition “Painting in a Minor Key” evokes a melancholy and reflective perspective, which is exactly what the artist is striving for. When looking at Glovaski’s abstractions one might think of a waterfall, a repeated and moving image that never begins or ends. A meditation. Glovaski is influenced by the words “all things must pass” and takes this phrase to remind himself to stay in the moment and focus on what is important in his life.
Working on canvases slightly more elongated than traditional canvas ratios, one senses a deliberate focus the artist has cast on a particular view. scraped, layered, dripping paint, the other, a field of solid color…. paint is piled thick and high yet the effect is of light silky fabric or gauze draped over a field of color. In areas of controlled geometry, while color prevails, Glovaski allows moments of texture to come through. While the spatial push and pull Glovaski creates in his work brings viewers to appreciate different relationships of paint and color, it is the emotional core of the work that Glovaski taps into. The artist attempts to transport his audience to a place of divine beauty, a theme that has threaded throughout the history of art and a tradition into which Glovaski's work is seamlessly entrenched. –Maruta Taube
Doug Glovaski is the recipient of the highly prestigious Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant. His work is in numerous permanent collections including the Achenbach Collection at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA; the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, MA, and the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, CA. In 2009 he had a solo exhibition at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. His paintings are included in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the U.S, parts of Europe and Japan. Doug Glovaski was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1951. He currently lives with his wife in Pacific Grove. This will be Glovaski’s second solo show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.