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Lisa Grossman

"For nearly twenty years my prairie work, primarily plein air, has been a sustained meditation on open spaces. The power of this place, and my visceral responses to weather and shifts in light, color, and seasons, have been the true subjects of my work. "My work has always been about shifts and the ephemeral. I'm not so much trying to freeze moments in time as much as I am attempting to convey my experience of them. My wish is to share some of what I've discovered, offering a new way a seeing these waterways and open prairie spaces that hopefully, ultimately, awakens a new appreciati... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/5/12
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Paintings by Pamela Wilson

Pamela Wilson’s works of art transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the sublime and otherworldly. She develops haunting images that evoke moods and memories inspired by real life, and which create a remarkably compelling narrative. The physical and emotional isolation of her characters has emerged as a hallmark of her work. She has much to say of the dark and hilarious absurdities we must often endure... while we are creating ourselves. Primarily a figurative painter, Wilson has worked in many other mediums, including photography, printmaking, and assemblage. She received her MFA from th... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/17/11
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Lee Price

EVOKE Contemporary proudly presents Lee Price in her first solo exhibition in New Mexico. The show is scheduled to open in Santa Fe on Friday, May 6, 2011 and will run through Tuesday, May 31, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, May 6th from 5 – 7pm and the public is invited! American Contemporary Figurative Realist painter, Lee Price focuses on the subject of food with the solitary female figure in private, intimate settings - figures that are always lost in what might appear to be the bliss of consumption in highly unusual environments and portrayed from a u... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/8/11
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Robert Striffolino

Evocatively powerful on many levels, Robert Striffolino’s paintings have much the same effect as experiencing nature in a very personal and intimate way. His abstract paintings focusing on wonders of his own garden, delve beneath the surface of external forms to reveal the spirituality within. The healing properties of beauty in nature flow through the artist onto the canvas, and ultimately out to the viewer in these abstract, colorist masterworks. His affinity toward nature strongly fuels his creative drive. How he captures the positive emotions associated... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/21/10
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Kent Williams

Applying his distinctive draftsmanship and painterly breadth, Williams continues to investigate the direct portrayal of human physiognomy and character. Presenting us with paintings that show us both, the figure in states of quiet observation, as well as in full-blown struggles, Williams oscillates between how he portrays the contradictions posed by common existential realities. Like a vivisection of sorts, the figures in Williams' canvases are often taken apart and physically fragmented by their surroundings. The intercut sections of the human body within William... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/6/10
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Louise McElwain

A classically trained artist with roots firmly planted in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, McElwain paints with knives and masonry trowels, seeking to follow the rhythm of Nature in a dance to the tempo of the evolving day. It was at the Nera Simi drawing studio in Florence, Italy, in 1973 where McElwain says she learned to see value, the relationship of dark to light, by focusing on the same figure drawing for a minimum of two weeks. Informed by the color theory of Joseph Albers and a masters workshop with Wolf Kahn, the quest for her own voice lead... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/10/10
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New Work from Matthew Cornell

Matthew Cornell presents a new body of work that reflects the the cycle of weather and its influence on nature. It is origin and destination - creation and destruction. The cycle of life. "Every day the planet begins anew. Nature seeks equilibrium. It is never ending. It begins in the oceans. Water evaporates, creates storms, rains and eventually makes it way back to the sea.  It is about balance. It is about adaptation. I like the ocean because there is a rhythm to the waves that connects it to our own rhythms. The crashing waves like a heartbeat. The push and pull of the water like... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/10/10
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Haley Hasler

    EVOKE Contemporary introduces an exhibition of paintings by Haley Hasler on November 6th with an opening reception 5pm – 8pm.  The exhibition runs through November 30. Hasler will be in attendance to unveil her meticulously detailed self-portraits which are elaborately conceived narratives on truth, illusion and identity. Drawing upon Renaissance compositions, Hasler herself is the central figure that presents her audience with all the details of contrived circumstance. Many of Hasler’s scenes pose a frenetic level of activity with obsessively detailed scenery and ‘set design’. With the art... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/9/09
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From the Ground Up

      Louisa McElwain’s first solo exhibition, “Along the High Road” at EVOKE Contemporary opens in October with a series of special events.  The opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, October 2nd, 5pm – 8pm and the show runs through October 31st. Preceding the exhibition will be studio tours at the artist’s New Mexico ranch in the month of September. There will also be a private collector preview party by invitation only – inquire at the gallery to learn more about these special events. Louisa McElwain works to create a balance between her experience with the environment and the physica... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/12/09