Excited to have been chosen by curator Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA to exhibit “Under Wraps 4″ at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA from June 30 – August 27, 2016. Just completed two months ago, this 36″ x 48” painting forms part of a new series.
Exaggerated features, in-your-face, bold, and drippy all describe this painting. GRACE enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a cutting edge gallery featuring the best of current artwork from around the country. It’s mission is to promote excellence in contemporary visual art.
Opening Reception: June 30, 2016, 6-8 pm
GRACE: 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190 restonarts.org
Want to just say a few words about the wonderful work of the Washington Project for the Arts, the premier arts organization of the nation’s capital. WPA sponsors workshops from art curators around the world to provide guidance and support to emerging and mid-career artists in this area. And, it sponsors curated art exhibits throughout the District, including at its brand new street level gallery location in North Shaw, a block from Howard University, at 2124 H St NW. It’s a significant contributor to the vibrant art scene of this area.
I was honored to participate in its biggest fund raising event, the Auction Gala, which took place a few weeks ago.
For these two recent paintings I used scraping tools – palette knives, drywall joint implements, and stir sticks – in the figure, leaving brushwork for the background.
Because scraping results in a less predictable outcome, many “happy accidents” lend immediacy and freshness to the work. The paints smear together in a totally different way from brushwork, and repeated passes build a texture that lends a rich gravitus of age/history/artifact to what is really a contemporary look.
Also, note the figures are posed in profile, something I generally avoid. This stiff pose generates a whiff of old-master-hanging-in-a-dark-museum. It seems void of emotion. But, combined with scrapes, smears, drips and some wild color, the figure becomes a vessel of possibility. Perhaps, even intrigue.
I do ascribe to the theme that people are more, much more, than they look. These two paintings aim at pulling out the inner core and daring exposure for all to witness. Both feel like an exhilarating moment, steeped in uncertainty. While the works defy labels, as figure paintings they’re not exterior likenesses, but rather, states of mind.
7 Curators +100+ Artists
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7-11 pm
1333 H Street NW, Washington DC – three blocks from the White House
Cocktails, dinner, curated silent auction, dance party
Fancifully irreverent attire