These two striking contemporary pieces will be making the journey to Miami for exhibit at the SPECTRUM Art Show December 2-6, concurrent with exciting Art Basel week. Should be an exciting and stimulating week from the point of view of artist, collector, and gallerist. I’m working on a couple of smaller pieces to complement these larger works, but they’re not yet ready for prime time. More on that later. In the interim, many thanks to Gallery NK for making this opportunity available.
In Georgetown, Susan Calloway Fine Arts has been featuring my solo exhibit Inner/Outer this September and October. Lots of media buzz from the Washington Post’s Mark Jenkins and Ari Post writing for The Georgetowner.
A few words about the show. Drips, re-stated lines, contrasting color and visible brushwork all help convey the tension and ambiguity that form my signature style. In approaching the subject of the face and the human body, I respond to the feelings behind the facade to suggest resolve, fear, pride, frailty or other emotion. My goal is to suggest a kind of chaos that invites viewers to make their own interpretation. These paintings might best be described as coping with turmoil…Like modern life.
Part of my solo exhibit with Susan Calloway Fine Arts this month, “Long Interval” exemplifies the reason I love to paint. Fluid, gestural brushstrokes, bold color, rich paint, and loose construction all hint at a feeling of a place and time. Whether anticipation or regret, relaxation or tension, the image of this figure conveys an ambiguous moment. Each of us can narrate a different, but credible story for this painting. It depends on our own unique perspective and life experiences.
This week I deliver 10 new paintings to Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, DC for my first solo exhibit,at this gallery, Inner/Outer. Packed up and ready for the 1/2 hour drive to the gallery, these canvases were specifically painted for this show and carefully selected by Susan Calloway herself. The show, all figurative work, depicts what is felt rather than what is seen. Each figure caught in a private moment of personal awareness suggests vulnerability — perhaps the essence of what it means to be human.
Like all my work, drips, re-stated lines, contrasting color and visible brushwork help convey tension and ambiguity.
The piece above, “Getting Somewhere,” was inspired by a photo I took a few years ago of a group of Italian teenagers on a field trip to some Roman ruins in Southern Italy. This young man was passing behind several teenage girls, affecting a very nonchalant pose while subtly aware of the girls’ presence. I just love his body language.
Stop by the gallery and join us for the free opening reception or check out the show any time.
Sept 16 – Oct 19
Susan Calloway Fine Arts
1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007–202.965.4601–callowayart.com
Opening Reception Friday September 18th, 6-8 pm