The “Seen and Unseen” exhibit in the Member’s Gallery focuses on the light within and the beauty seen. A gentle shift in movement through color to bold line and form invite the viewer to sit with each piece. Nuances within the layers are unveiled, a curiosity peaked, and a subtlety revealed, giving shape to light and highlighting beauty. Exploring both the figure and abstraction, giving way to classical limitations, these paintings yield a familiarity that pure abstraction can rarely achieve and an intimacy that realism denies the viewer.
Using the figure as a place of departure, a gestural charcoal line and the play of color pushing and pulling develop form. This brings your eye through the painting and back around again. There is a vibrating harmony between the brightness of the paint and the directness of line. The paintings achieve a rich texture through many layers of ink, glue, paint, and charcoal, leaving the viewer with something new to see at every glance. Each figure conveys an emotion, accentuated by the use of color, line, form, space, and abstraction. The paintings in “Seen and Unseen” achieve a shared cohesive, planned quality through the reworking of numerous sketches, and yet they maintain a freshness that echoes abstract expressionism. The energetic manner in which the liberal use of paint and vibrant color choice are applied propels the expressive quality of the work. Atmospheric space created by tonal shifts gives a sense of spirituality while remaining grounded in reality.
The sensitive subtleties in each painting create the illusion of space and luminosity. Creative internal tension through the use of color within the piece shows just how malleable the space is. The ephemeral quality of a gesture drawing is elevated to a finished and more polished piece. Color relationship is as much the subject of the paintings as the figure. This abstraction plays an integral part throughout the layers of each painting, pushing one to live outside oneself even for a moment, diving into the world of the painting.