Art Reception: Friday, November 8 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Meet the Artists: Saturday, November 16 from 2pm to 4pm
Touchstone Gallery associate Show
Glimpses New Watercolors by Patricia Williams
One seems a little the voyeur whenever watching Patricia Williams’ newest watercolors. The vibrant still life paintings provide a glimpse in to the artist’s life, featuring individual items, such as for instance blossoms and create from her garden, shells from her preferred coastline and well-worn scarves, along side spaces where she lives and paints. The vibrant colored paintings tend to be personal, however the viewer is held far away by clear washes and drips of color that partially obscure the pictures. Slashes of watersoluble graphite define shapes being at the same time abstract and realistic.
“The transparency of this watercolor provides these paintings a sense of light and airiness. They inhale,” says Touchstone Gallery Director Ksenia Grishkova. “It can be as in the event that work will continue to evolve and alter while you think of it.”
Many regarding the paintings tend to be little, strengthening the experience of closeness. Nevertheless the abstract high quality of this design and application of paint increases issue of what exactly is genuine, what exactly is thought and what exactly is recalled. It’s kept into the audience to determine.
This show had been influenced by a class that explored the still lifes of musicians and artists such as for instance Cezanne, Matisse and Demuth. “I consider myself as a landscape painter,” Ms. Williams claims, “and i actually do believe that a number of the paintings in this series look a little like surroundings. The course made myself understand that there was even more into the still-life category than is normally acknowledged, and I also wished to take to my hand.”
On the vibrant Side by Pamela Reynolds by Pamela Reynolds
Color — vivid, fluorescent shade, unfettered and no-cost, could be the topic of Pamela Reynolds’ most present group of abstract paintings.
Contrasting strong linear pattern with freely-wrought drips, splatters and pours, these paintings had been prompted by metropolitan signage, graffiti, psychedelia, while the internal functions of this artist’s very own mind. Reynolds works together with a “happy palette” that eschews what she calls the “tasteful” and embraces alternatively crazy and flamboyant exuberance.
“it was partly a reaction into the numerous “tasteful” paintings that we see around me personally in a lot of general public areas that appear made particularly becoming safe and inoffensive. We wondered just what it might be love to develop paintings made particularly is “unsafe?”
The singer had been prompted by a varied band of idiosyncratic abstractionists that have additionally utilized shade as a primary factor while alluding to much more religious motifs, including German artist Charlene von Heyl, Japanese singer Yayoi Kusama and Swedish singer and mystic Hilma af Klimt. For making these paintings, she additionally became conscious that Washington DC features typically already been a locus for artwork in brilliant, strong, residing shade. It absolutely was within the District that Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis formed a form of art action referred to as Washington colors class.
“Recently, the planet has sensed quite dark,” says Reynolds. “i needed to achieve around myself to generate intuitive and animated paintings of happiness and jubilance that may additionally feel only a little crazy. That Is of the same quality a minute as any to appear regarding the brilliant part of things.”
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