Fatima Ronquillo’s new paintings come across as Wes Anderson directing the ghost of José Gil de Castro in rendering a series of children’s portraits influenced by Edward Gorey. But you don’t have to grok our transcultural meaning to appreciate the sublime, enigmatic beauty of these oil-on-panel wonders…. ~ The Austin Chronicle, April 5, 2013
Returning to Austin for a show is like coming home, seeing old friends and revisiting favored haunts. Wally Workman’s peach and chartreuse building was as welcoming as ever. There are more photos to be seen on the gallery’s blog. Thank you to all those who attended and gave their support. For those who missed it, the show closes on the 27th, so do stop in and check it out.
I am very pleased to announce my upcoming solo exhibit at the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas―“Private Revolution” opening Saturday, April 6 with a reception from 6 to 8 pm. The show runs through April 27th.
“Private Revolution” 30×24 inches, oil on linen SOLD
This new series of work is a celebration of the various private revolutions that my imagined personages launch: rebellions against indifferent beloveds, oppressive thoughts, and real or perceived injuries. There is a context for the ongoing themes of symbolic or literal wounds, mingled with the optimism of youth, lovers and dreamers. Stylistically I have been inspired by the works of Jacques Louis David and the neoclassical period following the French Revolution alongside formal portraiture in colonial Latin America. I am amused by the juxtaposition of traditional compositions with the ambiguous yet oddly humorous situations of injured or attacking cupids or children in military dress or exotic persons with their animal entourage.
“Lady with Tulip and Cupid” 24×20 inches oil on linen on panel
First, I want to wish everyone a beautiful winter season and a new year full of blessings. I am kicking off the new year with a two-person show “Complexity” at Meyer Gallery in Park City with the wonderful assemblage sculptor Heather Campbell. The opening reception is on January 4, 2013, 6-8pm. “Lady with Tulip and Cupid” above is the largest piece in the show. I have just shipped out these final works… Preview the rest of the show here.
“Le Billet Doux” 14×11 inches, oil on panel SOLD
“Secret Beloved” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
“Masked Child with Tulip” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
“The Favorite” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
“Hand with Lover’s Eye in Green Jewel” 7×5 inches, oil on panel
“Hand with Lover’s Eye in Coral Heart” 7×5 inches, oil on panel SOLD