"These jewel-like paintings intuitively fuse different aesthetic traditions, folk art and old master, with natural grace and an uncanny quality that may be a species of magic." —American Arts Quarterly
I will be part of a group show “Mirror, Mirror” opening this Saturday on September 4, 6-9 pm at Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah. It is a showcase of figurative works by 10 artists including Ray Bonilla, Fidalis Buehler, Ted Gall, Glen Hawkins, Brian Kershisnik, Emily McPhie, Chris Miles, Jim Rennert and Justin Taylor. I am most thrilled to have “Lucy and the Majorette” as the featured image on the invitation cards. The show runs until September 21.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
by Roberto Carlos Ainslie
May 16, 2010
These small pieces are notable for the technical skill they display as well as the delicacy of the full-faced subjects they depict. As Ronquillo suggests, there is the sense that the viewer is stepping into a moment in which s/he was not expected. The placid expressions of the figures suggests that the viewer is welcome, but there is also a slightly withdrawn sense about the characters, as though the welcome, while honest, comes with a note of caution, too.
After painting nearly everyday since for several months now… I am truly ready for a week of vacation, first in Marfa, then Austin. I’m also looking forward to meeting everyone at the opening ~ Saturday, May 1, 6-8 pm at Wally Workman Gallery.