My show, Layers, at the West End Gallery hangs for another two weeks, until August 29th. It has been a very good show thus far with many of the paintings having found new homes, many of them in distant locales. In fact, more than half of those sold have left the state, including two leaving yesterday for Utah. This has created a lot of gaps in the exhibit, enough so that Jesse Gardner, the assistant director there, asked if I had some larger pieces available to fill in the gaps.
This struck me as a nice opportunity to show a few paintings that have not been seen in a while, pieces that have been biding their time with me in the studio. Included is the piece shown to the right, Peaceful Tidings, a piece measuring about 18″ by 36″ on paper. It is a painting that inexplicably only showed in one gallery for a short time before coming to the studio. Why I have kept it under wraps is a question that I can’t answer. It has always seemed to be here, always drawing my attention when I am near it. So this seems like a nice chance to let it out once more.
A few are from the group of work that I call the Dark Work, from around 2002. Includes in this group are two pieces shown below, Night Karma and Night Vibrations, which is a larger piece, coming in at 30″ by 34″ on paper. This series was a departure in style and tone from the much lighter and transparent work I was doing at the time and was very reflective of the tone of the time just after 9/11. Darker and with more weight, more ponderous.
But over the years as this work has become less associated with that time and people take it in with a different perspective, viewing it for what it is expressing in the now. As a result, there are only a handful of these pieces from that time floating around, including this small group. This work has great meaning for me and served a great purpose in my development, allowing me to better follow the inner voice that is most true to who I am as a person. It’s good to show these pieces, even if only for a short time.
So, if you’ve already seen the show at the West End Gallery or if you have not, there is something new for you to see before it comes down in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, you will find it interesting.