The proportions, harmony, and the longevity of Classical Greek art were early influences on my work. Immediately after arriving in Arizona for the first time, I was amazed with the similarities between ancient Puebloan pottery patterns and ancient Greek pottery patterns. This lead me to reading about how the patterns of both traditions originated in basket weaving. Later, I studied the origins of European paleolithic art and the similarity to the patterns found in ancient rock art in the Southwest. These patterns emerged from shamanism and altered states of consciousness - spirituality is embedded in the human brain, probably universally. Zig-zags and dots, for example, are perceived in the early stages of trance. Sparkles and shininess are obvious connections to otherworldliness. The use of shiny surfaces is an artistic strategy utilized in ancient Southwest art and is pervasive in European sacred art as well in the use of metal leaf .
Titles are usually chosen from the names of towns in Arizona or are ancient Greek words.
Studying all ancient art, one is impressed by how modern it appears. This is because artists at the turn of the century like Kandinsky, Mondrian, and the Suprematists were concerned with spirituality and they studied the origins of art. They saw abstraction as a return to simplicity and universality. My work represents a return to the roots of modernism.
Saguaro (2005) copper leaf and oil on board, 10 x 10
Hazy Beginning (2010) gold leaf board, 16 x 16
Join us as we gather to celebrate our latest show. There will be a talk by the artist at 6:30pm and live music on our patio.
A panel discussion of the way that the art of our city has been shifting and why. How do we support that is the most relevant to the times w...
Come pick up the your art from the show and join us in celebrating the memories made in this space.
This summer's Plein Air Expo will feature a gallery show of local paintings, workshops on travel painting by Talia, and live painting at our annual fundraiser luncheon.
We'll see you there!
Our Duotone show opens with our First Friday kick-off party. Stop by to meet our artists and see this exciting new work. Artist talks will start at 6:30pm. Limited seating will be available. Please contact us for any needed accommodations.
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