Lisa Harris Gallery November Exhibition
Starts: November 3rd, 2011
Ends: November 27th, 2011
Lisa Harris Gallery is pleased to present Peregrinations, an exhibition featuring oil paintings on copper by nationally recognized artist Kent Lovelace. The artist offers a group of intimate and ethereal landscapes, imbued with rich color and textural finesse. Lovelace will attend the First Thursday reception, November 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Kent Lovelace paints on copper, an unusual substrate but one that in conjunction with oil permits both maximum luminosity and subtle lighting effects. Lovelace is an established Pacific Northwest artist who in the first half of his career focused on lithography, but has made oil on copper his medium of choice since 1998. The exhibition title, "Peregrinations," refers to excursions here and abroad, but also to his artistic journey. The landscapes of France and Whidbey Island, Washington play muse in Kent Lovelace’s recent work.
The new paintings are less about scenic places and more about a narrative and sensory experience for the viewer. “Peregrinations,” nods to the conversation about the difference between seeing a landscape and looking at a landscape as an artist; transforming the seen landscape through the artistic imagination. For Lovelace, this is part of the journey. He explores light, color, and visual rhythms in order to rework these elements into his own atmospheric vision. Part dream and part observation, Kent Lovelace says he invents nearly half of what ultimately appears on the picture plane. It is capturing his reflection of each place, rather than rendering the specific site, which makes landscape painting truly noteworthy for the artist.
For several years, Lovelace has travelled regularly to Europe to find subject matter for his landscapes, yet he also finds inspiration near his studio on Whidbey Island. His technique of painting on metal with oil glazes dates from as early as 15th C Europe. Old masters including Rembrandt, Bruegel, Cesari, and Chardin occasionally painted on metal. The copper plate illuminates and pierces the layers of paint. Lovelace earned a B.F.A. at the University of Colorado and an M.F.A. at the University of Washington. His paintings and lithographs have been widely exhibited and are included in numerous private and public institutions throughout the U.S.
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