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07 Oct

Lynne Wixon

"Things gather at the waters edge, including me."

Lynne Wixon, "Beach Cafe"
oil on canvas, 60 cm x 40 cm

Lynne Wixon is a painter who lives and works in Yorkshire in the north of England. She spends much of her time traveling the English coastline in search of architectural structures to use as inspiration for her paintings.

Wixon is spending some time in Brooklyn exploring its coastal areas and preparing for a new body of work.“I am drawn to the waters edge. It is not especially the sea that fascinates me but the architectural structures that have evolved through human activity and man’s connection with the sea.”

Lynne Wixon, "Stinson Beach"
oil on canvas, 120 cm x 80 cm

“I became interested in littoral structures after spending some time painting the beach houses north of San Francisco bay. I was fascinated by the eclectic constructions that had emerged on the beaches over time. I started the UK Coastal Tour in 2010 and have pretty much been working on it since then, it is probably a life time project. I usually spend a few weeks a year traveling to areas of the coast collecting visual information and working from it back in the studio for the rest of the year. I work in oil paint and water based mixed media.”

Lynne Wixon, "South Shields Lighthouse 1"
oil on canvas, 75 x 85 cm.

Wixon lives in the small coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire but originates from the West Midlands and lived in Sheffield South Yorkshire for 30 years. She has taught art to University students and the general public, and runs classes for the local community from her Robin's Hood's Bay.

"I would not exactly describe myself as a landscape painter but maybe a painter of Engineering & Architecture in a landscape, usually on the coastline. It is not especially the sea that fascinates me but the structures that have evolved out of the human activity and mans connection with the sea."

Lynne Wixon, "Red Hook"
mixed media on card, 29 cm x 34 cm
24 Feb

Shauna Finn

Shauna Finn, "Unfetter"
oil on linen, 60" x 48", 2014

Ethereal and elegant are words that aptly describe the works of New York-based artist Shauna Finn. Her work explores a subject matter that is both immediately recognizable and mysteriously vague at the same time. Looking at one of Finn's paintings is to look through a gauzy veil into a intimate and enigmatic scene of female figures adorned in satiny fabrics and shimmering lights, whose purpose or intention remains ambiguous. It is in this "ethereal atmosphere" that Finn's women are bathed in a "curious radiance"

Though Finn has her models pose in her wedding dress (saying that she felt it deserved more than one wearing), the exact role these women play in her work can be interpreted in many different ways. Are these women, bathed in a "curious radiance," brides? ghosts? witches or a fairy-tale princesses? “My intent is to leave questions of narrative unanswered, in hopes that the images resonate differently to each viewer, and meaning is interpreted in unique ways.”

The paintings have a magic, to be sure, one that is reflected in Finn's honed technical training and ability. “Light and its ability to evoke mood or mystery is a constant thread in my work. In my paintings, I use enigmatic light to depict otherworldly figures and animals, while exploring the magic of oil paint itself. I am drawn to materials that facilitate this exploration; thick strokes of iridescent oil paint and shifting color are transformed into shimmering feathers or luminous fur. Light travels through layers of translucent paint film to represent flesh or diaphanous veils.”

"The paintings can be seen in part as a musing on beauty as the object of longing; the urge to paint often coming from a desire to re-create luminous sparkly things, in an attempt to possess the beauty of them." -Shauna Finn

Shauna Finn, "Study 1 &2"
oil on panel, 14" x 11"

Shauna Finn's collection can be viewed at:

http://collierwest.com/collections/shauna-finn

21 Feb

Tyler Vouros

Tyler Vouros, "Barn Owl"
charcoal and water on mounted paper
30" x 13.5" 2015

The first thing you notice about Tyler Vouros' work is the scale. His monumental owls tower overhead, upwards of 6 feet tall. They are truly awe-inspiring, the product of intense focus, patience, and technical prowess that becomes apparent on closer inspection. In studying closely the extreme detail of feathers and talons, the second surprise of experiencing Vouros' works becomes clear: the level of detail and nuance of form. In much the same way that each varied aspect of the owl's anatomy serves a highly specified function within the natural world, so too does Vouros' varied application of charcoal as a medium. Whether charcoal pencil, vine charcoal, powdered charcoal applied with a brush as one would do with paint, or automotive sandpaper used to pull highlights out of the darkness; the variety of application of the dry media (and sometimes its removal) results in a nuance across the entire surface that parallels the multi-functional nature of the animals' various anatomical advantages. Downy under-feathers look soft and inviting, while smooth exterior feathers that enable the owl's silent night flight hint at the animals lethal nature. Talons are cold and ebony-like, a menace belayed by the often loaded symbolic potency of the owl as an icon. And it's on this point that the real impact of the series becomes clear; the owl is a potent symbol that transcends culture and time.

Tyler Vouros, "Athena Owl"
charcoal and water on mounted paper
2015, 30" x 41"

The owl accompanied and came to symbolize Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, appearing perched on her shoulder or emblazoned on her war-worn shield. Egyptian and Hindu cultures believed the owl to guard the afterlife and the underworld. Despite the variety and range of the owl as a symbol, it is most often associated with knowledge, perhaps due to the owl's dignified baring and knowing look. It is perhaps this range of interpretation that makes Vouros' owls so resonant, as a viewer can pull a personal meaning from the noble look and poised stance that the artist has imbued his nocturnal subjects with.

Tyler Vouros' charcoal owls can be seen at Collier West, and will be featured in the upcoming opening reception at CW Gallery a few doors down.

His work can be viewed at:

http://collierwest.com/collections/fine-art-tyler-vouros



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