Naples’ Gardner Colby Gallery promises exciting times during the first three months of 2012. One of the Third Street South Gallery District’s premier realist and impressionist art dealers, Gardner Colby’s 2012 exhibition season will feature a group show in January that’s all about texture and the use of natural elements to create unique compositions, and return engagements by magical realist Kevin Sloan, plein air impressionist extraordinaire Frank Corso and seascape realist Edward Minoff.
On January 26, the gallery will present “Textures,” featuring artists John Schuyler, Rebecca Kinkead, Dayle Payson and Ran Adler.
- A landscape abstractionist, John Schuyler infuses Tuscany-inspired colors into plaster on canvas, which he then scrapes and sands in order to achieve paintings possessed of luminosity, passionate physicality and coolly balanced logic.
- Kinkead’s abstract-figurative paintings often feature children at play, dogs, farm animals and some Vermont landscapes, and she includes Oprah Winfrey among those who collect her work. With a background in ceramics, Rebecca Kinkead confesses to being intrigued by the surface and texture of her paintings, and augments the latter by adding soft wax to her paint and applying her pigments with palette knives and ketchup bottles to create images with sharp lines, subtle changes in hue, and drastic deviations in texture.
- Dayle Payson creates still life compositions that literally explode off the canvas. By subtly flattening perspective, she brings the background forward to make a powerful statement. Her use of color is fresh, bold and unbridled.
- Ran Adler is a pioneer in the art of assemblage, using various natural components that are united by the common characteristic of having grown around us, often without the encouragement or interference of man. Through the process of gathering, cutting, intense weeding and wiring, Adler manipulates these elements to achieve an ultimately new essence of form and texture that is simultaneously organic and ironic.
Kevin Sloan is a Sante Fe-based magical realist known for his allegorical “noble portraits of regal animals” that are part portraiture, part still life and part landscape. Sloan returns for a solo exhibition on February 9 titled “The Peaceable Kingdom.” His noble message this season is to promote a world in balance, at rest and at peace. Kevin has been featured on the cover of American Art Collector magazine three times (in its January 2011, 2009 and 2008 editions) and included in New American Paintings, Number 36 (published by Open Studios Press), Review, Art-Talk and Southwest Art publications.