Sunday, March 01, 2009

PHD Gallery: Saturday, 7 March 2009

Please join us Saturday, March 7, 2009, 6:00 -10:00 p.m.

Mary Beth Shaw explores the reciprocal relationships between the individual and the collective in her new series of forty abstract paintings on view at phd gallery. The paintings will be on exhibit from March 7, to April 4, 2009, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 6 -10 p.m.
Noon to 4:00 p.m., Thursday - Sunday

Shaw's mixed media paintings examine the idea of intersection and connection. Her tactile surfaces combined with her use of an organic, light infused palette and the repetition of symbols, shapes, and texture suggest an essence of place rather than a specific location.
The artist works on canvas, paper and claybord combining drawing with painting and collage, using pastel, ink, acrylic and marker to create her pieces. Her process is wet and spontaneous; she directs paint flow with a spray bottle and hair dryer, building layer after layer in a ritualistic fashion. Shaw focuses on the physicality of her media along with the intuitive experience of making each piece. The final product becomes a record of that activity.

...Opening in the phd Portfolio gallery...

oil and gold leaf paintings
Metra Mitchell

Combining ancient gold leafing techniques with human figures masterfully redered in oil, Metra Mitchell's new series of paintings titled PARAGON glows with sumptuousness. Eleven shoe box sized works are on view in phd's portfolio gallery from March 7, to April 4, 2009 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 6 -10 p.m.

Mitchell explores a variety of elegant and contorted poses painted within backgrounds of gold leaf . The gilding embellishes the contours of each figure creating a soft, glow-like focal point for individual thought and meditation. Although the subjects are entirely modern, the paintiungs seem to reference sacred icons from the pages of illuminated texts.

ST. LOUIS, MO 63118
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