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“Art of the Real” at The Gallery at Round Top

June 4th, 2012 by Pamela Murski

June 9th – July 8th

Reception June 9th, 12 PM – 8 PM – RSVP  979-249-4119 or ARTtgart@aol.com

Book your room now and come on up to enjoy this amazing art show!

Bringing together their unique talents for the first time, four award winning and distinguished contemporary watercolor artists share their incredible vision in an International series of eclectic exhibitions in 2012.  The tour of works by four exceptional watercolorists  will tour London, Singapore, New York and Round Top, Texas, in the United States.  The Gallery at Round Top, located halfway between Houston and Austin, will host the exhibition in June of 2012.

Art of the Real consists  of works by four extremely successful artists who have found each other, as a confluence finds its meeting place.  Angus McEwan, RWS, ARWS, David Poxon, RI, Denis Ryan, FWS and Sandra Walker, RI, have common threads running through their work, not only the fact that they all use watercolor, but many other facets that binds them together as a group.

“There are many notes on a piano, but you don’t need to strike them all simultaneously to play a good tune.  It does, however, help to know where they all are and what they mean.  My fellow artists in Art of the Real know how to make that stretch for the hidden keys, know how to put the notes together to convey meaning and depth.  This is not a spontaneous learning. It is the result of a deeper practice, a learned and altered state that only comes through truly connecting with the essence of a time and place, which is why these artists sound a deep and soulful chord. ”  David Poxon

Angus McEwan
Angus McEwan’s work is a reaction to his surroundings and how he sees his paintings as an interpretation of reality. The subjects he chooses to paint often have textured surfaces, exciting colors and neglected objects.   The expression of an idea, according to McEwan, seems to have taken over from the pursuit of painting a real subject.  He is hoping that “Art of the Real” will re-introduce a dose of reality to a visually weary audience.

“I like textured surfaces, the play of light on a weathered door or the beautiful complex color arrangement that only reveals itself through time.  I also engineer the truth.  I will alter reality to describe or emphasize, add or remove, control or reveal, that which informs the viewer.  This is my reality, most often not necessarily natures.”  Angus McEwan

Denis Ryan RWS

The approach to subject matter by the members of this group is nothing more than reverential.  Denis Ryan’s depiction of neon signs in run down areas of cities are given hallowed treatment, in that they are so lovingly reproduced and given iconic status.  Ryan admits that he typically focuses on these beautifully crafted signs, which are invariably in a state of advanced decay.  These signs of steel and glass, mounted on stone or plaster walls offer him the painterly problems in which he finds interest.  He is intrigued with their different textures, surfaces and reflections.

“I hope my paintings of these wonderful signs will enable people to appreciate them in a different and more respectful way.  They certainly deserve it.”  Denis Ryan

Sandra Walker RI

As a master painter of the cityscape, Sandra Walker aligns herself with artists that pay tribute to the common place.  The buildings that she chooses to paint are fast disappearing vestiges of the past.  Walker points out that this choice is purely visceral – it’s as though they choose her.  The attachment to her subjects is emotional and these fascinating buildings are full of human interest, giving a feeling of being in that particular moment in time.

“To my mind these subjects transcend mere replication, but exist in their own right.”  Sandra Walker

David Poxon RI

The need to feel a strong personal connection to their subjects is evident throughout the group’s work.  David Poxon’s paintings of abandoned objects are visually stunning and denote a past – a hidden story of work and toil.  This is a recurring theme in his work, whether it’s a piece of machinery, a lock, a door, sometimes a mountain of metal and broken bits of tools that are all in a state of decay.  What once were things created and used by man, then discarded, become object of adornment.

“When a painting works, there is a resonance which stretches beyond both subject and picture plane, reaching out to the viewer and transcending a mere visual experience.  To be able to convey something of the “real” of my subjects, which are the commonplace, the overlooked, the places and works things of mankind, is a powerful and stimulating experience, a joyful and respectful thing ” David Poxon

David Poxon’s paintings are pure watercolor, sometimes taking weeks to complete.  Replicating his objects to give the illusion of reality, is not necessarily the most imperative outcome, rather, the significance is in the honest portrayal of a manmade object that is a worthy reminder of craftsmanship and a manufacturing industry that has long since past.  The group’s love of craftsmanship and the ability to provide a realistic interpretation of their chosen subjects is apparent.  However, their art is not just about portraying the realistic elements of their subjects or proving their superb technical ability, but is an endeavor to give meaning to their subjects.  Their endearment towards and their emotional attachment to each and every subject they choose is in itself a reason to form a collective celebration of real art and is at the heart of Art of the Real.

Art of The Real will be on exhibit June 9 – July 8, 2012, at The Gallery at Round Top, 203 East Austin, Round Top, Texas 78954
www.thegalleryatroundtop.com  979-249-4119  Email:  ARTtgart@aol.com


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