February 4, 2008

K. Nash Exhibit: Watercolor

I visited the Katherine Nash exhibit on a whim today and was pleasantly surprised with the display of a variety of watercolor works. There were a dozen pieces that I really enjoyed. I began with the works by Cheng-Knee Chee, specifically "the lost horizon" and "spring" which I thought both were really interesting in their texture. There was a level of detail very up close but also from afar which really allowed me to wonder over the canvas. Next I shifted right to John Salminen who had these incredibly detailed city paintings, the "San Francisco Lanterns" and "Chicago, November" that really brought forth the atmosphere and mood of a place, in his description he mentions that it was his goal to evoke that sort of response. I went over to look at the works by Lana Grow, I thought "southwest magenta sunset" captured a quality that the canyon displays at dusk. One of my favorite pieces came next. "Slide Area" by Carl Grupp had an incredibly jovial combination of colors. The forest, the waterfall and the shade on the side of the mountain were beautiful. His other piece "bighorns" was excellent as well. I thought the piece by William Murray, "death of the bird king", had a mystical quality to it yet it was sharply contrasted by "Czech grave marker" which was very realistic and had a very defined feel. Catherine Hearding's work had a really nice warmth to it, especially the "swamp sentinel" and "winter heaven." James Boyd-Brent had probably the most interesting description and his work made use of color as well as composition, which was almost on another level. Alfred Vickers reminded me of Durer with his "landscape with farm and cows" and Kurt Roesch truly provided a contrast with his almost abstract exploration of himself (I believe) in his piece "the artist paints his portrait." Overall I enjoyed the gallery and I would definitely recommend it.