Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to introduce new sculptures from artistic collaborators, Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz. The exhibition of new hyper-realistic bronze sculptures continues through February 28th in our St. Helena gallery location.
St. Helena, CA - Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to introduce new sculptures from artistic collaborators, Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz. The exhibition of new hyper-realistic bronze sculptures continues through February 28th in our St. Helena gallery location.Luis and Leslie’s recent bronzes are strictly faithful representations of a marine fauna of mollusks, seashells, clams, shrimps, prawns, and other crustaceans. With their new bronzes, these two artists, perhaps unconsciously, are expanding the conceptual core that sustains their work. If in their vegetable universe metal and colors were perceived as luscious soft flesh, in their current work, the hidden defenseless animal has learned how to encapsulate itself with protective shells and metallic plates.The partnership of Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz explores both the figure and common elements found in nature. Through their sculptural guidance and subtle changes in scale the viewer ponders what makes color and form a visual feast. What makes the shell of a shrimp or an egg so compelling or why is a stuffed olive so rich in color and shape? The answer lies in the exploration of the innate elegance of familiar forms.Montoya and Ortiz were classically trained and educated in Europe. Their bronze sculptures, rich in the history and tradition of Magical Realism and Spanish Still-Life paintings, are an elemental part of the artists' heritage. Whether presenting voluptuous fruit, cool forms from the sea, delicately prepared tapas or a vulnerable human figure, Montoya and Ortiz have dramatically changed visual perception. What was once mundane becomes magically sublime.