Edward Thorp Gallery announces the opening of Anecdotal Abstraction an exhibition of paintings by Chuck Boyce. This exhibit will mark the artists first solo show with the gallery.
Chuck Boyce is a self-taught artist who has developed an immediately recognizable language, which draws from a diverse range of references and influences. Utilizing his inventive and fertile imagination he employs various surface patterns and textures, which result in paintings with vibrant pictorial tension. The interplay of landscape elements with suggestions of figural forms accomplishes lively spatial complexities.
The writer and critic John Yau states in his introductory essay from the catalogue which will accompany this exhibit, “Calico Sky 2012, oil on canvas, is a good example of what Boyce does best, which is bring different vocabularies into a fresh possibility: a strangely patterned sky looms above a sharply rounded landscape marked by what we are likely to read as tilled fields. The space is compressed and disquieting, while the combination of sky and landscape augurs something unnamable. This feeling of unease, which is pervasive in our daily life, is what Boyce touches upon in this work. It is unease that is persistent, even if we cannot put a name to it.”
Chuck Boyce was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1943. He received his BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1969, graduate studies at Columbia University in New York from 1978 to 1979. His writings include Directory of Furniture (Facts on File) 1985 and Shakespeare A to Z (Facts on File 1990)