Spaces: A Four Person Show Valerio D’Ospina, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Ulrich Gleiter, and Dale O Roberts
This April Gallery 1261 is proud to present Spaces, an extraordinary survey of both landscapes and cityscape works by four of the gallery’s leading artists. Valerio D’Ospina, Dianne L Massey Dunbar, Ulrich Gleiter, and Dale O Roberts all come together to showcase their perspectives on the environments we inhabit in their individual styles. From the thickly layered impressionistic landscapes of Ulrich Gleiter to the jaw-dropping realism of Dianne Dunbar there is much to see for viewers of all ages. The show opens on April 7th and runs through the 28th, with the opening reception on Saturday April 7th from 6-9 pm.
“Intersection” and “Milano 2” by Valerio D’Ospina are fantastic examples of the artists’ talent for portraying the city. The elongated lines operate in a temporal vein, capturing the naturally fast pace of a city. Dianne L. Massey Dunbar’s work also depicts the city but with razor sharp realism. In “Rain on Windshield, Morning Commute” the raindrops are so precisely painted that it’s uncanny to the real thing. The aerial perspective in “Looking Down II” shows every detail from the roofs of the buildings all the way down to the street. Living in cities can seem unremarkable at times and D’Ospina and Dunbar seek out these familiar settings to focus in on their uniqueness, highlighting the subtle and beautiful qualities we so often take for granted.
Works like “Big Brother” and “Reckless Abandon” by Dale O Roberts portray the city in all its beauty and charm in a more impressionistic style. Everything is warm and colorful while still exuding that sense of grit and dirt you feel when walking through a city. The lone landscape painter in the show, Ulrich Gleiter depicts every season in a variety of locations, highlighting nature’s wondrous beauty. His impressionistic style and thick use of paint exemplified here in works like “Before a Thunderstorm (Lake Baikal)” and “Small Winter Landscape” work harmoniously to create his fully realized paintings.
The vitality and energy of a city is marked by the movement and changes of its inhabitants and these three artists, in full recognition of this, composes their paintings in such a way as to make that apparent. This idea rings true for the landscapes on view here as well. Blending elements of realism and impressionism to showcase the beauty of our surroundings is no small feat, but these four artists manage it in all together interesting and insightful ways.