Stremmel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Kim English and Louise Forbush, on view from September 13 through October 13, 2018. The show marks Forbush’s second at Stremmel Gallery, whereas it will be the first in Reno for English. The artists’ reception will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Kim English depicts the profound moments of beauty often hidden within the particulars of daily life. A master of painterly chiaroscuro, his work remarks on the powerful harmony that exists between light and shadow in nature. While much of his subject matter is pulled from daily life, English loves to travel, and responds to the inherent beauty he finds in each new destination. Using the alla prima method (primarily an oil painting technique, in which layers of paint are applied to previously-administered layers of wet paint), English typically finishes a piece in one sitting, granting his pictures an immediacy and instinctive quality that is recognizable across a wide range of subject matters. He competently transitions from thin washes of color to buttery areas of generously applied paint, creating texture and reinforcing the impact of his overall design.
Working out of her studio in Mill Valley, California, Louise Forbush creates small collages of handmade papers, accented with calligraphy, gold leaf, scraps of fabrics, bits of reed, worn woods, and other found materials. Her work is full of textures and rich colors, often appearing as abstracted cityscapes or landscapes. Forbush’s love affair with handmade paper started during a residency in Japan, where she began collecting much of the supplies she still uses today. For the artist, ephemera such as old Japanese books and hand-drawn maps bring hidden histories to her work. It is these suggested, yet unknown stories that have continued to intrigue Forbush throughout her practice.
For more information, or to schedule a private viewing of the paintings, please call Stremmel Gallery at 775-786-0558. For a preview of works included in this exhibit, please visit www.stremmelgallery.com. High-resolution images are available upon request. Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 South Virginia Street in Reno, Nevada with gallery hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.