Two abstract painters with very different approaches to their work but similar artistic
aims share the spotlight at Thomas Deans Fine Art in Interplay. Jeri Ledbetter and
Rebecca Crowell are concerned with interplay of stimulus and emotional response,
whether the stimulus is the rusted surfaces of abandoned building or rain-soaked fields
of Ireland. Their paintings, both spontaneous and intuitive reflect their emotional
responses to the world around them. Rebecca Crowell’s work has been described as
“rich, lustrous, and above all, meditative.” Jeri Ledbetter’s has been described as
projecting great energy, poetry, mystery, and charisma—“a masterful amalgam of
sparseness and elegance,” in the words of one art writer.
Crowell creates her paintings with oil paint mixed with cold wax and applied to wooden
panels with a variety of tools and techniques. They evolve over time through intuitive
decisions about color, texture, and format.
Like Crowell, Ledbetter incorporates a variety of techniques in her work, including both
drawing and painting, building and scraping. She considers her work intuitive, and it
conveys “a sense of spontaneity and ferocious energy balanced by serenity,” according to
critic Fredric Koeppel. He also wrote, “Some of Ledbetter's drawn lines are quick, fierce
and dynamic; others are languid and leisurely; all are intriguing and feel essential.”
Ledbetter herself describes her intuitive process simply: “What I do is like digging for
clams on the seashore. When it works and I hear the rattle of the shells in my bucket, I
Rebecca Crowell’s new paintings are the result of recent artist residencies in northern
Sweden and the west coast of Ireland and, travels in Italy and New Mexico. Her
experiences in these rugged and weathered environments influence the colors, intricate
surfaces, and abstracted imagery in her work. John Seed in The Huffington Post has
written, “She invites us to stand with her and take in the world and its transcendent
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beauties slowly. As an artist she does the hard work of finding the essences that surround
us so that we can stand in front of them, transfixed.”
Crowell’s painting techniques reflect the layered and textural aspects of the textural and
dramatic environments that she loves. She works with cold wax medium, oils, powdered
pigments, charcoal, sand, graphite and other media to achieve complex, organic surfaces.
Each painting comprises of many layers, into which she scrapes, dissolves and excavates
for what lies beneath.
The exhibition opens with a reception for the artists on February 26, 2016 and continues
through 2 April.
Dates: February 26 – April 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
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Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11-5