Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
On view through March 3, 2018
Shane Tolbert creates dynamic abstract paintings influenced by Color Field painting and inspired by the palette and rugged, wide open Northern New Mexico surroundings near Abiquiú. His rigorous and novel, process-driven approach to painting creates the unique, lush and textured surfaces of his newest series Abiquiú Paintings.
David Richard Gallery, LLC
Harlem Venue - 211 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Abiquiú Paintings
by Shane Tolbert at the Gallery’s newest venue in Harlem, located at 211 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035, P: (212) 882-1705. This is Tolbert’s debut exhibition with the Gallery and his first presentation in New York. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and the exhibition will remain on view through March 3, 2018. A digital catalogue will be available online.
The spectacular and rugged landscape of Northern New Mexico, like for so many artists, informs the abstract paintings of Shane Tolbert. The big sky, bright clear days and miles of uninterrupted vistas create an inspiring environment that lends itself to a unique visual language. Tolbert, influenced by Color Field painting, brings color and a novel process approach to combining color with the extreme visuals and surface textures of his environment. Process and routine are a key part of Tolbert’s creative approach. Not only do mishaps and accidents in his rigorous process produce surprises, but create new avenues to pursue. The old routine is broken and a new series of repetition and process begins anew. In the artist’s words, he “prefer the act of painting to be flexible, but the end result to be reflexive.” Thus, coming full circle in this new series, Abiquiu Paintings
, his work captures his surroundings by design with the rich history of centuries of the landscape shifting and eroding, the seasonal cycle of rain, growth, decay and renewal overlaid with the daily cycle of the sun setting and moon rising and the footprints of centuries of culture and heritage. “In the studio beauty, erosion, inversion and prehistory inform” his image making. The artist’s unique process of painting with dilute acrylic paint on sheets of plastic that are dried, peeled and adhered to wet paint on a canvas support, provides both the pigment and element of chance and surprise in his paintings.
About Shane Tolbert:
Shane Tolbert was born in Corsicana, TX in 1985 and currently lives and works in Abiquiu, NM. He received a BFA in Painting from University of Houston in 2008 and his MFA in Painting from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Shane Tolbert has exhibited nationally and internationally and has participated in the Edward Albee Foundation Residency in Montauk, NY. In addition, he has been featured in Art in America
About David Richard Gallery:
Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.
In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. Opening the second location in New York in 2017 exposes the gallery’s artists to new markets, institutions and collectors.
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