The Fête at Diehl Gallery
July 3rd – July 22nd, 2014
Season opening all-artist exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists
Gwynn Murrill: Selections from the Studio
July 24th – August 12th, 2014
September 5th – October 18th, 2014
Diehl Gallery’s exhibition, Re-Buffed, will explore the bison in contemporary art. Gallery artists will present new works with a connection – literal, abstract or conceptual - to the North American Bison, or as we often refer to them here in the wild West, buffalo. The subject matter has been visited exhaustively in traditional Western art. Diehl Gallery will re-new interest in the subject and present it in a new light.
White: Coins and Poets
February 15 - March 30, 2014
Saturday, February 15
5 - 8 pm
Diehl Gallery proudly presents the third solo exhibition of internationally renowned painter Ashley Collins.
For the first time in 18 years, Collins returns to her use of encaustic, reflecting the energy and primal emotion that commenced her painting journey. This new use of encaustic for Collins was not taken lightly, and it was not until Collins came across an old portrait painting of the racehorse, Byerly Turk, that she found the perfect subject matter.
The portrait painting of Byerly Turk led to Collins' further research of portrait paintings, etchings and photos of racehorses from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. What fascinated her was that the majority of depictions were stationary, yet each horse's strength, energy, and presence was evident. It was as if each portraitist captured the horse, but not the soul. Collins undertook the task of creating a series of contemporary paintings that would reveal a lightness of soul, a depth of power, and an enduring spirit. The works in this White: Coins group of paintings reflect the history and periods of bygone eras brought to the fore; each concurrently a snapshot of a single moment and a grander view spanning generations.
The White: Poets group of paintings is the counterpoint to the White: Coins paintings. The colorations and collage used form a common starting point. However, from this starting point, Collins shows no restraint; bold brush strokes, thrown paint, chemical separation of the underlying mediums, creating on each canvas energy and movement.
The inspiration for these works is only partially the poets themselves, for whom each of the works are named. To Collins, the name reflects the structure of poetry, the rules, the timing. For Collins, the beauty of poetry and in life itself, comes from breaking the poetic rules rather than following them. Collins' use of brush and paint in these works breaks every painting "rule" in parallel fashion. First, Collins uses both oil and acrylic at one time. Because of the differing chemical compositions, traditionally (even in Collins' own prior works), one is applied and dried before using the other. Next, Collins combines figurative and abstract strokes. Lastly, Collins combines bold strokes and thrown paint, which further compliment and de-literalize the figurative aspects of the works.
This exhibition will support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please contact the gallery for further information.