Dallas artist Brad Ellis titled his new body of work “Cacophonies of Color”, a fitting description for the large abstract paintings in this show. These paintings have a dynamic energy with lots of movement, powered by provocative color combinations with competing shapes and colliding forms. Ellis’ use of encaustic wax, collage elements, oil paint and oil stick remains his recognizable style. As stated by Ellis “The paintings in this show are a culmination of work made over the last two years resulting in a range of abstract imagery exploring a mash-up of various forms, shapes, line and texture with vibrant color being the cohesive force uniting all the new canvases. Some of the new pieces have a smooth, hard-edge quality while others cavort in a sort of organic revelry with bold patterns and silhouettes spilling off the boundaries of the painting surfaces.” Ellis lives and works in Dallas and is a veteran artist with Craighead Green. Ellis holds a BFA from the University of Tulsa.
After spending many years working in the art departments of Ursuline Academy, UNT, and Brookhaven, Linda McCall now focuses on her own art fulltime in Fort Worth. McCall’s new exhibition, titled “As I See It”, is a balance that wavers between abstraction and representation using environments and narratives that she creates. They are neither abstract nor are they realistic; yet, in the end they become both. Color and lighting is exaggerated as space is simplified, making the location uncertain and indistinct. The paintings begin with spaces McCall has directly observed although the environment, on the canvas, evolves as the work progresses. Expressively-painted, ambiguous figures are incorporated into the paintings. Creating stories to tell, communicating with and engaging the viewer is the artist’s personal objective. As stated by McCall: “Each person has a story to tell. In this body of work I seek to engage the viewer in these stories of life; possibly evoking a memory of their own, or a moment in time. I become both painter and storyteller”. McCall received her BFA at Southern Methodist University and MFA at The University of North Texas; and also studied art in Italy with Pratt Art Institute of NY.
Houston artist Michelle O’Michael delivers another bold and beautiful group of sculptures for her show, “Simplicity at the Speed of Life” . O’Michael’s sculptures range from the small pedestal to the monumental. The designs and drawings are “process-driven”, inspired from environmental forms and collected materials. Each side is different, with careful intersections. They are designed to evoke response from the viewer by studied and intuitive material manipulation. As stated by O’Michael “My objective is art that speaks to the primal human response to beauty enhancing experience and feelings in the process.” O’Michael holds an MFA and her works are collected nationally and internationally. Many of her sculptures have been collected and placed by collector Craig Hall in various locations in the DFW area.