ON POINT with Exalted Guests
ON POINT with Exalted Guests
APRIL 29 — JUNE 2
Opening reception Saturday, April 29, 4-6PM – please join us!
Andra Norris Gallery is delighted to present ON POINT with Exalted Guests, an exhibition featuring new work from six extraordinary artists, each of whom builds on a strong foundation of drawing, yet who work in a variety of media and styles. These artists are exhibiting with us for the first time, except John Wood, who has exhibited with the gallery since 2014.
The work of figurative oil painter Sean Cheetham is steeped in traditional portraiture with mysterious narrative leanings, and it has been included in numerous significant exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. While he is celebrated for his technical prowess in achieving accuracy and harmony in his alla prima paintings, the artist credits his achievements to a deep understanding of drawing. His subjects – ranging from familiar urban American “western” scenes (notably bikers) and historical stagecoach robbers to portraits of his friends around the campfire – are imbued with a truthful and often raw spirit that makes his work a distinctive testament to contemporary times.
Robert Gamblin’s intent as an artist is to reach for transcendence through his color-centric oil paintings that capture the majesty of light as it graces the Earth. In this series, old-growth Sitka spruce trees from the UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere reserve in the forests of the Pacific Northwest serve as his inspiration, with individual strong colors chosen to depict and celebrate the tree’s individual personality, its story, and our reciprocal connection to it and to all of nature. Robert is also the founder of Gamblin Artist Colors, an international brand that has made a major contribution to the practice of painting through the development of fine art materials that have also made oil painting safer for artists.
Stephan Hoffpauir’s photorealistic watercolors invite viewers to contemplate spaces that, while familiar, are largely ignored by those who fleetingly pass through them. Among his subjects are quasi-urban and quintessentially American spaces with an inherently surreal quality, including architecture, restaurant vignettes, and more recently, suburban supermarket displays. Employing but reinterpreting the traditions of Spanish and Dutch still-life painting, these contemporary works represent an ongoing exploration of the ways in which our surroundings shape our modern lives.
John Wood creates visceral beauty with his abstract, mixed-media oil paintings with graphite on paper that are hand mounted to wood panels with cold wax varnish. His work is a free-flowing dance of gestural marks and bold colors that stem from his intuitive exploration of the human form.
A.L. Woods’ geometric abstract acrylic paintings are developed using a combination of repeating triangular shapes and subtle color variations inspired by nature, including oceanic coral reefs, San Bruno’s Buckeye Canyon after a storm, and roses from her personal garden. Whether her subjects are big or small, optical illusions of depth and space appear through fields of undulating, harmonious colors to create environments or “landscapes” that mirror the rhythms of our natural world.
Kate Zambrano applies a comprehensive urge to understand human behavior and the beauty of expressive nuance together as the primary influence of her art. She left the fashion industry in 2011 to immerse herself in the practice of drawing, and she has mastered her disciplined techniques through practice, trial and error, and a complete dedication to her creativity and artmaking. She regularly teaches drawing workshops virtually online, in person in Los Angeles, and internationally as a travel instructor.
Please join us and the artists on Saturday, April 29, from 4-6PM to celebrate the opening of this very special exhibition.
For more information, please contact Andra Norris
ANDRA NORRIS GALLERY
311 Lorton Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
gallery: 650 235 9775