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December 4 - 24, 2014

THE LAURA RUSSO GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:

Tom Fawkes: New Paintings
Samantha Wall: Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark

OPENING RECEPTION:
First Thursday December 4, 2014
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm


Tom Fawkes

Tom Fawkes
Braga - Porta de Entrada
2012, acrylic on paper over wood panel
32.5 x 48.5 inches

Portland artist Tom Fawkes paints lush scenes inspired by the landscapes of Italy and other reaches of the Mediterranean. He combines architectural elements with the imagery of gardens to depict light, space, and atmosphere. Layering rich passages of acrylic paint, Fawkes paints on canvas or wood panel, achieving an effect of trompe l’oeil that transports the viewer to the natural and human-designed beauty of foreign gardens and vistas. The work in this exhibition encompasses both manicured gardens and the architecture surrounding them, plus wider views of landscapes that have been sculpted and cultivated for centuries.


An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Tom Fawkes taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the 1960s. From 1972 – 2004, Fawkes taught drawing and painting at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He received several awards including an OAC fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation grant. His works are in numerous collections including Safeco, Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Currently his work is on exhibition as part of In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy at the Portland Art Museum.

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Samantha Wall

Samantha Wall
Slip
2014, sumi ink and dried pigment on paper
30 x 22 inches

The drawings of Samantha Wall are simultaneously bold and subtle explorations of identity and emotion, presenting the individual as the subject and the object of the gaze. With her latest work, Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark, Wall begins her process with photographs she has taken of women, finding one image among hundreds that captures an interior and private space. Using charcoal, graphite, or ink, Wall then creates evocative portraits that are both aesthetically stunning and conceptually challenging, working and reworking them until she reaches an image that captures nuances of human identity and emotional experience. She addresses issues of ethnicity identity, feminism, and the complex relationship that can exist between ‘the viewer’ and ‘the viewed.’


Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Samantha Wall immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her BFA from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Her work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include an invitational at The Loving Festival in New Orleans, LA, with her work featured at the Stella Jones Gallery, and participation in A Likeness: Works in Contemporary Portraiture, at The Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA. Wall is the recipient of awards and grants from organizations including the Oregon Arts Commission; Portland, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council; The Ford Family Foundation; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. She is also a semi-finalist for the Portland Art Museum’s upcoming Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2015.

More examples by Samantha Wall

Upcoming 2014 Exhibitions
January 8 - 31st, 2015
Michele Russo - Works from the Estate
Sally Haley
- Selected Works

February 5 - 28, 2015
Jo Hamilton -
Contemporary Crochet
Joe Macca -
Guest Artist, Recent Paintings

March 5 - 28, 2015
Michael Paul Miller -
New Work
Gallery Curated Print Exhibition