Lisa Fernald Barker beautifully translates her memory of place with thick, impasto brushstrokes while imbuing the images with rich, saturated colors, lending an understanding of how her impressions of place vibrantly resonate in her memory, and in our present.
Gale Hart, a Northern California artist, creates intense characters and colour in her paintings to tell her visual story. Graffiti and stencil elements blend and blur with drawing and painting techniques, creating an image far greater than its parts.
Process drives Nathan Cordero’s artwork. Found objects are morphed into complex and striking wood mosaics; words and images are painted, cut, carved and reassembled into stunning artworks. The interplay between large and small scale keeps you looking and enjoying each fresh piece.
I like where Sacramento artist Trent Liddicoat is and I look forward to him incorporating more layers of complexity to his stories and painting. It’s like finishing a good book, you want the next one. Bringing a sense of order to this somewhat chaotic outer world, delicate and vibrant geometrics interact with the stains that have flowed across each piece.
Working out of his Sacramento studio, DECABET, artist Jason Malmberg creates killer poster designs. I love the lines, color and typography. Now I just need a band to have him do the poster artwork for.
Northern Californian Rogelio Manzo’s translucent images see through the people he creates. Brushstrokes show ghostly movement while the paint simultaneously disfigures the images. Each layer, like years in time, leaves an indelible mark on the visage of that persona. This layering and slow, meaty disintegration, speaks to a commonality of humankind. The images are futuristic yet past tense and conjure a modern day Dorian Gray. We are given a glimpse of the future. In it, an undeniable beauty of the decay.
Anthropomorphic Animals are at home in the watercolor and ink artwork of Northern California artist, Amy Green. Carefully carved from their environments, they are viewed like the biology lab specimens that have inspired her since her youth. Her love of topographical maps is evident by the deft use of ink that defines the edges and inner workings of her beasts. Luckily she’s willing to share what a nature walk in her mind looks like with the rest of us.