Saturday, February 14, 2009
The Esteban Sabar Gallery here in Oakland represents some of the most interesting artists around. Painter, Bethany Ayres’ work is no exception. Her signature trademark is her palatte of only three or four select colors per painting layered onto stained plywood with enamel and oil paints
“Ayres's representational imagery, each individually narrative, offer many samples each of both patterns and pathos. The thrust is to provide an entry point to
the image through the narrative; to inspire discussion that ultimately arrives at an increased curiousity about contemporary representationalism. Some
reoccurring themes are surprisingly traditional, for instance the meaning of value contrast and/or the significance of composition as a symbol in itself within the image.”
Her early works focused on "paradoxes in bilateral symmetry," and while her newer paintings' compositions still inform the subject matter and content, they are much more active. The difference starts with the more circular, almost spiral format, which in turn give rise to more imaginative, allegorical narratives; and results in a sustained upsweep of action and understanding.
Ayres received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1998 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, PA; and a BFA in 1996 from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
Since moving to California in 1998, Bethany has shown her work in Philadelphia, throughout Oakland, Sacramento and Balboa Island. Ayres's paintings have been reviewed in the East Bay Express, the Piedmonter, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Diablo magazines; noted in Art in America; featured in the movie Broken Arrows; and collected in several private and public collections, including The Detroit Institute of Art Museum. Part of her professional reputation is her role as a managing partner in the cooperative galleries of DB Coffman, Inc. Her work is represented by Esteban Sabar Gallery in Oakland, California.
Here is a little video of Bethany from her web site. I am putting it in this entry so you can see what she looks like:
Please click HERE if you can't see the video above.
Check out more of Bethany's work by clicking HERE.
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