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Liz Barber’s new body of work is vibrant, energetic and bursting with texture, color and shape. Inspired by water, light and their reflective qualities her "window panes of light" combine a graphic element with something very organic. Using a soft palette of colors with vigorous brushstrokes, she creates paintings that convey nature as constantly changing, shifting and moving. Atmospheric landscapes blend with drawn images from memory. Her canvases tell a short story by freezing a moment in time and then blending it with an abstracted ground. The common thread that winds itself through it all is her ability to capture a light source through its interaction with color. The result in daring and unusual combinations of color, forceful texture and the gentle luminosity enhanced pictures of the gorgeous effects of nature. In her own words: “There is always abstraction in my paintings no matter what the subject matter is. Nature provides organic, compelling shapes. Usually drawing is the starting point consisting of ambiguous elements that add depth to the painting. Moments from the past are as fragile and changing as nature itself. In my life, the way I see a leaf falling can trigger a past memory. This is my emotional connection with nature. My mother loved to garden and I was surrounded by flowers and plants my whole childhood. I was happiest outside in the sunlight and I paint from the perspective of capturing a memory of the way light moves. The subject matter of nature provides a decadent ballet of movement and change. This process makes visible my search through my memories. This is how I connect with the viewer.”
Duy Huynh’s poetic and contemplative acrylic paintings symbolically reflect geographical and cultural displacement. Drawing inspiration from a variety of storytellers in formats that range from music and movies to ancient folklore and comic book adventures, Duy creates his own narratives of the human condition with ethereal characters maintaining a serene, precarious balance, often in a surreal or dreamlike setting. With his figures, Duy explores motion along with emotion in order to portray not just the beauty of the human form, but also the triumph of the human spirit. Images that recur, such as boats, trains, suitcases, and anything with the ability of flight relate to travel, whether physical or spiritual. His work creates a mood for the viewer to explore. While much of Duy’s work is deeply personal, his clever and often times humorous use of symbolism and wordplay invites the viewer to create their own storyline.
The work of Atlanta artist Christy Kinard is an expression of her soul, selflessly sharing her unique vision in spirited works that evoke a refreshingly youthful sense of hope, happiness, and joy. Christy Kinard has enjoyed a life-long success both as a nationally acclaimed artist and household favorite. Kinard showed her first pieces by age 18, and has been celebrated in major publications. She has continued to be popular with collectors across the United States and Europe.
In coming to terms with my compulsion to make art I’ve sifted through a lifetime of observing the world and tried to make images that conveyed the yearning I feel, to connect with the minutiae and the marrow and make something of intrigue and lasting beauty. As with many others, my process has centered around nature and the processes of decay and re-birth; there is nothing iconic in any of my paintings other than might appear in nature; I specifically eschew the balanced aspects of nature to focus more closely on the odd, the asymmetrical, the shapes and spaces that are dimensionally created by light and mass, the reflections in moving water and how we perceive them.