Chris Berens “Nethermoor” February 2015

Roq La Rue Presents

In the Main Gallery:

 

Chris Berens

“Nethermoor”

new works

 

Opens February 5th 2015

runs through February 28th

 

Chris Berens is a Dutch painter whose work features a fantastical mélange of exotic creatures and 18th century imagery in soft focus. Startling, photorealistic, and distorted; his narratives feature totem-like animals and childlike people floating through dreamy European cityscapes, or decrepit ships in stormy seas shimmering as if in a fevered dream.

Building on classical glazing techniques that recall the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt, Berens constructs his compositions through painting on layers of emulsion, 1-3 inch pieces of plastic coating, and paper; resulting in an incredibly luminous and uniquely textured piece that flows seamlessly into a cohesive image. Each section has been been painted numerous times and layered over and over. This technique creates images with such depth that along with his technical perfection it creates the illusion of a digitally composed or manipulated image. However, once up close and in person, it is evident that these works are created and painted by hand with painstaking skill, time, and precision from beginning to end.

To see the full show please click here: http://roqlarueberens.blogspot.com/

 

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Patrick Kelly “Elusive Object” February 2015

Roq La Rue Presents

In the Upstairs Gallery:

 

Patrick Kelly 

“Elusive Object”

new graphite drawings

 

Opens February 5th 2015

runs through February 28th

 

Roq La Rue is pleased to introduce Portland artist Patrick Kelly! Creating the illusion of a sculptural object in relief on flat paper, Kelly’s ongoing series of oily metallic shapes on stark white paper recall the natural world while exposing their man-made nature. The process of layering is assisted by a custom-made tool of his own invention, a kind of jig, which he uses to trace the curve in a repetitive gesture to build up the form. The resulting drawings mimic the geometry of seashells, hematite, or obsidian in a swirling pearlescent black mass.

To see the full show please click here: http://roqkelly.blogspot.com/

 

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