Abstract painter Mark Smith (“Smith”) will be presenting new paintings that are 2 years in the making. Smiths’ paintings are rich in color produced by his use of pure pigment. This show is titled “The Space Between the Notes”. His paintings always incorporate organic shapes and forms. Smith tells us that "over the last several years I have discovered the writings of Claude Debussy. I read his comment that the music is not just the notes, but the quiet and the space in between them." Smith has created over 28 works, mixed media on paper and birch, that follow Debussy's thought. Using the contrast of the white space as a contrast to his bold color and abstract forms, Smith also brings the awareness of white space to the forefront. The works are made using high density water based pigment on sheets of the finest Arches paper and also panels of hardwood birch. Smith has been a very active part of the North Texas art community for many years. Smith received his M.F.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York. Earlier he attended both the Kansas City Art Institute and Boston University. From 1986 until present Smith has been a professor of art at Austin College in Sherman TX. He has served as Chairman of the Department since 1988.
Marianne Gargour is presenting her new collection of paintings, titled “Light and See”, for the first time at Craighead Green. Marianne’s style of painting is often categorized as abstract impressionism. Marianne reveals traditional themes with contemporary marks. She juxtaposes the duality between the rational and irrational. Her formal training in value, color and composition pushes up against her bold and raw marks that stem from an involuntary, unconscious place. Her brush strokes almost float above the representational realm. Gargour states “I try to share my inner emotions while also admiring a place or moment in time. I am guided by my intuition. I believe that our subconscious guides decisions and then the rational mind organizes the stories we create. I want to pay homage to the beautiful, perfect world we live in while also revealing the internal dialogue that continually informs our perceptions. I seek to reveal that inner chaos that we all experience and that we often tame into calm appearances”. Gargour attended Texas A&M Commerce where she received her MS in Graphic design. She also attended Parsons School of Art and Design, NYC, where she received her MFA, earlier she earned her B.A. from McGill University, Montreal Canada.
Craighead Green pleased to introduce the first show for painter and print maker, Tyler Butcher. Butcher participated in the Craighead-Green's annual juried exhibition, New Texas Talent in 2012. He has been an active artist with the gallery since then. Butcher's narrative show is titled “Far From Home”. The artist explores what he feels is a profound truth; Butcher states "Since the expulsion from the Eden each of us travels the earth in search of something we never truly expect to find. Search for that place we lost and which we desperately wish to return; Home." His new paintings focus on new philosophies and structures found in contemporary art in relation to the relevancy of religious discourse. These paintings are inviting and at the same time exhibit the uncomfortable side of humanity. Butcher received his MFA in painting in 2015 from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He has exhibited both solo and group shows across the United States including the Rising Star Exhibition, Box-Hawkins Gallery, 180 Gallery, Verizon Gallery, Craighead Green Gallery, VAST Group Show, Robert Lange Studio, Nonfiction Gallery, SCAD Small Works, and Alexander Ink. His international exhibitions include The Small Print Show in Egypt and The Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal. He currently lives and works in Savannah, GA.