CURRENTLY ON VIEW
OPENING RECEPTION - SATURDAY | MARCH 31st | 5 - 8 PM
3.31.2018 - 5.5.2018
Brad Ellis returns to Craighead Green Gallery with a series of new work entitled “No Holds Barred.” Ellis, a long time Dallas resident, recently relocated to Austin, Texas and made this latest body of collage paintings in celebration of his new studio space. The work is holds to and surpasses his previous excellence. Working mostly with encaustic, Ellis’ knack for the medium is on full display in his bold color combinations, contrasting patterns, and range of added materials. In a single work it wouldn’t be unusual for a viewer to find newspaper clippings, repurposed wall paper, and crayon markings layered with his considered encaustic mark making. An engaging, joyous hodgepodge of a practice where anything flat can go on a canvas. The artist says of his recent work: “…I wanted to create a very physical presence with the collage and encaustic paint combinations… a kind of push-pull, no holds barred tension.”
Brad Ellis is a painter working in encaustic and collage located in Austin, Texas. His work is included in private and corporate art collections both inside and outside the US and have been featured in the books Texas Abstract, Modern + Contemporary and Encaustic Art In The Twenty-First Century.
The work in Tracey Harris’ upcoming show FERAL is a considered response to our current social climate. Following a move from her native Oklahoma to a tiny mountain town in Colorado, Harris dedicated herself to finding stability in a world she felt was spiraling out of control. The images she has produced have equal ability to inspire and cut. Using her trademark book series, she displays her anxieties like irreverent how-to guides; “Enduring the Apocalypse with Humor!!!” and “Problems Money Can Fix” read the spines of books never written but, rather, lived. While humor and self-deprecation have been the cornerstone of her book series for some time now, her portraits have added a new, complex layer. Her subjects range from the house pets to wild animals to teenagers. These are painted with reverence for their under-appreciated values. Their wildness, their silliness, and their disregard for convention stare back at the viewer as if with this challenge: I dare you to stand in my way of making a better future.
Tracey Harris is an Colorado-based painter originally from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master’s from Goldsmiths’ College at the University of London.
“In All I Do”, the latest show of collage artist Kelsey Irvin, is a knock out. A perpetual collector of things thrown away in the mid 20th century, Irvin’s practice lives and breathes in the narratives we impose on these items. Women’s hair magazines, car ads, medical journals, book covers, etc. all become aesthetic concerns; time has muddied them, turned them beige and fly specked. Her collages are representative and create dream-like visions of times gone by. Irvin’s subjects rarely reveal their faces, opting for oversized hats pulled past the bridge of the nose or compositions that crop out the eye line. What we’re left with are bodies in a field of materials, as if to speak about ourselves without mentioning what we’ve thrown away that day would be an absurdity. The artist herself sees her process as way of tracing “memories misplaced in need of recognition”.
Kelsey Irvin is a California based artist whose work can be found in public and private collections throughout the US, Italy, Dubai, Greece, Singapore, and China.
5.12.2018 - 6.16.2108 : CRAIGHEAD GREEN GALLERY GROUP SHOW
8.4.2018 - 9.1.2108 : NEW TEXAS TALENT XXV
CRAIGHEAD GREEN GALLERY
1011 Dragon Street Dallas, TX 75207 :: 214.855.0779
M: 12-5 | T-F: 10-5 | Sat: 11-5 | Sun: CLOSED