Opening August 26, 2016
Richmond, VA - artspace is pleased to announce the exhibition of large abstract paintings by Ron Walton and mixed media paintings by Najee Dorsey. Both artists exhibit nationally, in New York, and at the Walton Gallery in Petersburg, Virginia, which represents them and will curate the show. These are their first solo exhibitions in Richmond at artspace.
Also opening August 26, Tara Morand's photography and mixed-media installation, "Pareidolia is Everywhere: Photographic Proofs" in smallspace and "Made You Look" a group show in the Suzanne Foley Gallery. An opening reception will take place Fourth Friday, August 26, 2016, from 7 to 10 pm, and will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing artist talk will talk place Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00pm. This event is also Free and Open to the Public.
The Main Gallery and the Helena Davis Gallery will show a collection of large, abstract paintings by Ron Walton. Walton, a New York and Virginia-based abstract artist, is the co-founder and CEO of Walton Gallery, Inc. located in Petersburg, Virginia. Ron is internationally known for his creativity with the use of different mediums and the extraordinary way he blends his colors. His work can be seen at his web site, ronaldjwalton.com. Born in New York City, Walton attended Brooklyn College. He has been acclaimed for his creation of the "Rollcubistic" style of portraying human form. "This unique technique of painting encompasses the use of round sphere-like balls patterned to form a humanistic figure," says Walton. His use of color combination and depth creates a lavish and illuminating affect. Walton's work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States. "Art should be practiced in good, bad, high, or low spirits," says Walton. He is multidimensional in his approach and works in pen and ink and pastels and oils. After more than three decades of producing and exhibiting both nationally and internationally, Walton is poised and positioned to begin the twenty-first century as a major voice in the movement to express "cultural pluralism" through art.
The Frable Gallery will present mixed media paintings by Najee Dorsey. Dorsey, an internationally recognized visual artist and entrepreneur from Columbus, Georgia, is the founder and CEO of the website "Black Art in America," blackartinamerica.com. He is represented by Walton Gallery, Inc. in Petersburg, Virginia. Born in Blytheville, Arkansas, he is known for embracing southern roots in his work by relaying scenes of African American life in the south on canvas. In high school, Najee earned a partial scholarship in 1991 to Memphis College of Art (later known as the Memphis Academy of Art). Financial challenges made cut this program short, and for several years Dorsey spent more time making a living than art. Eventually Dorsey met and befriended Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an artist and community arts activist, who became his friend, an early mentor, and an inspiration. Dorsey opened a creative hub in Blytheville, Arkansas with the help of his wife, Seteria (who is also an artist). This creative space functioned as an art gallery, coffee shop, and used book store and Dorsey used the space as a launch pad for his career as "artrepreneur." In 2005, the Dorseys moved to Atlanta, GA, where Najee became a full-time artist. Focusing solely on his art resulted in a fruitful career. As an artist, Najee Dorsey has developed much in his craft over the years, and has become known for his mixed media collage, digital media collage images of little known and unsung historical figures, as well as nostalgic scenes from African American life in the southern United States. His work can be further seen at his web site, najeedorsey.com.
In the smallspace Gallery, "Pareidolia is Everywhere: Photographic Proofs," photography and mixed media by Tara Morand. Pareidolia is defined as a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. "In the many years I have been seeing and subsequently photographing these pareidolic images, I have collected a number of series, which will be presented as photos in a traditional and mixed media display," says Morand. "I want to get across the meta aspect in taking an ordinary thing, unintentional art, capturing it and reframing it for the viewer. It is an artist's rendering of photographic evidence of an image seen in someone else's gum. More of Morand's work can be seen at her web site, jmtara.wix.com/photography.
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will present "Made You Look," work in all media by Richmond Artists.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4pm. Please contact the gallery administrator at email@example.com, or phone the gallery at 804-232- 6464 for additional information. The gallery is located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224, and online at artspacegallery.org.
artspace is taking a Summer break now through August 26
Please Join Us For Our Next Opening Reception
Friday, August 26, 2016, 7-10 pm
Free and Open to the Public
August 26 - September 18, 2016
large abstract paintings
Main Gallery and Helena Davis Gallery
mixed media paintings
Helena Davis Gallery
photography and mixed media
Made You Look
Mixed media works by Richmond artists
Suzanne Foley Gallery