Sometimes even the concept behind the art is irresistible.
|"Portrait of a Glamazon", painting of a woman very sure of herself|
and not afraid to wear it.
I recently went to a show of works by Elizabeth Barlow, a wonderful artist working in the Bay Area. First, I love her photo realism style (as we called it in school) -- her paintings look like actual sculptures, popping right off the wall. The detail is meticulous. The light within each canvas sets a clear mood that is playful, seductive, dramatic, or thoughtful, sometimes all of these.
The effect is kind of thrilling.
|detail of "Glamazon"|
But what is also exciting about these works: they are PORTRAITS of people, who own the items painted. The artist has taken personal, meaningful, or favorite items and created these fantastic portraits that tell as powerful a story as any head shot of an individual.
How cool is that?
|"Embrace" depicts two men via their bluejeans.|
Or, in this case, what kind of life was lived to make those wrinkles, frayed cuffs, loose buttons, or worn spots on a favorite pair of jeans. How wild to evoke the intimacy of a couple through their entwined clothing!
|"Yin/Yang" depicts a long-married man & woman.|
|"Unbuttoned" series of shirts. |
Looking at any of these, you feel like you could take the shirt off the wall & put it on.
|detail of "Unbuttoned, Scene 3"|
|"Portrait of a Man," shoes of a single father and his daughter.|
click here for link to Gallerie Citi
Gallerie Citi at 1115 Howard Ave, in Burlingame, CA.
Click here for more on Elizabeth Barlow.
Ooohhh, and I bet he won't miss those jeans, or she won't miss those shoes, while you sneak them out to Ms. Barlow for a commissioned holiday gift!