Pair of artists coming to Tahoe gallery
June 22, 2007
The summer of art continues at Marcus Ashley Galleries.
Contemporary young master Henry Asencio will appear at the gallery from Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July and “wavy” artist Steve Barton will be there Thursday and Friday, July 5-6.
The artists will meet visitors from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Marcus Ashley Galleries is located at Raley’s Village Center between Starbucks and Jamba Juice with free parking.
Asencio will unveil four oil orginals this weekend. Inspired by the female form, Asencio’s work is praised for its unique combination of artistic styles — “abstract expressionism,” “abstract realism,” or “figurative impressionism” are just a few of the classifications used to describe Asencio’s distinctivework. Passionate, sensual, and innovative, Asencio has emerged as a leading American artist. His work is sought after by first-time-buyers and established collectors alike.
Asencio paints in oils, saying “nothing compares to the richness and workability of the oil medium and it fits my technique perfectly.” He frequently works with lives models or photographs. Asencio applies paint thickly with a palette knife, and has recently begun to paint on board, as the surface is more resilient to his aggressive paint style. The result is intensely passionate portrayal of the female form — a signature style which has earned the artist international accolades.
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If you’ve ever made your way through Marcus Ashley Galleries, chances are you remember Barton’s paintings. The classic Barton depicts a vibrant tropical setting with a casual elegance, a touch of whimsy, and a resounding invitation to relax under your favorite coconut palm.
Perhaps most distinctly, all this is captured on a canvas that ebbs and flows from the wall like an ocean tide, a canvas with a wave. Taking it a step further, Barton designs his own frames to perfectly match these Wavy canvases in mood and medium. The Wavy frames are as much a part of his work as the images themselves. The three-dimensional wall sculpture is designed to transition the artwork into the frame.
The “Wavy” concept was created by Barton in 1999 and it is a true testament to his creativity. The idea was to create a single unit with the frame and painting — a single work of art. The painting and frame harmoniously combine inviting the viewer to walk around the room, to view the painting from different angles as the natural shadows and lines of the canvas subtly change the tone of the scene.
For additional information, call (530) 544-4ART.