We’re just one month away from the opening of a compelling solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Calendar” is the latest display of gorgeous oils by painter Craig Blietz, who’s best known for his depictions of cows.
Drawing on both the narrative and formalist aspects of painting, Blietz situates his animal subjects in lovely Midwestern landscapes and seeks to capture much more than external beauty.
The Tory Folliard Gallery’s latest exhibition, “surreal…so real,” features 28 modern artists united by their ties to surrealism. The 20th-century avant-garde movement was pioneered by Salvador Dalí and concerned with giving expression to the unconscious mind. The roots of the movement, however, run as deep as Hieronymus Bosch’s psychedelic 13th-century depictions of hell. The artists represented here tap both the movement’s history and its universal themes.
Tom Berenz's current paintings combine recognizable bits and pieces from ordinary life--playground equipment, mittens and hats, ducks and strawberries--with swaths of color and pattern, piling them together into tight compositions that he calls mounds...
One might easily imagine the life of Wisconsin artist Patrick Farrell as just an illusion.
How else could it be that a boy raised in a trailer park — who never went beyond the eighth grade in school — could grow into a renowned painter, breathing three-dimensional life into oil and canvas with a skill that was totally self-taught?
Memory becomes fragmentary in time. As the past moves into the distance, memories become less distinct, reduced at times to images, colors or scents that evoke mnemonic awakenings. This is the creative realm where Tom Berenz works.
Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher say they are old souls. For me, though, their paintings describe a childlike wonder, an exultant surprise at seeing the mysterious color of a beetle or the depth of the sky at dawn.