Ron Isaacs – Trompe l’Oeil Painted Constructions

Ron Isaacs, “Child”, 27.5×23.75×3.5 inches

The sculpture of Ron Isaacs is difficult to explain.  Even when standing right in front of an Isaacs’s sculpture, the viewer cannot believe their eyes.  “What do you mean that is not cloth?  How can that be carved wood and still look like a beautiful garment coming to life?”  The answer is in the highly unusual and specialized technique that Isaacs employs to turn birch plywood into “architectural garments” full of movement.

Ron Isaacs, “Child”, detail, 27.5×23.75×3.5 inches
In his debut exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery, Ron Isaacs continues his 30+ year career of carving and painting wood to resemble “architectural clothing.”  Purposely devoid of figures, Isaacs invites the viewer to imagine who the wearer might have been and question what they are actually seeing.  Combining  trompe l’oeil painting with master wood carving, the sculptures appear ready to move in a gentle breeze as they morph into natural elements. Meet Ron Isaacs at his opening on March 17th.
Ron Isaacs, “Harbinger”, painted birch plywood construction, 54×34.4.5 inches

Ron Isaacs, “Harbinger”, detail, painted birch plywood construction
Ron Isaacs, “Sprout”, 16×4.75×1 inch, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Sprout”, 16×4.75×1 inch, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Buckeye Girl”, 64x20x5.5 inches, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Buckeye Girl”, detail, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Crows in the Hawthorn IV,” 17 x 20.75 x 3.25 inches, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Visitor”, painted birch plywood construction, 50.5x30x4 inches

Ron Isaacs, “Visitor”, painted birch plywood construction, detail

Ron Isaacs, “Vows and Promises”, painted birch plywood construction, 45.5×31.75×3.5 inches

Ron Isaacs, “Vows and Promises”, detail, painted birch plywood construction

Ron Isaacs, “Wallflower”, detail, painted birch plywood construction
Ron Isaacs, “Wallflower, painted birch plywood construction, 41.75×27.5×3 inches