WINNETKA – Vivid Art Gallery is excited to announce its newest Featured Artist for the month of March, abstract painter Amie Campbell. The gallery will host a First Friday Art Opening to present her work, which will be held on March 2nd from 5-8 PM. The event is open to all and is free of charge. In addition to art, there will also be refreshments and live jazz.
Campbell will be presenting new work at her exhibit, Imagine. Her abstract paintings are characterized by many layers of color and intricate, lively brushwork. According to Campbell, she uses color in a dialogue with the canvas, with a result that evokes the play of light on plants and objects. Says Campbell, “A lot of times I’ll just start with a bold smear of color and it’s like opening a book. You start something on the canvas and then you figure out what’s next. If you’re into the moment, it really just flows from there. The color tells you something, you tell it something back and then it’s like a conversation.” Her influences include the Post-Impressionist painters Pierre Bonnard and Paul Gauguin, as well as Claude Monet’s water lily paintings.
Featuring her trademark brilliant colors, Campbell’s work reflects the beauty and splendor she sees in the rolling hills surrounding her studio in southern Indiana. Her colors, all of them mixed according to her own special “recipes,” are seasonal and change based on the light and weather. She also makes great use of glazes, which add transparency to her colors in an effect that mimics light. According to Campbell, it is the glazes that make her paintings come alive. She often works in diptychs and triptychs, both to evoke the idea of painted screens, and also because she likes to work large – too large to transport her canvases by car. Breaking down the canvases into multiple pieces solves the problem!
Also exhibiting throughout the month of February will be Local Artist Warren Kaplan with his exhibit, balance. Kaplan, whose medium is oil on canvas, has painted for many years but is only now beginning to show his work publicly. He centers his work on telling a story using economy of color in place of words. Focusing on abstract work, which he views as an expression of one’s heart, soul, and subconscious, Kaplan is heavily influenced by greats such as Franz Klein and Robert Motherwell.
Submitted by Vivid Art Gallery