Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New arrivals at JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne 5/2014

Cody Vance
Into the Bayou

Up from the oil slick spilled Texas coast comes Into the Bayou, a new sculpture by Texas artist Cody Vance. The title evokes a grizzly croc creeping up from the cloudy waters approaching some sort of unattended stroller, a lurking terror in a state known for a multitude of environmental disasters, but never fear art lover -- the opposite is true. 

A gorgeous new twist of carved rock, Into the Bayou is a prime example of polished Andes Onyx; a stone highly prized for its intricate grain, webs of beauty and signature aesthetic.  Sought after by artisans of all kinds, this stone is almost obsolete with major international mining deposits now going to large corporations dealing in home construction; very rarely does an individual have such access to natural beauty.  

Vance has displayed his craft in such a way that we are amazed and at awe with the imperfections of the stone juxtaposed with his craftiness that pulls out the strength and weaknesses to justify hours of love and labor uncovering such hidden beauty.

Cody Vance / Into the Bayou / Andes Onyx / 20” x 20” / $3600

Call the gallery at 830-816-5106 to purchase

Margie Barker
Gold in the Hills

“Gold in the Hills”, a new painting by Helotes artist, Margie Barker is a stoic rendition of an Cactus bush with a multiple of leaves and blooming tundra greet the viewer in a cluster of desert beauty. The yellow and red flowers give grace and joie de vivre to an otherwise prickly plant full of stubble that distinguishes itself in many ways. 

This typical Texas landscape is an elegant sophistication in a simplistic manner, granting artistic clarity coupled with a certain unpretentious grandiose manner that makes this painting so striking.

Margie Barker/ Gold in the Hills / 24" x 36" / $1500
Call the gallery at 830-816-5106 to purchase

Sidney Sinclair
Crown of Thorns
The new painting by Sidney Sinclair, “ Crown of Thorns”  is a purist tie to the often subjective suffering of the Christian savior; a spiritual, religious and personal attribution to an iconic and symbolic epiphany.  With several interpretive suggestions as to a crossroads in Sinclair’s exploration of the abstract, “Crown of Thorns” gives us a monotone palette, letting the mixed media textural elements create the composition. 

She shies away from her usual host of muted landscape hues; giving us ochre that radiates an inner luminosity. Although yellow can be a bit garish, Sinclair nails it with a simplistic approach. Her examination of abstract sensibilities can be found in her current body of neo-impressionistic landscapes, but as this confidence bleeds into her geometric cross transcendences, newfound perfections and imperfections bare light on an inner artist dialogue giving voice to bold statements as she loosens her grip on traditional genres, hoping to marry the two [genres] in a spiritual world of revelatory renditions.

Sidney Sinclair / Crown of Thorns / 40” x 30”/ $3075
Call the gallery at 830-816-5106 to purchase

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