July Issue 2002
Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Daniel Douke & Victor Richardson
Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions, Flower Power, New Paintings and Works on Paper by California native Daniel Douke and The Joy of Seeing, New Pastel Landscapes by Irish artist Victor Richardson. The exhibitions will be on view through July 20, 2002.
In his new series of paintings, Douke pays homage to the classic beauty of the rose. Delicate, velvety blooms appear suspended in fields of pure color, creating a powerful juxtaposition of realism and abstraction. The viewer is offered an impression of truth while simultaneously challenged with a sense of artifice. Douke says, "I want the work to become a thoughtful delicate inquiry and a tribute to the beauty and mutability of nature.
Born in Los Angeles in 1943, Douke received an MA from California State University, where he has been a Professor of Art since 1975. Douke's work has been exhibited in countless museum and gallery exhibitions across the United States and can be found in many public collections, including the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, and the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art.
Irish artist Victor Richardson returns to Charlotte for his third solo exhibition with the gallery. Working with pastels, Richardson creates lush, vibrantly colored landscapes of both Europe and the southern US. Regarding his preference of traditional imagery, Richardson says, "... in my experience, particularly in Europe, representational paintings of landscapes or flowers are often dismissed as trivial, because 'they have nothing to say.' In response I propose that an artist has much to say, if he can accurately convey the miraculous sun-rippled beauty of an orchard in flower and let us share his evident pleasure in the joy of seeing."
Born in Belfast in 1952, Richardson moved to County Cork, Ireland, in 1974 and resides there still. Self-taught as an artist, Richardson has participated in over ninety solo and group exhibitions during his career. Richardson prefers working with pastels. He feels that this medium is as close as an artist can come to painting with pure color. Indeed, atmosphere and color are principal aspects of Richardson's work. He creates quiet tree-lined waterways, lush gardens, and sweeping vistas with an Impressionist spirit yet a distinctly modern style.
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