THOMASTON, Maine — Haynes Galleries of Thomaston announces joint exhibits: Jesus Villarreal’s solo show “Mirrors” and combined talents in “Four Figurative Artists: Ryan Brown, Ellen Cooper, Renee Foulkes and Lea Colie Wight,” both on view from August 3 to 28, with an opening reception on August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal, a rising star in American Realism, painting is a journey toward truth in life and in art. His technique- in his portraits, a deeply nuanced chiaroscuro; in his still lifes, a luminosity that makes them glow from within- is reminiscent of the Dutch Masters, yet at the same time, his work feels completely fresh. Part of the reason lies in his approach. Villarreal paints slowly, thoughtfully, taking time to unveil the mystery even in the most commonplace of objects. We invite you to join him for this exciting journey.
Lea Colie Wight, Ellen Cooper, Renee Foulkes and Ryan Brown share a love for the figure, and each brings a unique perspective and a compelling aesthetic to the genre. As a result, these four are among the finest and most exciting painters in contemporary American Realism. Their work is technically flawless, deeply thoughtful and completely mesmerizing. “Four Figurative Artists” surprises by elevating the mundane to the sublime. It captivates by revealing the character of each subject. It astound with each masterful brushstroke. It is a revelation. A celebration. An invitation to explore and connect with this extraordinary work.
Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine, 04861. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. For more information about these exhibits or to schedule a private viewing, call 207-354-0685 or 615-430-8147 or visit HAYNESGALLERIES.COM.