less is more - a new language of abstract minimalism - an art show by gene moty from 1 Oct to 3 Nov 2018
On October 13, 2018 I will have the opening reception for my show titled Less is More at the Arches Gallery of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Virginia. During this show I will be presenting many new abstract oil paintings in my unique minimalist style which embraces the concept of less is more. With these works I've continued the exploration of my core compositional elements of the bold primary color palette, geometric shapes, perpendicular lines, and grids. With my piece, A-18, I've blended these along with sharp angles and the smooth clean curve of a circle. A-18 along with A-22 and A-24 were inspired by a trip to Palm Springs California where I was able to experience its crisp clean mid-century modern architecture first-hand.
There will also be an expanded series of large contemporary oil paintings where I've taken these foundational elements and brought in textured white impasto which introduces light and shadow into the composition. The end realist is a more subdued meditative minimalism. P-12, detail below, is a piece that when seen from across the room appears to be nothing more than a small blue rectangle on a white square canvas. But as you approach a whole new world of geometric shapes and perpendicular lines comes to life and changes as you move from one viewing angle to another. P-10 is another Palm Springs influenced piece that presents a similar experience to P-12 but with more vibrant colors and stronger liner elements. P-11 is a self-portrait based on a smaller work I did in 2016 that was part of my "siblings" series. The basic concept is the circle represents the person and taking the color, geometry and textural elements as one this is how I see the overall character and personality of the person. In this case that person is me. I'll also have my "family" series of small 10" by 10" pieces that depict my parents and grandparents on display.
I will also have what I consider two of my iconic pieces, George and Emily, on display. The inspiration behind these two fun paintings was the various manor houses I visited, while living in the UK, and all the classic oil paintings of their previous residents. George and Emily look great hanging over my own fireplace and if your interested in them or something similar I would be happy to do a commission for you. For this show, I've added to this series of my more representational minimalistic modern oil paintings another piece called Frenchie. It was fun to make and I'm excited to share it with the public for the first time at this show.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at my reception on the 13th of October from 7PM to 9PM. If you can't make it they will be on exhibit from 1 October through 3 November.
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