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July 27, 2010 > Not So Still Life

Not So Still Life

Submitted By Christine Bender, Gallery Assistant

Sun Gallery is pleased to announce our next exhibit, "Not So Still Life," featuring watercolor works by artist Richard Bolingbroke from August 4 through August 28. Bolingbroke is a watercolor artist of unusual skill; his compositions reveal an artist with a sure sense of formal structure, as well as an exquisite hand. His highly competent use of the watercolor medium, often on a large scale, is based on a brilliance of color and a transparent surface. Bolingbroke's powerful paintings move past decoration to embrace the sensuality of color and form.

In his "Studio Still Life" series, the British-born artist interweaves rich patterns of Japanese kimonos, whispering occult or oblique meanings through a tabletop scenario of vases filled with beautiful flowers. In the next series "Rituals & Meditations," Bolingbroke has turned the tables on tradition by abstracting still life until it becomes a metaphor for questions of life and death. In the most recent work "ART is a four-letter word," he explores the interplay of words and images in an effort to understand the innate tension that exists between these two methods of defining and recording ideas.

A reception is scheduled for Friday, August 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sun Gallery with an Artist Talk at 6 p.m. during which Bolingbroke will enlighten his audience about his art and how it reflects his ideas regarding beauty, love, and life.

Not So Still Life
August 4 through August 28
Wed., Thurs., Saturdays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays
Noon - 6 p.m.

Artist Reception
Friday, August 13
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sun Gallery
1015 E Street, Hayward
(510) 581-4050
www.sungallery.org

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