ON THE SURFACE: 4 Reasons to Love Sophisticated Textures

featured artists: Joe Adams, Patricia Beggins Magers, Jaynie Crimmins, Helen DeRamus, James Garrett, Erika Guillory Page, Lorra Kurtz, Shellie Lewis & Aaron Whitehouse 

Our June show is a treat for art lovers looking for that little something extra. On the Surface focuses on the contrast of surfaces from encaustic and resin, to collage and plaster.

Here are 4 Reasons to Love Textured Artwork

1. Textured surfaces on canvas are often compared to sculpting on canvas. There are as many processes that go into creating textures as there are pieces of art. One of the most unique processes in this show is the use of plaster. Artist James Garret uses the Venetian Plaster technique. His extensive travels around the world exposed him to many kinds of artwork and architecture. Plaster was commonly used by Italians in architecture to mimic marble without adding extreme weight to buildings constructed on soft ground.

For the most part, each piece is made up of multiple layers of Venetian plaster of varying tones and color, which is applied using a variety of different trowels and plastering blades and knives. I frequently apply several colors at the same time especially when trying to grade or blend color. I also occasionally wash off areas during the process exposing color in a way that I cannot achieve with a trowel and hence I will place color several layers down knowing that I shall be washing back to expose it later. – JG

Blue & Gold 48 X 28 Venetian plaster on board

James Garret Blue & Gold

White Wave 48 X 48 venetian plaster on board

Aaron Whitehouse  White Wave

Aaron Whitehouse also uses plaster in his work. He experiments with many kinds of mixed media, and his new Of The Earth series includes some plasterwork. “Mixed Media and the freedom/absence of structure that can be utilized in that process provided the perfect storm for Aaron’s variety of creative urges and incessant need to evolve artistically.” – AW

2. The Ultimate Repurposing project can become a work of art. Patricia Beggins Magers and Jaynie Crimmins have both cut and manipulated paper into beautiful shapes mounted onto board and canvas.

In Beggin’s Patagonia Pool, cut paper lends a depth and twist on the colors of the piece that create a dreamlike quality.

Patagonia Pool II 23 X 27 matted & framed cut paper

Pat Beggins Magers Patagonia Pool II

Junk Mail on Board brings the idea of junk mail to an entirely new level, creating beauty from trash. A texture reminiscent of floral patterns is created from actual pieces of mail. The ridges and shadow have the power to change the lighting in a room and add sophistication to the art lover’s collection.

3. Encaustic and wax methods create a translucent finish on paint and other mixed media. Colors are intensified and the wax has a beauty all its own. The medium requires a master’s touch because the end product can often defy the original objectives in a piece when the wax “blooms.” More about Encaustic.

Lorra Kurtz has mastered brilliant, whimsical color in her encaustic pieces. Helen DeRamus is a perennial favorite at dk Gallery. Her abstracts explore everyday concepts and bring harmony to those subjects. 

Lorra Kurtiz Handle With Care

Lorra Kurtz   Handle With Care

Helen DeRamus Footfall

Helen DeRamus  Footfall

4. Mixed Media work encompasses many kinds of works that involve more than one medium. As shown above, there can be paper, fabric, and other kinds of solutions added. Some artists choose to build up the paint itself into thick layers that represent sculpting. In order to do that, various kinds of glazes and thickeners can be added to paint to give volume. Pieces using this kind of technique provide an entirely new feel to a room. The dialogue between the viewer and the piece is constantly changing. The light surrounding the texture changes with the lighting in the room.

A process-oriented painter, Joe Adams is not concerned with recreating the world, but instead with the qualities of the paint and the manner in which it is applied. In his current series, Adams focused on the liquidity of the paint, using a pallet knife to spread the pigment across the surface of his canvases. Splatters of paint, layers of color, and a variety of textures are definitive qualities of a Joe Adams painting.

Feast on the beautiful textures in this month’s showON THE SURFACE. 

Joe Adams Sculpted Painting #2

Joe Adams Sculpted Painting #2



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