An on-line drawing exhibition
April through July
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Portrait Society Gallery is pleased to present PSG on PAPER, an exhibition about drawing. Each week, the gallery presents the work of one artist.
All of the work can be purchased on the website's Store (above in menu). We will porch deliver anywhere in the MIlwaukee area free of charge.
Artists include: Emily Belknap, Melissa Cooke, Steve Burnham, Skully Gustafson (Week One), Pat Hidson (Week Three), Nykoli Koslow (Week Two), Ashley Lusietto (Week Five), David Niec, Rosemary Ollison (Week Seven), Amy O'Neill (Week Eight), Mark Ottens, Nirmal Raja, Rafael Francisco Salas (Week Six), Della Wells, M Winston (Week Four), Christopher T. Wood.
74% Moon Setting over Lake Michigan," 2019-20. Ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches. From the night of 8/9/19. $800
Welcome to Week Twelve of PSG on PAPER, Portrait Society's on-line drawing exhibition.
We are so pleased to present a new body of work this week by Nirmal Raja!
"From the Earth" utilizes ground pigments suspended in egg yolk as a binder. Called 'egg tempera,' this was the common method used in Medieval painting before the invention of oil paint. When looking at the powdered pigments, you can directly see the transformation of mineral-derived colors into painted forms. It is as if these are not invented compositions but rearranged geologies.
Known primarily as a painter, David Niec has always also made sketches while outdoors. His drawings are made with micron ink pens and ink washes. Approaching the paper almost like an etching plate, he creates layers of small marks. It feels as if he is not simply rendering or recording but trying to imprint the very notion of night onto the page. The drawings hold immense depth and subtly of shadow and nuance. He says that to the eye, the night sky is full of visual activity and texture. He captures this sense of richness in the drawings.
David Niec earned his BFA in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988. He has had solo exhibitions at Dean Jensen Gallery, The Alice Wilds, Grace Chosy (Madison), The Land Gallery (New Mexico). He was an artist in residence at Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI. and at The Land/An Art Site in New Mexico. His work is in the collections of David Nash, North Wales; Concordia University Art Gallery; Mark Iwinski, Durham, NC.
In a lunar month, the moon goes through a repertoire of phases, from new moon when it is in shadow to full moon when it appears as a bright white circle back to new moon at which point the cycle begins anew. Its appearance as well as its pull on us is constantly shifting. At the same time it returns to familiar points.
Nature is constantly in flux. Any attempt to study, represent or understand it makes one very aware of this. It is fascinating yet elusive. It moves too fast to make sense of it. Nature is also cyclic. This problem can be approached with a strategy.
I am routinely placing myself in environments at specific times to observe and interact with the moon. Over the years, my knowledge and understanding of it accumulate and the experience somehow deepens. The moon however always remains beyond my grasp.
There is a way that I work that involves a transaction between nature and art. An experience in nature informs the creative process. The creative process in turn informs the interaction with nature, gets me to look closer. I repeatedly go out to get more information and deepen the experience as the work that I'm making calls for that. A good way to approach my work is to go out and view what I'm looking at, the night sky, and then go back and forth between the image and the subject. That back and forth transaction has a lot to do with how the drawings are made.