Kevin Snipes and Kerry Rowland-Averich Solo Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions: Kevin Snipes and Kerry Rowland-Avrech
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
May 19 – June 30
Opening Reception, May 19th, 7-9 PM
Contact: Nancy Resler, 530-756-3938; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Rowland-Avrech’s exhibition outlines an important crossroads in her work- isolated figures in broad vistas that are meditations on form and color. These lonely women channel American art movements like Art Nouveau and Modernism as well as drawing on American architecture and iconography. Her work seems to be inspired by great painters like Hopper and Hockney. Much of the figures exude a sweet sadness in their loneliness and she encapsulates this certain type of beauty with the use of beachscape scenery.
After a lifetime of experiencing and imagining the sea, Rowland-Avrech has a deep intuitive sense of how to depict the beach. Her childhood was spent on Venice Beach during the sixties and Southern California has a clear influence on her work. She uses kites, flags, umbrellas, towels, and clothing to indicate the presence of wind in her beach scenes. In this vein, her body of work is brilliant exploration of movement. The paintings don’t feel stagnant, they full ethereal and loose with their abstract sense of space. Much like her predecessors, Alice Neel, Joan Brown, and Paula Rego, Kerry Rowland-Avrech only depicts women. They are clean, composed, and classic in full bathing suits at upscale café’s or restaurants. Yet, they often seem small and lost, as though they are being swallowed up by the color and contrast of the paintings.
Kevin Snipes has demonstrated his sculpting prowess for over 30 years, and in this breakthrough exhibition he is also revealing some of his paintings. Snipes work consists of funky figurative imagery, isolating the head as the point of focus. With an extensive education on the history of drawing and sculpting, Snipes integrates styles and sensibilities of great artists who came before him. His work is refined like Jim Nutt while maintaining a loose, relaxed feel like Jean-Michel Basquiat. His early drawing can be likened to that of H.C. Westerman in that they share a wonderful playful sense of humor and narrative.
Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making pieces no matter where he is. Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.