Craighead Green Gallery is hosting an exciting "3-Artist Exhibition" featuring Daniel Angeles, Brad Ellis, and Lisa Kokin on May 17- June 21, 2014.
There will also be an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5:00 PM - 8:00PM at Craighead Green Gallery!
For his debut exhibition at Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas artist Daniel Angeles presents a new collection of watercolors on paper titled “Telling Stories”. Angeles, a self-taught artist, has captured the attention of many long-time collectors as well as first time buyers with his whimsical and colorful paintings. Angeles seems to have mastered his craft – precisely detailed, narrative watercolor paintings. His use of watercolor is unlike any other artist we have seen working within this medium. Angeles sates “Hummingbirds and Monarch Butterflies are my most precious muses. Both exist in some of the fondest memories I have of my childhood, they also make appearances in random settings to this day. I use them as my voice to depict my spirit in the work I create. They can also represent others that have played important roles in my life”. Angeles says his paintings are his life stories; "I ask the viewer to see them in the first person. I want them to place themselves in the work and connect to the human emotion that I have poured into them." He refers to his paintings as his continuing journal, looking back over past collections he is able to remind himself of lessons learned. Angeles lives and works in Dallas, TX.
New to Craighead Green Gallery and the Southwest region is California artist Lisa Kokin. Kokin's introduction to Dallas includes various bodies of work that are sculptural wall hangings. The Lace Cowboy series titled “Saddle Stich” is made of hand-sewn vintage lace and textiles. These iconic, gun slinging cowboys are, in her words “frilly and ephemeral, mere shadows of their former intimidating selves.” In one body of her work, Kokin uses pulp-fiction cowboy novels that she found at a recycling center. Kokin comments about the novels saying "The machismo and violence were so overt and over the top that they begged to be cut up, rearranged and recontextualized." The novels combined with her ideas led to the current pieces for this exhibition. The contrast of cowboys constructed out of lace and vintage textiles is obvious at first glance. Kokin's art often involves a paradox. "An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at close range." Kokin just completed an exhibition at the Boise Art Museum called “How the West Was Sewn”. Her work has been included in private, museum and corporate collections. She received her Master of Fine Arts with High Distinction from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.
Dallas’ own Brad Ellis returns to present his 8th exhibition at Craighead Green Gallery. Ellis continues his exploration of the use of encaustic on both board and canvas. For this presentation Ellis is introducing new materials that he is combining with the encaustic. Ellis titled this exhibition "Textures and Gestures, Intertwined". He explains the title by saying that, "The work is intertwined, since the surface treatments are very physical combining various collage elements with thickly applied encaustic paint executed in sweeping, gestural brush strokes. The results of this process renders multi layered, mark making which creates an intertwined density and tension between line, form texture and color”. Ellis's paintings present a visual mix of both abstract and organic imagery. He is hoping that this creates a narrative of unknown origins. While still very recognizable Ellis, the new paintings have taken on a feel that is somewhat unlike earlier works. Ellis resides in Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Tulsa. Ellis's paintings have been collected nationally and internationally in private and corporate collections.