Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tim Craighead at RB Strevenson

Tim Craighead,
R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Article  by Cathy Breslaw
Showing until Oct 27

Tim Craighead’s exhibition at R.B. Stevenson Gallery is a group of thirteen works – nine on linen and four framed works on paper. Craighead uses a combination of oil, alkyd, casein, ink and graphite to create paintings that sit somewhere within the spectrum of both abstraction and representation.  The color palette is decidedly organic and derived from the natural environment. He has a painterly style that also strongly references drawing and mark-making and there is special attention played to thebackground surfaces revealing the artist’s love of painting and the exploration of glazing and layering with an array of color values and tones. Within each work, the viewer may find what seem to be small areas of energy patterns created with brush and line as well as geometric structural shapes and realistically rendered drawings of plant-like forms. Craighead appears to be studying the relationships between geometry and the natural world and we as viewers are witnesses to his ongoing explorations.

"Dos Mundos"
oil, alkyd & casein on linen
72 x 60 in
2005 - 2009

oil, alkyd & casein on linen
72 x 60 in

Cathy Breslaw is a southern California visual artist, writer and lecturer who has had over 25 solo exhibitions, and 50 group exhibitions across the country at museums, art centers, college and university galleries and commercial galleries. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections. Her work and writing can be seen at:

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