Lumineux: Works by George Marks, Lisa di Stefano & Ashton Shaw Despot
“Painting is by nature a luminous language.” Robert Delaunay (French, 1885 – 1941)
Ashton Shaw Despot, I Knew This Would Be Love, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Nov. 2 – Dec. 30, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 17th from 6-9pm. The exhibition titled Lumineux or “Luminous” showcases works of vibrant color from three local Louisiana artists.
In Lumineux, the viewer is presented with a collection of abstract and natural forms that exude light and create an almost dreamlike progression of color and imagery. In the paintings of George Marks, the silvery white tones of cotton dance upon the surface and add a sense of softness to an otherwise rich palette of blues and greens. Marks’ work combines the natural beauty of the landscape with the modernity of abstraction. By contrast, Lisa di Stefano uses abstract forms or “nests” of color that burst out of the surface of the canvas in a bold, but harmonious manner. The color field of di Stefano’s work is rich and captures the ordinary in a most extraordinary, vibrant way. In Ashton Shaw Despot’s paintings, the artist uses supple tones of blues and greens with pops of color to play upon the simplicity and beauty of nature, most notably bayous and landscapes. Despot’s created environments become whole from a far eyed glance, but upon further review are comprised of striking patterns and forms.
Through light and a shared palette, Lumineux connects three artists of different subject matter and forms. Lumineux is an ode to the beauty and color of Louisiana shown through imagined and real imagery. Claire Elizabeth Gallery invites the viewer to experience the journey of light through this series of work by George Marks, Lisa di Stefano & Ashton Shaw Despot.