Owen Drysdale: Hot Summer Deadly Day

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Barbara Davis Gallery says
Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce "Hot Summer Deadly Day", a solo-exhibition by emerging artist Owen Drysdale opening Friday, July 15th, 2016 with an artist’s reception from 6:00 – 8:00pm. This exhibition is on view through September 2, 2016.

In the exhibition, "Hot Summer Deadly Day", Owen Drysdale presents new paintings inspired by memories and associations of a town in the heavy heat of summer. Familiar faces and vast landscapes are used as a point of departure in an inner dialogue. A dialogue that focuses on observed actions and past experiences in such a way that they become emblematic of a particular time in an individual's life. Associations such as the lush hues of mulberries muddled on the bottom of your shoe, the refuge of a swimming hole from the sweltering temperatures and a well-pruned oleander's intrusive shape, inspire these compositions. In Drysdale's practice, gestural marks assume new identities and suggest new possibilities that describe a sudden and shifting relationship between a specific memory and it's recontextualization through an attribution of personal meaning. The resulting works exist as open signifiers, containing the associative links of the artist and also expanding in a way that allows the viewer time and space to enter into a similar process of thought.

About the artist:
Owen Drysdale lives and works in Syracuse, New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Texas State University, San Marcos, and he is currently working towards his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, New York. Drysdale recently participated in the Syracuse University MFA Artist in Residence Program in London. He has exhibited at Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas, and the Joann Cole Mitte Gallery I & II at Texas State University, including an exhibition juried by Claudia Schmuckli, director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, The Houston Chronicle, Modern Dallas, and The Austin American Statesman.
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By: Barbara Davis Gallery

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