Hickory Mertsching: New & Recent Works

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Hickory Mertsching: New & Recent Works says
Ghost Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by Portland artist Hickory Mertsching. Opens Thurs, April 14th 5-9pm during the Capitol Hill Art Walk!

*April marks Ghost Gallery's 6th Anniversary on Capitol Hill! Join us during Art Walk for a glass of bubbly and special deals on Jewelry, Mini Art & Gift items*

In this collection of oil paintings, Hickory continues his exploration of manmade detritus and ephemera subtly colliding with the natural environment. Utilizing arid stones, vessels and sticks, a narrative of climate change, predator/prey survival, and commoditization of the environment is created.
Working in the path of observational painting and traditional still life, these paintings begin to evolve into artworks that meld collage, minimal presentations, and concepts of habitat. Brushwork is presented in ranges from forced illustrative techniques to loose impressionistic interpretation, that parallel palettes of modest mono-chromatic color schemes to use of chiaroscuro with bright infusions of color. All aspects of the paintings are crafted by Hickory in his basement studio, from building canvases, researching subjects, acquiring props and building frames. When not engaged in painting, raising his young children, and watching his girlfriend’s golden retriever, Hickory can be found chasing elusive trout and painting field studies throughout Oregon.

On view through May 8th, 2016
All pieces will be available online at http://ghostgalleryshop.com as of April 12th, 2016
http://www.hickorymertsching.com
image: Prairie Fire, oil on canvas 30" x 30"
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