John Humphries; Landscape Constellation 010; 2015; watercolor, pencil, string and wood on paper; 12 x 20 in.
Paula Izydorek; Olo Co-L 3.14.1; 2014; acrylic on birch wood panel; 36 x 48 in.
Rosewood Gallery presents solo exhibitions by John Humphries and Paula Izydorek
On view: July 16 - August 17, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, July 19, 6 - 8pm
Free and open to the public
Cincinnati, OH-based artist, John Humphries is a Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University, as well as a visual artist, gardener and designer focusing on translating one media form to another. The creative work takes the form of photo/watercolor constructions, carved wooden slabs and automatic poems. Humphries has exhibited in Japan, Germany, The Czech republic and in the US. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Award of Distinction from the Interior Design Educators Council and the International Juror’s Award of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He also serves as a fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Of his work, Humphries says: “By embracing the conceptual nature of representation, [I have] begun to slowly develop a body of work, which translates common objects from nature into a complex watercolor drawing to understand the elements which are kept and things lost in translation. The drawings utilize themes and organizational devices from landscapes, historical narratives and built environments.”
Painter Paula Izydorek of Cleveland, OH spent her formative years in Southern California and has since lived in several major US cities. She is passionate about her heritage and has traveled to all but three of the states. During her travels, Izydorek looks to contemporary painting and the abundant perfection found in nature for continual inspiration. Although she inherently knows the exquisiteness of nature can never be improved upon, through the painting process, it is her goal to paint homage to its vast heterogeneity of textures, formations and all-encompassing palates. Izydorek received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is included in the Cleveland Art Association and in several private collections throughout the US. Her paintings have been juried into numerous solo and group exhibitions.
“Through painting, [I] examine and attempt to resolve universal yet personal conflicts such as the meaning of home or the unfolding of self worth,” Izydorek said. “During this process-based exploration, [I] incorporate wood grain as the main subject of [my] narrative. The unique grain pattern metaphorically portrays how one’s experiential journey exists in a constant state of being altered by the surrounding energy in one’s environment.”
In conjunction with his exhibition at Rosewood Gallery, Humphries will lead a master workshop, Painting from the Pantry, on Saturday, July 21 from 10:30am – 12pm. Workshop fees are $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Space is limited; call 937-296-0294 to register.