OTA Contemporary Presents Lisa Pressman

While the encaustic process has attained a degree of familiarity amongst the gallery-going public, its cousin, cold wax medium, has remained a bit of a mystery.  Lisa Pressman is a master of both.  A respected painter and teacher in encaustic and cold wax medium, Lisa has been a mainstay of the highly regarded International Encaustic […]

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REFLECTIONS | Gail Winbury

Acutely aware that the artist must translate the vagaries of human emotion into a solid object before our eyes, Gail Winbury deftly brings us along on her journey.  As she states: Many of my oils, no matter how abstract, often refer to the female body. However, the abstracted and deconstructed figure is not objectified, but rather, the […]

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REFLECTIONS | Tim Craighead

Reflections, indeed. Turns out that in 2016, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, mounted a show entitled Dynamic Gestures: Action Painting in the 21st Century.  Amongst the four painters in that show—Tim Craighead and Charley Brown. Tim Craighead’s paintings have integrity.  That sounds like a weighty mantle to carry, yet when examining […]

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REFLECTIONS | Charley Brown

At their core, the paintings of Charley Brown have a rich intellectual bedrock ranging from Thomas Eakins and Eadweard Muybridge to Igor Stravinsky and Marcel Proust.  The lyricism of Charley’s expansive canvases is elegantly hypnotic.  The use of a brayer, rather than a brush, acts as an extension of the artist’s entire body, and to […]

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REFLECTIONS | Marietta Patricia Leis

Marietta Patricia Leis has been a dancer, an actress, a poet, and a visual artist in the course of her life.  In much the same way, the breadth of her creativity spans painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation.

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REFLECTIONS | Kevin Wass and the Tuba Song

Long before REFLECTIONS was conceived as an exhibition, Kiyomi Baird and OTA Contemporary had embraced the notion that the gallery would aim to be a strong collaborative presence in the community.  OTA Contemporary’s grand opening in May 2017 featured a collaborative performance of visual artists, dancers, musicians, and videographers. Kevin Wass, a Professor of Music […]

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OTA Contemporary Welcomes the New Year with REFLECTIONS

OTA Contemporary is embracing the new year with REFLECTIONS, a stunning exhibition featuring the painters Charley Brown, Tim Craighead, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Gail Winbury.  The title of the exhibition, however, comes from Kevin Wass, Professor of Music (Applied Tuba and Euphonium) at Texas Tech University.  And there is the story…   Professor Wass, who […]

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Looking Back: 2017 Recap at OTA Contemporary

      As 2017 comes to a close, we at OTA Contemporary are reflecting on our first exhibition season as a gallery. We began our journey last spring with a vision to inspire human passions through art and delivered through a series of thoughtfully curated exhibitions that sparked discussion, self-reflection, and emotional reaction from our […]

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VOICES Artist Feature: Mario Martinez

The paintings of contemporary Native American artist Mario Martinez voice his traditional Native heritage through an abstract expressionist style. The artist grew up in a Yaqui settlement in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1950s and 60s, where his family had emigrated from Mexico to escape war and violence below the border. “We have an extremely colorful […]

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Kiyomi Baird and Nihonga painting: striving for balance, striving for harmony

              “…while living in Tokyo, I learned the Nihonga painting technique (pigment and glue on mulberry paper mounted on board). I created textured effects by using colored patterns of pochoir on top of the flat Nihonga layer. In effect, I started mixing western techniques with traditional eastern methods and […]

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