Well-Rounded: The Sculpture of Jarica Walsh

Walsh’s most recent works are distinguished by their rounded forms, which are incorporated into nearly every composition. As a shape, the circle is deceptively complex, supple and sturdy in equal parts.

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Soldering On: The Metal Sculpture of Robert Koch

“When people view my work,” says sculptor Robert Koch, “I hope they see something that gives them a feeling of peace. Something tranquil. And I hope they appreciate the simplicity of the form.” It’s a straightforward enough statement, but in the case of this artist, whose work evinces a material-defying delicacy, it seems particularly fitting. […]

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Stories in Glass: The Art of Wes Hunting

According to glass blower Wes Hunting, his medium of choice is “an incredible, immediate material.” He would know; for nearly four decades Hunting has been one of the most innovative masters of an ever-evolving art-form.

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Kiyomi Baird | Straddling the Cultures of East and West

The sensibility of an artist like Kiyomi Baird, who straddles the cultures of East and West, is fascinating.  The genesis of an artist’s discernment is always intriguing and complex.

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An Invitation from the Sculptor Somers Randolph

If you’ve passed by OTA Contemporary on the corner of Canyon Road and the Paseo, you will have seen the five piece installation of Calacatta marble by Somers Randolph. It’s an extraordinary witness to the power of will and a grinder…

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Finding the Dominican Republic in the Paintings of Carlos Frias

Transplanting to the cooler climes of New Jersey has not diminished the passion and color in the paintings of Carlos Frias.  A native of the Dominican Republic…

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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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