October 5 – 26, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 6 – 9pm

326 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Peter Blake
(949) 376-9994, fax (949) 376-3471
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 11am – 4pm; Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 9pm

(Left) Chris Gwaltney, “One Mississippi Two Mississippi”, 2006, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 60 inches.
(Middle) Jorg Dubin, “Wrapped”, 2006, Oil on Linen, 48 x 36 inches.
(Right) Paul Darrow, “Altar”, 2006, Collage, Mixed Media, 8 x 8.5 inches.

The Peter Blake Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of recent paintings by Chris Gwaltney, Jorg Dubin and Paul Darrow.
Chris Gwaltney has been painting for more than 20 years. His lush abstracted oils are filled with courageous color and one is drawn to their sensuous surface experimentation. Gwaltney's influences hail strongly from the San Francisco figurative group and include both sculptors and painters. Nathan Olivera, Manual Neri, Stephen de Stabler, Joan Brown, Grace Hartigan, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell and Wolf Kahn are some of his influences. He is drawn to work that shows evidence of struggle and argument.
"I am not interested in making narrative work with overt content. The content that exists in my paintings exists through the perception of the formal elements and their relationshiop to each other. The rhythmic contrast between elements gives the work content. The act itself is content enough. Artists that use painting, sculpture or collage in a plastic physical way are interesting to me. Why I like something is most often because I find it beautiful. Content comes from the viewer. The painting either works or it doesn't.”
Jorg Dubin is a master of intimacy and technique, the artist infuses these paintings with the sense that you have entered a personal space without permission, as people unmask themselves to reveal their private rather than their public selves. Central to Dubin's frank and to the point renderings is his traditional method, known as Indirect Painting. Ordinary people are transformed into riveting and timeless characters. Each settles in his or her own natural pose--leaning against the wall, slouched or flopped in a chair, and endless other varieties of body positions. With meticulous virtuosity, yet with loose and free brushstrokes, Dubin captures the essence of each sitter, particularly the eyes. Each stares as if watching us as much as we watch them. –Roberta Carasso for ArtScene
Paul Darrow creates incredible collages by combining bits and scraps of faded cloth, corroded copper, smashed cans, rusted tin, frayed fabric, kitchen flooring--anything that catches his eye or intuition--Darrow transforms ordinary cast-off objects into extraordinary compositions of layered meaning. According to Darrow's aesthetic vision, almost everything on earth has special intrinsic properties--if we would just have the patience to find them. –-Shirle Gottlieb for ArtScene

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