May 162015
 
DC-09, 2015, archival print on perforated vinyl, 24 x 36 inches

Ruben Nieto, DC-09, 2015, archival print on perforated vinyl, 24 x 36 inches

Ruben Nieto – Décollage

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: May 16 – June 20, 2015

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce Dallas-based artist Ruben Nieto’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled, ‘Décollage’. The exhibition will open Saturday, May 16th from 6pm – 8pm with an artist’s reception and will continue through June 20th, 2015.

Nieto is known for his bold paintings of explosive color and recontextualized imagery referred to as “comic abstractions.” His fascination with American comics and popular culture surfaced at an early age in his hometown in Veracruz, Mexico, where he was also mesmerized by bold, thick layers of cinematic posters being scraped and peeled from concrete buildings. In this new series, Nieto recalls the deconstructive qualities of works by artists, Raymond Hains, Francois Dufrene, and Mimmo Rotella, taking a subtractive approach to his densely layered compositions.

Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies, UTD, and former director of the Dallas Museum of Art sheds light on Nieto’s tendency to blend traditional techniques of the past, with new tools and methods of production:

“With his initiation into advanced technology and “anti-studio” practice at UTD came a fascination with image manipulation through computers, into which he “feeds” comic book images and adapts, combines, destroys, recombines, and layers them into completely new energized compositions.”

For this recent body of work, Nieto has chosen a new surface of translucent, perforated vinyl, recalling the Ben-Day dots prevalent in Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art paintings, which also reference traditional comic printing techniques.

Ruben Nieto was born in Veracruz, Mexico. He holds a BFA from the Universidad de Guanajuato, an MFA in Arts and Technology from The University of Texas at Dallas. Recently, Nieto was featured in New American Paintings, issue No. 114. Nieto has shown internationally in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is now located at 1845 Levee St, # 110, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is: Telephone: 214.745.1415 | Email: inquiries@crisworley.com | Website: www.crisworley.com.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Apr 042015
 
Ridges - Greens and Yellows, 2015, watercolor & ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Ridges – Greens and Yellows, 2015, watercolor & ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Paul Booker – Flow Through
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: April 4 – May 9, 2015

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to present Paul Booker’s latest solo exhibition Flow Through opening with an artist’s reception on April 4th from 6 – 8pm. Booker is known for his technical ability to work seamlessly in both two and three dimensional forms. For this new body of work, the artist has focused entirely on the two-dimensional, with paintings on panel and watercolor on paper.

Paul Booker’s distinctively lustrous panel paintings are comprised of multiple layers of pigmented enamel and ink drawings built up and embedded in nearly 100 layers of polyurethane. Frenetic, yet delicate lines swarm in various winding pathways articulated in rich color, invoking a sense of flowing movement seen in various natural formations such as biological atlas illustrations, animal flocking behavior, and fluid dynamics.

Says Booker, “Through my work, I respond to visual phenomena occurring in nature as well as human interpretations of these naturally occurring forms.” These themes are also explored in his sumptuous watercolors on paper, which present a similarly unique sense of depth, form and movement.

Paul Booker received his BFA from the University of Texas in 1995 and his MFA from the University of North Texas in 2000. His work has been shown throughout Texas as well as in New York and California. In 2011, he was part of in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas’s Obsessive Worlds exhibition and, in the same year, was included in New American Paintings for the third time in his career.

Cris Worley Fine Arts has a new location: 1845 Levee St, # 110, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Feb 212015
 
Anna Elise Johnson, Summit III, 2014 acrylic, resin based adhesive, archival digital prints, spray paint, India ink 14 x 21 x 4.5 inches | Charlotte Smith, Something Spicy, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

Anna Elise Johnson, Summit III, 2014, acrylic, resin based adhesive, archival digital prints, spray paint, India ink 14 x 21 x 4.5 inches  Charlotte Smith, Something Spicy, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

Ambassadors: New work by Anna Elise Johnson & Charlotte Smith
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: February 21 – March 28, 2015

Cris Worley Fine Arts continues to introduce strong voices in contemporary art to Dallas and is proud to present the work of CWFA artist Charlotte Smith and newcomer Anna Elise Johnson in a two-person exhibition entitled, Ambassadors. This exhibition opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, February 21st from 6-8pm and will run through March 28th, 2015.

Both artists are known for their experimental layering techniques, and their tendency to push the boundaries of traditionally two-dimensional materials into 3D forms. Johnson’s collages utilize photographs of political, economic, and diplomatic meetings to construct scenes and political personalities. Delicate mists of spray paint, acrylic and India ink suspended in a mass of resin capture a chaotic stillness between characters that are defined by the void that their absence creates.

Smith’s dedication to abstraction allows the viewer to explore her compositions through their own library of images and experiences, leaving the subject of each painting up to one’s imagination. Over the course of her career, Smith has constantly pushed the boundaries of her medium beginning with layering drops of paint on canvas. In this recent body of work, Smith creates dense layers of color and translucency that push their way across the canvas, creating a dynamic atmosphere of interplay between painting and viewer.

Anna Elise Johnson currently lives and works in Houston, TX where she was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art From 2012 to 2014. She received an MFA at The University of Chicago and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been featured in over twenty group exhibitions throughout the nation, as well as internationally in Slovenia, and multiple times in Germany, her birth country. Her work has also been shown in solo exhibitions in Houston, TX and Berlin, Germany.

Charlotte Smith received her MFA from the University of North Texas in 1999. Since then, she has had over twenty solo exhibitions and has been selected for more than twenty juried exhibitions, often receiving awards. Smith is firmly entrenched in Texas Art History – she was recently included in the book, Texas Abstract (2014) Texas Artists Today (2010) and The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas (2012). Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Southeast Texas, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and Neiman Marcus stores nationwide, as well as many significant private collections throughout the country.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1845 Levee St, # 110, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Jan 172015
 
Colette Copeland, video still from The Victorian Woman and “THE MAN” reunite, 2014, color high definition video, duration 3:02 minutes

Colette Copeland, video still from The Victorian Woman and “THE MAN” reunite, 2014, color high definition video, duration 3:02 minutes

Studio Visit – 1.2
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: January 17, 2014 – February 14, 2015

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce, Studio Visit – 1.2, opening with a reception for the artists, Saturday, January 17th, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm, and on view through February 14th, 2015. This exhibition is the second in an ongoing series of shows centered on the experience of visiting an artist’s studio. Guest artists will be curated alongside gallery artists to expand the dialog on the current state of contemporary art. Artists will include: Kristen Cliburn (Houston), Robert Lansden (New Orleans), and Rusty Scruby (Dallas), and guest artists: Colette Copeland (Dallas), Timothy Harding (Fort Worth), and Patrick Turk (Houston).

Among the works featured will be a site-specific installation by Harding and the latest video by Copeland, a sequel to an earlier piece in which The Victorian Woman Wrestles “THE MAN.”

Studio Visit – 1.2 will launch the opening of Cris Worley Fine Arts’ new and larger space still located in the Dallas Design District, at 1845 Levee St. #110. We are pleased to announce that fellow Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas member, Holly Johnson Gallery, will occupy the space next door and will be launching on the same night as well!

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is -Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Nov 222014
 
Dark Bloom, 2013, oil on hardwood panel, 40 x 30 inches

Dark Bloom, 2013, oil on hardwood panel, 40 x 30 inches

Patti Oleon – Parallel Spaces
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 22, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: November 22, 2014 – January 3, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is committed to introducing strong voices in contemporary art to Dallas and to the greater landscape of the arts in Texas. We are proud to present our first solo exhibition of conceptual realist paintings by San Francisco-based artist Patti Oleon. Parallel Spaces opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, November 22 from 6–8pm and will run through January 3, 2014. The artist will be in attendance from San Francisco, California.

At a time when contemporary art’s focus strongly favors concept, Patti Oleon’s realist paintings marry the conceptual with an undeniable technical prowess. Light serves as the entry point into Oleon’s un-peopled places. Each painting first begins as a digital photo taken by the artist which is then transformed and reworked on the computer. Some images are mirrored, while others, more subtlety play out as ghostly echoes of shadow and form. These sometimes haunting, always powerful, images are then executed in refined and expert brushwork in oil on panel. What remains is a fictitious reality of a once-inhabited space that engages the viewer to question reality over artifice.

Patti Oleon (b. 1954, St. Louis) received both her BA and MFA from UCLA from which she graduated summa cum laude. Oleon has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (twice), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, Fulbright/DAAD Fellowship, Ford Foundation Grant, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant. She has exhibited at institutions such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Zimmer Children’s Museum/Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: cris@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Oct 112014
 
Heider's Balance, 2014, oil on canvas, 78 x 104 inches

Heider’s Balance, 2014, oil on canvas, 78 x 104 inches

 

Paul Manes – Partly Truth and Partly Fiction
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11th, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: October 11 – Novermber 15, 2014

PANEL DISCUSSION
Saturday, October 11, 2pm | Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum | 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
Entitled Partly Truth and Partly Fiction moderated by Barbara Rose with Paul Manes, James Surls, Alison de Lima Greene and Shelley DeMaria.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition with American painter Paul Manes, entitled Partly Truth and Partly Fiction. Manes was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, but moved to NYC in 1983 where he lived and worked until July of this year. He now spends each day painting his large-scale canvases in his Rocky Mountain, Colorado studio. This exhibition of new works opens Saturday, October 11th, from 6-8pm at the gallery. Prior to the opening reception, there will be a lively panel discussion moderated by renowned art critic Barbara Rose at the Meadows Museum, October 11th at 2pm. Panelists will include Alison de Lima Greene, Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, renowned American sculptor, James Surls, and Paul Manes. The title of the discussion is concurrently entitled, Partly Truth and Partly Fiction, and will be focused around the idea of a “Texas aesthetic.”

Paul Manes has never been one to conform to the artistic trends of the day. His inspirations come mostly from the past – Delacroix, Gerome, Velasquez, Goya and more recently in the work of Kiefer. His sophisticated paint handling allows the artist to be as abstract or realistic as he deems appropriate; the subject matter varies from foreshortened stacks of wood, to cracked and dried dirt-scapes, to WWII airplanes, to still-lives of tumbling bowls and complex fields of gray-scale circles. In each treatment the artist provides the viewer with something new, something unique and something unequivocally “great.”

Manes has had an extensive career since studying at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Hunter College (New York) in 1983. Domestically he has shown cross-country, in museums and galleries alike, including in Los Angeles, New York, Palm Beach, Atlanta, New Orleans, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Internationally, Manes has exhibited in Milan, Monte Carlo, Rome, Paris, Bologna, and Munich, among others. Manes’ work is frequently collected in both the public and private sectors and can be found in the collections of: the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Yoko Ono, and Emeril Lagasse.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: cris@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Sep 062014
 
Two Rocks, Study #2, Chilmark, Massachusetts 1995, archival pigment print, various sizes

Two Rocks, Study #2, Chilmark, Massachusetts 1995, archival pigment print, various sizes

 

David Fokos – Land’s End
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: September 6 – October 4, 2014

David Fokos was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1960 and went on to receive his Bachelor of engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Fokos creates photographs of land and seascapes that evoke tranquility and emanate light with a concentration on capturing the feeling and emotion of a location, rather than documenting precise imagery. At Cornell, Fokos studied Japanese art history, film, and poetry, and, while he does not specifically set out to render traditional haiku concepts in photographic form, there is a noticeable tie-in of Japanese aesthetic tradition evident in the grace, stillness, and simplicity of each piece.

Fokos’ multistep process is compulsory for his product. While many people consider photography a swift medium, Fokos labors over each image and adds only three to four new photographs to his portfolio each year. Fokos solely works with a large-format 8 x 10 Korona View camera from the 1920’s and uses long exposures lasting from 20 seconds to 60 minutes. After developing the film and selecting the best photographs, he then scans the images into his computer and often spends over 100 hours fine-tuning each element. Then, the final selection of works for his portfolio is made.

David Fokos regularly exhibits across the United States and in Japan, Russia, and Switzerland among other countries abroad. His work is frequently published and is also included in the collections of: Banana Republic, Microsoft, Texaco Corporation, McGraw-Hill, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, and the Boise Art Museum, among others.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Jun 282014
 
With Love, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 44 inches

With Love, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 44 inches

Kristen Cliburn – Gaps, Bands and Zigzags
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: June 28 – Aug 2, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of minimalistic paintings by Houston-based artist Kristen Cliburn. Gaps, Bands and Zigzags opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, June 28th from 6 – 8pm and will run through August 2nd, 2014.

Kristen Cliburn’s immaculately executed canvases are visual distillations of the natural world. Cliburn views the work as allusions to the physical world through the “subtle isolation of color and light”. Their deceptively minimal appearance quickly gives way to an intense depth of presence, followed by an unanticipated sensory experience. Requiring the act of “slow seeing” Cliburn’s paintings can be positively transformative, calling on the viewer to stop, be still and contemplate.

Kristen Cliburn received her BFA in Painting at the University of Texas, Austin and her MFA in Painting from the University of Houston. She has participated in over 50 group and solo exhibitions, including several juried shows. Selected jurors include Rock Hushka (Curator of Contemporary & Northwest Art – Tacoma Art Museum), Irene Hofmann (Director & Chief Curator – SITE Santa Fe), Dave Hickey (Independent Art Critic), Larissa Harris (Curator– Queens Museum of Art), Miranda Lash (Curator of Contemporary & Modern Art – New Orleans Museum of Art).

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is -Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: cris@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

May 172014
 

Shadows III Robert Lansden, Shadows III, 2013, gouache and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches

On Your Mark: Opus I
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17th, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: May 17th – June 21st, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce our exhibition, On Your Mark: Opus I, a group show featuring both gallery and guest artists. The exhibition will begin Saturday, May 17th with an opening reception from 6pm – 8pm and will continue thorough June 21st, 2014. The impetus behind On Your Mark: Opus I is to celebrate drawing in its many forms, focusing on the act of mark-making rather than specific mediums or techniques. The work will range from the abstract to the figurative and from the traditional to the unconventional. As each individual artist has a unique signature, On Your Mark will highlight the uniqueness inherent to each artist’s approach to drawing.

Dallas-based Paul Booker will showcase one of his frenetic abstract drawings that mimic the natural movements of air and water, while Celia Eberle has created delicate drawings of antique botanical illustrations that she has painted with her drawn blood. Rusty Scruby will feature one of his new enamel and poplar constructions, like those recently exhibited at the Grace Museum, and Fort Worth-based Anne Allen will produce her latest work directly on the wall for immediate effect.

The exhibition will include work from artists: Anne Allen, Paul Booker, Shannon Cannings, Maysey Craddock, Isabelle du Toit, Celia Eberle, Simeen Farhat, Greta Gundersen, Robert Lansden, Paul Manes, Francisco Moreno, Shayne Murphy, Rusty Scruby, Kelli Vance, and Murielle White.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Apr 052014
 

In Memory 36x24

In Memory, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Kelli Vance – Myth Maker
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: April 5th – May 10th, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce our first solo exhibition of work by Houston-based artist Kelli Vance. Myth Maker opens Saturday, April 5th from 6 – 8pm with an artist’s reception and will run through May 10, 2014. Vance’s painted female figures have the air of a psychological thriller. The women in her paintings are in mysterious yet tense situations, their poses sometimes provocative or suggestive, but there is always an element of the unknown to the scenes created. Vance wants the viewer to become involved in her scenes, to make them feel as though they walked into a room while these events are taking place.

Myth Maker was inspired by Vance’s current living situation, a fourplex apartment building shared by 3 other single women. The old building has created interconnectedness between these women as they can often hear each other through the thin walls, and the aging nature of the building itself creates odd situations that the women share. This living arrangement has interested Vance in how space and circumstance inform the development of identity through a complex web of experiences.

Kelli Vance graduated from the University of Houston with her MFA in 2008. In 2009 her work was selected for a solo exhibition in the Texas Biennial in Austin. Vance’s work has shown across Texas as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Mexico.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.