Gage Opdenbrouw, James Bland and Sandy Ostrau
The John Natsoulas Gallery is pleased to announce three figurative exhibitions; Gage Opdenbrouw, James Bland and Sandy Ostrau. The exhibition will run from September 27th-October 28th, 2017. There will be an opening reception on October 6th from 7-9pm.
John Natsoulas Gallery 521 First Street Davis, CA 95616
This exhibition covers three different perspectives on painting the figure with a huge emphasis on the interior. Gage Opdenbrouw’s paintings of landscapes and figures are quite intriguing as his imagery is paintings from old photographs, and they almost have a spooky feeling like an old haunted house when you look at them. He usually abstracts the heads to such a point you can’t make out who they are. His landscape abstraction is quite beautiful and his understanding of painting cityscapes in unparalleled. Gage Opdenbrouw was the artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2005 and won an award for Best Emerging Artist in Painting from Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Whereas, Sandy Ostrau is completely abstracted her figures and landscapes. She uses paint to create her abstractions along the lines of many of the great loose abstract painters but, she makes her marks to create abstracted figures and landscapes. She would be considered a minimal figurative painter. Her work is made by pushing paint around and somehow she maintains the ability to keep the work to look like figures or landscape. Using only 6-7 brushstrokes she can communicate this. There is something beautiful about the minimal abstraction she does. Ostrau is the recipient of the 2012 Triton Museum, Statewide Painting Competition, Honorable Mention Award.
James Bland on the other hand is a traditional British painter who was trained academically, and was the 1st prize winner of the Winsor & Newton oil painters award in 2013. His work is all about the figure. He creates movement, ambience and yet, by the body language one can’t tell what is happening which is something most painters cannot communicate. James Bland is absolutely creating a whole different type of energy. His figures indicate mood, arguments, tensions and feelings in a room with usually one or more people. These figures are always about the human condition, they are eating, at a table or are involved with some sort of activity. Even his single figures have motion and have an amazing energy. All his work is done in the interior, in a contemporary setting. Bland is a master at interpreting human emotion and feeling. Much of his work is displayed with a sensibility of no understanding what the people are doing in the images and the viewer is left to try to figure out what is going on.