We are pleased to present the work of New York based artist Austin Power and California based artist Augustus Thompson, in a show entitled NEW PORTRAITS.
Austin Power’s portraits consistently deal with the exploration of relationships through the strikingly subtle use of watercolor as his primary medium. The abstracted portraits are rough, emotional, and incomplete. They preserve and assess his relationships with the people he loves, or has loved, viewing them as reflections of the intimate space between them, Power states, “I cannot know how I am envisioned or experienced by others. I cannot quell that anxiety, but I can visually clarify my own perceptions of those around me.”
Augustus Thompson’s work is like a cinematic rush through the back alley of a young man’s life. He is most widely recognized for his portraits that bleed with mortality, but Thompson also experiments with abstraction when the need arises. Thompson writes, “Whatever happens gets packed into my painting and sculpture; black culture and rhythm, love, being tired and poor, while being privileged and white, interiors by Vuillard. I paint what I can’t articulate.”
Opening Reception for “NEW PORTRAITS” will be held on Thursday July 7th from 7-10 pm at Ed. Varie. Contact the gallery for preview information.