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Alexis Portilla: Particles

Causey Contemporary
92 Wythe Avenue, 718.218.8939
Williamburg
November 11 - December 11, 2011
Reception: Friday, November 11, 6 - 9 PM
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Causey Contemporary is pleased to present the opening of their November exhibition, Particles by Alexis Portilla. Mr. Portilla will be exhibiting his newest series of lusciously hued, abstract oil paintings. Particles will mark Mr. Portilla’s fourth solo show with the gallery, and will run from November 11 – December 11, 2011 at the gallery’s Williamsburg Brooklyn location – 92 Wythe Avenue near the corner of N. 11 Street. A public reception will be held with the artist on Friday November 11th from 6 – 9 p.m as part of the Williamsburg Every 2nd Fridays.

Alexis states that he is always searching for the dominant characteristics or the basic identity for a new body of work. The vocabulary of shapes and images within his memory are a guide to begin all new work. Regardless of media or perceived subject matter, this approach allows him to gain access to the underlying architecture of a painting. Sometimes he explores atmosphere and color with minimal imagery, other times he uses line and deeply layered mark making. For Alexis, his goal is not to focus on any one mode in a particular body of work, but to let the natural development of the piece describe the interplay between all modes of visual expression.

New York City based painter Alexis Portilla was born in Mexico City in 1965. Alexis Portilla’s one-person exhibitions include Art 4 Love Gallery (2006), Domo Gallery in Summit, NJ (2004), Simon Gallery in Morristown, NJ (2000) and three solo exhibitions at Causey Contemporary since 2005. In addition to a two-person exhibition in 2003 at the Memory Gallery in Central Hong Kong, Alexis Portilla has shown in numerous group exhibitions in New York and Atlanta. His work is in the private and corporate art collections of over 250 individuals and institutions including Cantor Fitzgerald, The New York Public Library, and Penn State University. He holds a MFA from Columbia University as well as a BFA from the Pratt Institute. In 2008, he was reviewed in ARTnews magazine

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