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July 28 - August 20, 2017

Clive & Virginia Pates – "Oil and Dirt"

New paintings and ceramics
Main Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists
Friday, July 28, 2017
7:00-10:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

OIL AND DIRT Artists' Statements

Clive and Virginia Pates create paintings and ceramics that relate on many levels, such as the source material of a common landscape and a richness of color and abstract form. Clive Pates' paintings are a plein air record of the couple's life and travels, and Virginia Pates' ceramics are constructed of the materials that created these landscapes.

Clive and Virginia Pates

Clive and Virginia Pates These works are a window into the creative journeys of two artists who have a shared, intimate understanding of each other’s artistic processes and life experiences. An intimate dialog is evident between their works, and the viewer discerns a reciprocal, subtle conversation.

The sustained creative growth exhibited in each artist's body of work is the reward of such a unique partnership. Although the works are formally, vastly different, there is a continuous thread of gesture, materiality, and evidence of a shared truth.

These works follow the artists' experience over the decade from Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath in Biloxi, Mississippi, through their artistic recovery traveling and working in Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Arizona and Virginia, describing the landscape of light and emotion from which both artists work.

Clive Pates

As a painter, Clive Pates describes himself as a "gesturalist," representing his subject with brush and knife work, sculpturally describing the picture surface with a broad and open mark making process. The paintings are worked over many painting sessions in an extended plein-air format, each work is referenced within a few moments of time. A change in a shadow or colour changes the dynamic of the picture composition, and paintings develop as serial expression of the scene before him. New works are started from the same composition, but the nuance of the light changes, allowing each new work to represent a single point, usually a 15-minute space of time, within the day's cycle.

Worked from life, and rigorous in their depiction of a perceptual reality, the paintings remain detail-less, open and abstract. The paintings are about a process and way of working, but also move beyond process and analysis, and look afresh at a forgotten act of looking. Older concepts of the sublime reference an emotional dialog between knower and known: a meeting point between a positivist universe and a new humanism that seeks again to explore a deeper humanity in art.

Clive Pates' paintings are exhibited internationally, and he has been recognized throughout his career with awards such as a British Fulbright Scholarship, three Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants, two Andy Warhol Foundation Grants, and a Mississippi Artist Fellowship, as well as professional residencies in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Arizona. His work is represented in many private and public collections.
More at CWPates.com

Virginia Pates

Virginia Pates is a contemporary American ceramic artist who creates wheel-thrown and altered forms in a wide variety of clay bodies, often including collected materials from the local environment. Her forms are weighted and re-balanced by inclusions of minerals and fibers, then scalloped and warped before firing with glazes of unexpected combinations of colors and textures.

Virginia Pates also exhibits her work internationally, and has won multiple awards in her field, including grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission, residencies in Arizona and Ireland, and a juried membership in the Artisans Center of Virginia, and selections of her ceramic glaze recipes are published in John Britt's, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes. Her ceramic work was selected for the 2012 International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition, the 2013 Virginia Clay Invitational, and the 2015 NCECA Biennial. and she is currently represented by the Cross-Mackenzie Gallery in Washington, D.C.
More at virginiapates.blogspot.com


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