Magical, Mystical, Fantastical
Craig Rubadoux has been described as a “Sarasota master," and his mastery of figure and form, composition and gesture are plain to see in every work.
The exhibit was curated by Mark Ormond.
March 2 - 31, 2018
March 2, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m
Craig Rubadoux has been described as a “Sarasota master," and his mastery of figure and form, composition and gesture are plain to see in every work. His paintings are intensely personal glimpses into particular emotions, and he frequently speaks of his work as a journal. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux focuses on line, color, and spatial relationships. While the subject matter varies, it embodies the artist's personal conception of the world and his feelings and responses to that world. His art is included in many public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and The Ringling.
Rubadoux says his work can be inspired by “a poem, imagination, music, memory. The inspiration could be a walk in nature, wild things I've seen in zoos. As a child growing up in Sarasota, the circus had a profound impact on me. Clowns, acrobats, animals. It's all lurking back there in my mind somewhere. There's a process of mental alchemy that could take days or decades. But what goes in must come out. All the things I've experienced eventually emerge on canvas. It works like that, but you have to trust it and never rush it. You can't force the process!”
Mark Ormond, the curator of this exhibit, says that Rubadoux’s approach is unique. “It’s neither pure realism nor pure abstraction,” he says. “He has, since the beginning of his career, which began in the early 1960s, fused his ideas about drawing and painting. He references both surrealist automatic drawing and biomorphic figuration. Through Rubadoux’s coordination of hand and eye responding to his creative intuition, we experience his depth of introspection, breadth of perception and height of achievement in expressive inventiveness.”
"It takes only a glance to recognize a Rubadoux creation," says Sheila Moore, the director of Allyn Gallup Contemporary. "His style is inimitable and unmistakable."
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since then, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists.