Color and Form
The exhibit was curated by Mark Ormond.
April 7 - 29, 2017
April 7, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m
This exhibition will include richly textured and integratedly colorful paintings from two series by George Pappas and a variety of new paintings from numerous series by Tom Garbosky. “The work of the two artists share a passion for a complexity in visual expression that stimulates the mind to discovery,” says Ormnd. “George Pappas invites the viewer to unlock the key to the visual references in his work. Grabosky’s experiments with color and composition challenge the viewer to contemplate their own relationship with form and different colors.”
An educator and artist for more than 40 years, George Pappas was chair of the Department of Art at the University of South Florida and has taught at Northern Iowa University and Penn State University. His paintings have been exhibited in more than 150 juried exhibitions, including at the Corcoran Biennial, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pappas has participated in more than 60 exhibitions in museums and galleries. His paintings are usually developed around a theme or concept, which evolves into a series of related works. Series include landscapes, domestic relationships, archeological sites, crime scenes and barriers, and literature. In this exhibit, Pappas will show works that center around common sayings.
Tom Grabosky's work has been described as "wildly imaginative and highly innovative.” The artist lived and worked in Boston for nearly 30 years before moving to Florida in 2001. In 1967, he began a series of large-scale pencil drawings that captured the attention of well-known collector John D. Merriam. For the next 27 years, the artist worked under the patronage of Merriam, creating a series of 156 drawings, all of which are now in the permanent collection at the Wiggen Gallery in the Boston Public Library. "Rust and Rain," a mixed-media on a panel, combines a sunset-colored palette with a geometric pattern. The combination of radiant color and areas of irregular form and line, lend an extra dimension. More recently, Grabosky has been incorporating photography, painting, drawing and collage into abstract mixed-media pieces. "I feel that a work of art should not need to be explained or rationalized, but should affect the viewer by its power and presence," says Grabosky.
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.