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Larry Leach: Sublime Light

April 27, 2017

The Art Store is pleased to present Larry Leach: Sublime Light, a solo exhibition of new paintings by artist, Larry Leach. The exhibition will open on Saturday, May 13, 2017, with a reception from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., featuring an artist talk by Leach at 6:30 p.m. The show will run through FestivAll and end June 30, 2017.

Leach received his Masters of Fine Art in painting from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He was a tenured professor for the LSU system in the 1980’s and taught at Lamar University in the early 1990’s. He has had numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the country. His work has been collected and commissioned widely by private, public and corporate collectors, as well as governmental agencies. He currently lives and works at his studio in rural Georgia near Savannah.

In his most recent body of work, utilizing the atmospheric texture of oil paint, Leach presents striking views of the first strong light of dawn to the last strong rays of sunset which rake across the landscape. Many of the paintings draw upon the sky, ocean, beach and grasses, presenting the horizontal and vertical movements of reflecting light and shadow. These vistas are not peopled; there is no indication of the human touch except for the occasional dirt road. Of this work Leach shares, “I tend to work in series of a particular scene. This began when I spent a week camping with my two sons in the 1990's on Padre Island off the coast of Texas and I would do a few watercolors each day. These sketches were the basic images for the development of the series… studying [the] changing light on the landscape.”

Leach’s painting develops with lamination of oil glazes through addition and subtraction. He works with color to achieve a dynamic between the positive and negative spaces of the painting. The push and pull of overlays of warm and cool color creates a space that visually bounces. He blurs color edges, scrapes the canvas, and reapplies color in layers of warm and cool to achieve a desired and recognizable visual and tactile textural surface that is reminiscent of some of Cezanne’s works.

The exhibition continues through June 30 at The Art Store, located in the Downtown District of Charleston, West Virginia, at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5:30; Saturday 10– 5 and anytime by appointment. For further information please call 304-345-1038 or visit the Larry Leach: Sublime Light exhibition online here.



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