CURRENT EXHIBIT

JAMES BLAKE

DRAWINGS


May 1, 2010 - June 19, 2010

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
Saturday, May 1, 2010; 6-8p.m.



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Sequoias in Mendocino County
James Blake
Sequoias in Mendocino County; 2009
Ink on Paper
13 1/2 x 20 inches

An exhibition of drawings, many of them recent, by acclaimed Fort Worth artist James Blake will be on display May 1-June 19 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The showwill include sixty-five drawings featuring scenes of nature and everyday life, largely inspired by the artist's travels Agios Sostis across the United States and to France, Italy, Greece, and other international locations. Of particular note are Blake's tree drawings, which capture the physical and psychological essence of the woody plants-a result of the artist's lifelong passion for the subject matter in concert with his unwavering attention to detail.

In the catalogue essay for the exhibition, Suzanne Deats writes: "[Blake's] art, in its purity of form, speaks equally to the traditional spirit and the modern mind." The artist accomplishes such a feat by infusing naturalistic technique with modernist subject matter, at times accompanied by traces of conceptualism. Not just technically astounding, the drawings also emit a sense of atmosphere by way of Blake's careful mark making, whether hot or cold, still or kinetic, bucolic or urban. Scenes of French cafés, Greek shorelines, and Italian tree groves all attract the viewer's eye with an arresting sense of place and time.

Some of the most intriguing drawings in the collection are those of Blake's trees. Routinely focusing on the trunk or bark of the tree, Buzzard Oak the artist strives to reveal its "true character." Many believe that trees absorb the spiritual energy that surrounds them, casting them as visual representations of history. Blake's aged, wizened trees have endured centuries (even millenia) of natural evolution and human encroachment, collecting and reflecting back this history in their appearance and stature. The artist remarks that the trees are "constantly evolving," as evidenced through their splitting, swelling, and slowly turning inside out. And he labors extensively to capture this evolution through every crag, wrinkle, dent, and bump, merging thousands of individualized details into a comprehensive whole. Just as he presents each tree at one point in time, so too does he manage to convey the passage of time and the character it builds through the ages.

Regarding Blake's work, former Kimbell Art Museum director, the late Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury once wrote: "With an austere but variegated palette, augmented by the discipline of a consummate draftsman who wants every nuance of structure and texture revealed to the viewer, James Blake's work celebrates the transformation of experiences through the magic of an affectionate brush and pen." This new exhibition of his drawings exemplifies Pillsbury's sentiments as it brings to life the artist's unique viewpoint, welcoming audiences to take a visual and conceptual journey through his world.

Brasserie
James Blake
Brasserie

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Long established in the Fort Worth community, James Blake has been making art for more than five decades. After graduating from the Los Angeles Art Center School and abandoning his pursuit to become a commercial illustrator in New York City, Blake returned to Fort Worth and began making art full time. He was soon discovered by redoubtable gallery owner Electra Carlin, who represented him for nearly twenty-five years. Throughout his career, Blake has exhibited work locally in Fort Worth and Dallas, and internationally in Paris, among other venues. In 2006, he was chosen to design the official Christmas card for President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

Having spent much of his life in Europe and traveling abroad, James Blake is credited with bringing a greater appreciation of international art movements and styles to Fort Worth.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.




Previous Exhibitions

 CECIL TOUCHON - THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: March 27, 2010 - April 24, 2010

 RANDALL REID - IN TIMES PAST: January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

 BILLY HASSELL - TANGLE: December 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - PIECES OF SPACE: October 24 -November 28, 2009

 J.T. GRANT - THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE: September 5 - October 17, 2009

 SEVAN MELIKYAN, JEFF MUELLER, and SHAWN WALLIS - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: September 6 - October 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: June 21 - August 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566, FAX: (817) 737-5466
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday


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