April 2 – May 1, 2010
Opening Reception on Friday, April 2 from 7 – 10 pm
David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
The David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to announce ‘New Works’ by Oliver Vernon as its third exhibition of the 2010 Season. This exhibition marks Vernon’s return to acrylic on canvas and wood after a year of working with gouache on paper. It is the first body of work created in his new studio in Oakland, California after a decade of living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Vernon’s new pieces build on the very best of the artist’s style and approach to painting. Please join us on Friday, April 2nd, from 7 pm to 10pm, for an opening reception and a first look at Oliver Vernon’s ‘New Works’. The exhibition runs through May 1st.
Vernon’s paintings have themes of freedom, creation, rebuilding, and unbounded expression. His explosive use of color and form combines organic, geometric, cosmological and cultural elements in an intelligent way to create designs with high energy, strong movement and action working on multiple planes of space. The bold elements and dense colors formulate Vernon’s signature approach – a highly personal and conceptual direction that references wide segments of cultural production, including Native American art forms, contemporary Japanese graphic design, 20th century Surrealism, and New York School abstract painting. Vernon pulls these elemental forces together imposing a human design on cosmic explosions, challenging us intellectually to comprehend the underlying complex connections and relationships within the moving pieces.
‘New Works’ contains multiple gems that are substantial statements of Vernon’s colorful vision. Vernon’s paintings allow the imagination to take hold. The more the viewer looks at one of his paintings, the more the shapes move and expand to challenge the confines of the panel or canvas. The energy and fluidity of movement evident in Vernon’s imagery produces a dynamism that is exciting for both the mind and the eyes.
Oliver Vernon was born in New York in 1972. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1995, and currently works and lives Oakland, California. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, as well as in a number of international art fairs. Vernon’s work is in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.