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2015 Exhibition Schedule

Rhythm and Hues
Group Exhibition

 Text Box: Who: Gallery Artists What: Exhibition of painting and sculpture When: May 22nd 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, 22 May,  5-7 pm. Where: Karan Ruhlen Gallery,  225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Curriculum Vitae online www.karanruhlen.com SANTA FE, NM. Karan Ruhlen Gallery presents a group exhibition Rhythm and Hues in conjunction with Santa Fe 2015 “Summer of Color”.

Upon entering Karan Ruhlen Gallery visitors are instantly enveloped in color with a harmonic rhythm of hues and tones that visually guide you through the sunlit space.

The artists of Karan Ruhlen Gallery are known for their color sensibility and its relationship to nature. Each is diverse in their approach and interpretation of color. The artists have their own unique signature and surface quality.

One is immediately engaged by the vibrant blues and golds that transform Pauline Ziegen’s classic landscapes into a contemporary treasure before moving on to the floral-like imagery on canvases of Daniel Phill that combine every color under the sun.

Nature’s palette is well represented with the Southwest landscape oil canvases of Martha Mans and the smaller, delightful watercolors by both Mans and Elaine Holien. Also creating from nature’s more muted palette are the artists Kurt Meer and Stephen Pentak with their atmospheric paintings that focus on sky and water.

Visitors are drawn to Jinni Thomas’ lush palette and rhythmic imagery with surfaces that are expressive of her interpretation of beauty. Equally engaging are Mary Long’s encaustic paintings that combine wax and pigment to create her unique geometric abstractions and colorful tactile surfaces.

Kevin Tolman’s paintings on canvas and paper are always a crowd-pleaser with his rich colors and playful imagery. Likewise, the viewer’s imagination is consistently stimulated by the mixed-media abstracts of Martha Rea Baker created by the painting process of adding, subtraction and editing.

The major element of movement in Sally Hepler’s bronze sculpture and Bret Price’s colorful ribbons of steel bands makes these works the perfect three-dimensional compliment to the installed paintings and provides a rich and harmonious balance to the intimate setting of Karan Ruhlen Gallery.

 

June 5 Recent Works: Bret Price • Kevin Tolman

Recent Works: Abstractions of Color and Line
Bret Price and Kevin Tolman

 

SANTA FE, NM.  Karan Ruhlen Gallery kicks off the 2015 art season with an exhibition featuring New Mexico abstract painter Kevin Tolman and California sculptor Bret Price. Their abstract work uses a visual language of form, color and line.

Since 1979, Bret Price has built heating chambers around large pieces of steel, applying intense heat to manipulate metal to create a sense of softness. “The variables of intense heat, size and shape of the raw material produce a wide range of results; from the quiet simplicity of a single pipe bend to the rhythmic complexity that emerges from folding a section of structural steel. “A degree of unpredictability is always present, which tends to tease one’s curiosity and lend energy,” says Price. The show will feature Price’s recent series of work composed of bands of stainless steel joined together in unexpected ways. The shaped rings and bands are welded together to form elegant abstraction in brilliant colors. 
Text Box: Who: Kevin Tolman paintings and Bret Price sculpture What: Exhibition of paintings and sculpture When: June 5th - 20th, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 5-7 pm. Where: Karan Ruhlen Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Visuals & Curriculum Vitae online at Text Box: www.karanruhlen.comEducated at Pomona College and Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Price received his MFA from the California Institute of Arts. He has exhibited in distinguished galleries from New York to Hawaii and his work is in the collections of the Dayton Art Institute in OH, the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in CA and the Toyota Corporation in Chicago, IL. He maintains studios in Southern California and Ohio for his large-scale pieces.

Albuquerque artist Kevin Tolman identifies with the principles and techniques of Modern Abstraction, but also relishes the ambiguity. He continues to produce inspiring, epic and intimate works. Some appear to be amplified organic forms, while others are cadenced arrangements of linear and geometric shapes. He builds rich mixed-media abstract surfaces with gestural layers of vibrant acrylic that he applies scratching, scraping and drawing along the way. Many aspects from these under-paintings are revealed or obscured as the paintings progress. Tolman’s abstract imagery creates a tension between the illusion of spatial depth and surface paint that is utterly compelling.

It is, he admits, a pursuit of serendipity.  “I see our world as being very cyclical, random patterned, and profuse in nature.  It is also an incredibly layered and thickly complex place that I find interesting and exquisitely beautiful.  My visual experience is something I obviously can’t help but bring to my work.”

Tolman’s most recent visual influence was stimulated during an extended stay in Portugal that included an artist residency at the Foundation OBRAS. Portugal is very much about patterns and natural layers with a distinct layering of the deep historical past everywhere one looks. Tolman says that “This idea of a layering of nature over civilization, and a seemingly tenuous balance struck between what is manmade and what nature can so quickly take back, was a particularly strong influence on the recent works.”

Born in Michigan, Tolman is a graduate of Detroit’s Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts.  In 1981 he moved to the Ramah Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and six years later built an expansive, high-ceilinged studio in a quiet agricultural barrio hidden in Albuquerque’s North Valley, close to the Rio Grande.  Tolman has exhibited his work for over forty years, and is represented in many private, public and corporate collections, both in the U.S. and abroad.

 

August 21 The Nature of Color: Group Exhibition

The Nature of Color
Group Exhibition

 

SANTA FE, NM. Karan Ruhlen Gallery presents a group exhibition The Nature of Color in conjunction with Santa Fe 2015 “Summer of Color”.

The artists of Karan Ruhlen Gallery are known for their color sensibility and its relationship to nature. Each is diverse in their approach and interpretation of color. The artists have their own unique signature and surface quality.

Text Box: Who: Gallery Artists What: Exhibition of painting and sculpture When: August 21st – 31st, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, 21 August,  5-7 pm. Where: Karan Ruhlen Gallery,  225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Curriculum Vitae online www.karanruhlen.com One is immediately engaged by the vibrant blues and golds that transform Pauline Ziegen’s classic landscapes into a contemporary treasure before moving on to the floral-like imagery of Daniel Phil that combine every color under the sun.

Nature’s palette is well represented with the Southwest landscape oil canvases of Martha Mans and the smaller watercolors by both Mans and Elaine Holien. Also creating from nature’s more muted palette are the artists Kurt Meer and Stephen Pendak with their atmospheric paintings that focus on sky and water.

Visitors are drawn to Mary Long’s encaustic paintings that combine wax and pigment to create her unique geometric abstractions and colorful tactile surfaces.  Jinni Thomas’ lush palette and rhythmic imagery with surfaces that are expressive of her interpretation of beauty are equally engaging.

Kevin Tolman’s paintings on canvas and paper are always a crowd-pleaser with his rich colors and playful imagery. Likewise, the viewer’s imagination is consistently stimulated by the mixed-media abstracts of Martha Rea Baker created by the painting process of adding, subtraction and editing.

The major element of movement in Sally Hepler’s bronze sculpture and Bret Price’s colorful ribbons of steel bands make their work the perfect three-dimensional compliment to the paintings.

Featured artists:
Painters: Martha Rea Baker, Elaine Holien, Mary Long, Martha Mans, Kurt Meer, Stephen Pentak, Daniel Phill, Jinni Thomas, Kevin Tolman, Pauline Ziegen
Sculpture: Sally Hepler and Bret Price

 


Sept. 11 Conversations on Abstraction
Martha Rea Baker • Mary Long • Daniel Phill

Oct. 16 The Landscape: Classical to Modern
Martha Mans • Kurt Meer • Stephen Pentak
Pauline Ziegen

 

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