Little Rock artist Angela Davis Johnson, whose painting “The Gathering: From Childhood to Reality” was accepted into the annual Delta Exhibition that opens June 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center, read the previous post here on Arkansas works in the Delta and sent along an image of her painting.
Digital images are never as satisfying as the real thing, so that means you’ll need to head to the Arts Center to see the real work, which Johnson said is the centerpiece to her “Grace Beneath the Floating World” series.
Brian Rutenberg, an abstract expressionist, was the juror for the show. Here’s a description of his work from his website, which mentions that, like Johnson, his childhood plays a role in his work, though he is inspired by landscape and she by family.
Brian Rutenberg´s paintings reinvigorate and revitalize the medium. Raised in the South Carolina lowlands, Rutenberg has lived and worked in New York for the past 20 years. His work elicits a profoundly visceral experience as he reinvests abstraction with a sense of spirituality. Influenced by the music of Glenn Gould and Celtic culture, as well as the painters Joan Mitchell and Hans Hofmann, Rutenberg draws on the landscape that he remembers from childhood, growing up between Pawley´s Island and Charleston, where the rivers and lakes join the ocean. The landscape, complex in its layers, has guided Rutenberg´s approach to composition and color. This volume is the first comprehensive presentation of his work.