MEMPHIS, TN – April 12, 2019 – Serene landscapes by Burton Callicott and Emily Leonard’s second solo show “Soft Landing” take the walls May 7-June 6 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.
The exhibition opening is 6-8 p.m. May 10. Leonard will conduct an artist talk is 11 a.m. June 1.
Callicott led an influential career in Memphis as an accomplished artist and educator who inspired generations of creativity. His lifelong exploration of light and shadow and contemplative search for beauty is seen in transcendental paintings and drawings in a variety of styles. Callicott’s moon and sunrises and landscape paintings express his skill for color and light. His sources for these paintings include planes, clearing storm clouds and the way the sun and the moon mark the passing of time.
Callicott’s works have been exhibited at various museums across the state and region, including the Cheekwood Museum of Art and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Samples of his artwork are on permanent display at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.
Leonard’s “Soft Landing” consists of floral oil paintings that walk a fine line between abstraction and representation. Painting on both paper and panel, Leonard generates a delicate balance of light and dark, transparent and opaque.
The work develops from both a planned color palette and an intuitive process of layering transparent glazes, gestural lines and brush work. For Leonard, a solid color palette at the start leaves room for more freedom and impulse during the painting phase. Each layer plays a role in Leonard’s refined ritual of slowly breaking down the true form of her subject.
Leonard received her BFA from Furman University. Leonard has been published in magazines and catalogues including Garden and Gun, Southern Living and Studio Visit by Open Studios Press. She has participated in exhibitions across the United States and in residency programs at the Alfred and Tratford Klots Foundation in Brittany, France and the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Her paintings are included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Tennessee State Museum, the Nashville Courthouse, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, and UBS, Nashville.
For more information or visuals, contact Lees Romano at 901-767-3800 or email@example.com.
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