April 17 – May 24, 2008
Sears-Peyton Gallery is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition of oil paintings by New York artist Isabel Bigelow.
Before studying art, Bigelow was a comparative religion student at Harvard. Her scholarly exploration of spirituality continues in these works that capture the divine in nature. Their stark simplicity has a monastic quality; the landscapes have been stripped bare of indulgent details in order to promote a simple sense of reverence for the beauty of our earthly habitat.
Portals into a world of organic bliss, Bigelow’s works transport us into a landscape that is at once familiar and ethereal, as if we are looking at our world through a sheer muslin veil that turns trees into illuminated shadows and the sky into a vaporous abyss.
The gossamer texture that permeates Bigelow’s shadowy forms makes them buzz with enlightened energy. To create this surface quality, the artist begins by applying viscous gesso to the untreated panel in a crisscrossing series of strokes. The oil paint that she later layers over the gesso seeps and melts into every groove of the brushed surface, creating this diaphanous effect.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 -6, Saturday, 11- 6
Isabel Bigelow, New Works
Apr 17 – May 24, 2008