openings | reviews | artists Abstract artist Mark Villarreal’s new series, Chelsea Bridge, continues his evolving theme of delicate line and quiet application of paint, while also echoing the New York jazz scene of the 1940s and 1950s. He recognizes the strong influence of the Abstract Expressionists in his work, stating, “In the last few years I have developed quite an affinity for the work of Arshile Gorky. I am intrigued by how feminine his work is when compared to the swagger of his contemporaries.” Villarreal’s recent trip to Italy, too, played a large part in this new body of work—after viewing the Italian Renaissance masters, he feels his unique and individual vocabulary of abstraction has been taken to another level. Formally educated at the Kansas City Art Institute, Villarreal now lives in Boulder, Colorado, and serves on the Boulder Arts Commission. His works are included in numerous private and corporate collections, and can be viewed at the United Airlines Concourse in the Denver International Airport, where he collaborated with another artist on a four-year public art commission.—Amanda Jackson Chelsea Bridge The Globe Gallery 727 Canyon globefineart.com September 2–29 Reception September 2, 5–7 pm
Mark Villareal Well You Needn’t oil on panel 42 x 30"
August 25, 2016 NOW 11