Roger Brown Bonsai # 5 (Bunjing) 1997 oil on canvas 72" x 48" kavigupta.com
Roger Brown had one of the most recognizable styles of the Chicago Imagist group. His utopian/dystopian scenes of the world were and continue to be icons of a great imagination and insight into the human condition. His painting skills were off the charts. Gone way too early.
Holly Coulis Large Lemon, Stripes, Knives 2017 oil on linen 24.13" x 30.13" cherryandmartin.com
Holly Coulis' new paintings at Cherry and Martin are exquisite in their execution. The artist has a way of handling oil paint that goes beyond craftsmanship and takes it to the sublime. The delicate line work and subtle modulation of color within the shapes she chooses takes the narrative to another space altogether. The work reminds me a bit of Trevor Winkfield's, but instead of symbols she chooses the every day items one would encounter in the kitchen, garden or other elements of domesticity. Like Morandi, she infuses the every day with a charm and almost mystical quality.