Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Featured Artist: Joan Belmar

Have you seen Chilean-born Joan Belmar's Work??
You can find some of his 3 dimensional paintings at the Nevin Kelly Gallery.

In his artist statement, Belmar states, "A constant in my art has been the importance of circles be they mandalas, the circle of life, or portholes through which we see both others and our inner selves. During the last 2 years, I have been experimenting with the properties of modern materials, such as plastic, acetate, polycarbonate, Mylar, and glass. I have also been experimenting with photography, light and the sculptural qualities of some elements."

Joan Belmar, “Red”, 2008, mixed media on masonite, 32” x 41”

Joan Belmar, “Becoming Green and Blue”, 2008, mixed media on masonite, 41” x 32”

The multi-layered pieces are intended to reflect the dual layers of life as Belmar so beautifully expresses:

“My current work explores the conflict on the one hand between the external, structured world in which we all live and are measured and evaluated. But that is only one layer of our lives. On a deeper layer resides our internal, fluid selves, where emotions may be undisciplined and cannot be easily charted. But this is also where the yearning for the connection with independence, freedom and closeness to nature is most purely expressed.”
Source: Nevin Kelly Gallery Blog

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1400 Irving Street, NW, #132
Washington, DC 20010
P: 202.232.3464

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