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Current Exhibition:


Blast Wave

 New Paintings


Blast, Oil on canvas, 62 x 90 inches, 2013


Exhibition Dates:  February 20 – April 03, 2015

Artist’s Reception:  Friday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Carl Hammer Gallery welcomes back Grace Graupe Pillard for her second one person showing here.  In Blast Wave, the artist skillfully combines elements of both beauty and horror into her paintings.  Images that have been scavenged out of newsprint photos are transformed into large scale, frighteningly powerful, minimally recognizable abstractions of forces both terrible and glorious in their beholding.  When closely approaching the work, Graupe Pillard’s paintings seductively combine color, shapes and forms, bringing all elements together as a camouflage or a jigsaw puzzle abstraction. Yet, stepping away, with all the pixels falling into place, we focus, instead, on a tragic and terrible scene of power out of control, destructively threatening, yet so beautiful.  There is a perception of evil here, a personification combined with the artist’s painterly adroitness, equating to one’s encounter of a raging fire devouring a building or an immense stand of trees.  At the same time while recognizing its devastation, one cannot avoid admitting to its beauty.

More Images from the Exhibition:


Next Exhibition


 A Collection for Zopilote


Exhibition Dates:  April 10 – May 16, 2015

Artist’s Reception:  Friday, April 10, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Artist Lecture/Discussion:  Saturday, April 11, 2:00 P.M. 

Undercurrents, Oil on panel, 46 x 46 inches, 2015

Irene Hardwicke Olivieri’s idiosyncratic, curiously complex paintings explore the subterranean aspects of life—love and relationships, secrets and obsessions—all the while opening a window to the mysterious workshop of nature. A Collection for Zopilote presents a lively array of the artist’s work: new paintings joining together with earlier work in a vibrant salon style exhibition.

 Having lived off the grid for the past ten years in the high desert of Oregon embedded in nature, the artist will be creating an installation capturing the essence of her western working environment. Closer to Wildness, a new book of Irene’s paintings, will be available. 

More Images from the Exhibition


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