January 23 - February 19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact
Jules Bekker 404.869.0511
Andrew Saftel, “Green Light Go.”
& “New Abstractions” by Jean Glenn
Opens January 23rd, 2015: Through February 21, 2015
Andrew Saftel began showing in Atlanta in the late 80’s, now after a recent eight year hiatus he is back in Atlanta at TEW Galleries. Jean Glenn has been showing at TEW since 2007.
Both artists work with a strongly abstract bias and great attention to surface but the nature of their art is distinctly different. Saftel uses referential images to weave a series of interrelated narratives through his work. His wood panels are heavily textured, carved and painted and often utilize collage, or constructed elements as integral parts of the work. Glenn’s works are entirely abstract and she mixes impasto paint and finely drawn and painted marks to create often awe-inspiring levels of surface complexity.
Andrew Saftel was raised in Rhode Island and went on to receive a B.F.A. with an emphasis on Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. His career as an artist had taken some fascinating paths; as a very young artist working at a carnival and as a sign painter, then as a printer at the Experimental Workshop in San Francisco. He relocated to Knoxville in the mid-nineteen eighties and set up a studio making paintings on wood panels influenced by the stained and colored woodblocks left after printing at Experimental Workshop. He also began making sculptures influenced both by child art and southern Folk Artists, who were working at their peak in the late nineteen eighties.
His current works are in several different mediums; heavily worked oil and mixed media, often with collage or integrated objects on wood, works on paper that include printed and drawn elements and fiber arts; rugs and wall-hangings, which began as a translation of his drawings and watercolors but have gone on to become an entity all of their own.
Saftel began has had over forty solo exhibitions of his paintings, sculptures, prints and collages in Galleries and Museums across the country. His work is in the collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Tennessee State Museum, the Hunter Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, the Knoxville Convention Center and many private collections.
Jean Glenn’s polychrome abstract paintings are reminiscent of densely populated urban or cellular environments. Her tightly woven marks and complex color combinations form into surfaces both highly detailed & painterly. The viewer’s relationship to these paintings becomes increasingly intense as, on closer approach, the surfaces draw the eye in to an ever tighter contemplation of the work. Glenn’s playful approach to color is one of the most powerful aspects of her work – each piece expresses its individual personality in a play of sympathetic and opposing color combinations to beautiful and sometimes startling effect. Glenn says of her work; “I have always felt strongly attracted to architectural drawings with their precision and straight lines: perfectly defined, tidy and neat. My work reflects this in a strange and circuitous way. It is about community and structure—organization—but mostly, it is all these things coalesced into life and passion. Passion is what stems from the act of painting, the embrace of color and the voluptuousness of the textures.”
Jean Glenn is a native of Atlanta who have exhibited extensively since 2007. She has work in many private collections and in the permanent collection of The Atlanta Contemporary Museum.
Opening reception: 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. Friday January 23rd, 2015
February 27 - March 27
Apriel 23 - 29
To be announced