Expressions of the '70s:
Dick Wray, Earl Staley, and Contemporaries
January 30 – May 1, 2021
At the onset of the 1970s, Houston was a city on the cusp of exploding growth and change. It was in this setting, during the boom years of the 1970s, that Houston’s art scene rose to such national prominence that art insiders spoke of the rise of a regional “Houston School” – uniquely different from the art meccas of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
A common spirit wove together many of the city’s artists, who frequently took risks in their art. They knew that nobody was looking over their shoulders and they employed this freedom to explore styles and themes using their dynamic, raw, and creative energy. Expressions of the '70s highlights several of these remarkable artists whose careers were active during this time in Houston.
Dick Wray, Untitled, n.d., oil on canvas, 68” x 84”
Orchestrated Dance of Ink & Water
Rebecca Cole Gallery
January 30 – May 1, 2021
Orchestrated Dance of Ink & Water features the work of Houston watercolor artist Peihong Endris. Rooted in Chinese traditions, Peihong paints with a vigorous style to create artwork that carries profound messages.
Born in China in 1959, Peihong graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1993 and served as an art editor for the Beijing Review. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally in China, South Korea, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as stateside in California and throughout Texas. Peihong moved to the United States in 1999 and currently resides in Houston, where she has led workshops on Chinese ink art at institutions including the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Watercolor Art Society-Houston, Rice University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Jung Center.
Peihong Endris, After Rain, 2019, watercolor, 27” x 18”
Holly Hunter Berry:
The Illuminated Path
Hillery Community Gallery
January 30 – March 6, 2021
The Illuminated Path showcases abstract landscape paintings from Houston-area artist Holly Hunter Berry. Using acrylic paint and various styles of brushwork, the artist captures hopeful impressions of the natural world.
Berry "creates order out of chaos" by slowly carving out a scene with alternating transparent and opaque applications of paint. With her work she strives to create a message of beauty, hope and divine inspiration with her choices of color, patterns, and subject matter.
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