Opening Reception and Artist meet & greet: Feb 24 5-9pm
530 Burns Gallery is pleased to present, “Captivating Spaces: Details in Architecture.” The show features fine oil painter Jonathan Ralston and photographer Cliff Roles. It will run from February 24th through March 6.th The opening reception will be held February 24th from 5pm to 9pm with an artist meet and greet!
The inspiration for this show comes from an idea presented by Bernard Maybeck: “architecture is the handwriting of man.” Whether the ruins of an old catacomb or the iconic Ringling Bridge, each piece of architecture holds a rich history and unique story. By selecting a detail of a particular building, Ralston is able to focus on the present details and capture the mystery comprised of the varying crevasses. Additionally, the photography of Cliff Roles highlights the romanticism that weaves its way through Sarasota. The juxtaposition of oil painting to photography shows how artists view the world varying ways.
Artist Jonathan Ralston works with architectural references from all over the world. He is fascinated by the bonds that we have with our surroundings. Ralston continuously explores our interactions with architecture, both classical and modern structures, looking at how our own emotions influence our responses. “I try and distill from the architectural scene a small section which to me defines the whole space. It is these cropped sections that hold the emotional content.”
Through many thin layers of oil paint, Ralston pays homage to the Dutch and Flemish masters, especially Rembrandt, who could spend up to five years developing a painting, allowing the image to emerge slowly. Travel abroad has allowed him to explore these spaces personally and allow their unique and individual moods to dictate the paintings.
Join us for light refreshments and an artist meet and greet February 24th from 5pm-9pm.