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BEAUTY AND IMPERFECTION
“I believe that beauty is infused with imperfection and seek to express this theme in my art. I also want my works to invite the observer to move through them with their own emotions and sensibilities, and to realize that art need not be confined within the boundaries of a canvas. Translating these ideas into the form of my works, with the emotions they evoke, involves a process I use of layering stitched fabric and paint taking months.
My early, more traditional works in oil and acrylic on canvas enabled me to experiment with three-dimensional layering of pigment using wax. However, I began to gain greater dimensionality and volume by the addition of sculptured and sewn fabric. In this process I discovered that commercially available art canvas was not suitable for this technique, and substituted linen.
I begin a work by pinning large abstract pieces of burlap to indicate the major forms, which are than sewn to the linen when I am satisfied with the composition. I then add paint and fabric in layers, which are continually changed. This construction and deconstruction continues until the work expresses my vision.”
For Immediate Release
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: UNIQUE PAINTINGS OF BEAUTY AND IMPERFECTION IN NEW ART SHOW
OCTOBER 12 – OCTOBER 20, 2018
STEPHANIE’S ART GALLERY
466 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
A new solo exhibition of unique figurative paintings by Loretta Tearney Warner opens October 12 at Stephanie’s Art Gallery. The exhibition will run through October 20 and will feature her recent work in fabric and paint and her earlier works in oil and acrylic on canvas. The artist will be present at the opening reception on Friday, October 12 from 6 to 9pm.
About her work, Tearney Warner says she believes beauty is infused with imperfection, a theme she seeks to express in her art. She explains that her earlier more traditional works in oil and acrylic on canvas allowed her to experiment with three-dimensional layering of pigment using wax which evolved into the greater dimensionality and volume of using sculptured and sewn fabric. She also says that she wants her works to invite the observer to move through them with their own emotions and sensibilities and to realize that art need not be confined within the boundaries of a canvas.
Unlike many artists, Tearney Warner began her artistic career later in her life. She was one of nine children, raised in Tucson, Arizona by her father. Her parents were both from farming and ranching families in Iowa and South Dakota, families that prized and ingrained hard work, resourcefulness and perseverance.
At an early age she and her sisters were taught by an aunt to sew their own clothes and mend clothes for their brothers, and to use materials at hand to make numerous useful things. Sewing exposed her to many types of fabrics, their different properties and textures. That exposure remained with her as she grew into adulthood, when she continued to make things from a myriad of materials, including designer clothes and everyday items. Her facility and creativity in working with these materials led some to say “she could make something beautiful from nothing.” These beginnings are reflected in the artist’s works.
Tearney Warner explains that the process by which she combines fabric and paint also facilitates change in her creation, a very important value in her working technique. For her, making art is a process of experimentation. She almost always begins with a clear image, and sometimes that clarity remains. But often she tries to lose that clarity, finding a new statement of the original. Arriving at that new statement gives her the truest sense of her expression in a mosaic of materials converging to express deep emotions.
Tearney Warner has exhibited at various galleries in Southern California and Arizona, at the Los Angeles Fine Art Show and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Stephanie’s Art Gallery is located at 466 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 – 6 and Saturday 10:30AM – 5PM. For additional information please contact Linda Stepanian: 818.790.4905; firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.stephaniesgallery.com.