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Bogan Gallery highlights Local Color
DesignWorks presents Saralene Tapley: ‘Free Floating’
“Free Floating,” an exhibition of new paintings by Saralene Tapley (Galveston Island, TX.) opened on the August 28 ArtWalk at DesignWorks Gallery and continues until October 3.
Saralene Tapley (Galveston Island, TX.) takes a respite from producing the exceptional portraits for which she is justly known, to produce these artful studies of bodies at play in an unfamiliar medium – water. She is at her expressionistic best in these paintings of people cavorting in water.
Expressionism is a style of painting in which the artist seeks to express emotional experience rather than an impression of the external world. Expressionists characteristically reject traditional ideas of beauty and harmony and, instead, employ exaggeration and distortion to express and emphasize the inner world of emotion.
Tapley’s abundant talent continues to shine forth – her exceptional skill handling paint – her deft and imaginative use of color – but in these paintings there is something more. Having lived in other parts of the world, she also brings to her own work exposure to a variety of world cultures, counter-culture artwork and ancient and contemporary techniques, while her subject matter has to do solely with human experience.
In this body of work, she exactly captures the feeling of being weightless and at ease in the water. Resting, twirling, somersaulting, pirouetting, these studies of others and self-portraits express the effortless quality of being in the water. Tapley is fascinated by the play of light, by the buoyancy of bodies and by the luminescence of color, all while being under water. These compelling images are, at once, vigorous and graceful studies – vigorous in being painted with broad strokes and daubs, and graceful in capturing the effortlessness of free floating.
The Gallery at DesignWorks is located at 2119A Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, closed or by appointment, (409) 766-7599.