Two highly different exhibitions opening the same day fill Thomas Deans Fine Art from the end of April through the Memorial Day Weekend.
In Found Objects two artists create a dialog in paint as the gallery features the first-ever exhibition in Atlanta by one of the Midwest’s preeminent landscape painters, Rodger Bechtold, and the multi-faceted Charlotte-based landscape, still-life, and abstract painter Chris Liberti. Both artists are masters of paint and color.
Bechtold is known throughout the Midwest and Northeast for his painterly interpretations of place and moment in landscapes of exuberant color. Based on direct observation, recollection, and invention, his paintings find the grandeur in the everyday. Liberti’s images, whether abstract or figurative, are the result of the artist’s “attempt to find solace in the simplest of things and to admire the world that’s before me.” Like Bechtold, Liberti is known for his strong use of color, and the artist is quick to say that his paintings are not merely of objects or landscapes, but represent his “past, present, and future, a reflection of the entirety within.”
In a contrasting exhibition, Artist Leisa Rich has responded to a recent health challenge by creating several works that magically transform Thomas Deans Fine Art’s newest gallery space in Aftermath: In the Pink. The show includes a massive, immersive installation that envelops the viewer by utilizing floor, wall and ceiling, wall-hung works of scar-stitched fabrics and zippered openings, stunning embroidered gardens, assemblages, a 3D-printed chrysalis and free motion-machine butterflies, and circular panels of paint and floral fabric, among others elements. The predominant use of white and pink reflect of the innocence and helplessness Rich felt while going through something of this magnitude, a death reckoning and subsequent rebirth as she overcame this major life-changing experience, and the hope that is inherently human as she goes forward and continues to heal. Rich is well known in Atlanta for her wildly inventive and at time challenging installations using a multitude of media, as well as for her intricately beautiful fiber art.
Join us at Thomas Deans Fine Art, 690 Miami Circle #905, Atlanta, GA 30324 for our opening reception for these two exciting exhibitions!