Tuesday, March 22, 2011

True Romance and Other Fictions

McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “True Romance and Other Fictions” featuring works by Bert Yarborough. The show will run from April 5 to May 6, with an artist’s reception on April 8 from 5 to 7 PM. The public is welcome.

Mr. Yarborough has been a regular figure on the NH art world for the past two decades working both in front of and behind the scenes. His paintings are in the collection of the Currier Museum, the Hood Museum & Southern NH University. He has been an interim Art Gallery Director at Colby Sawyer College & Plymouth State University. Yarborough has also been summer faculty for Mass College of Art, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown & Harvard University. He is currently professor of Art at Colby Sawyer College.

While most of Yarborough’s painting is done in a studio, the natural world fills his surfaces with planets, human figures and the beach side birds. Yarborough uses theses various constructs as repositories for his rich color combinations and sensual brush stroke. This show continues his study of the natural world. It is comprised of paintings incorporating imagery derived from drawings and studies executed on the beaches of the Provincelands National Seashore in Provincetown, MA. “The work attempts to stretch the symbolic and the abstract by combining the two with iconographic images such as the sun, birds and water,” says Yarborough.

He has also used this body of work to explore the margin between painting and sculpture. Several works re-introduce figurative elements in combination with multi-media collage materials such as paper, reed and wood. “The use of collage as relief and structure strives to negotiate the distance between painting and sculpture as well as image and material,” Yarborough notes. They are a personal response to the world that surrounds him .