On Friday, August 5, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception of “The Primacy of Drawing II,” the second of two shows celebrating drawing as the foundation and fountainhead of visual art. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano at the opening.
The gallery is honored to show the work of three Russian artists: Vladimir Anisimov, Anastasia Doljenko, and Natalya Korobova.
Anisimov is showing two bodies of work: oil-and-gold-leaf paintings that use human figures in combination with traditional symbols to represent the zodiac, and four black-and-white drypoints. One of the drypoints, “Das Omnibus,” represents the departure of German soldiers from the artist’s home city of Tver during World War II. Anisimov developed by himself the process of doing drypoints using typographic celluloid plates.
Drawing on her familiarity with the imagery and mythology of many cultures, Doljenko uses ink, often white ink, on colored paper to make fluid drawings in which the play of line and space becomes the main story.
The solid-looking figures in Korobova’s small zodiac paintings attest to attentive draftsmanship.
Works by three artists in the first “Primacy of Drawing” show appear also in this show: steel sculptures and preparatory drawings by Harriett Matthews, intaglio prints by Bill Ronalds, and figure drawings by Deborah Winship.
Pat Finlay is offering sketchbooks and individual sheets of personal, often quirky images, prompting surprise, a smile, and a moment of thoughtfulness or revery.
Celia Hensel offers small, delicate portraits in pastel, watercolor, and drypoint. Private matters divert or color the attention of each subject, from a tiny baby to a young girl to a man past his prime.
Gallery artists Susan Beebe, Pam Cabañas, Jeannette Marttin, and Barbara Vanderbilt all contribute to the spectacle.