Louise Stanley is an artist for our times. When life is uncertain,
her sense of humor, deeply rooted in our history and the human
predicament, offers us ground to stand on. Her Main Gallery
exhibition, titled Risking Ridicule (does it really matter?),
will be curated by Sanchez Artistic Director Jerry Barrish.
Many of Stanley’s large acrylic paintings are based on classical
themes drawn from her extensive travel and study in the great
art centers of France, Italy, and Greece, with titles such
as Jupiter and Io and Wounding of Chiron.
These are grand, archetypal tales, but Stanley offers us these
classics with a touch of sixties R. Crumb comics perspective,
and it turns out to be just what we need to see. Another theme
is the plight of artists, with her alter ego character offering
us a real-life glimpse of the working artist’s inner and outer
life. Stanley’s paintings are realistic and narrative in detail,
yet softened with light and a sensuous color palette to delight
us as well as help us question our fears.
big part of Stanley’s research for her work comes through
the European art tours she offers to students. She has developed
a style of journaling that captures all the impressions she
needs to store from her travels, as well as becoming artwork
in its own right. Several of her journals and journal images
will be included in Risking Ridicule (does it really matter?).
Stanley will give an Artist’s Talk on Sunday, February 8,
at 2 p.m. See more of her work at http://lulu.artist-at-large.com.