view in the Main Gallery is Mark Eanes' exhibition titled Layers.
The exhibit includes large mixed media paintings alongside his photographs
that inspired and inform the paintings. Eanes' work presents a rich
tapestry of colors and shapes that manages to be both quiet and
spare while also being deeply engaging and satisfying. Says the
artist, "My painting process consists of many layers...time
and material. When I'm in the studio nothing else matters. Time
is irrelevant. No plans for the future, no past regrets." This
combination of dedication and lightheartedness shines through his
work and allows us to feel that kind of joy and freedom as well.
A longtime resident
of Benicia, Eanes is currently an Associate Professor at California
College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught for over 28 years.
Eanes has shown his paintings throughout California as well as nationally
and internationally. His solo exhibitions include the Parsons School
of Design in Paris, the Patricia Sweetow and Michael Dunev Galleries
in San Francisco, Fairfield Center for the Arts, Dominican College
in San Rafael, the Mill Valley Arts Commission Gallery, and the
Hanford Center for the Arts. Eanes' work is in numerous private
and corporate collections, nationally and internationally, and has
been shown at the Triton Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art Artists Gallery, the Etra Gallery in Miami, the Ruth
Bacofner Gallery in Los Angeles, and the San Paulo Biennale. He
is currently represented by the Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia and
the JayJay Gallery in Sacramento.
To learn more about
Mark Eanes and his work, visit the show and then come to his Artist
Talk on Sunday, July 1, at 3:30 pm in the Main Gallery. This series
of free Artist Talks has been described as one of the most interesting
and informative events at the art center.