Solo Exhibition – Friday, 14 February 2020 – 6 to 9 pm
The opening reception of Richard Trumbull’s Solo Exhibition at Berlin Bar in San Miguel de Allende is February 14th, from 6 – 9 PM.
Enjoy wine and appetizers while engaging with the artwork and the wonderful Berlin staff. The show will run through April, 2020.
Between Realism and the Abstract
by Hope PalmerBlazing down at the receiver from the walls at Berlin are the new abstracted landscapes of Richard Trumbull. It is hard to escape the jeweled passages of color of places where you have all traveled recently or in recaptured memory. The space presented in his window of the world is reductive. Usually we take the imaginative journey along roads and fields that direct and focus our attention on indistinct villages and towns in the distance, but what is at play here is not the exact interpolation of reality but the artist’s manipulation of color and space and the ensuring energy of the artist’s brush strokes. In these paintings with their viscosity of paint we see an on going dialog with abstraction. We are enveloped completely by the bravura handling of paint in a way that brings the mystery of creation to the forefront while we marvel at the manner of seduction so brash yet tender that his images induce. What is a new addition to our visual journey is the manner in which Trumbull obscures some of his passages with drips from the passing of his brush over known parts that give traditional meaning to landscapes. Unfettered falling lines of color mixed with layers of previous strokes create a rich melange of texture and color that skirt an immediate reading of a known place. The mystery of what is presented to the viewer intrigues us and captures our imagination and asks us to participate in his art. Because Trumbull’s painting is just abstract enough, his vision is universally allying itself to no particular city or country. The canvases, windows to a luxurious world filled with compressed, saturated color and tactile surfaces, seduce us and open up our world to myriad, unknown interpretation. All we can ask of a painting is its subject matter, whether based in reality or an abstraction of such, invites us time and again to bask in a fleeting moment of wonder, lost in contemplation, only to return to our world invigorated by new relationships to known discourse.