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“W
hen a viewer stands before my work,”
Lynda Pogue
says, “I want
something visceral to happen to them.” Her paintings easily elicit that
kind of instinctive emotional response, using vivid colors, dynamic compositions
and an impressive array of textures to put together a vibrantly physical world.
Pogue aims for a style in which she can “make the paint glide and connect,” and
there is a spontaneity in her images that makes their surfaces come alive. She
combines that freedom with a finely developed sense of balance in works that
range from pure abstraction to still lifes and landscapes. She plays bright shades
off against darker hues to give even her most abstract paintings a solid, three-
dimensional feel.
Texture also assumes an important place in Pogue’s work — from the glowing
threads of paint that form the stems of flowers to the way that fields of color
are animated by her brushstrokes. While she predominantly works in acrylics,
the artist provides even more levels of texture by adding elements of collage to
some pieces, and using encaustic for others. But whatever medium she works in,
Pogue has her eye on creating a direct connection with her viewers. “My fervent
desire,” she says, “is that my work leaves them wanting more.”
Scandal Acrylic on Canvas 48” x 24”
Lynda Pogue
“W
herever I travel, whether at home or abroad”
says photographer
George Ligon
, “I try
to look for interesting images.” With a substantial
career in fashion and commercial photography,
Ligon is now applying his well-developed eye for
color and composition to images that distill the
essence of nature’s beauty in locales from Florida
to New Zealand. In these photographs, the colors
and shapes found in nature take on a formal clarity
that lifts them out of the environments in which
they are found and gives them an artistic identity
that is all their own. Printing on such materials as
stretched satin as well as photographic paper adds
a distinctive texture and presence to his images.
Ligon says that he approaches the art of photography as if he were a painter, calling the camera and lens his paintbrush,
and his eyes the canvas. Highly skilled at manipulating light and exposure to pull out the desired details of whatever he is
photographing — whether it is a single leaf or the vista of a tropical sunset — he makes images that balance the camera’s
inherent realism with the artist’s ability to depict a more personal world. His photographs, while possessing an elegant and
appealing simplicity, have a complexity and depth that give them resonance and power.
Water Lilly 1 Metallic Print on Paper 13” x 18.5”
George Ligon
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