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"Works by John Himmelfarb, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and Bernice Strawn"
2002-03-01 until 2002-04-05
William Havu Gallery
Denver, CO, USA United States of America

The William Havu Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit featuring paintings by John Himmelfarb, mixed media work by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and a welcome addition to the stable of gallery artists, sculptor Bernice Strawn. The gallery is located at 1040 Cherokee Street in the Golden Triangle Arts District, 2 blocks south of the Denver Art Museum.

Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb presents his paintings from the on-going Inland Romance series, a sequence depicting the artist‚s romantic attachment to the city of Chicago and its industrial forms and structures. The romantic attachment to the region is the reason I am here, states Himmelfarb, And my paintings reflect where I am creating as well as who I am. The two are connected. Himmelfarb is the recent recipient of the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Artist Grant, and his work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C, among others.

Using diverse, unusual materials to create tactile surfaces and elegant imagery, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy has recently begun to incorporate sculptural elements into her interchangeable, mixed media paintings on multiple panels. Each painting is like a phrase, a word or a sentence, or perhaps even a rebus, whose subtext expands beyond its obvious parts, Murphy articulates. Well-known in the Denver visual arts community, Murphy's work was the subject of solo exhibitions this past summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Mizel Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community Center in Denver, and is included in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection.

Showing concurrently with Murphy and Himmelfarb is sculptor Bernice Strawn, who will feature work from her Spirit Boat series. Boats are lovely forms, shaped by their flow through water. They are like pods holding the seeds of life, Strawn elucidates. Using pieces of curved wood, she creates freestanding or hung boat forms whose skin is removed, allowing the structure of the boat to remain. This quality creates a feeling of weightlessness and captures the air and space around the sculptures. Strawn has received national and regional recognition for her work, and in addition to numerous exhibitions throughout Colorado, she was commissioned in the year 2000 by the REI Flagship store in Denver to create several pieces for their space. Strawn lives in Salida, Colorado.

IMAGE:
John Himmelfarb
Limestone Fox (Inland Romance), 2000
acrylic on canvas,
84 x 193


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