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"Bill Jehle: Fountain Paintings Series"
2002-12-30 until 2003-01-30
Canessa Gallery
San Francisco, CA, USA United States

View timeless paintings that satisfy a search for meaning when "Bill Jehle's Fountain Paintings Series" exhibits at Canessa Gallery during January. Jehle's unique and strikingly beautiful "Fountain" images are abstract symbols of spiritual release. Viewers are urged to see them as symbols or pointers to their own personal feelings that may be even universal. According to Jehle, "People recognize mystery and meaning in the paintings instantly…they spark a nerve!"

Jehle's paintings contain two elements--field and figure--that retain suggestion, opticality and emotion. The eye delights to see the intricate images advance or recede depending on the light and viewing position. The artist has employed little tricks where the colors meet. Extraneous elements are removed, allowing one to focus on the glittering jewel floating in a field of pure color, free from distractions by overt or arbitrary texturing, dabbing, scumbling, wiping, splattering, designing and dripping.

Jehle's meticulously painted and painstakingly inventive figures derive their intriguing power, in part, from the striking contrast between the highly detailed figures and the expansive pure color fields in which they are immersed. Jehle paints in oil, gouache, ink, gold leaf and watercolor on paper and on metal panels.

The historic Canessa Gallery’s natural light is the perfect venue for viewing Jehle's work.


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