Preview: Timothy Atticus Exhibit at Van Der Plas Gallery

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 at 10:04 am by

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Timothy Atticus, left. Photo: Chris Riffle

Local artist Timothy Atticus’ paintings seem to be lit from within. That was the indelible impression we left with after viewing his current show, “The Cross” at the Van Der Plas Gallery this past weekend.

On exhibit is a series of mostly black and silver metallic paintings, blurring the line between painting and printmaking. Utilizing materials such as graphite powder and silkscreen paint, Atticus says he is inspired by Baroque pictorial conventions and by the subject matter in Rembrandt’s prints.

Starting with small format intaglio prints, he inverts their scale to create abstractions. “I use silver as a ground because it literally references a zinc plate being carved and because of its luminous properties, “ says Atticus. “Light is equally important as color.”

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Work by Timothy Atticus. Photo: Chris Riffle

In late March, Atticus and another artist, Leonardo Barreto, will have a joint show at the gallery, “Timothy Atticus and Leonardo Barreto: Abstract Paintings.” Barreto, who describes himself as a “neo-Abstract Expressionist” likes to recycle rules of artists of the New York School, specifically from 1957, when he was born. His use of black and white in his paintings stems from his background in photography.

Atticus (born in 1987) and Barreto represent artists of two generations with strikingly different methods, though they both question the possibilities of abstract painting in a digital age.

Timothy Atticus’ work is being previewed through Sunday from 12pm – 6pm at the Van Der Plas Gallery. “Timothy Atticus and Leonardo Barreto: Abstract Paintings” will be on exhibit at the same gallery from March 28 – May 4, 2014

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