In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...
Exhibiting Artists: Lindsey Ries & Mike Welton
Sponsored by TRIA Orthopaedic Center
April 8 – May 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Architecture plays a starring role in the paintings of both Lindsey Ries and Mike Welton. Ries’ depiction of familiar, often urban, structures in vast rural landscapes creates a curious contradiction and plays on our notions of space, permanence, and memory. Her non-representational color choices and the painterly brush and brayer marks add to the energy each painting conveys. Conversely, Welton delivers his signature hyper-realistic portraits of architectural detail, where perspective and intense color palettes create a striking duality of realism and abstraction. Urban Extracts allows the viewer to explore the dialogue between these two differing interpretations of architecture, design, and landscape.
Afternoon Light by Mike Welton, oil, 39x59
About the Artists:
Lindsey Ries graduated with her MFA in visual studies from MCAD with an emphasis in painting. Her paintings explore the industrial splendor that dots this area and showcase the quiet beauty found in urban Midwestern landscapes. Lindsey is an adjunct instructor at the Minneapolis Media Institute where she teaches Drawing and Art and Color Theory. She also teaches adult, teen, and youth classes at several art centers in the metro area.
Combining 16 years of professional painting with formal background in Graphic design Mike Welton creates an assemblage of color and composition of urban landscape and Icons. Mike Exhibits locally at the Douglas Flanders Gallery, Stone Arch and Uptown Art fairs, as well as the yearly Art-A-Whirl and Art Attack both in the NE Minneapolis Arts District. He also shows at his Studio Gallery in the Northrup King Building. In addition to his original painting Mike also sells a line of reproductions. Mike has curated several Art show benefits for local charities and causes namely Camp Heartland and Art For Equal Marriage.
Primaries by Lindsey Ries, oil on panel, 24x18