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                                               Russ Warren, The Disciple, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40″

      Russ Warren: The Disciple  March 6 – May 16, 2021 at Les Yeux du Monde

      an opening reception with the artist  on Saturday, March 6 from 3- 5 p.m

      This show features a series of large vertical diptychs that pay homage to other artists Warren admires and has studied through the years, from the Spanish master Pablo Picasso and the Oaxacan Rufino Tamayo to his former teacher at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Earl Staley. Picasso inspired Warren’s larger than life “combines” merging several facial profiles into one; Tamayo, the magical creatures, and Staley—with whom Warren also exhibited in an early site specific show in Beaumont TX in 1976 and in the 1984 Venice Biennale—stoked Warren’s work ethic and insatiable curiosity and study of other great artists’ works.                                           Russ Warren, Dr. Fauci, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48″


      These paintings include large 78 x 42” vertical diptychs Warren worked on while in transition between his old studio over the W.G. Clark designed Les Yeux du Monde gallery, and his new studio space designed by Josh Stastny. One of the first new studio paintings was an over-life-sized “portrait” celebrating Dr. Anthony Fauci with bright red head and open mouth tirelessly warning the public while yellow virus forms dance and multiply across the right side of the painting’s surface.

                                      Russ Warren, Pineapple Ascending, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40″

       

      His triptych Deep into August also evokes the seemingly endless and strange nature of “time” during the ongoing pandemic. Warren evokes the fiery hellish spaces of anguish in the side panels of this triptych, yet, as is often the case with Warren’s work, humor and hope reign in its central panel. Other paintings like Pineapple AscendingBounty at Wolf Trap and his dancing and levitating guitars are hopeful images of resurrection after struggle and pain.

      Numerous exhibitions, reviews and articles chronicle Warren’s artistic journey from his early days in Houston, Albuquerque and San Antonio through his widely and internationally exhibited Neo Expressionist work of the 1980s and his continued probing and artistic innovating of the following decades evident in his 2015 Survey exhibition Russ Warren: Works. The Disciple reveals an artist wrestling with the greats, just as Picasso did throughout his oeuvre, but also still striving and surprising with his own unique language and contributions, a master to be studied as well.

      .To limit the number of people in the gallery at one time, we will have staggered entry times.  Please call 434-882-2620 or write LYDMGallery@gmail.com with your preferred time. The gallery is located at 841 Wolf Trap Road in Charlottesville and is open by appointment. Visit LYDM.co for more information.
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