For the first exhibition with Peter Young, Gallery Wendi Norris will exhibit large paintings on canvas and small paintings on paper from the artist’s “Ellipse” series. The show will encompass the entire gallery with works ranging from 1989 to 2001. Charisma and exuberance flow through the gestural color swatches in Young’s work. In some pieces, the central color palette is that of primary colors—red, yellow and bluewhereas in others, the softer hues of western landscapes appear. In “#34 - 1994”, the burnt sienna characteristic of the rocky environs surrounding his home in Southern Arizona takes prominence, whereas in another thinly washed turquoise strokes suggest pristine blue skies of the desert. As the title of the series indicates, ellipses play a central role in composition, invoking, in part, a game he played with his father, an renowned physicist.
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