Raleigh, NC, August 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The dual artist exhibit opening at Adam Cave Fine Art on Friday, September 12, 2008 is a bit like watching a road less traveled where someone has just been. Edward Trask paints scenes of country and city highways and byways that might take you right to the rooms in Jennifer O’Connell’s houses.
Each of these artists has brought us into their interior space or along their road – nostalgic worlds where, despite the absence of people, we are never really alone. We know that someone, maybe even the artist, is present, not visible – over that hill or in the next room.
Their palettes are similar, warm comfortable colors. Familiar furniture, lamps, plants and flowers live in O’Connell’s rooms. Her paintings have a strong sense of intimacy that comes from painting real parts of her life. For Trask, street lamps, telephone poles and old buildings exist on his roads under skies full of unexpected patterns and colors. Strong lines give these landscapes energy.
Although O’Connell hails from Massachusetts, she received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire and traveled widely. She studied painting at the University College Chester in England on a Giltz family traveling fellowship, did residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has work in the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum. O’Connell has exhibited in national and international venues including the Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC and the Bowery Gallery in New York.
By contrast, Trask made a name for himself in his hometown of Richmond, VA in an unorthodox manner, painting murals around the city without permission. Many of these have become local landmarks. Some have been taken down and hung in homes and, like the oil paintings of this VCU graduate, have become highly collectable. Trask also traveled to Europe, but unlike O’Connell, he was on tour with a punk-rock band, mentally taking notes for later paintings. Ed is a drummer who keeps a set in his studio and translates rhythm into his art as well as his music.
Inside Outside will be on exhibit through October 14th. Adam Cave Fine Art represents a select group of regional and nationally known painters, printmakers & photographers. The gallery occupies the second floor of an historic, 100-year old building at 115-1/2 East Hargett Street and is located in the Moore Square Arts District in the heart of Raleigh’s revitalized downtown.