I, A stranger
June 1-July 8, 2017
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 3, 5-8 pm
This is Mr. West’s second solo exhibition at Haley-Henman. For this exhibition he focuses on portraiture with abstract elements. While the representational aspects of his work suggests portraits of individuals caught in a moment of time, infused with vivid color and abstract mark making, he suggests the internal and external forces that shape us all. They are not posed studio subjects, but appear as images drawn from the photography of Kristen Giles, the artist’s own photography and images collected from social media. The transformation of these images from the digital to a painted expression opens the door to view these people as part of us.
As Joshua West says, ” To gaze into the human portrait is an exercise in empathy and a unique form of human connection. Just as the painting is a vehicle for expression by the artist, it becomes an expression of the viewers who bring a lifetime of memories to the image.” Transcending particular times and places, we might see in some of these faces the suffering caused by global wars, but these paintings also affirm universal themes of the human experience.
Joshua West Friend or Foe, 2017 48 x 36 inches, mixed media on wood panel (photograph by the artist)
SAUL WARANCH: Visions of Lough Swilly, Ireland, new landscape paintings. September 7-30, 2017 Opening Reception, September 9, 5-8 pm
BRENDA McKINNEY: In Danger of Existence October 5-28, 2017 Opening Reception, October 5, 5-8 pm