Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Carla Spence shows new landscapes and still life at Tumalo Art Co. in Bend Oregon

Carla Spence, painting in her studio in Bend, Oregon.

Carla Spence, painting in her studio in Bend, Oregon.

Septembers featured artist at Tumalo Art Co., Carla Spence, questions the conventional wisdom of color, borrowing discordant palettes and bold shapes from the Fauvists, yet creating a warm and emotive whole. In her show, Between Here and There…Closing the Divide with Color, opening September 4 from 4-8pm, she strives to capture a “joie de vivre” in her vivid portrayals of the places she loves—the high desert of Central Oregon, the Adriatic Coast of central Italy and the south of France.

Her work reflects her preoccupation with the color and shape of things, of landscapes, of details in the ordinary components of life, which call to be altered, and to be represented in unexpected ways. She deconstructs the various elements of her compositions, simplifying them, and distorting the perspective, blending sophistication with primitive simplicity.

"Sunset at Black Butte" is a landscape painting in acrylic by Carla Spence.

“Sunset at Black Butte” is a landscape painting in acrylic by Carla Spence.

Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District, open 7 days a week. www.tumaloartco.com; 541-385-9144.

Carla Spence's still life of the South of France, Apres Midi #2, reflects her preoccupation with the color and shape of things, of landscapes, of details in the ordinary components of life.

Carla Spence’s still life of the South of France, Apres Midi #2, reflects her preoccupation with the color and shape of things, of landscapes, of details in the ordinary components of life.

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