Holly Johnson Gallery presents Antonio Murado: "Velvet Room" opening reception
Holly Johnson Gallery will present the opening of "Velvet Room," an exhibition of recent paintings by New York based artist, Antonio Murado. This will be the artist's second exhibition with the gallery.
Murado's career is steeped in contemporary abstraction, yet his basic principles draw from the past. Characterized by their luminosity and color, "Velvet Room" presents three large-scale works highly influenced by the techniques and visual elements from 17th century Baroque Spanish painting, and the era surrounding this time of power, imperialism, exploration, and conquest.
Murado's paintings are distinguished by their layered, impastoed surfaces and continued experimentation with the properties of paints and varnishes. He is a colorist of remarkable breadth, expressing both subtlety and bravura at the same moment. An artist fascinated with the alchemy of paint, his technique is derived from an intense investigation of the expressive possibilities of the paint itself, independent of the gesture. These experiments in alchemical materiality have infinitely nuanced results - making us believe in the capacity of paintings to reinvent sensation.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through July 13.