Monday, February 24, 2014

Fluent oil painter Julie Crews at Gallery Fine Art Center, Bossier City; party Tues, Feb 25, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Julie Crews, artist by trudeau
Julie Crews, artist, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Though she says of herself,"I am an oil painter with stakes driven firmly in the painterly realist camp," artist Julie Crews admits, "I am inherently a rule-breaker. I frequently find myself trying to sneak a triangle into the corner of a composition, create uncomfortable tangents and play with multiple focal points."

Living in Ruston since 2008, the painter has made Louisiana her oyster. She's been featured by LPB, included in the Meadows Triennial and been given a solo exhibit in Ruston. Crews has also exhibited in Salt Lake City, Savannah and Sacramento.

Her subject matter? "I desire to give the viewer an intimate glimpse into my personal life. My work concentrates on the very scenes of domestic life that take me away from painting. Some scenes of domesticity require self-portrayal; others are simply familiar scenes of my daily dealings."

Painter Talbot Hopkins Trudeau bought one of Crews' oils upon first view. "The luminosity, clarity and beauty of her compositions is very persuasive," she says.

Painters John Wagoner and Steve Zihlavsky, also worthy artists, share the gallery show with Crews.

Reception Tues, Feb 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The show will remain until April 30.

Gallery Fine Art Center is adjacent to 2Johns Restaurant, 2151 Airline Dr. , Bossier City.

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