Houston-based painter Terrell James returns to Froelick Gallery with an exhibit of recent and past works titled Four Decades. Her methodology is both playfully intuitive and intellectually rigorous- unexpected and illuminating interactions of color and density are at work in each abstract canvas. Bold pools of hue abut one another and sensuous gestural brushstrokes snake through and around organic shapes as she juxtaposes broad quiltlike patches of hue with scrawling line work, suggesting terrain viewed from above. Though working non-representationally, James often includes strong references to the natural world.
She will also exhibit a selection of her “box drawings”, a series begun at Edward Albee's studio in Montauk, NY. Sparely worked when compared to her canvases, each piece is painted in oil on two stacked semi-transparent sheets of paper; dark blots and lines on the outermost layer contrast with the greyed-out specter of her marks on the layer below, seen through the translucent surface.
In reexamining past and current works in advance of this exhibit, James found it surprising to track the increasingly prominent and deliberate role that drawing and line have come to play in her painting practice. These, she says, have the ability to “...lead the eye in and through fields of light, color and imagery, recruiting it into performing a complex narrative of perception and judgement.”
oil and acrylic on canvas
x 25 inches