Duane Eells will open his first solo exhibition at the Ojai Art Center Gallery in Ojai, California on July 6. This exhibition of oil paintings, titled DANCE, features a new body of work. This series is a part of Eells’ search for beauty and the sublime through representations of the human figure in motion.
“In these paintings I look to find a balance between the figurative and the abstract. The design-driven spaces and bold colors create vibrance and vitality; the dancers’ movements and expressions reveal their passion and emotion,” states Eells.
Eells paints portraits and figures from his Ojai, California studio. In his portraits, he captures the essence and emotion of those he paints. He uses bold and aggressive strokes that are tempered with an adherence to traditional drawing principles. Eells has won several awards for his portrait paintings including third in the coveted Portrait Society of America members competition this past year.
The exhibition runs from July 6-31 and the opening reception is July 6 from 5-7 pm. The reception will include special performances by a few of the dancers whose paintings are on display in this show. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA.
For a sneak peek and more info visit eells.com