Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24 from 6pm to 8pm
There is something so appealing about the simple line. Originating in nature, it’s everywhere we turn. Humankind walks it, wears it, draws it, and crosses it. Here we assembled striking pieces from four Washington artists whose works are inescapably, alluringly linear. Washington Lines includes Elroy Williams, who marshals his mastery as a commercial artist into contemporary fine art, crisp and clean mixtures of gorgeous color, and graceful form. Linda Cafritz’s seemingly sculpted acrylic paintings give us lines defined as much by textured hues as they are by their elegant verticality. From the late lacquer artist Andrew Kaslow, highly polished geometrics spring from square wallboards. And Amy Kaslow’s latest botanical images put a new lens on natural pinstripes and curves, all in sumptuous tones. Washington Lines opens June 24th and runs through August 8th.
Elroy Williams has a keen eye for what captivates. Throughout his decades-long career, he’s created art “to converse with the world, saying things that can only be said through the visual”. As a young graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Williams landed a job in advertising, where honed his commercial skills while privately committed to his own drawing and painting. His earliest exhibition was a solo show at the Emily Lowe Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district. Earning design and concept awards from his peers in the advertising industry, Williams eventually served as an art director in advertising and publishing in New York and Maryland firms. His fine art has won wide recognition locally and throughout the nation
Washington, DC painter Linda Cafritz studied art at The American University, The Corcoran School of Art, and The American College of Art & Design. Using acrylics and texture on canvas, Cafritz’s unusual and striking color combinations are both abstract, deep, and distinctively linear. Her work has been exhibited at Glen Echo’s Yellow Barn Gallery, the Ira Pinto Gallery, Baltimore’s Light Street Gallery, the New York and Washington Design Centers, SRA Architectural + Design, among others. Cafritz’s paintings are in private and commercial collections in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Andrew Kaslow loved the natural world and made his home on the deeply wooded edge of Maryland’s Loch Raven Reservoir, where he tended his garden and watched his bat boxes at night. A master finisher, musician, and designer, he combined his artistic talent with his zest for the organic when he created rare wood top tables in the shape of grand pianos. The spray booth and hard living cut Kaslow’s life very short, and he left us usable sculpture — bases of hand-forged, smoothed, and polished steel topped by ribbon mahogany, curly maple, sinewy sliced pear, straight-line cherry, and more rare woods Kaslow collected over his lifetime. These pieces are functional art and exceptional craftsman/womanship. We are proud to have them on our gallery floor. We have converted his best prototypes into one-of-a-kind pieces, with thanks to Mondrian, Mother Nature, and others who inspired this unfinished work.
DC LINES runs through August 8th at Amy Kaslow Gallery. View the exhibition in person or online at www.amykaslowgallery.com. Join them for an opening reception of the exhibition on Thursday, June 24th.