"energetic abstractions" Paintings by Stu Searles at Alcione Vinet's Park Cafe.

By Editorial Team on April 10, 2012
Image Courtesy of the Artist.



Opening reception Sunday, April 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Stu Searles’s acrylic paintings will be shown in energetic abstractions at Alcione Vinet’s Park Cafe.

About the artist:

“Development as an artist is a continuous process. The best parts are the learning, discovery, and the challenge associated with it.”

Stu Searles loves moving water. He makes frequent trips to Great Falls and vacations on Monhegan Island, Maine. The dynamic of the water influences his technique. He paints by dribbling, flinging, and squeezing out paint from a bottle or tube. Acrylic paint is a perfect medium because its thickness can be adjusted to provide many different effects and textures. His primary media is acrylic, but Searlesalso works in pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, and photography.

His process involves spreading thick paint across the top of the paper, adds lines with a thinner paint, and then sets it all into motion by misting and using gentle or forceful water sprays. The paints pool up, diffuse into each other, and roll down the inclined surface.

Patience is required to let the process develop by itself, but quick response is also necessary if an emerging composition becomes too regular. Sometimes the paint is washed away or a running line is given a hard blast of water to create a splotch, or to push it in a different direction.

Searles enjoys painting at the edge of control and finds having Irish music playing in the background causes energy to flow through him into the painting.

Searles’s works have been selected juried shows including The District of Columbia Art Center, The Suffolk Virginia Art Gallery, The Capitol Hill Art League, The Art League of Alexandria, The Arlington Ellipse Arts Center, City Gallery, and NVCC-Alexandria Student Show.

Alcione Vinet’s Park Cafe is located at 106 13th Street SE at Lincoln Park. For more information call 202.543.0814 or visit them online at www.parkcafedc.com.