Foundry Gallery New Member Show: Courtney Applequist and Sheila Blake

By Editorial Team on February 4, 2020

Sat, 08 February 2020 - Sun, 01 March 2020

Courtney Applequist, Boy on a Rock, 36 x 48, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Foundry Gallery.
Reception and Artists’ Talk: Saturday, February 8 from 5pm to 8pm

Courtney Applequist
My work draws inspiration from the seen world. I seek the use of found geometries & colors to depict the feeling of a moment, finding a degree of tension: beauty & dissonance. I work primarily in oil paint, interjecting charcoal, pastel and other media as the moment requires. The thoughts I start with are nothing more than a beginning, and I am driven to a new place as the piece unfolds.

Sheila Blake, House Across the Street, 50 x 40, oil on linen. Courtesy of Foundry Gallery

Sheila Blake
I’ve been a painter all my life. Creating the illusion of space and light with paint is what thrilled me from the beginning, and it thrills me now. I went to Cooper Union in New York, lived in California, then moved to Durham, where I taught art at Duke University. After moving here I taught at the Corcoran. Now I have a studio in Takoma Park, and keep the demands of life to a minimum so I can paint full time, every day. There’s so much in these paintings: the light, the mood. The subterranean menace.

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