Gallery Openings and Events

WAS gallery Presents Andrea Limauro and Arnaud Leclere Journey Still

Andrea Limauro. Red Sun Arrival II, detail. Acrylic and metal leaf on canvas, 36 x 24 in. 2019. Courtesy of WAS gallery.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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A Reading by the Artists on Thursday, April 11 at 7pm
Closing Event/ Aperitif with the Artist: April 27 from 4pm to 6pm

WAS gallery is pleased to present Journey Still, a two man exhibition featuring Italian artist, Andrea Limauro and French artist, Arnaud Leclere. Both artists explore issues close to home and heart. Limauro’s critically acclaimed migration series, “Mare Nostrvm” (Our Sea), depicts the deadly migration of refugees across the Mediterranean to Europe, specifically, Italy. His vibrant palette, whimsical brush stroke, and patterns reminiscent of religious European art stand in sharp contrast to the dark story we see unfold on his canvas.

Leclere’s “Momentum” series is both a reflection on his hard lived past as a youngster on the streets of Paris and a meditation on his hopes for the future. His imposing grid-like images and endless gray tones, stacked and interconnected, reflect the alternating ease and frustration of navigating in an urban environment. The artist is navigating internally, as well. He likens his work to unpacking boxes that have been in the basement for a long time, where memories are rekindled and momentum renewed.

About the Artists
ANDREA LIMAURO (b. Rome, Italy) is a visual artist, who holds a BA in Politics and Sociology from Essex University, UK, a Graduate Diploma in International Development from the University of Padua, Italy and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his artwork, Limauro explores issues of migration and migrant identity, the fleeting concepts of home and safety, nationalistic narratives, and gun violence in the USA.  Limauro’s work has been exhibited throughout the Washington, DC area including at the IA&A Hillyer, Touchstone Gallery, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and the Arlington Art Center.  His paintings have been featured in the Washington Project for the Arts annual auctions (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), online auctions on Paddle8, in art publications in the USA, UK, and Italy and have been reviewed by the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper. Limauro serves as a Board Member of the non-profit art advocacy group Washington Project for the Arts.

ARNAUD LECLERE (b. Paris, France) is a visual artist, who holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (2010) and will soon receive his MFA in Studio Art from the American University in Washington, DC (2019). Leclere’s work involves overlapping lines, colors and shapes that engage fragments of memory. The achievement of his compositions resides in an ongoing tension between color, texture, line, recollection, invention, reinvention, and organization. Leclere’s work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions in Los Angeles (2010), in a group show at the BWI airport in Baltimore, Maryland (2018) and at the Katzen Museum first year MFA show (2018).

Both artists live and work in the Washington, DC metro area.

Hours:

  • Saturdays 2-6pm
  • and by appointment

WAS gallery is located at 5110 Ridgefield Road, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD. For more information on the artist or the artwork, please contact Joumana Moukarim: wasgallery@gmail.com/ 202.361.5223.