Reception: Friday, February 7 from 6pm to 8pm
Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Silent Music, an exhibition of paintings and ink drawings by extraordinary Bay-Area artist, Gage Opdenbrouw. This exhibition comes after Opdenbrouw’s connection with Washington Studio School in November, 2019 when he taught a 3-day workshop and delivered a free public lecture, Painting the Ephemeral / Finding Presence, at WSS.
Opdenbrouw states, “I consider my painting to be a form of meditation. For me, painting is a way of drawing close to moments, and an attempt to pay homage to the fleeting beauty of everyday observations. Regardless of the subject, whether a figure or a moment of light in an interior, the sweep of a sky above an industrial neighborhood, the goal is, as Joseph Campbell once put it, ‘to reveal the radiance that lies hidden just beneath the surface of the everyday’. Opdenbrouw’s work masterfully bridges the gap between representation and abstraction, while connecting the external observed world to the vast internal landscapes we all carry around with us.
Opdenbrouw was born and raised in San Jose, California. He studied painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He has now been painting and exhibiting widely for over 20 years and enjoys teaching drawing and painting, playing bass and hiking with his dog, Hank.
About Washington Studio School
Washington Studio School is a nonprofit arts organization in Washington, DC whose mission is to teach the visual language and the skills essential to developing and expressing a personal vision through classes, workshops, exhibitions and programs.
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